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Hankins wins Distinguished Service Award

Wendy Hankins, a teacher at Bay City High School, has received the Texas Dance Educators Association's Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes those who have at least 20 years of experience in the TDEA and have contributed significantly to dance and drill teams. 
Hankins, who joined Bay City ISD in 2019, directs the award-winning BCHS Aristocats. She has been a director and dance teacher for 29 years after beginning her career with the Waller High Wranglerettes. She founded and directed the Cinco Ranch High School Cougar Stars Dance/Drill Team, and also served as director of the Lamar Consolidated Fillies. She has also written dance curriculum for Katy ISD and Brazosport ISD, which was her last stop before coming to Bay City. She is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she majored in kinesiology with an emphasis in dance. 
In addition to her work with dance teams, Hankins has been an active member of the TDEA. She has served on the board for seven years in various roles, including four years as parliamentarian, two years as recording secretary and one year as treasurer. She has also been on the scholarship committee for 29 years, and assisted with the All-State committee this year.
"It is such a huge honor to be nominated and congratulated by my Dance/Director peers and friends," Mrs. Hankins said.