JAKE BOUCHARD The Chain Reaction President, CR Academy member and Booker T. Washington High senior, was selected as one of 12 students into the highly competitive 2011 Service Scholar Program at Florida State University. Through this honor, Bouchard has been awarded a four-year renewable scholarship. Students are selected based upon their leadership, advocacy skills, outstanding civic engagement as well as their academic standing.
BOBBY LIKIS The host of “Bobby Likis Car Clinic” has been recognized nationally in the 2011 “Talkers 250,” the prestigious industry listing of top talk-show hosts in America. This award distinguishes excellence in broadcasting, based on courage, effort, longevity, potential, ratings, recognition, revenue, service, talent and uniqueness. Likis is the only commercial radio car-talk host included for the 4th consecutive year.
RON KAYE’S MUSIC INSTRUCTION For the third consecutive year, Ron Kaye’s Music Instruction has been selected for the 2011 Best of Pensacola Award in the Musical Instrument Lessons category by the U.S. Commerce Association. The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These local companies enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Nationwide, only one in 120 2011 award recipients qualified as three-time award winners
MICHELLE RHEE The former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools has been advising Gov. Rick Scott on how to fight the teachers’ unions. Her “rep” has been built on lifting up test scores in the low-performing public schools in her former district. That credibility has been challenged by a USA Today report that more than half the public schools in D.C. were found to have an unusual number of erasures on standardized tests.
PHILIP MONIER The State of Florida wants the Horn Lake, Miss. man accused of shooting three Escambia County sheriff’s deputies to pay more than $300,000 in restitution. The claims include $296,983.17 in workers compensation for Deputy Jeremy Cassady, who spent more than a month in Sacred Heart Hospital and lost his kidneys; $8,956.85 in property damage to the Baywind Circle home owned by Francisco Lenox where the standoff took place; and $1,303.09 in workers compensation for Deputy Sam Parker, $2,559.40 for Deputy Chad Brown and $3,643.07 for Deputy Dawn Goodwin.
KANEATHA SHERI HARRIS The ex-girlfriend was arrested for filing a false police report which led to a SWAT team standoff at the Lake Chateau condominiums in Ferry Pass. Harris pretended to be another female who lived at the residence with her ex-boyfriend and claimed to be held hostage. Both females went to jail, since the other had an outstanding warrant. Good news, ladies, the mutual boyfriend is now available.