KNOXVILLE - Three local women have been selected by the Board of Governors of the East Tennessee Presentation Society to participate as a 2013 Dogwood Debutante.
The debutantes will be presented at the 51st annual Dogwood Ball at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on April 20.
Local women selected by the Society were Alyssa Darren Crum, Caroline Roberts Lodge and Bree Nicole Wilhoit.
Crum's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Darren Russell "Russ" Crum of Greeneville; Lodge's parents are Lt. Col. and Mrs. Robert Allen Lodge, U.S. Marine Corps retired, also of Greeneville; and Wilhoit's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Brian Edward Wilhoit of Tusculum.
The debutantes and their mothers were honored with a luncheon on Dec. 20 at Cherokee Country Club.
Mrs. Lucian Williams Trent is the chairman of the Board of Governors.
Crum is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Shepherd and the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel "Danny" Crum. Her great-grandmother is Mrs. Guy W. Shipley.
She is a 2011 graduate of Greeneville High School, where she was an Honor Graduate and a Tennessee Scholar.
She was a 2010 Teen Board representative and participated in a Community Belles of Greater Greeneville presentation.
While a student at Greeneville High, she was the goalkeeper of the Lady Devils Soccer Team.
The team made history by taking two trips to the state soccer tournament, where they continued to the semi-finals. The team achieved the title of Number 1 Public School in Tennessee two years in a row, by being the only public school remaining in the final four teams competing for the state title.
Crum was the only goalkeeper in the State of Tennessee named All-State by both the Tennessee Sport Writers Association and the Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association.
She was also a member of the Greeneville High School track team where she broke the school's 30-year record for distance in Girl's Shot-put. Crum was a three-time qualifier for the State Shot-Put competition. In 2011, she won the Tennessee State Championship Title.
She is a sophomore at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, where she is majoring in social entrepreneurship.
In addition to academic scholarships, she was awarded dual athletic scholarships for both the Lady Eagle soccer team, as well as the track team.
She is a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Greeneville.
Crum has served in various capacities of volunteer work, including several church-related mission trips, both domestic and abroad. Crum was also a member of the Greene County Partnership Youth Council.
Lodge is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Roberts of Greeneville, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William K. Lodge of Mount Holly, N.J.
She is a 2011 honor graduate of Greeneville High School where she was senior class vice president, a member of the student council, and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
She was a four-year member of the Lady Devils soccer team and twice named to both the Tennessee Athletic Coaches' Association and Tennessee Sports Writers Association A/AA All-State teams.
Lodge studied piano for nine years and participated in the Smoky Mountain Music Teachers Pianorama and the National Federation of Music Clubs Federation.
She was also a member of the Greene County Partnership Youth Council.
In 2009, Lodge was presented as a Greater Greeneville Community Belle, and, in 2010, she was presented at the 50th annual Teen Board of Knoxville.
She is a sophomore at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., where she is studying accounting and finance.
While at Clemson, she has been named to the President's list for academic achievement.
She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Epsilon Tau Chapter, and serves on the executive council as treasurer.
She is an active volunteer for the Foothills YMCA in Seneca, S.C., and the Animal Rescue Fund of South Carolina.
In the summer of 2012, she was employed as an intern for the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) in Nashville.
Lodge is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville.
Wilhoit is a legacy presentation as her sister, Chelsea Elizabeth Wilhoit, was presented as a Dogwood Debutante in 2012.
Bree Wilhoit is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Wilhoit of Tusculum, the late Gloria Gay Hawk, and Mr. and Mrs. David Underwood of Knoxville.
Wilhoit is also a 2011 graduate of Greeneville High School and was a member of the National Honor Society.
During her years at GHS, she was an intern for Leonard Associates for two years and served as a student council representative for three years.
Like Crum and Lodge, Wilhoit was a member of the GHS soccer team that went to the state finals two consecutive years. Wilhoit was team captain and was named All State Defensive Soccer Player of the Year for two years.
She is a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is majoring in accounting and has been on the Dean's List.
She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and serves as its Philanthropy chairman.
Wilhoit is a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
She attends Asbury United Methodist Church in Greeneville and Fellowship Church in Knoxville.