Penny named “Citizen of the Week”

A rare moment for the city happened Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, and many cities can’t lay claim to it.

Two members of Logansport’s Final Four girls basketball team from 2014 met in the Butler-Ball State women’s basketball game at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Nakeya Penny started for Ball State and Whitney Jennings, her former Logansport teammate, started for Butler.

With several Logansport fans in attendance and a Logansport radio station staffing the game along with several Logansport fans in attendance, it made for a special day for the City of Bridges.

It’s the reason Mayor Dave Kitchell today proclaimed Penny the Logansport Citizen of the Week. Jennings, who was the 2014 Miss Basketball, was a previous winner of the award, as was Nakeya’s sister, Jasmine, an All-Big East selection for the DePaul Lady Blue Demons.

Kitchell, who taught Nakeya when she was a freshman at LHS, said her achievements have been no surprise to him.

“When she was a freshman, she was called upon to fill in for the injured center, senior Katie Workman,” the mayor recalls. “Nakeya not only did it, but was a major contributor to the success of the Logansport program. She did it by balancing tenacity with grace and was the ultimate inside complementary player to Whitney Jennings’ play from the backcourt.”

Last week, the man who coached Penny, Jerry Hoover, was announced as a 2019 inductee into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Citizen of the Week is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and recognizes local residents, natives or former residents for their contributions. Recipients receive a certificate from the Mayor’s Office and a $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell