honors at Auburn
Auburn University student and Gadsden City High School graduate Laura Minton received honors recently at the university.
Minton was recognized as Auburn University Outstanding Sophomore with a 4.0 GPA in the College of Science and Mathematics and she was one of 10 “Be the Creed” honorees. She was elected and initiated in the National Membership of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Health Pre-professional National Honor Society.
Minton currently holds a 4.0 GPA in the Honors College at Auburn University. She also works as a resident assistant overseeing 300 freshmen students; volunteers weekly at Project Horseshoe Farm where she tutors students K-12; volunteers weekly at Oak Park of East Alabama Medical Center Nursing Home; participates daily in Active Auburn physical fitness; and regularly attends First Baptist Church of Auburn. She is the daughter of Dr. Maury and Amy Minton. She hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatric neurologist.
Volunteer of Year
Traci Pondick of Gadsden recently received the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award from the Alabama Association of Habitat Affiliates in Montgomery in recognition of her volunteer service and dedication to Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity.
Pondick served on Habitat’s board of directors for eight years, rotating off in December 2017 because of term limits. She served as treasurer in 2011, president in 2013 and vice-president in 2014-2017, and continues to serve as family support chairwoman.
During her time on the board, she brought new ideas for the partnership homebuyer and budgeting classes. She serves as a class instructor and as an advocate for families. She has recruited local professionals and volunteers to provide opportunities for growth at the monthly classes. Some of the classes include bringing in an attorney to discuss the importance of having a will; a banker to review and discuss each family’s individual credit report; an insurance agent to review various types of insurance including homeowner’s insurance; and volunteers from RSVP to provide free tax return preparation. She has helped recruit volunteers to tutor future homeowners and/or their children in order to reach their potential by attaining their GED or entering a college program.
Pondick is in her seventh year as volunteer coordinator for the Habitat Dragon Boat Festival fundraiser that takes place in August on the Coosa River. She recruits and prepares volunteers from the community to assist in the various logistical needs for the event.
She is executive director of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program in Gadsden. She and her husband, Mark, have one son.
Phi Kappa Phi
Several Northeast Alabama students recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Fancher was initiated at the University of North Alabama.
Jodi Lackey of Rainbow City was initiated at the University of Montevallo, Angel Negrete of Boaz at Troy University, Emma Fancher of Guntersville at the University of North Alabama, Caroline Spigner of Rainsville at UAB and Cheryl Hubbard of Horton at UAH.
They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
contest’s top prize
Kaleigh Backstrom of Marshall County won first prize for her multimedia video entry in the state Farm-City poster, essay and multimedia competition.
Backstrom received her award at the annual Alabama Farm City Awards Luncheon in Birmingham. Her project illustrated this year’s theme of “Agriculture: Food for Life.”
Backstrom and her school, The Way Home Christian School, each received $300 in the competition.
Posey a member
of winning chapter
Andrew Posey of Piedmont is the secretary of the University of Alabama’s Association for Information Systems chapter, which has won Chapter of the Year from the organization.
AIS is a student organization intended to further the information systems field by means of technology improvement and corporate engagement.
Hokes Bluff Middle School
Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Jaden Nicholas Burns, Jerub Ryan Crane, Holly Faith Davenport, Adam Michael Easterwood, Lily Ella Hanks, Landon Dane Hawkins, Tucker Stephen Hill, Bella Rae Lee, Madilyn Kate Lockridge, Alexander Scot Moland, Angelica Faith Mutuc Nail, Chloe Elaine Rule, Maggie Beth Townsend, Alyssa Nicole Wolfe
Preslee Love Blackwell, Phillip Nolan Fletcher, Olivia Danielle Freitag, Jadyn Lynn Garmon, Shannon Kristen George, Lauren Michelle Helms, Nathaniel Allen Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Jones, Conner Scott Masters, Mason Paul Miller, Judson Bryer Morrison, Harley Shyanne O’Dell, Dustin Dwayne Perry, Quincy Ella Reaves, Karlee Scott Reed, John Clark Wetzel
Kileigh Louise Blackwell, Jordan Wayne Bradley, Mollie Kate Jackson, Charly Grace Robinson, Haleigh Annette Skelton, Emi Elizabeth Womack
A’s and B’s
Luke Alexander Agan, Caitlin Hope Alexander, Breanna Rose Beasley, Jonathon Noah Sean Beggs Jr., Zoey Elizabeth Bell, Meghan Elizabeth Brock, Charlee Leighann Bussey, Samantha Lynn Cole, Railey Michelle Colvard, Michael Anthony Dalesandro II, Landon Ryan Davenport, Brooklynn Taylor Donald, Addison Morgan Faulkner, Kaitlyn Olivia Garrard, Alexis Marie Gooch, Addison Levy Graves, Hanah Nikole Haney, Jace Christopher Harper, Kadyn Elise Howell, Savannah Caitlyn Hulsey, Ava McKenzie Jarrells, Dylan Grant Lancaster, Katilynn Shay Law, Ashton Dale Moody, Braxton Aden Moore, Jessie Lee Moore, Natalie Elizabeth Morris, Abigail Brooke Payne, McKenzie Lynn Sims, Anna Reece Stanley, John Maxwell Taylor, Trey Alton Thomason, Virginia Aileene Townsend, Ella Kate Walker, Peyton Jane Ward
Randall Jayce Barber, Gavin Reed Bray, Emma Mickay Coggins, Riley Payton Cook, Ava Diane Dodd, William Hoyt Godfrey, Brylie Carol Gray, Reese Erin Hawks, Andrew Ryan Higdon, Layton Nicolas Horne, Julia Ann Johnson, Maria Faith Lancaster, Isabella Victoria Leyton Mason, Shayna Alexis McGlathery, Jonathon Wayne Moody, Savannah Lynn Smith, Haley Kate Wellingham, Gavin Kane Wolfe, Hayden Layne Wolfe
Aiden Meckenzie Beddingfield, Presley Gage Belyeu, Gracie Laurel Blair, Christopher Brayden Brown, Bradley Reece Crow, Halle Katelyn Davenport, Gabriele Keri Dean, Grace Rose Dodd, Jesse Tyler Fail, Alyssa Nichole Farley, Hannah Amarallis Flanigan, Jayden Oliver Gibbs, John Robert Golden, Kaylee Nicole Hill, Dylan Blythe Johnson, Matthew James Latham, Matthew Seth Lockridge, Harrison Handley Millander, Maverick O’Rhyan Proctor, Emily Selena Roe, Matthew Wayne Silvey, Caleb Alen Smith, Jessica Madalyn Steward, Hope Abigail Thomason, Abigail Catherine Watkins, William Gage Wiemann, Kennedy Grace Williams