Man, Woman, Youth of the Year nominees

The Pilot Club of Enterprise will host the Civic Night Reception this year as they have for the past 65 years. However, this year will be a much smaller version of past celebrations for dedicated community volunteers.

The 2020 Enterprise Man, Woman or Youth of the Year will be announced on April 15. Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s program will be held in the Rescue Squad Building at 519 East Lee Street, Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. Nominees and their immediate family are invited to attend this recognition ceremony.

Civic Night is usually open to everyone; however, this year plans had to be changed. Again due to COVID restrictions and limited space, the Pilot Club asks that only nominees and their families attend and the immediate past Man, Woman and Youth of the Year.

The following candidate is a nominee for Man of the Year:

Bob Cooper

The Wiregrass Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) nominates Past VFW Post 6683 Commander, Robert N. (Bob) Cooper, as the Man of the Year because of his continued support of veterans and to humanitarian and patriotic events in the Wiregrass. His service to U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association (USAWOA) earned him The Don Hess Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Cooper is involved in numerous community services representing the Wiregrass in an incredibly positive manner. He has been a member of the USAWOA Quarterly Enterprise road cleanup project, serves as a member of the Enterprise Military Affairs Committee, found workers for Habitat for Humanity, and visits veterans and family members living in local nursing or assisted living homes. Cooper also served as an advisor to Boy Scouts working on Eagle Scout projects and fund raising events.

As Past Commander of VFW Post 6683, he is active as the Lower Alabama Veterans Alliance (LAVA) representative for numerous veteran’s events in Enterprise to include the annual Veterans Day Parade, Memorial Day services, Wreaths across America Program, Flag Replacement and Retirement Ceremonies, and VFW Post 6683’s annual barbecue dinner for the Wounded Veterans and Families that take part in the Lions Club Annual Boll Weevil 100 event.

He is a U.S. Army Retired Chief Warrant Officer Four and Vietnam Veteran and a dual-rated Master Army Aviator. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and numerous other military awards. The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) awarded him the Silver Award of the Order of Saint Michael due to his significant and long-lasting contributions to Army Aviation.

The following candidate is a nominee for Woman of the Year:

Nicole O’Brien

Nicole O’Brien is Altrusa of Enterprise’s nominee for the 2020 Woman of the Year. O’Brien is a native of Newport News, Va., and moved to Enterprise in 2006 following her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Air Force. O’Brien has been an educator for 26 years and currently teaches fourth grade at Ellis D. Parker Elementary on Fort Rucker.

She is the past president of Altrusa of Enterprise and currently chairs the Club’s Service Committee. O’Brien actively supports all club committees and projects including the Enterprise Pageants, Astra Girls Club and the club’s efforts to support Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation, Wiregrass Emergency Pregnancy Service and Coffee County Family Services.

O’Brien attends Enterprise First United Methodist Church and has served in a variety of roles throughout the church including designing and building with EFUMC’s award winning Christmas parade float team, building backdrops for the Contemporary Service, supporting Women’s Ministry classes and outreach programs, and working with the United Methodist Women to sew kits and materials for Days for Girls which allows young women to continue their education with hygiene and dignity.

Her talents have allowed her to help in many areas of the community. In the initial days of the COVID-19 crisis when masks were in short supply, she and several members of Hand Up answered the call for handmade cloth face masks. O’Brien donated approximately 1,300 masks to family, friends, church members, hospitals, hospice centers and medical care facilities. In August, EFUMC presented a care package to each educator in the Enterprise City School System and for this project she completed an additional 300 masks for educators as a small token of appreciation for their efforts. She regularly sews caterpillar beds which provide temporary bedding for children and families in transition, port pillows for individuals receiving chemotherapy, and blankets for new babies at EFUMC.

The following candidates are nominees for Youth of the Year:

Maggie Bryan

The OSCAR Club of Enterprise nominates Maggie Marijean Bryan for the 2020 Youth of the Year. Bryan is the daughter of Allen and Robyn Bryan. She is a senior at Enterprise High School where she is involved in sports, clubs and other activities. She holds leadership positions in several organizations.

Bryan is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Enterprise where she has been on numerous youth mission activities, held leadership roles, worked with Vacation Bible School, been a nursery volunteer, shared the Gospel in numerous Enterprise neighborhoods, worked with Operation Christmas Child Shoebox, visited elderly nursing home patients, participated in Disciple Now Weekend, worked Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief, and worked the FB Church Healthcare Community Support Rally. She also made handmade signs supporting nurses, doctors and hospital employees.

She was an EHS volleyball player and taught upcoming players proper techniques, and sportsmanship. She volunteered during Read Across America at EEEC where she read to kindergarteners. She was a co-op student who worked at Enterprise Therapy Center, and an Interact Club member who participated in the Halloween festival at Johnny Henderson for all community children. As a member of the National Honor Society, the Chautauqua Girls Club, Special Olympics program and the Downtown Whoville Festival, she volunteered hundreds of hours to her community. She is the vice president of the National Honor Society, a Wildcat Representative, a Student to Student Representative, Interact Club Secretary, and the varsity girls soccer team captain, all while maintaining a 4.16 GPA.

Kirkland Gammon

Altrusa Club of Enterprise nominates Kirkland Gammon as nominee for the 2020 Youth of the Year.

Gammon is the daughter of Michael and Amelia Gammon and is currently a senior at Enterprise High School. She serves as president of Astra Girls Club where she has participated in Stuff the Bus, Taste of Coffee County, and the Enterprise Nursing Home Pageant. She led her club to dye and donate masks for elementary students, collect treats for local fire stations, and collect books for the Coffee County Family Services Center. 

Gammon is a member of the EHS Encores show choir and a former member of EHS Esprit and the EHS Women’s Ensemble when they were selected to perform at the AMEA convention in 2019.

As an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, she works with the Media Ministry that assists with the production of Sunday morning worship services, helps to lead as a vocalist with the Youth Group Praise Team Band, and has served as a mentor on the Youth Group Council. This past summer, she assisted with the music videos to lead the music and motions in the very first ever virtual Vacation Bible School. Kirkland has been on multiple mission trips to Asheville, NC and Gulf Port, Miss., working with children and leading both music and craft activities.

She is a member of the Art Club and National Art Honor Society. She was excited to be included in a group of artists asked to paint a mural in the guidance office at EHS.

Kirkland worked this past summer campaigning for Barry Moore, Republican for Congress. She travelled to Wetumpka, Prattville, Montgomery, Dothan, and Geneva going door to door to meet people and encourage their vote.

Gammon can be found working as an office assistant at Jeremy Hilton’s State Farm Insurance agency. She plans to attend ESCC in the fall and audition for the ESCC Entertainers. 

Mikyla Kay

The Enterprise High School National Honor Society club nominates Mikyla Kay as its nominee for the 2020 Youth of the Year.

Kay has lived in Enterprise since she was 12. She and her family moved to Enterprise through the military. She is the daughter of Alana DeWitt and Jason Kay.

She has spent the last four years at Enterprise High School and is a member of the EHS volleyball team, secretary of National Honor Society, and senior representative of Anchor Club.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the volunteering world has changed, but that has not stopped her from finding safe volunteering activities in church settings and in the Enterprise community. An example includes helping the Enterprise High School Anchor club in creating themed cards to spread cheer at the Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mikyla’s current goal is to graduate college majoring in chemical engineering. She plans to attend Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash., on a volleyball scholarship she received. Furthermore, she plans to attend the University of Washington and work her way to graduate with a doctorate.

Emily Littel

Emily Littel is nominated by the Enterprise High School Junior Civitan Club, where she serves as president. Her duties as president include planning a service project each month, leading meetings, and keeping order.  Emily’s parents are Eric and Dannell Littel.

Littel is a senior at Enterprise High School. In the fall of 2021, she will be attending Auburn University where she will pursue the goal of becoming a pharmacist. One of her dreams is to be a traveling pharmacist or pharmaceutical representative.

Littel is also an EHS varsity cheerleader, president of the Junior Civitan Club, and the Public Relations officer for the Student Government Association. Her favorite way to volunteer is by helping with local sports teams or downtown events. As special projects chair of CCYLP, she decided to sew blankets for the needy.

Nyasia Thomas

Nyasia Thomas is nominated by FBLA for Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Anthony and Cheareice Thomas and is a senior at Enterprise High School. She was born in Landstuhl, Germany and spent the majority of her childhood in Seoul, South Korea before returning to the States.

Thomas is a member of many clubs and organizations including the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and Enterprise High School Big Blue Marching Band, in which she served as the Head Drum Major for the 2020-2021 season. In addition, she is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda at EHS.

Thomas will be attending Auburn University this coming fall studying Music Education.

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