Midway High School Business Professionals of America qualified 18 students for the national BPA competition in Dallas this week, competing in events such as graphic design, interview skills and software engineering. Qualifiers are (sitting, from left) Sarah Romer, Taylor Mason, Christiana Kaul, Courtney Toscano, Sarah Still, Kiara Lozano, Alex Hoffman, Richard Hutchison, Alex Aragon, (standing) Lucas Carlson, Steven Acevedo, Joey Hogins, Colton Barden, Jeremy Bellert, Madison Hall, Garrett Lackey, Dylan Biggio and Carter Forrest.

Mary Lou Crane, 75, who lives in Axtell’s Beaver Lake neighborhood, opened the side door of her double-wide mobile home, instructed a pooch to stop yapping and walked onto the porch, appearing ready to vent.

Jeremy Wilkey with Troop 456 in Waco was honored for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor ceremony on April 15.

An Eagle Christian Academy student from Lorena was recognized at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas 2018 Art Contest Awards Ceremony on April 7 at the Texas Capitol.

St. Louis Catholic Church’s Quilts from the Heart group handcrafted and donated 17 quilts to Providence Health Center patients and newborns recently.

Waco resident Thelma Little was honored at two parties recently to celebrate her 106th birthday.

Lorena High School senior Gracie Tate was awarded a $500 scholarship from Capital Farm Credit’s Waco branch office.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs of McGregor High School and Bosqueville High School joined together in sponsoring the fourth annual Shoes for Orphan Souls Campaign.

Midway High School graduate Mia Miller made history at Texas A&M University, becoming the first woman in the role of mascot corporal as she became the new handler of Reveille IX.

Local entrepreneur Kollin Behrghundi and Mart Mayor Pro Tem Henry Witt III (left) commissioned Mart High School students Madison Lamb (center) and McKenna Riddle to redesign the city of Mart seal. Madison and McKenna presented the Mart City Council with the conceptual design at a recent council meeting.

Five generations of a family recently met in Waco, visiting at the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Betsy Frix (seated at right), of Waco, is 101 years old. She was joined by her daughter, Arlena Lay (seated at left), of Waco, and (standing, from left) great-great-granddaughter Brinley Isham, great-granddaughter Amy Isham, granddaughter April Adams and great-great-grandson Kyle Isham. Adams lives in Sherman and the Ishams live in Princeton.

McLennan County Republican Women recently received a prestigious award from the National Federation of Republican Women recognizing their community service.

The Waco Center for Youth held its annual volunteer awards supper recognition to honor volunteers, employees, donors and media members for their work with the center.

The Henry Downs Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded David Granger, a sophomore at Midway High School, with the winning submission on an essay about Christopher Columbus.

Sarah Holland, principal of River Valley Intermediate School, is one of 20 school leaders statewide named as TEPSANs of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

Robinson Independent School District recently received the Sustainability Champion Award, given by Schneider Electric to top-performing public partners in the state for demonstrating leadership in sustainable practices that have produced sustained impacts over time.

The Texas Water Utilities Association presented its Heroism Award to Aqua Texas facility operator Gayln Griffin at the association’s annual meeting in Corpus Christi in March.

Twenty high school seniors in McLennan County are being recognized for their volunteerism and service in the 38th annual Youth Citizenship Awards sponsored by the Rotary Club of Waco and the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Bell’s Hill Elementary School was recently named a national winner of the Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl contest. Students in the school’s Garden Club, with assistance from the custodial staff and classroom teachers, conducted the campuswide recycling effort that led to national recognition.

Four Waco-area families who are members of the Waco Chess Club traveled to Houston to take part in the 2018 North/Central Texas State Scholastic Chess Championships.

Well-known local individuals joined Meals on Wheels Waco volunteers during March in delivering meals to homebound residents as part of the March for Meals month.

KXXV-TV News Channel 25 news anchor Makenzi Henderson presented the program “Women in the Field of Communications” to members of the Elizabeth Gordon Bradley Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, in Waco on Tuesday.

Community leaders this month are joining Meals on Wheels Waco volunteers in delivering meals to homebound residents as part of the March for Meals month.