Pat Simms and Bud McMillion, both AHS sophomores, planned to attend a science symposium in 1983.

Pat Simms and Bud McMillion planned to attend the 17th Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium March 24-26, 1983, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. The two sophomores at Arkadelphia High School were to be accompanied by Pat Gillum, a science teacher at the high school, who was also serve as a teacher delegate at the symposium. The symposium was sponsored by the US Army Research office and private industries and individuals.