Former Chattanoogan Melanie Young is the recipient of the Handcraft Heroes Breast Cancer Awareness Award for her efforts promoting early detection of breast cancer.
Young, daughter of Sonia Young and the late Mel Young, is a 1977 graduate of Girls Preparatory School.
Her first book, "Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor's Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer," was published in September. It is a guidebook filled with tips to help newly diagnosed women navigate treatment for breast cancer.
"Doctors will tell you how they will treat your cancer, but it takes survivors to tell you how cancer treatment will affect your lifestyle," Young says.
Dr. Bob Coddington and his wife, Nan, were named Honorary Alumni of the Year during Bryan College's homecoming weekend. He is a retired orthopedic surgeon and trustee for Bryan College, and the two chaired the committee for the 2012 Bryan Opportunity Program scholarship dinner.
Don and Rae Reed, class of 1963, were named Bryan Alumni of the Year. Josh Bales, class of 2003, was honored as Young Alumnus of the Year.
Abe Hadzic and John Gossee, both 1999 graduates, were inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame. Bryan's oldest living alumnus, Jim Mooring from the class of 1938, was recognized on his 100th birthday.
Eliza Lebovitz, a junior at Girls Preparatory School, attended the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C., in November, receiving hands-on training on how to write and talk about Israel.
Of the 400 students chosen for that program, Lebovitz was selected to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference in March. It is the largest annual gathering of the Pro-Israel Movement, drawing 12,000 participants from 50 states.
McCallie School students collected baskets, turkeys and hens, potatoes, yams, dressing and cranberry sauce to feed 75 families in need of Thanksgiving dinners. The families were identified by the Salvation Army.
"Community service is part of the McCallie educational experience because we believe in the value and reward of learning to serve others. While not a requirement, nearly all of our boys participate in one, if not several projects, each year. Many of these projects are initiated and led in some part, sometimes entirely, by the students themselves," said Lynn Goss, head of McCallie Middle School.
Sixteen basic law enforcement recruits graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy on Nov. 22.
They are Jason L. Barras, Jason W. Brown, Samuel H. Everett, Brandon C. Glenn, Hannah M. Graham, Anthony L. Hamrick Sr., Taylor B. Harper, Justin D. Haynes, Jordan M. Hill, Marcus Q. Hill, Jared H. Ramey, Fabrice M. Sainton, Matthew C. Scoggins, Robert K. Smith, Jackie L. Tankersley Jr. and Andrew C. White.
Cleveland State Community College recently inducted students into its Beta Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Nu, a new honor society for associate-degree nursing programs.
Eligible members must attain a 3.0 grade-point average in all nursing courses and demonstrate conduct on campus and in the clinical areas that reflects professionalism.
Members of the charter class are Laura Bohannon, Connie Fetter, Kristi Mayeux, Jill Arrington, Damaris Betancourt, Tiffany Massie, Rachel Balsinger, Jill Arnold, Cameron Szpur, Angelica Every, Christine Thomas, Erica Melton, Nathan Hicks, Paula Davis, Makaylla Jones, Stephanie Dunn, Lisa Davis-Jones, Amanda Bartley, Melissa Cummings, Olivia Wilkinson and Sara Woolfitt.
Josh Sosebee, an 18-year-old senior at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, was presented the American Health Care Association's Volunteer of the Year Award during the AHCA's annual convention in Phoenix, Ariz.
Sosebee has volunteered at Life Care Center of East Ridge for five years. He created Canning for a Cause, in which residents can vegetables, jams and other items to sell for charities, started a men's discussion program and has recruited volunteers from among his friends and classmates.
Thirteen educators from the tri-state area recently were inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma Society International's four Chattanooga chapters. New DKG members are Jean McKenna, Christina M. Neighbors, Esther Taj Clark, Rachel Aldridge, Diamond Kelley, Sherri Wright, Amy C. Wright, Martha McMillan, Emily Clegg, Linda Swafford, Kathy Cox and Rachelle Barr.
ArtsBuild, formerly Allied Arts, has appointed seven new members to its board of directors -- Wayne Cropp, Bijan Dhanani, Liza Soydan, Gerald Webb, Peggy Townsend, Steve Hunt and Roland Carter.