Ruth Mims Holly, of Tennessee Colony, will celebrate her 101st birthday Sunday at the home of one of her three daughters in Waco.

Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Ph.D., spoke at Alpha Rho Sigma Chapter’s Black History Program Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church, 12th Street and Gurley Lane.

Live Oak Classical School Latin students who won at the Area C Junior Classical League competition Feb. 24 are (front row, from left) Ethan Beck, Micah Morrison, Hannah Brooks; (middle row) Grant Morrison, Meredith Wilcox, Katherine Day, Rachel Donnelly, Naomi Burgess, Clare Pruss, Ellis Sriram, Allbree Sharp, Grant Jones, Logan Flynn, Dominic Pruss, Clay Crane, John Olafsen; (back row) Wyatt Tyson, Corban Quarles, Levi Hobbs, Aaron Pitts, Cade Ingram, Brooklyn Barrett, Eliana Tyson and Braden Smith.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Elizabeth Gordon Bradley chapter in Waco recently awarded DAR Good Citizen Award Certificates to graduating seniors at five high schools.

Business Professionals of America students at Midway who advanced to the state competition or placed as first alternate are: (bottom row, from left) Yanessa Vea, Sarah Romer, Hareni Ravikumar, Njeri Kanyongo, Vivian Trinh, Aleena Stephens, Mark Hyunh, Kylie Lauderdale, Maria Barragan, Leslie Lopez, Lucas Carlson, Taylor Mason, (second row) Bailey Chiles, Courtney Toscano, Edwin Johnson, M’Lynn Phillips, Danielle Khoury, Shannon Sepanski, Taylor Neimer, Abby Loden, Megan Mize, Krista Gore, Joey Hogins, (third row) Morgan Powers, Audrey Pick, Craig Morgan, Avi Patel, Bethany Neubert, Jacob Allen, Haley Worley, Kayli Patterson, Colton Barden, Katelyn Crunk, (top row) Dalton Swaim, Dylan Biggio, Max Madison, Chris Fisher, Peyton Hacker, Ethan Parkhill, Garrett Lackey, Abdullah Ahmad and Carter Forrest. Not pictured are Isabel Glasson, Kiara Lozano, Lannah Johnson and Alex Hoffman.

Two teams from Waco High School have advanced to the state cross-examination debate state tournament after competing in the eight-team regional tournament held in College Station. Senior Sarah Sriram (far right) and junior Libby Grant (second from right) placed second in the eight-team tournament while sophomore Brigitte Eichenberg (far left) and freshman Neal DuPuy placed third. The students will compete at state March 16-17. The teams are coached by K’Lynn Childress.

McGregor Elementary fourth-grader Bryson Jowers reads his winning essay from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest held on his campus. Bryson was invited to read his essay during a ceremony at McGregor High School. Listening is the Rev. A. Roderick Cammon of Roberson Chapel A.M.E Church in McGregor. Bryson was also awarded a $100 savings bond.

The Reicher Catholic High School robotics team has continued to dominate in competitions under the leadership of Reicher engineering and robotics instructor Brian Atteberry.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. awarded prizes to essay and poster contest winners at the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March on Jan. 15.

William Davis, a sophomore at Midway High School and member of Troop 377 in Woodway, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Midway High School’s team placed first in Area 8 in a tractor technician competition hosted by Texas State Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program.

Waco Founder Lions Club past president Bill Gohring (left) accepts the Lion of the Year Award from current president Matt Bond. The award recognizes oustanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism. Gohring has been a Lion with the club since 1989. He has held many offices within the Lions 2X3 District, including district governor and district cabinet secretary, chairperson for Food for Families and the club’s tail twister. Gohring was the 100th president for the Waco Founder Lions Club.

The first-ever McGregor H.G. Isbill Junior High One-Act Play group won the district championship with its play “Any Body for Tea?” at competition in Groesbeck. All-Star Cast awards were earned by sixth-grader Tracer Rice and eighth-graders Meghan Dunn and Jamie Smith. Sixth-grader Chloe McCauley earned honorable mention All-Star Cast. Eighth-grader Katy Paschall earned Best Technician.

Members of Altrusa International of the Brazos present a check for $10,000, proceeds from its 12th Annual Central Texas Turkey Trot, to members of the board of directors of The Cove-Waco at its January board meeting. In the past four years, Altrusa International of the Brazos has donated more than $30,000 to The Cove, which helps students who experience homelessness.

The McGregor Rotary Club welcomed the first-ever McGregor ISD student body Interact Club to a lunch and presentation in November.

McGregor High School senior Bertha Palma has been named a National Hispanic Scholar.

Samuel Vanhoozer and fellow Boy Scouts with Troop 453 completed Samuel’s Eagle Scout project at the Cameron Park Zoo on Dec. 16.

The Zimmerman Law Firm partnered with Safe2Save to educate students and families about the dangers of distracted driving. Safe2Save is a free mobile app that allows students to earn points for not texting and driving. The points can be redeemed at local businesses for free and discounted items like food, drinks, retail, beauty, health and home services.

Grande Cares, the employee-based giving program of Texas-based Grande Communications, presented a check for $500 to Friends For Life in Waco to help with its Gifts for Grannies and Grandpas Too program. Pictured are (from left) Johnny Hutyra (Grande), Lori Meador (Grande), Monica Rodriguez (Friends For Life), Lane Westerfield (Grande), Julie Morris (Grande) and Christy Baker (Grande).

Grande Communications, the Texas-based broadband communications company, recently presented checks to three Waco-area organizations: McLennan County CPS, Lorena Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry and Operation Christmas Blessings in Bellmead.