The two high school graduating seniors who have been awarded scholarships toward college tuition were introduced to the club by the Scholarship Chair Kitty Marsh. These newest recipients are Sara Gifford and Haley Renegar. Sara will be entering the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the fall semester, and Haley will be a student at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Also in attendance were continuing scholarship beneficiaries Brandon Hicks, a rising sophomore at UT Chattanooga; LeAnne Paul, a junior at UT Chattanooga; Adrienne Atchley, a sophomore at Motlow State Community College; and Mallory Neal, a Motlow State sophomore.
Several of the continuing scholarship recipients were unable to attend the luncheon due to class schedules and exams. They were recognized as the following: Chelsea Allen, Katlyn Barnes, Samantha Sells and Ashton Storey.
The Alpha Kappa Club was honored to recognize Brianna Baker, graduating in May 2013 from the University of Chattanooga with a 4.0 GPA. Brianna has been a four-year scholarship beneficiary. The club celebrates Brianna’s many accomplishments in support of her educational goals.
The high school counselors who work with the Alpha Kappa Club to publicize the scholarships to the high school seniors were also in attendance at the luncheon. Scholarship Chair Marsh recognized the important work of Shelia Daniel, the Lincoln County High School senior counselor, and from Fayetteville High School, counselors Andrea Brewer and Helen Fussell. The counselor from Riverside Christian Academy was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. These counselors work closely with students to make them aware of the scholarships that are available to them from Alpha Kappa.
The homeowners who so graciously opened their homes for the Alpha Kappa Home Tour in November 2012 were also invited guests. President Debbie McAlister recognized Jean Colbert and the Fannings, Randy and Elaine, who were able to attend. President McAlister stressed that without the homeowners opening their homes to the public, these scholarships would not be available. The funds raised from the home tour go to the scholarship fund. President McAlister emphasized the appreciation the club members have for the homeowners’ commitment to the scholarships.
Also in attendance was the new librarian for the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library, Jill Rael. The Alpha Kappa Club makes every effort to promote reading, and the club members were happy to highlight many of the club’s activities for Ms. Rael.
The new Alpha Kappa officers who will serve for the next two-year term were introduced by President Debbie McAlister. They are as follows: President, Arden Humphrey; Vice President, Jessi Higginbotham; Secretary, Sally Phillips; Treasurer, Kitty Marsh; Reporter, Melody Layne; Parliamentarian, Carolyn Askew; and Historian, Erline Patrick.
President McAlister was presented with a lovely bouquet of roses by the incoming officers as a gesture of appreciation for all of her hard work over the past two years.