Cotillion introduces 5 young debutantes

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Killeen Alumnae Chapter recently held its 24th annual Debutante Cotillion, formally introducing five young women to society at the Killeen Civic Center.

Alecia Pace of Killeen was crowned as Miss Debutante 2012. Pace is the daughter of Jeanette Pace. She has an associate's degree from Temple College and is a recent graduate of Ellison High School. She plans to attend the University of Texas and major in computer Science.

Ennija Armour, a recent graduate of Killeen High School, is the daughter of Akiesha Williams. She plans to attend Texas Southern University.

Tera Jones, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Jones, is a recent graduate of Harker Heights High School where she served as the captain of the Crimson Belles. She plans to attend Cisco Community College.

Kadijah Oatis is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baldon. She is a recent graduate of Harker Heights High School and plans to attend Texas State University to major in civil engineering.

Mariah Rushing is the daughter of Mr. Kevin and Dr. Cheryl Rushing. A recent graduate of Ellison High School, she plans to attend Prairie View A&M and major in pediatric nursing.

The chapter provided enrichment opportunities throughout the year for the young ladies with the focus on scholarship, community service, etiquette and dance classes. For more information about Killeen Alumnae Chapter's 2013 Cotillion, call Mrs. Jones at (254) 247-6231.

SIFE earns honors at national expo

The Central Texas College Students In Free Enterprise team earned second runner-up honors of League Seven in the opening round, of the 2012 SIFE National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo. The team was recognized for its quality educational programs, success in SIFE and long-term sustainability to improve the quality of life and standard of living for others.

The team also captured third place overall in the "Let's Can Hunger" challenge. The team collected 50,721 pounds of non-perishable items for food banks in Killeen, Copperas Cove and Harker Heights.

A total of 157 college and university teams competed for the SIFE National Championship. CTC's SIFE team took home $4,750.

CTC was represented at the National SIFE Expo by Steban Ramos, president; Charlene Spencer, vice president; Clark Madsen, project executive director; Taryn Ellis, project executive director; Alvin Perry, project manager; Jasmin Ramos, project manager; Cassie Shively, team member and Jeffrey Alvarado, computer technician.

CTC aviation team top among two-year schools at event

Central Texas College aviation science students won first place among competing two-year schools at the 2012 National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference event held recently at Kansas State University in Salina.

The competition featured three two-year and 25 four-year schools and other aviation training schools competing in a series of flight and landing events. CTC finished 14th overall in the nation and placed 11th in the flight events. This year's national SAFECON champion was Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott and the runner-up was the University of North Dakota.

CTC pilots placed 22nd in the Judges' Trophy competition, which is based on the overall participation of a team's individual members. Individual honors were won by Max Wiener, CTC team co-captain, who placed 13th in the National Top Pilot Award category and finished as the 19th highest point scorer of all the male contestants (21st overall). Robert Mazyrack, co-captain, finished as the 54th highest scoring male (59th overall). Mazyrack was also selected as the CTC Outstanding Team Member.

Also, Wiener (pilot) and Mason Ross (observer) finished fourth in the nation in the navigation event out of 80 contestants.

The CTC team was coached by Michael Hutyra, assistant chief flight instructor, and Tim Hulon. Other team members were Austin Boney, Killian Brooks, Bryan Glover, Michael Steele, Jon Strobel and Joe Wukasch.

Last year, CTC finished second among competing two-year schools and 19th overall at the national event. The team qualified for this year's event by earning second place honors at the regional SAFECON event last October.

— Compiled by M. Clare Haefner

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