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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — West Texas A&M University Alumni – Wellington Chapter celebrated the 2021 scholarship recipients with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 at the Wellington Ritz Theatre. Board members Sandie Killian and Tiffany Tarver greeted WTAMU alumni and guests as they arrived.
Tracey Ouellette, president WTAMU Alumni – Wellington Chapter Board, welcomed the crowd.
Board Vice President Margret Wood introduced the special guests from
WTAMU which included Dr. Walter Wendler, president; Dr. Todd Rasberry, vice president for Philanthropy and Alumni Relations; Wilson Lemieux, Alumni Association Board Member and a Wellington High School Class of 2010 graduate; Ronnie Hall, executive director of WT Alumni Association (WTAA); Brittany Lee, assistant director of WTAA; and Darcy Lively, writer/producer for the WTAMU Communication and Marketing Department.
Wellington ISD Superintendent Kurt Ashmore offered the invocation. Catered by The Plaza of Childress, guests dined on beef and chicken fajitas, enchiladas, chips and salsa and sopapillas for dessert.
WHS Principal Jermaine Cantu presented the WHS 2021 scholarship recipients who are already registered to attend WTAMU this fall. Kenna Darrow plans to study animal science and pursue a career in veterinary sales. Vanesa Duque said she will study business management and wants to become a licensed cosmetologist as well. Mason Folk plans to
study mechanical engineering, and Estrella “Star” Zapata also plans to major in business management. Each received a T-shirt and gift bucket. Special family guests attended with each graduate.
Both Hall and Lee of the WTAA shared words of wisdom for the soon to be WTAMU students.
Dr. Wendler explained how connecting with people can change the trajectory of lives and highly recommended that the upcoming college students get involved on campus. He told of his travels to all 132 high schools in the Texas Panhandle except for two. Wendler has produced 3,000 videos to promote WTAMU to Panhandle students.
“I want to cater to these people to develop aspirations,” he said. “We have authenticity at WT, ‘dance with who brought you.’ We bring in faculty from all over but want the glue to be the Texas Panhandle folks. We appreciate all of you and are thankful for the support. We want to continue to challenge you to be a successful part of our system.”