For the second consecutive year in its relatively short history, The Paul W. Bryant High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC (PWBHS MCJROTC) has once again been designated as a Naval Honor School for the past academic year.

Tuscaloosa resident and Wells Fargo team member Devon Averett received the Patriot Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Britto presented the award to Averett during a ceremony held on Jan. 31.

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama recognized top volunteers for 2017 during its 117th annual celebration, presented on Friday, Jan. 19 by The University of Alabama at the Bryant Conference Center. 

Tuscaloosa’s Tabitha Bostick was awarded the 2017 AAF District 7 Governor’s Award at the American Advertising District 7 Leadership Conference recently held in Tuscaloosa. Top ad professionals from five states cheered Bostick as she was named the recipient of the honored service award.

Kayla Boone-Davis may not have been teaching as long as most of her co-workers, but there is no doubt she has already made her mark. This will be her third year teaching first grade at Flatwoods Elementary School.

Five of the area’s most distinguished residents were honored by being inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame on Oct. 19.

Northport’s Citizen of the Year will be honored on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The dinner, which will be held at Five Points Baptist Church, recognizes those individuals who have contributed to the betterment of Northport.

The Community Foundation of West Alabama will honor its annual community Pillars of West Alabama class this Thursday, June 22 at the Indian Hills Country Club. The meal begins at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow.

“The CFWA was only five years old and looking for some way to help publicize the foundation,” said Glenn Taylor, the organization’s president. “The idea was to have an annual event recognizing people who have meant so much to making West Alabama a great place to live. Dr. John Blackburn came up with the idea, and it has really grown each year.”

Tuscaloosa native Jessica Procter has represented the Tuscaloosa area as Miss West Central Alabama Outstanding Teen, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Tuscaloosa and now the 21-year-old University of Alabama student is Miss Alabama.

Competing as Miss Leeds Area 2017, Procter took home the crown on Saturday, June 10, at Samford University’s Wright Center in Birmingham. For her talent, Procter sang “Over the Rainbow.” Classically trained, Procter comes from an entire family of singers. Her parents both performed as professional opera singers in Europe for many years, before ultimately settling in Tuscaloosa. Doff Procter is the director of The Alabama Choir School; mom Laurel Procter is an administrator and artist in residence there. 

Jessica Procter, named Miss Alabama on June 10, with her parents, Doff and Laurel Procter.

 

Procter is a junior at UA, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology. Her platform, “Step Up to the Plate,” aims to fight hunger, and Procter has been an avid supporter of the West Alabama Food Bank.

As Miss Alabama, Procter will go on to represent the state in the upcoming 97th Miss America pageant, set for September at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Preliminary competitions will be held Sept. 6-8, and the final night of competition on Sept. 10 will be broadcast live on ABC.

Hillcrest High School student Jacob Fitzpatrick recently received a special honor. The Army Junior ROTC Cadet was presented with the Scottish Rite Certificate of Appreciation by retired Alabama National Guard Master Sergeant Ron Anders during Hillcrest’s awards ceremony.

Cadet Fitzpatrick was recognized for scholastic excellence and demonstrated Americanism in supporting the United States as a member of the Army Junior ROTC program. Anders is Past Grand Master of the Alabama Grand Lodge.

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