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Winners & Losers 10/15/15

The Winner & Losers staff of the Inweekly news media has taken another week off, saying something about doing in-depth research for their column.  At least, everybody gets to be a winner for one more week.

Kati Andrews
University of West Florida alumna has been named the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Student award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association for her accomplishments at UWF. Andrews and her honors thesis, which examined the need for cooperation between law enforcement and social workers,  received recognition as the Best College of Education and Professional Studies Undergraduate Presentation, Best Student Project in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Most Outstanding Honors Thesis Award.

Bill Vilona
The News Journal sports editor was recognized for his support of youth athletics by the Southern Youth Sports Association at the 2015 Soul Bowl.  Commissioner Lumon May thanked Vilona for his coverage of inner-city sports and dedication to making the community better. Earlier this year, Vilona was also inducted into the Pensacola Sports Association Hall of Fame.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office
The agency made the largest heroin bust in the Santa Rosa County’s history on Oct. 8 and arrested a woman alleged to be a key player in an interstate drug-trafficking ring. The sheriff’s office believed the bust put a major dent in the local heroin trade.

Cherie Arnette
The Social Studies Curriculum Specialist K-12 for the Escambia County School District is the new state president of the Florida Council for Social Studies. Also at the state conference, Christopher Harris of Washington High School and Cyprienne Gryskiewicz, formerly of Woodham Middle School and currently a Social Studies instructional coach for the district, were recognized as Escambia County’s Social Studies Teachers of the Year.

Anderson Subaru
Billy Anderson, owner of the local car dealership, has donated 100 elementary level STEM-related books to Lincoln Park Primary School. Inspired by a nationwide Subaru initiative, Anderson Subaru conducted their “Anderson Subaru Loves Learning Book Donation Program” in August. Its customers were given the opportunity to sign a tag placed inside a book.

Nemours Children’s Clinic
The Florida Department of Health awarded Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola, and the Division of Audiology the Audiology Award of Excellence for follow-up with newborn hearing screenings. This is the second time in the past three years that Nemours in Pensacola has received this highly-acclaimed recognition.