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Winners & Losers 7/24/14

Winners
James Andrews The founding partner and medical director of the Andrews Institute was recently presented with the 2014 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting. This prestigious award is given annually to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the world of sports medicine and includes a $5,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

PSC Rotaract Club Pensacola State College’s Rotaract Club topped off its first year by winning the Zone 34 Rotaract Award that recognizes clubs in Georgia, Florida and the Caribbean that undertake projects exemplifying the mission of Rotary International. Its accomplishments include hosting PSC’s first Chili Chow Down fundraiser for the American Cancer Society; working with local Rotary Clubs on the international Purple Pinkie Project fundraiser for polio eradication; and collaborating with local Rotary Clubs to assemble the area’s first annual Tree of Remembrance.

Benjamin Wilhelm and Anthony Cerrone Technical Sergeant Wilhelm and Staff Sgt. Cerrone, both explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, recently received Purple Hearts during a ceremony held at Tyndall AFB. Both were presented the honor for injuries they sustained during combat operations in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Losers
Achievement Gap Task Force Escambia County School District appointed this special committee of city, county, community and school district representatives to make proposals on how the school district can better educate its minority students. The task force came up with five recommendations that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas promptly rejected and told them to go back to the drawing board. Sigh, even our task force gets a failing grade.

Job Training The Greater Pensacola Chamber has been successful in recruiting ST Aerospace and Offshore Inland to Pensacola. Mayor Ashton Hayward has declared himself the “jobs mayor.” However, the GAP analysis report commissioned by the chamber points out we don’t have people qualified to work for those companies. We have only five years to train and educate this new workforce. Yikes. The Achievement Task Force better work overtime.

Pensacola Police Department The good news is the city of Pensacola’s overall crime rate dropped 14 percent in 2013 and is down 16 percent for the first six months of 2014, the lowest six-month numbers in over 14 years. The bad news is PPD also bragged there had not been a homicide within city limits for the year. The record was broken by noon that day.