Whitesburg KY

Need people who achieved their dreams

The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee is asking for submissions of names and a brief history of people who were reared in Letcher County and have achieved their highest dreams in their chosen area of expertise.

Plans are underway to recognize them during the 2014 festival. The submissions should be in by August 7.

The theme for the 32nd Mountain Heritage Festival is Letcher County: Where the highest of dreams begin.

The grand marshals are Destin Kincer and Dr. Shelba Profitt.

Kincer is Miss Kentucky USA 2014 and Miss Mountain Heritage 2011. Kincer is a 2011 Letcher County Central High School graduate and a student at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Profitt is one of four pioneers in the Aviation Hall of Fame. Dr. Profitt made her accomplishments in design and engineering. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Proffitt of Whitesburg. She was graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1954 and from Centre College in 1957.

Dr. Profitt was a member of the Wernher Von Braun missile development team at NASA. She later held key positions at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. From NASA she moved to development work on advance tactical missile systems. At the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, she was the first woman to join the Senior Executive Service.

As Director of the Advanced Technology Directorate, and Director, Sensors Directorate, Dr. Proffitt addressed the numerous technical issues of missile defense systems. In 2001, she had total responsibility for developing air and missile systems as Acting Program Executive Officer.

Dr. Proffitt’s capabili- ties were recognized by the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and the Von Braun Engineer of the Year Award in 1999.

Mail suggestions to Lee Anna Mullins, Mountain Heritage Festival chairperson, at P.O. Box 392, Whitesburg, Ky, 41858. E-mail Mullins at garyleeanna@bellsouth.net or call Mullins at (606) 633-9644.

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