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Tea honors 2010 Peach Queen

By Justin Averette

A tea Saturday afternoon at Fountain Chapel AME Church honored the historic accomplishment of 2010 Peach Queen Jessica Swindle.

Swindle was crowned Miss Peach back in June, in process becoming the first black woman to hold the title.

Several community leaders addressed Swindle, praising her accomplishments, encouraging her to continue to work hard and wishing her good luck in the future.

“I’d like to say congratulations to Miss Swindle and encourage you to keep on keeping on,” County Commissioner Bobby Agee said. “I also want to thank you for being a role model for other young people.”

Other community leaders who spoke were Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver, Clanton City Councilman Greg DeJarnett, Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed, Maplesville Mayor Kurt Wallace, and Probate Judge Bobby Martin.

“We really appreciate Miss Jessica Swindle,” said Driver. “We are proud of you.”

“It’s been a long road, but you’ve persevered and gotten here,” Martin told Swindle.

Swindle was also presented with several scholarships and gifts.

A reception followed the ceremony in Fountain Chapel’s fellowship hall. The tea was sponsored by the West End Neighborhood Watch

Swindle is the 18-year-old daughter of Dwight and Madeline Swindle. This month she will start college at Alabama A&M University.