New women join Junior League of Bell County

From left, new Junior League of Bell County members Erin Rigsby, Amber Fox, Jennifer Denoso, Reann Murray, Keesha Dancy, Kelly Yepma and Amber Hoelscher with new member co-chair Rhiannon Williams.

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Junior League of Bell County welcomes seven new members

The Junior League of Bell County welcomed seven new members during a Christmas celebration Dec. 5 at the home of current Junior League of Bell County President Holly Steele. The 2012 Fall New Member Class spent four months learning about the league and the various projects JLBC supports, including Project Prom, Kids In The Kitchen and Project S.M.I.L.E., an outreach program that supports patients at McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White in Temple. They also were responsible for organizing a special sale at the Second Hand Rose, a resale shop operated by JLBC in downtown Temple.

The new members of the fall 2012 class include Jennifer Denoso, Kelly Yepma, Erin Rigsby, Amber Hoelscher, Amber Fox, Keesha Dancy and Reann Murray.

Several times a year, the Junior League of Bell County hosts an information meeting for women interested in membership in the organization. To submit names of potential members, email For more information, go to

Barrington named Youth of the Year

Selected among several local outstanding youth, Annabelle Barrington will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the North Texas Area Council Youth of the Year title.

As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, 17-year old Barrington is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.

“Annabelle is a great example of an outstanding young person that has removed challenges placed in front of her. She has a truly bright future,” said Jon Charles, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas.

As a senior attending Gatesville High School, Barrington participates mainly in educational and dance-related activities. She is a lieutenant of the Dazzlers (dance team), in Spanish Club and Students for Excellence. Academically, she made the A-B Honor Roll the first six weeks (with only one B) and the All “A” Honor Roll the second six weeks. Upon graduation, Barrington plans to go to college and later become an educator.

If Barrington wins at the area competition, she will compete for the title of Texas Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands. If successful, she will advance to the Southwest Region Youth of the Year Competition. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year, which comes with a $50,000 scholarship and a chance to meet the president.


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