The Troup Women’s Civic Organization (TWCO) held a banquet to honor their Woman of the Year, present two scholarships to graduating Troup seniors and to install new officers. The event was hosted at Henry’s Chapel United Methodist Church Monday, May 7.
Following tradition, the naming of the Woman of the Year preceded dinner so that she and her family could take their places at the head table. Carol Whitsell presented a photo collage, which she stated was a “mini-version of This is Your Life” as she announced Nancy Mowery had been chosen Woman of the Year.
Recognized for their fund-raising efforts on behalf of TWCO were three members of the Troup National Honor Society; Katey Gunter, Chloe Powell and Nathaniel Cooper. They have assisted TWCO over the past two years, including the planning and carrying out of the TWCO rummage sale. Gunter then presented TWCO with a check for $757, the proceeds of their fund-raising efforts this year.
Jan Singletary presented Vadeah Akmel and Jansen Reid as the recipients of this year’s scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.
Akmel is the daughter of Mohmmad Ghene and Shazia Akmel. She will be attending the University of Texas at Tyler and plans to major in biology and go into medicine. Though she has not yet chosen a particular field, her interests lean towards either pediatrics or oncology.
“Honored,” was Akmel’s one-word response when asked how she felt about being chosen to receive one of the scholarships. “It was unexpected, but it was amazing.”
Reid is the daughter of Susanne and Terry Reid. She plans to attend Blinn College in Bryan and study courses related to Parks and Wildlife. She intends to later transfer to A&M University though she hasn’t yet decided upon a degree major.
“I’m very thankful,” Reid stated about receiving the scholarship.
Outgoing officers were recognized and thanked by the outgoing president Susan Martin.
Wanda Tucker then presided over the installation of new officers for 2018-2019. They included Betty Odom, president; Jackie Gerla, first vice president; Betty Smith, secretary; Carol Whitsell, treasurer and Ruth Wilson, parliamentarian. Lisa Fleck, who was unable to attend, will serve as second vice president.