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Change Their World

By Rebecca ChristophersonJune 10, 2024No Comments

Change Their World

By Joy Donovan

Five graduating National Charity League seniors amass more than 24,000 volunteer hours in six years

Well-deserved recognition just came to some of the busiest senior girls in Northeast Tarrant County. It’s become an annual tradition.

National Charity League Inc., an organization with a history of commitment to volunteering, each year celebrates its graduating senior members with special events across its almost-300 chapters.

These seniors, referred to as “Ticktockers” within NCL, are honored for their six years of service to the organization and their communities. Open to mothers and daughters from 7th through 12th grades, each chapter hosts a senior recognition event to commend the graduating seniors on their achievements.

Throughout their years as Ticktockers, the girls participated in philanthropic activities. From organizing canned food drives to participating in nonprofit fundraisers, they engage in various charitable activities, often alongside their mothers. The girls who successfully completed the programs are presented to their chapters during their last semester of high school.

With its centennial anniversary in 2025, NCL continues to thrive in North Tarrant County. Emphasizing leadership skills, community activism, volunteerism and cultural experiences, the organization began in California. The first local chapter, the Colleyville Area Chapter, was formed by Lee Skeats Koch three decades ago.

Today, local chapters include DFW Metroport, Keller, North Tarrant County and Southlake. These chapters are a part of a nationwide alliance of 200,000 members and alumnae.

For more information, visit nationalcharityleague.org.

Colleyville

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” That quote became the theme of the Colleyville Area Chapter’s senior presentation, a dinner event held April 7 at The Westin Dallas Southlake.

The 28 senior Ticktockers, wearing black full-length evening gowns, were escorted to the stage by their parents. The 2024 class, graduating from Colleyville Heritage High School, Grapevine High School and iUniversity Prep, was honored with a video tribute and given pearl necklaces. The décor included lavender and ivory flowers, and the honorees’ chairs were wrapped in fabric, ribbons and flowers. Co-chairing the event were Erin Cunningham and Lisa Floyd.

The graduating class’s volunteer hours totaled more than 7,000 over the six years. Charitable work included food pantry deliveries, writing to children in hospitals and hosting senior citizen luncheons.

“It is a privilege to honor the class of 2024,” said Shawna Voss, the chapter president. “This group of young ladies will go out into the world, confident and capable of doing all the good they can. We are so proud of how far they have come in the past six years.”

Colleyville Area’s 2024 class of Ticktockers
Stairs, left to right: Avery Canter, Abby Jenkins, Ellie Lackey, Afton Conner, Ella Vaughn, Sarah Grimes, McCall Johnson, Gracyn Roberson, Abigail Roberson, Chloe Pittard, Nora Moffett, Lily Heilhecker, Natalee Turner, Luciana Dellosso, Morgan Coffin. Floor, left to right: Grace Mabery, Madison Bird, Landry Ashmore, Avery Dits, Ella Larsen, Margaret Pollack, Saylor Hockenjos, Emma Hampton, Camdyn McMaster, Claire Tierney, Alyson Tran, Helena Haas. Not pictured: Mary Schnautz
Photo by Amber McHugh Photography

DFW Metroport

Family, friends and chapter members honored 21 seniors April 14 at The Bowden in Keller for the DFW Metroport Chapter’s recognition event.

The graduating seniors honored represent Colleyville Heritage High School, Connections Academy, Fort Worth Christian School, Grapevine Faith Christian School, Grapevine High School, Keller High School, Nolan Catholic High School, Southlake Carroll High School and Westlake Academy.

With the theme “Live Life in Full Bloom,” the girls and their mothers stood out in dresses in the color of their choice, while all other guests wore black. The event’s vintage-inspired and feminine décor featured pastel florals. The seniors and their moms were presented by the event chairwoman Amanda Dunn and Beth Silvestri, a chapter vice president.

The class completed a total of 4,217 volunteer hours — 962.5 this year alone — during the past six years. Within the class is a National Merit Commended Student, National Honor Society members, athletic champions, team captains and student council participants.

“Senior recognition is a lovely tradition where our beautiful seniors and their moms are celebrated for their hard work and philanthropic hearts,” Silvestri said. “Participating in this event is an inspiration to our younger classes of what can be accomplished and achieved in their teen years.”

DFW Metroport’s 2024 class of Ticktockers
From left to right: Reagan Sharp, Taylor Starr, Sophie Jackson, Kaitlyn McKillop, Macy Bush, Macy Rowe, Emlin Harrison, Giselle Arellano, Kenlie Pearson, Ella Schupp, Grace Lieck, Sophia Lieck, Campbell Young, Layla Birdwell, Sarah Pearson, Katie Norton, Sara James Halliburton, Dillan DeLugo, Abby Davis, Maranda Fey, Kendall Brown
Photo by Katie Hoang

Keller

The Keller Chapter of NCL recognized 25 senior Ticktockers at a dinner event for family, friends and chapter members at the Hurst Conference Center.

The class completed 5,752 volunteer hours for 21 philanthropic organizations during the past six years. The honorees, who all wore black floor-length gowns for the special evening, will be graduating from Central High School, Fort Worth Christian School, Grapevine Faith Christian School, Keller High School, Nolan Catholic School and Timber Creek High School.

With the theme “May the Rest of our Lives Be the Best of our Lives,” the event featured bright colors accented with blue glass bottles and disco balls. Co-chairs Janae Alvarez and Carolyn Guillot arranged for an awards presentation, tribute tables and a video to honor the seniors.

“It was a wonderful evening celebrating our class of 2024 girls,” Guillot said. “We can’t wait to see what great things this impressive group accomplishes in the future.”

Keller’s 2024 class of Ticktockers
Back row, left to right: Lindsey Waters, Audrey Steely, Lily Bruce, Cassidy Shipp, Anna Eggers, Ava Payne, Ava Duplantis, Kennedy Hassell, Annabelle Jellison, Sophia Mudro, Catherine Guillot, Brittyn Snell, Tatiana Schepers, Camryn O’Rear. Front row, left to right: Keira Krupa, Bristol Moore, Natalie Pearce, Avery Williams, Raquel Flippin, Nora Connor, Sydney Ohlhauser, Annemarie Sullivan, Natalie Crane, Audrey Loeffler, Ava Alvarez
Photo by Tara Golden Photography

North Tarrant County

A brunch April 21 at the Fort Worth Club paid tribute to the 18 graduating seniors from the North Tarrant County Chapter of NCL.

The girls will be graduates of Covenant Christian Academy, 

Fort Worth Christian School, Keller High School, Timber Creek High School and Westlake Academy. Those Ticktockers wore white, while their families and chapter members carried out the event’s theme by wearing pastels.

Presented by their mothers, the girls were treated to a slide show of their NCL activities during their years of membership. Serving as event chairwoman was Karen Sweet, and guest speaker was Courtney Garvey, director of community engagement for Fort Worth Sister Cities.

For this chapter, the area’s newest, the senior girls achieved 2,616 service hours. Several class members were awarded both academic and athletic scholarships.

“NCL provides young women the opportunity to become civic-minded leaders and sets them up to be lifelong philanthropic contributors,” Sweet said. “The North Tarrant County NCL Chapter is proud to recognize and honor the six-year commitment our senior class of 2024 Ticktockers have devoted to our many philanthropy partners serving Tarrant County.”

North Tarrant County’s 2024 class of Ticktockers
Back row, left to right: Adelinda Beck, Emma Zachmeyer, Kaitlyn Sullivan, Raegan Fishpaw, Claire Hampton, Amelia Martinez, Lily Bachmann, Kendall Treat, Maci Shircel, Katherine Sole. Front row, left to right: Hannah Muzik, Madison Stansberger, Jaiden Turner, Cameron Scott, Julia Minke, Alexus Kosla, Molly Lynch, Gabriella Hagman
Photo (above and top of page) by Farah Janjua

Southlake

The seniors wore all white and carried blue and white floral bouquets for the Southlake Chapter’s Ticktockers presentation at an evening event Jan. 14 at The Westin Dallas Southlake.

Their siblings escorted the senior girls to the stage, then their parents escorted them off the stage. Announcing the 30 honorees was Ryan Wilson, principal of Carroll Senior High School, and co-chairwomen of the event were Michelle Harris and Dana Smith.

The theme “Midnight in Paris” was chosen for the evening. The class comprises students from Carroll Senior High School and Grapevine Faith Christian School. The students’ six years of service hours neared 4,500.

“Senior recognition is a favorite NCL tradition as it allows us to honor our senior class for their years of service and leadership before they head off to the next phase of life,” Smith said. “We love celebrating our seniors and all they have accomplished.”

Southlake’s 2024 class of Ticktockers
Back row, left to right: Anacapri Ciccone, Kaylie Harris, Olivia Martin, Reagan Sparks, Cassy Link, Abby Evans, Camille Curtis, Sloane Smith, Molly Stuart, Olivia Bradford, Lillian Garland, Cathryne Millsap, Avery Fleming, Grace McCarrick, Charlotte Sweeney, Landry Clark, Katie LeBlanc. Front row, left to right: Meredith LeBlanc, Eliana Seager, Abigail Smith, Ansley Schleif, Isabelle Pennington, Olivia Hobson, Caroline Schilsky, Kennedy Lyman, Nicole Beres, Isabella Costa, Maia Patel, Madeline Tran. Not pictured: Lauren Assenheimer
Photo by Stacey Bratton Photography