(Orange, Texas)

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December 6, 2009

Beauchamp a true winner

Orange native in sixth year on City Council

Overcome with emotion, Theresa Beauchamp, accepted the Athena Award Tuesday evening at the annual Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.

“I just lost it and I cried,” Beauchamp said.

Although Beauchamp is modest, the award is well deserved.

The Athena Award is presented annually by chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities. The award is established through local host organizations in partnership with Athena International’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors.

Since the program’s inception in 1982 more than 5000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and most recently the United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the Athena Award Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The criteria for Athena Award Recipients are individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession. They also provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Beauchamp was born and raised in Orange, and although she moved away for a few years, home is where the heart is and she returned about 9 years ago.

She is in her sixth year on the Orange City Council and has served as Mayor pro-tem. During council meetings, she passionately stands up for what she believes is best for the citizens.

Beauchamp is truly a southern woman with all her charms and warm smile, but she is also very educated. She began her teaching career with coaching tennis at the Bridge City High School. She had a degree in Health, Physical Education, Speech and Drama. However, she went back to school to get another degree in composite science physics chemistry biology. She also went back later for further education in administration.

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