OC juniors selected for programs
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:00 pm
For 63 years, young women ready to enter their senior year of high school have been invited to learn some hands-on lessons in government through American Legion Auxiliary’s Volunteer Girls State program.
The 64th session will open June 6 at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Students selected to attend the event will form and run a “mock” government by “meeting, living and working with other young female leaders from across the state,” according to the Web site. The non-partisan, non-political attempt to teach and instill a love of God and country through the week-long program places participants in a dozen “cities” and divides them into two political parties. The young women then have the opportunity to run for or be appointed to offices on the city, county and state level. Their efforts encompass meeting petitioning requirements, giving speeches, addressing true-to-life issues that affect people at the level of office the candidate is seeking and interacting with “constituents.”
Girls State participants learn leadership skills, history and civics and also enjoy participation in VGS Olympics, Fast Song and Girls State Jeopardy.
All efforts are carried out with an eye on the goal of being named “Best City,” an award made to the group of young women who best demonstrate an ability to work in harmony toward excellence.
Special guest speakers address the group daily and bonds are forged across the Volunteer State as these outstanding young women grow in their appreciation of the opportunities afforded them by this nation and the responsibilities they are expected to accept as outstanding citizens.
Boys State opens
Male members of the Class of 2011 who have been selected to take part in American Legion Boys State will be spending the first few days of their summer vacation on campus at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville May 30-June 5.
The purpose of their program is to provide a participatory experience in which young men can determine the role, purpose and ways in which local, county and state government operate.
Legislative session, court proceedings, law enforcement presentation, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs are all part of the experience for young men who are part of the hands-on program that closely mirrors the Girls State experience.
OCCHS Girls Staters
Delegates to the 2010 Volunteer Girls State experience from Obion County Central High School are Katie Beth Vancleave, daughter of Noah and Lisa Vancleave of Rives, and Hope Montgomery and Megan Montgomery, daughters of Bob and Amy Montgomery of Union City. Miss Vancleave’s alternate is Diana Whitmore, daughter of Terry and Gail Whitmore of Hornbeak. Autumn Yates, daughter of Glen and Michelle Yates of Hornbeak, is the alternate for Hope Montgomery and Kacee Warren, daughter of Mark Warren and Jennifer and David Godwin, all of Union City, will be the back-up for Megan Montgomery.
Miss Vancleave, who is sponsored by Commercial Bank, has been a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month and a member of Obion County Youth Leadership class. At OCCHS, she is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christian Students Association, Beta Club, Key Club and French Club. She was elected treasurer of her class as both a sophomore and a junior.
Miss Vancleave has taken part in the Obion County Fair youth musical and has been a volunteer for Chimes for Charity. She attends and is active in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Rives.
Hope Montgomery is sponsored by First State Bank. Classmates elected her vice president their freshman year and president of the class the past two years. She has also been a Beta Club officer and has been in charge of leading music in the Christian Student Association assembly since her sophomore year.
She is vice president of the OCCHS Art Club and has been active in club trips, the OCCHS Art Show and several art competitions across the state. She has also taken an active role in the Art Club’s class for elementary students. During her freshman and sophomore years, she was recognized for having the highest grade point average in art. She claimed Best of Show for Overall Work in the OCCHS art show for two consecutive years.
She is also a member of the Foreign Language Club, the National Honor Society and FCA. She runs cross country and plays soccer and has enjoyed perfect attendance during her high school career.
She has been a Top Ten student the past three years and as a freshman received the Wellness and the Reading Counts awards. She has also been a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month and is on target to become a Tennessee Challenge Graduate.
She attends Union City First United Methodist Church, where she leads the youth worship band by singing and playing guitar. She is also an active participant in the church’s new Overflow contemporary worship service praise band. She has participated in church mission trips to Eureka Springs, Ark., and has been a volunteer counselor at Lakeshore United Methodist Assembly, where she also assists with other programs throughout the year.
Megan Montgomery, sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, is vice president of her class this year and is active in the OCCHS Beta Club as vice president and in CSA, FCA, Foreign Language Club, National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Health Occupations Students of America and as vice chairman of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She received third place and a gold medal in the state FCCLA STAR events competition.
A member of the yearbook staff, she will be the 2010-11 editor. She is also a member of the school’s cross country team. She has been a Top Ten student and has been named to the first honor roll for three consecutive years in high school and has been a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month. She received the Family and Consumer Sciences Award, the Art I Award and honorable mention in last year’s OCCHS art show.
She attends UC-FUMC and is active in the youth group. A volunteer for Chimes for Charity, she also takes part in youth mission trips to Nashville and Eureka Springs and volunteers as a counselor at Lakeshore United Methodist Assem-bly.
She is employed part-time as a First Friends Preschool substitute teacher at her church.
Miss Whitmore is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Art Club, Foreign Language Club, Pep Club, Key Club and FFA. She has been the reporter for Beta Club and has been a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month. A Top Ten academic standout, she has been listed on first honor roll each semester and has taken part in FCCLA, FFA and Beta Club competitions. She has also participated in the University of Tennessee at Martin Math Bowl each year.
She enjoys volunteer work that includes visiting Magnolia Place Assisted Living in Union City with the Beta Club each month and has assisted with the school-wide food drive for Reelfoot Rural Ministries. She also assists in setting up and preparing breakfast for CDC students at OCCHS. She attends Walnut Log Baptist Church near Reelfoot Lake.
Miss Yates is also a member of Beta Club, Foreign Language Club, HOSA, National Honor Society and FCA. She is active on the OCCHS basketball, softball and cross country teams. She has been a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month and has been in the top 10 percent of her junior class.
She has more than 100 hours of community service to her credit and has volunteered for the cross country run and youth league basketball camp. She was named a Class Favorite as a sophomore.
Miss Warren is active in Beta Club and placed second in creative writing at the Tennessee State Beta Club Convention as a sophomore.
She has also competed in the Honors category of Academic Decathlon the past two years and has placed first in the essay competition at the state level both years. She is a member of Key Club and was elected treasurer this year. She is also a member and officer of the school’s Sock and Buskin Club and of the Art Club, Foreign Language Club, National Honor Society, Warriors of the Ink and Computer Club.
She is part of the OCCHS tennis team and has been active in the marching band since she was in eighth grade.
She has been a consistent Top Ten academic standout throughout high school and received the Honors English I and II awards. A Kiwanis Club Student of the Month, she is working toward graduation as a Tennessee Scholar and an OCCHS Challenge Graduate.
She has attended the Governor’s School for the Humanities at UTM and is a graduate of the Obion County Youth Leadership program.
OCCHS Boys Staters
Representing OCCHS at Boys State will be Alton Alexander, son of Travis and Laurie Alexander of Hornbeak, and Tyler Buckelew, son of Dennis and Susan Buckelew of Union City. Alternates are Devin Palmer, son of Wade and Wendy Kersey of Troy, for Alexander and Mikey Arnett, son of Mike and Stacy Arnett of Union City, for Buckelew.
Alexander is sponsored by Reelfoot Bank. He has been a member of Beta Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, FCA, HOSA, Art Club, Photography Club, Foreign Language Club, Pep Club, Warriors of the Ink and the Rebel Beat news staff. He has also been elected Student Council treasurer, treasurer and president-elect of Key Club, president of Beta Club and sophomore class vice president.
He is the Rebel Beat news staff segment leader.
Alexander is a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month and has received the French I and Chemistry I academic awards. He has been an academic Top Ten student each year and has been listed on the gold honor roll.
A Class Favorite as a freshman and sophomore, he enjoyed perfect attendance as a sophomore.
He enjoys the distinction of being the first OCCHS student selected to receive a Union City Rotary Club-sponsored all-expense-paid 12-day trip to Europe this summer.
He is a member of the OCCHS cross country and tennis teams and has participated in volleyball intramurals.
He has taken part in the UTM Math Bowl, the UTM Foreign Language Day competition and the annual school See You at the Pole event and has been a delegate to the Tennessee State Beta Club convention the past two years. He has also been a delegate to West Tennessee Teen Institute at Bethel University in McKenzie and has been a page for state senator Roy Herron.
He has volunteered at Magnolia Place Assisted Living, in the Obion County School System Extended School program and for Hometown Walk of Hope and Lake County Relay for Life. He has also volunteered for the Reelfoot Rural Ministries food drive, Chimes for Charity, Coats for Kids and the Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast fundraiser.
He has also enjoyed being part of the Obion County Fair youth musical.
Buckelew is being sponsored by First Citizens National Bank. He is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society and Foreign Language Club. He has been a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month and is active in the school band and on the soccer team.
He was a delegate to the People to People program and spent time at UCLA in 2007.
He attends UC-FUMC and is active in the youth group.
He has been a Chimes for Charity volunteer and has helped pack and organize food gifts for the needy.
Palmer has claimed the World Geography Award and has been a Kiwanis Club Student of the Month while earning “Top 10 Percent” honors in his class. He has also been listed on the Golden Honor Roll throughout his high school career.
He is a member of Beta Club, Foreign Language Club, Pep Club, CSA, FCA and HOSA. A varsity football player, he is a volunteer in the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Arnett is a member of the OCCHS Rebel football and baseball teams and is a member of FCA, Pep Club and Spanish Club.
He has volunteered for several church opportunities to serve, including Vacation Bible School, Operation Christmas Child and Youth Leadership Team at Troy First Baptist Church.
He has been employed at T.M’s Diner in Hornbeak for two years.
Published in The Messenger 4.21.10