Tanner Fruit to speak at Arcadia Family Banquet

The 28th Annual Family Banquet, hosted by the Arcadia United Methodist Men, has been scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Arcadia School Gym. The featured speaker for this year’s banquet will be Mr. Tanner Fruit. Tanner is a native of Ogallala, and is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska -Kearney majoring in Exercise Science. During high school, Tanner helped lead his school to the State Class B cross country title as a senior. As a member of the UNK Cross Country and Track Teams, Tanner has continued to excel in several events. He is a distance runner, being especially dominant in the 1500m, the 3,000m, the 5,000m, and the 10,000m runs. As a junior Tanner placed 1st out of a field of 30 in the 5,000m at the KU Relays and 1st in the 10,000m at the Drake Relays. Tanner has not limited his success to just the track, however. Although still participating in track, he has already graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. He has been honored on the All-RMAC Conference Cross Country Team, the National All-Academic Track & Field Team, and the Academic Dean’s List for four years. He has been and continues to be very active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as a member of the Leadership Team for three years and UNK Huddle Coach for two years. He has worked at the New West Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center as a Physical Therapy Intern and at Adams Bank & Trust. Tanner has volunteered as a highway trash pickup person, a Salvation Army Bell-ringer, youth track coach, Good Samaritan Village Visitor Volunteer, and a volunteer tutor. Tanner will be bringing a very inspirational message to people of all ages. This year’s banquet will also feature special music by two Arcadia graduates who have gone on to become music instructors - Marshall and Anna Keogh. A delicious meal will be catered by The Country Neighbor to kick off the evening. Tickets are $7.50 each and may be purchased from any of the Arcadia United Methodist Men or by calling 308-202-0136.