Faculty member Vicki Lyle received third place in the International Anchor Advisor of the Year competition.
This marks the seventh time in the club’s 40-year-history at WHS that it has been selected as the top in the world by Pilot International.
Last year, the local teens were named the state’s Outstanding Club of the Year and won third place at the international level.
Anchor Club is the youth component of Pilot International, a volunteer service organization founded in Macon, Ga., in 1921.
The WHS Anchor Club has grown from 56 members to 105 in the past three years under Lyle’s leadership.
The group participated in dozens of community service projects last year, including 40 joint activities with their mentors from the Pilot Club of Jasper.
“One example is they gathered 70 boxes of supplies to go to teen moms that were affected by the tornado and presented them to Pilot’s Fall Council in Tuscaloosa,” Lyle said.
The three-inch thick binder that the teens submitted for the Outstanding Club of the Year competition was titled “Anchors and Pilots Joining Hands” and featured an emblem that was half anchor and half pilot wheel.
Beckie Martin, the Anchor liason for WHS and governor of Pilot International’s Alabama district, said both groups benefit by working together. “The Anchors keep us young and motivated, and I think they learn leadership and the importance of service from us,” Martin said.