The Central Texas Literacy Coalition presented a check to the Nurse-Family Partnership Program at the Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center for its work in supporting literacy. Joining Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver (third from left) are Nurse-Family Partnership team members (from left) Brinwyn Case, Marilyn Brooks, Michaelann Miller, Melonnie Pollard and Daryl Meyer.

Lorena ISD student Kyndal Sligh was one of five area winners of Tractor Supply Company’s “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest.

Midway High School will have its homecoming ceremony during halftime of Friday’s game with Copperas Cove at Panther Stadium. Making up this year’s homecoming court are (from left) Taylor Vasek, Maddie Castilleja, Makayla Parker, Shelby Saul, Morgan Thielepape, Mattie Etheredge, Sydney Moehnke, Caroline Kolinek, Sydney Hulme, Rahya Gupta, Hannah Oubre, Jayci Edwards and Maci Meador.

Waco High School will crown its 2018 homecoming king and queen during halftime of Friday night’s game at Waco ISD Stadium. The homecoming court is (front row, from left) Hannah Clayton, ChristiAnna Hernandez, Tamra Richie, Tayler Torres, Halee Wise, (back row) Jacob Balderrama, Jordan Banda, Cory Ebron, William Audet and Chris Esqueda.

Michael Harris, a member of Boy Scout Troop 377 in Woodway, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Clifton House in Waco.

Spirit Bells’ founder and former director Barbara Lewandowski, had the unique opportunity to enter a contest to have the bells refurbished and polished by “The Bellman,” a man who is a noted bell repairman. The group won the contest and the bells were taken to his shop near Fredericksburg during the summer and were returned in August. Members (from left) Barbara Lewandowski, Gloria Arnold, Lisa Sheehy, Sharon Wendt, Bobby Wendt and Barbara Roberts show off the freshly polished handbells.

Members of the McGregor High School class of 1968 celebrated their 50th class reunion recently. The group enjoyed time visiting and recalling their days at McGregor. The group donated $1,000 to McGregor High to be presented as a scholarship to a member of the class of 2019. Pictured at the check presentation are (from left) Phillip Kelly, McGregor ISD Superintendent James Lenamon, Sue Kasting Geick and Mike Erlanson.

The McLennan Community College Foundation’s Highlander Alumni & Friends Association recently presented two prestigious awards to alumni of McLennan Community College: the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Leader awards.

Three recent Texas State Technical College graduates gave their fathers plenty of reasons to smile.

James “Matthew” Flippin, a Robinson High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 1311 in Robinson recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts program opens its student-operated restaurant for the fall semester on Wednesday.

Maddie Lacy, a senior at Waco High School, and her horse Fandango placed 11th in the nation in the junior division at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Festival of Champions (national dressage championship) held Aug. 21-26 in St. Charles, Illinois.

April Harris, assistant principal of Midway Middle School in Hewitt, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as a Region 12 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

Texas State Technical College’s certificate program in automotive technology — Toyota Technician Training and Education Network, or T-TEN, specialization received nationwide certification at a ceremony last week.

Members of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Gholson assembled near the entrance to their church July 8 after commemorating the burning of their church’s 20-year mortgage after only 10 years. Seated are (from left) the church’s pastor, the Rev. Darrick W. Ervin, First Lady Shelia Ervin and Brother Melvin Johnson.

The Leadership Waco Class XXXIV completed a group community service project for Mission Waco, giving two rooms at the youth center a floor-to-ceiling makeover.

Baylor University junior and Golden Girl featured twirler Adaline Bebo placed third at the 34th World Baton Twirling Championships in August at the Osceola Heritage Park Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Professional Male Mentor Association presented a scholarship to Evan Wesley Davis on Aug. 17. Davis is attending the University of North Texas and majoring in electrical engineering. Pictured at the presentation of the scholarship are (front row, from left) Lisa Saxenian, George Davies, Evan Wesley Davis Nancy Lacy, (back row) Ed Love, Jerry Johnson, Cory Gropp and James Stewart.

Baylor University benefactors Bob and Laura Beauchamp, of Houston, were named Recovery Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Recovery in Higher Education at a ceremony this summer at the University of Houston Student Center.

Vanguard College Preparatory School had 22 seventh-grade students who qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program’s 7th Grade Talent Search. Three students were not available for the initial photo that ran last week and had 19 individuals. The additional Duke TIP qualifiers are (from left) Michael Bennett, Juliet Indergard and Jack Meehan.

The policy debate team of 2018 graduates Hanxing Kuang and Anna Lucas (known as Midway KL) competed at the National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in June.

McGregor High School sophomore Shane Brown and senior Leslie Reyes received gold medals for their artwork in the 2018 State Visual Arts Scholastic Event in San Marcos.

The University of Rochester sponsors awards that recognize high school juniors’achievements in leadership and academics. Last spring, three Vanguard College Preparatory School students received the following awards (from left) Trevor Hickok, Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology; Ria Goyal, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award; and Carter Boehm, George Eastman Young Leaders Award.

Vanguard College Preparatory School has 19 seventh-grade students who qualified for the Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program)’s 7th Grade Talent Search.