Grace cheerleaders performing in Orlando
The Grace Baptist Academy varsity cheerleading squad will perform in the 2014 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on New Year’s Day. The game will be televised on ABC.
Teams invited to perform in the pregame festivities are winners from Universal Cheerleaders Association, Universal Dance Association and United Spirit Association summer camps.
Participating squads will travel as a team to Orlando for a week of rehearsals. While in town they will have the chance to visit Central Florida’s theme parks.
Girls Inc. honors 10 with UnBought, UnBossed Award
Girls Inc. has announced the 10 female role models who will be honored at the 10th anniversary of the UnBought and UnBossed Awards. They will be honored at a luncheon on April 2 in the Chattanooga Convention Center.
The award is named in honor of a phrase coined by Shirley Chisholm during her run for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. Nominations are submitted by community members and the honorees are chosen by 10 high school teens participating in Girls Inc.’s Women’s History Project.
The 2014 honorees are:
• Stephanie Bellar, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor.
• Dr. Christine Benz Smith, interim director of UTC School of Nursing.
• Lacey S. Furr, Regions Bank vice president.
• Jenise Gordon, Girls Preparatory School faculty member.
• Donna McConnico, Signal Centers chief executive officer.
• Diane S. Parks, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, director of leadership and community development.
• Kathy Purnell, UTC field education coordinator and instructor.
• Bobbie Standefer, owner of Allison Senior Advising and Insurance, certified senior adviser.
• Judge Marie Williams, Division III of the Circuit Court of Hamilton County.
• Gladys Pineda-Loher, Chattanooga State Community College, director of international community outreach.
Each of the Women’s History Project girls will select an honoree who inspires them, then interview, research and develop a presentation to deliver in tribute to her honoree at the luncheon in April.
Girls participating are Ebonee Chappell, Alexis Dozier, Alexis Eaton, Sophie Epstein, Khadesha Gordon, Emily Horton, Taylor Jackson, Antinea Jones, Jasmine Pulliam and Terri Wright.
For more information or tickets to the luncheon, call 423-624-4757.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...