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true love of the Fredericksburg com-munity. Delta Women s Mayor Katherine Greenlaw gave special greetings. s Soror Andrea Bill-ingsley Whitfield was the recipient of the 2012 Mary McLeod Bethune Outstanding Teacher Award. She was se-lected by the National Alliance of Black School Educators. She received the award at the 40th Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators in Nashville, Tenn. The Outstanding Teacher Award is presented to a well-deserving teacher whose teaching techniques have led to an increase in student achievement, through demonstrating unparalleled commitment and inno-vation toward enhancing the quality of instruction in the classroom. Soror Whitfield is a third grade teacher at Council Elementary School. She is the author of several books: “Restoring Respectable Class-room Behavior,” “Felicia Fights Fat with Phone Fitness,” and “What’s the Black Alphabet?” In addition, she is a professional development pre-senter and conducts workshops on classroom management, strategies for parents and healthy fitness tech-niques. Additionally, she is a past president of the Birmingham Educa-tion Association, the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and the Professional Women Golf Association. She is a member of the Birming-ham Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Carla Wilson has been appointed as athletic director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. She is the first minor-ity and female ath-letic director in the school’s history and the only one in the Western Athletic Conference. She previously served as UMKC’s senior associate athletic director and previ-ously served as the interim athletics director since July 2013. Soror Wilson will join a small group of women that represent less than 9 percent of all athletic direc-tors in the NCAA Division I. She is the fourth athletics director in the Divi-sion I area and the only female in The Western Athletic Conference. s Soror Katie Harper Wright has been ap-pointed to the United States Selective Ser-vice Board. The Selec-tive Service System is an independent agen-cy within the execu-tive branch of the Federal Govern-ment that provides personnel to the United States Department of Defense in the event of a national emergency declared by the Department of De-fense or the president. Soror Wright is a writer for the St. Louis ARGUS Newspaper and is a former school administrator and col-lege professor. She serves on the Ad-visory Board of the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville School of Education, and is an adjunct profes-sor emeritus at Harris-Stowe State University. She recently received an award for having served for 50 years as a board member of the Compre-hensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County, Ill., having served twice as president of the board. She is an active volunteer in several oth-er agencies and holds many “firsts” in education and community service. The East St. Louis School District “Dr. Katie Harper Wright Elementary School” is named for her. She has been honored by her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cham-paign, as a “Distinguished Alumnus.” She is a member of MENSA, the High IQ Society. Soror Wright was initiated into the East St. Louis Chapter (formerly Gamma Eta) in November 1949. She is a past president of East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, a Golden Life mem-ber and a past chair of Delta’s Na-tional Nominating Committee. Soror Wright serves as historian emeritus of the East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter and is author of the chapter’s award winning history publication. s 90 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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