9 UF journalism students receive Frye Scholarships

Published: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:25 p.m.

Nine University of Florida students are among the recipients of the Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship 2013, sponsored by the Florida Capitol Press Corps. They are: Rachel Crosby, Dana Edwards, Katie Greene, Rachel Kurland, Maxwell Mattern, Kelly Price, Lauren Rautenkranz, Natanya Spies, and Kathryn Varn.

The scholarship honors Barbara L. Frye, who was the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years until her death from cancer in 1982. The first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps, Frye covered 11 governors, from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. Frye was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Mark L. Baumgartner, Ph.D., CFA, director of Asset Allocation and Risk for the Ford Foundation, will become the chief investment officer for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The IAS is an independent postgraduate center for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry.

Baumgartner attended St. Patrick Interparish School, Buchholz High School, and the University of Florida College of Engineering as well as Princeton University.

His professional experience includes serving as management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, portfolio manager for Strategy Capital, and various positions with Morgan Stanley including executive director for Alternative Investment Partners; managing director for Global Portfolio Solutions; senior portfolio strategist and head of Portfolio Architecture. He also served as managing director for Investment Strategies Solutions with Credit Suisse.

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Caroline Pudlo, a fifth-grader at Williston Elementary School, and Grace Hardy from Williston Central Christian Academy tied for second place in the countywide Tropicana/4-H Speech Contest held on Dec. 5 at Bronson Middle-High School. Pudlo spoke about her family vacation at the Smoky Mountains.

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Judy Locascio, Allstate agency owner, received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others and for outstanding volunteerism. The award includes a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation to the American Red Cross, where Locascio volunteers.

The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of dedicated Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate agency owners must volunteer, mentor or lead a nonprofit of their choice.

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The city of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s Pop Warner cheerleading team, the Gainesville Gator Jr. Midgets, placed fifth at the Pop Warner National Cheerleading Championship held on Dec. 11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.

The team was also one of three of 53 teams nominated for the “Spirit of Sport Award,” a sportsmanship award, voted by their peers, as well as league and regional cheer and dance coordinators. Earlier this month, the team won first place in the Southeast Region Cheerleading Championships in Orlando.

The cheerleaders included Leonika Alston, Jamiah Baker, Mari Bright, Meme Bright, Gabby Graham, Kira Johnson, Zaniya Littles, Niyani Markham, Eryana Nolan, Ahmya Patterson, Salara Perry, Takaria Watson and Miracle Whitfield.

The coaching staff included: head coach Beverly Perry, assistant coach Lauren Harris, team mom Leslie Torres, and coach trainee Katlynn Ford.

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