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Winners & Losers 4/5/12

Winners
Pensacola State College
Our community college placed five students on the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team: Elizabeth Merritt, Anna Ledet, Savannah Mongeau, Carey Stabenau and Jeane Thomas. Each year, a Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team is named to recognize outstanding students in the Florida College System. The distinction is given to honor academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.

Santa Rosa County School District
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Administrator Don Arnette recently recognized 14 schools in the Santa Rosa School District with HealthierUS School Challenge awards for improving the overall health of its school environment.

The nine Santa Rosa County Schools receiving the highest Challenge award, Gold of Distinction, are the first in Florida to receive that honor.

Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
The chamber recently received a 4-star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This significant achievement defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities.  The Pensacola Chamber received special recognition for the Vision 2015 initiative and for demonstrating significant success in meeting its short-term and long-term goals. It was last accredited in 2005 when it received a 3-star designation.

Losers
Brian Spencer
What was the Pensacola councilman thinking when he attempted to move the Cobra helicopter from the Veterans’ Memorial Park? Building a consensus is a lost political art. This is the second reversal for Spencer, the first being his district rejecting Mayor Ashton Hayward’s plan to open Government Street to Ninth Avenue. This time Spencer saw the error of his ways and issued a quick apology after the veteran community resoundingly rebuked his views.

George Hawthorne
Councilman John Jerralds openly challenged the validity of the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce. When the IN asked its president, George Hawthorne, for a list of his board of directors, the reporter was told that the information was confidential and would not be released until he reorganized the organization. Hawthorne refused to release any information on his membership, any board minutes or financial reports.

Congress
The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass its transportation bill with the much-needed RESTORE Act. Instead it merely passed a 90-day extension of the current transportation budget. The RESTORE act was drafted in an effort to direct fine money resulting from BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill directly to the Gulf Coast. The Senate had already passed the bill.