KERENS–Every seat was taken at the Kerens Ex-Student Association (KESA) building Jan. 30 for the 72nd annual Kerens Area Chamber of Commerce banquet, which featured annual awards and keynote speaker Michael Hoffman of Dallas.
Hoffman spoke of progress in the Kerens area, as well as the ups and downs of life in small-town America. He said a good town “pulls you under one roof,” adding, “We create the communities that we have.” Hoffman urged Kerens residents to “push your leadership for vision and step up a little bit.”
Dixie and George Edwards were named co-Citizens of the Year by Chamber president Katherine Combs. “They are always willing to help anyone in need and spread their Christian values every day,” Combs said of the First Baptist Church members.
Dixie and George were with Kerens ISD since 1985, where George was the first middle school principal, retiring in 1993. Dixie retired in 1999. Together, they accrued 55 years of experience in education and still volunteer with the school, at church and in the community.
“This couple is most proud to see a student that they taught become an educator and it is a pure joy for them to watch one of their Sunday school kids grow up and become a leader in their church,” Combs said.
The Chamber also named its 2019 Student of the Year, Katie Atkeisson of Kerens High School. Principal Greg Priddy said the student selected exemplifies traits such as leadership and good grades, is involved in multiple clubs or organizations, is motivated to succeed and is an overall good kid to represent Kerens ISD.