Achievers

P.K. Yonge student represents Florida in youth program


Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.

Kailyn Allen, a senior at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School who is dual-enrolled at the University of Florida, is one of two delegates who represented the state of Florida in the annual United States Senate Youth Program held March 9-16 in Washington. Allen had an opportunity to experience national government in action, including meeting President Barack Obama and other government officials. Allen, who will be pursuing a career in public service, also received a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

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Sixty-one students were honored by the University of Florida Center for Leadership and Service for completing more than 100 hours of service during a recent Presidential Service Award Reception, sponsored by the UF Office of the President.

Casey Runte, an applied physiology and kinesiology senior, was named “Servant Leader of the Year” in recognition of having volunteered more than 600 hours to promote youth achievement. Runte's contribution included mentoring and coaching in the following locations: Camp Kesem, a national nonprofit organization that hosts one-week summer camps for children of cancer patients; Sidney Lanier Center in Gainesville, a school that serves students with special education needs; and Williams Elementary School in east Gainesville.

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Patrick Treese, teacher and director of the Academy of Criminal Justice at Newberry High School, received state honors for criminal justice skills at the recent Florida Public Service Association conference held recently in Ocala.

His students also brought home awards, including top five finishes in 13 categories, two scholarships, and a third place in the overall criminal justice chapter category.

Courtney Evans, a junior, and Holly Cormack, a sophomore, received first-place awards for criminal case analysis, while seniors Ena Nater and Charlene Stainfield received two of the six scholarships presented at the conference.

The Florida Public Service Association is a statewide organization for students taking criminal justice, firefighting and other courses related to public service. At the conference, students competed in events ranging from designing a prison to navigating an obstacle course to putting together an emergency kit.

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The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind recently named Kathleen Ryan as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year, and Joel Bartholomew, lead landscape technician, as the 2013-2014 School-Related Employee of the Year.

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Parisleaf Design, a local business, won two gold medals and two silver medals from the American Advertising Federation at the 2013 ADDY American Advertising Gala held recently in Washington.

The ADDY awards, which recognize creative excellence, are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 50,000 entries every year in the local ADDY competitions.

Parisleaf won gold medals for the UNITY video for Video Branding Content More Than 60 Seconds and for Parisleaf's website for Digital Advertising/ Self-Promotion; and silver medals for Parisleaf's CMYK logo for Visual Logo and for the Causseaux Hewett & Walpole Inc. website for Digital Advertising/Website, Consumer.

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Charles Moss, a professor in the University of Florida's food and resource economics department, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association at the association's annual meeting held recently in Orlando.

Moss has more than 20 years of experience researching and teaching agricultural finance. His accomplishments are many and include nearly 100 publications in scientific journals, and two textbooks related to agricultural economics.

He has served as co-editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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