The Excel Club of Copperas High School became a permanent organization April 24 during an installation banquet catered by the Copperas Cove High School culinary arts department.

The club, sponsored by the Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove, is the first of its kind at the high school.

Noon Exchange Club President Dennis Ayres said the club has 31 members.

“I heard the biggest Excel club in the nation has 51 students, and we are going to try and beat that,” he said.

Two Noon Exchange Club members, Kellie Dalrymple and Melissa Ramsey, volunteered to serve as student advisers to work closely with the students to accomplish the Exchange Club goals of service by supporting Americanism, community service and prevention of child abuse.

At the banquet, National Field Representative Earnest Remedies began the presentation by sharing the history of the National Exchange. “Exchange was first organized in 1911 and has been active in community service, patriotic endeavors and youth projects ever since,” he said.

Remedies listed the benefits of membership that include “developing leadership skills and building a better America.” He also reiterated the responsibilities of club members to work together to make communities better places to live.

Excel Club officers were inducted, including President Mikayla Miller, President-elect Selena Romero, Secretary Kamryn Mayberry, Treasurer Lily Brever, Historian Emily Brever, and class representatives Amanda Arrisola and Destiny Frank.

Remedies presented the club charter membership plaque and charter president pin to Miller, and Mike Blount offered Miller the Exchange bell and gavel.

Miller expressed her gratitude and conveyed her desire to see the Excel Club become an integral part of the community.

“Our club will work hard to bring the national Exchange Club mission to our city and to make our community a better place,” she said.

Ayres continued the presentation and positioned the Excel banner for the Excel Club’s officers and the audience.

“Display Exchange’s Excel banner with pride,” he said.

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