Ava Smith, a 10-year-old student at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School and a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, visited the White House, along with her family, during the summer.

John Gillam was recognized Aug. 27 during the Alabama Farmers Federation 2016 scholarship recipients luncheon held at the Ham Wilson Arena in Auburn.

Madison Gohlke, of Anniston, was recently awarded the 2016-17 SEC Dr Pepper Education Abroad award at Auburn University to fund her year-long, study abroad program.

Debbi Merrill owns Blackberry Hill Alpacas farm in Anniston with her husband, Hank. They started the farm, named for the abundance of blackberries on the land, 10 years ago. Debbi had horses and donkeys when she was growing up but wanted to try something different.

Angel Nguyen, Brianna Beyerle and Seanna Johnson earlier in the summer placed 5th in the Convention Invention Competition at the Junior Beta Club National Convention held earlier in New Orleans, La.

Dr. Sandra Ware has been named principal of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s Helen Keller School, effective Sept. 6.

Summer Davis, “Principal of the Year” of Weaver Elementary School and Dr. Vivian Bishop Harris “Assistant Principal of the Year” of Alternative School were recently named 2015-2016 administrators of the year for going above and beyond for the betterment of the school system.

Brother Billy Ray (Bo) Christopher June 16 was elected Worship Master of Duke Lodge No. 574 (near Wellington) and was installed June 24 by the Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of the State of Alabama, Brother Lane Weatherby.

Dr. Banyon Allison recently completed the Commissioned Ruling Elder program for the Presbyterian Church (USA) offer through the University of Dubuque, Iowa.

Morgan Read, of Wellington, recently received a clinical white coat as part of an initiation ceremony for the Rural Medicine program at Auburn University.