Addison “Addie” Williams has been named the 2022 recipient of the Will Appleby Award for Spirit, Leadership, and Dedication. Addison is a senior at Providence High School and the daughter of Doug and Beth Williams and sister to Finn. She was baptized in this church, spent time in both the CDC and Weekday School as a preschooler, and rose through the ranks of Sunday School and the Youth Program. She attended mission trips to Atlanta and Chicago, Montreat Worship and Music Conference, and Montreat Youth Conference with the youth and music programs of this church. She has volunteered with the Bell School and has shared her musical talents in many different ways at FPC including youth musicals, the Christmas Pageant, and Youth Sunday. She has also given Minutes for Mission and delivered one of the homilies during this year’s Youth Sunday Service. She was ordained as one of the first two Youth Officers at First Presbyterian Church in January 2021. Addie will be attending the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2022 where she has been admitted into the College of Nursing and will be pursuing a degree in that field. She is honored to be named this year’s recipient and to be in the company of such a legacy.
About the Appleby Award
Will Appleby was an outstanding member of the youth program of First Presbyterian Church before tragically passing away in an automobile accident in 2001. He made youth group a priority and was an innovative force and loyal friend within the youth community. Will understood the goals and mission of the youth group and encouraged and inspired his fellow youth as well as many adults. This award was established by his family to recognize other youth who share Will’s love and dedication to this community of faith. Each year, members of the congregation nominate outstanding youth to receive this award. A committee comprised of those who knew Will and past award recipients then selects the recipient. It is a great honor to be selected as the recipient of the Appleby award!