Local Jaycees rack up state awards, head to national

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 06:24 PM

The Central Carolina Jaycees were recognized as one of the top five chapters in the state and won a stack of awards at the annual year-end convention of the North Carolina Jaycees last weekend, club officials have announced.

Current chapter president Gina Guerrero was recognized with the John Stackhouse Award for Outstanding Project Chairperson for the Jaycee turkey shoot, which benefited the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC. Guerrero also received the Seth L Crapps Memorial Award given to the top veteran Jaycee in the state.

Candace Norris, management vice president, took top honors in the ways and means fund-raising category for The Unusual Suspects Comedy Show and in the youth activities category for Breakfast with Santa. Norris was also named all-star vice president for her Jaycee work in 2012.

The Faith in God award was given to DeShanta Prince for sharing her faith at Jaycee meetings and events, as well as for living her faith in her daily life. This is the second consecutive year a Central Carolina Jaycee has won this award, which was given to Manda Jones in 2011.

In addition, the Central Carolina Jaycees reportedly bested their peers in the competitions held at the convention. The three-person team of Chair Shannon Shuey, Community VP Manda Jones and Secretary Angela Vendlinski won the debate competition. Jones also won the novice portion of the public speaking competition for the second half of 2012, and Vendlinski won the open portion for the entire year.

These members will now eligible to advance to competitions at the United States Jaycees’ annual convention to be held in Seattle this June. Guerrero can compete for the John Armbruster Memorial Award while Vendlinski can compete in National SpeakUp. Vendlinski, Jones and Shuey can compete in National Debate.

For more information about the Central Carolina Jaycees, or to find out how to join the organization, visit www.centralcarolinajcs.org.