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WMU names Acteens panelists, top teens


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Acteens from 16 states have been tapped by Woman’s Missionary Union to serve on the 1998 National Acteens Panel and as 1998 Top Teens.
The 28 teenagers were selected from nearly 100 Acteens members nationwide who applied to serve on the national panel. Acteens is the missions organization sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union for girls in
grades seven through 12.
WMU staff members who work with Acteens announced this year’s slate of panelists and top teens during the WMU Jan. 10-14 executive board meeting.
Selected to serve on the eight-member 1998 National Acteens Panel are Autumn Alcott, First Baptist Church, Murray, Ky.; Adrienne Henderson, Victory Baptist Church, Seagrove, N.C.; Kendra Dixon, First Baptist Church, Elida, N.M.; Shasta Mott, Oak Hill Baptist Church, Arcadia, Fla.; Rebekah Duke, Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, Richmond,
Va.; Sarah Roberts, Grace Southern Baptist Church, Virden, Ill.; Chrissy Fortenberry, First Baptist Church, Brandon, Miss.; and Tara Taylor, First Baptist Church, McKinney, Texas.
Twenty Acteens were named 1998 National Acteens Top Teens. They are: Brandy Ussery, West View Baptist Church, Marmaduke, Ark.; Melissa Gauthier, First Baptist Church, Grass Valley, Calif.; Jennifer Eskew and Jennifer Stepp, First Southern Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
Amanda Woodall, First Baptist Church, Lilburn, Ga.; Charity Gardner, First Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Ky.; Kelley Travis, First Baptist Church, Murray, Ky.; and Andrea Honeycutt, First Baptist Church, Somerset, Ky.;
Whitney Joy Richardson, Highland Baptist Church, Vicksburg, Miss.; Kristina Kerr, First Baptist Church, Smithville, Mo.; Amber Ayers, Sunrise Southern Baptist Church, Las Vegas, Nev.; Amanda Bishop, Cross Roads Baptist Church, Easley, S.C.; Elizabeth Davis, First Baptist Church, Arcadia, S.C.; Alanna Morris, Haywood Hills Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.; Melissa Banks, Central Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Texas; Laura Borrego, First Baptist Church, South Houston, Texas; Sky Chaddick, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas; Amy Evans, First Baptist Church,
McAllen, Texas; and Mikel Hatfield, First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas; and Ashley Head, First Southern Baptist Church, Springfield, Va.
Selection of panelists and top teens is based on accomplishments in StudiAct, the individual achievement plan for Acteens; involvement in Acteens and other church activities; and achievements in school, scholastically and socially.
In addition to their applications and written testimonies, candidates had to be recommended by their pastor and Acteens leader.
“I am thrilled with our 1998 National Acteens Panelists and Top Teens,” said Sarah Groves, youth consultant for WMU. “They represent, not only a strong commitment to Acteens and missions, but they are also
top Christian leaders in their churches, communities and schools.
“When we look at their lives, we see God at work in and through them and we know they offer bright hope for the future. Their sensitivity to the needs of others and the world serve as an example to us all of what it means to be Christ-follower,” she said.
“These young ladies represent all of the outstanding girls who applied to be national panelists,” said Karen Anderson, design editor of Accent, the magazine for Acteens. “I believe they are among the finest teenage girls in the nation, representing Christ in their hearts and
actions, and putting his work first despite the many activities that vie for the attention of the American teenager.”
The panelists will be featured in the April 1998 issue of Accent, with the top teens appearing in the May/June issue.
During 1998, panelists and top teens will provide leadership in state and associational WMU-related meetings. In addition, panelists will write for Accent and serve as pages at the June 7-8 WMU annual meeting and June 9-11 Southern Baptist Convention, both in Salt Lake City. They also will have a prominent role in the National Acteens
Convention, July 1-4 in Louisville, Ky.
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