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Bethany Baptist Church hosted the monthly luncheon meeting of the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce. Those attending enjoyed a potato bar with baked potatoes and a variety of toppings.
Guest speaker was Rachel Koch (pronounced Cook), owner/operator of True Brew, the new coffee shop on the northeast corner of the Ava square.
Rachel told the Chamber crowd how she chose Ava as the home of her business and invited everyone to stop by for a cup of her special coffee brews, as well as soups and sandwiches.
Students of the month for January were introduced by administrators of Ava Victory Academy and Ava High School. Each was presented a $25 gift card by Tessa Brooke of Great Southern Bank.
Also introduced was Makenzie Watterson, Ava High School student of the month for December who was unable to attend the December meeting.
Ava Victory Academy’s student of the month for Ava Victory Academy is Robert Davidson.
Robert is an active member of the student body at the Academy. He is a member of Student Council and Future Christian Business Leaders of America. Robert is the president of Missions Club and is looking forward to his second mission trip to work at Camp Barnabus this year. He is also the school chaplain. Robert was a founding member of the Academy’s Praise Band. He has also received the Fruit of the Spirit award for Patience.
Robert is very active in his church. He has been involved in Church Youth Leadership for five years. He is a member of the Church Youth Band and the Congregational Band. He has been a camp counselor for three years.
Robert has been accepted to Ozarks Technical College, where he plans to attend in the fall. He plans to pursue a major in secondary education with a minor in music.
Robert is the son of Shawn and Frances Grob of Levittown, N.Y. and John and Amanda Powell of Ava.
AHS academic students of the month for January are Justin Wedemeyer and Kristen Camp.
Justin is the son of Keith and Melantha Wedemeyer. He is involved in National Honor Society, FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, and Chess Club.
Justin has volunteered for the Lions Club and the Salvation Army on multiple occasions, Pee Wee Basketball tournament, volleyball tournaments, and speech tournaments. He has also volunteered several hours for the Ozarks Food Harvest.
After high school, Justin plans on attending MSU in Springfield and majoring in music education. He would like to be a high school choir teacher.
Justin is a very good student who excels at school. He has good attendance and is always very positive.
Kristen Camp is the daughter of Tamara Collins. She is involved in band, jazz band, chamber choir, mixed chorus, TREND, National Honor Society, speech and debate, FCCLA, Anchor Club, and Key Club.
Kristen has volunteered in various projects through National Honor Society, served as counselor at kids camp, and has helped other clubs in various activities including Radio Waves in the Hallways.
After high school, Kristen plans to attend MSU in Springfield to major in music education. She would also like to be a high school choir teacher.
Kristen is a great student who rarely misses school and is very dedicated to academics.
The December student of the month, Makenzie Watterson is the daughter of Justin Watterson and Susan Calhoun.
She is a member of jazz band, Pep Club, choir, band, volleyball, Radio Waves in the Hallways, Character Education Program, and volunteers with Heart of the Hills Food Harvest with her church.
She was also selected as Miss Merry Christmas 2012.
She helped with the radio broadcast for AHS and Bears Den for Christmas.
Makenzie is a great student who is always helping others.