Baylor Lady Bear basketball player Lauren Cox (center) joins Rhonda Duchin (left) and Claudette Madison at the Stomp Out Diabetes Community Walk June 30 at Brazos East. Cox is a Type 1 diabetic.

Three members of the McLennan County Republican Women recently received awards from the Texas Federation of Republican Women.

The Waco-McLennan County Retired Teachers Association (WMRTA) presented two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors and a $500 grant to a Robinson Primary School teacher.

Heart of Texas RSVP, sponsored by McLennan Community College, honored hundreds of volunteers from its six-county region at the annual Volunteer Recognition Event June 9 at the Deering Center in Waco.

Mississippi College student Emily Bailey, of Waco, was presented with the P. I. Lipsey Jr. Award, given to the most outstanding student in European History chosen by the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Camp Success held its graduation ceremony June 29 for more than 500 children in this year’s program at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum.

Thirty-five students of Tabitha Hymer’s Piano and Violin Studio performed for an audience of Regent Care residents and other visitors recently.

Six Vanguard College Preparatory School art students competed at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event competition April 28 in San Marcos. Three students earned top score gold medals: (from left) Long Nguyen, James Johnson and Aidon Butler. The state VASE competition started with more than 35,000 entries, of which about 2,200 competed at the state level.

The Waco Founder Lions Club awarded $750 college scholarships to Waco High senior class president Enrique Perez and University High senior class president Jerrica Robinson. Pictured with the seniors are Lions Club youth activities chair Sue Lowry and Lions Club President Matthew Bond. Not pictured are Susan Giddings, Waco High counselor, and Courtney Copas, University High counselor.

The Indian Nations District of the Boy Scouts of America (McLennan, Limestone and Freestone counties) recognized the 2017 Eagle Scouts at the district’s recognition banquet.

To acknowledge the individuals who spend their days keeping students healthy and tending to those who are ailing, the Waco ISD Student Health Services Department held an informal reception to celebrate “School Nurse Day.”

McLennan Community College held its 52nd spring commencement exercises on May 15, and among the graduates were 11 Rapoport Academy seniors who earned associate degrees from MCC prior to their high school graduation.

The 2018 Rotary Challenge champions were recognized at a recent Rotary Club of Waco meeting. Rotary members watched a KCEN-TV replay of the championship competition where Waco High defeated Live Oak Classical School. Pictured are (from left) Waco ISD Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson, Libby Grant, Thomas “Boots” Felton, Rotary Challenge sponsor Rick Lowe, Olivia Henderson, Madison Lacy and Waco High Principal Ed Love. Not pictured is team captain Will Grant, who was out of town attending his brother’s graduation in Boston. The club presented Waco High with a $1,000 donation for winning the contest, while Live Oak received $500. It was the 51st year for the Rotary Challenge.

The Tribune-Herald presents the second installment of the top high school graduates in McLennan County this year. The final group will be showcased June 24. The first group was featured June 10 (click here) and the third was featured June 24 (click here).

Dominic Braus of The Carlson Law Firm was honored as the 2018 Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County at the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association Luncheon on May 11 at McLane Stadium.

Board members of the Waco Newcomers & Neighbors Club presented a $3,000 donation for community service to Mission Waco Executive Director John Calaway. Pictured are (from left) Billie DeFrees, Carol Andrus, John Calaway, Mariann Ryan, Kathy Northrup and Mary Welch.

Waco Police Officer Sofie Martinez has been selected as one of two recipients by the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee for the 2018 Distinguished Advisor Award. Police Chief Ryan Holt congratulated her on the honor, saying, “I am glad that your hard work and dedication in this program is being recognized.”

Waco Stars Square Dance Club held their annual mainstream beginners square dance graduation ceremony May 7 at Allemande Hall in Speegleville. Pictured are (front row, from left) Darlene Heber,Gayle Shipp,Judy Smith, Carolyn Mietzner, Branndi Guel, Eric Guel, James Conrad (filling in for his good friend Linda), Addy Guel, Peggy Lambert, Gloria Gitlen, (back row) Pam Smith (caller’s /teacher’s wife) Ron Mietzner, Dale Smith (caller/teacher) Wendell Moore (caller/teacher), Pat Moore (caller’s wife) Nathan Guel, Daniel Guel and Vicki Patterson.

Al Farrow, of McGregor, completed training in Arlington to become a certified bronze-level bowling coach in October 2017. He completed training in Lawrence, Kansas, in April to become a certified bowling pro shop technician. Farrow has so far coached 15 students at AMF Westview in Waco as he hopes to grow the sport of bowling.

Members of the McGregor High and Bosqueville High Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs gather with 200 pairs of new athletic shoes collected during the Shoes for Orphan Souls campaign, which is sponsored by Buckner International of Dallas. Each year, Buckner sends thousands of shoes to orphans around the world. This is the fourth year the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has participated. Pictured are (from left) McGregor members Caleb Jones, Cade Zacharias and Kaylen Sloan and Bosqueville members Luke Bradshaw, Emma Robertson and Emma Grace Carpenter.

Three employees at Texas State Technical College were recently honored for their work and talents.

Three Vanguard College Preparatory School art students earned gold medals for top scores at the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event art competition April 28 in San Marcos. They are (from left) Long Nguyen, James Johnson and Aidon Butler. The VASE contest began with more than 35,000 works of art, of which about 2,200 advanced to compete at the state level.

The Waco Colony of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants met on May 5 for its annual spring meeting at the West Waco Library and Genealogy Center.

Hillcrest Professional Development School and the Waco ISD maintenance department have forged a new partnership with the creation of a program designed to conserve energy and hopefully save money for Waco ISD.

The MCC Dance Company from McLennan Community College claimed the championship trophy and banner in Division III jazz at the NDA (National Dance Alliance) Collegiate Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida, in April.

Baylor Masonic Lodge 1235 presented $1,000 scholarships to two Robinson High School seniors. Andrew Oliver and Harlee Campbell were presented the scholarships by scholarship committee members Jim Berry (left) and Darrell Farney.