Levy County nurse named state’s 2014 School Nurse of the Year


Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5:40 p.m.

Angie Phillips, a registered nurse at the Florida Department of Health in Levy County, has been named “2014 School Nurse of the Year” by the Florida School Health Association. She is being recognized for her dedication and excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health. Earlier this year, Phillips was selected as one of Florida Public Health Heroes.

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Recipients of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2014 Distinguished Awards include:

Adam Birkenheuer, D.V.M., Ph.D., and Chris Sanchez, D.V.M., Ph.D., both 1995 graduates of the UF veterinary college and winners of the Alumni Achievement Award.

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, D.V.M., 1983 graduate of the college, received the Distinguished Service Award.

Elliott Jacobson, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor emeritus of zoological medicine who served on the UF faculty for 33 years before his retirement in 2012, received the Special Service Award.

Andy Roark, D.V.M., 2008 graduate of the UF veterinary college, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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Andrew Torchia, a third-year veterinary student, is the recipient of the 2014 Bayer Excellence in Communication Award and a $2,500 scholarship. The award identifies and rewards veterinary students who are mastering effective communication skills, considered crucial for helping to establish strong client relationships, leading to better compliance with medications and treatment plans for their animals.

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Craig Joiner, a former student at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, is the recipient of a full four-year QuestBridge National College Match scholarship to Rice University in Houston. Craig plans to pursue a degree in genetic science.

Based in Palo Alto, California, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit organization that connects exceptional students from low-income backgrounds with admission and full scholarships to leading colleges.

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The newly formed John Wayne Chapter of the Order of DeMolay in Gainesville received its charter from The International Supreme Council Order of DeMolay at a ceremony held June 7 at R. T. Schafer Masonic Lodge. Chapter Master Counselor Jackson Cowart received the charter.

Founded in 1919 and named after the martyred last Grand Master of The Knights Templar, DeMolay is a fraternity dedicated to making better citizens of young men. Prominent among DeMolays are movie actor John Wayne, President Bill Clinton, professional baseball player Harmon Killebrew, cartoonist Walt Disney, astronaut Frank Borman, singer and actor Burl Ives, decathlete and Congressman Bob Mathias, Senators Mark Hatfield and Henry Jackson, and broadcaster Paul Harvey.

DeMolays are taught seven cardinal virtues to govern their lives. Patriotism and reverence for God is the foundation of DeMolay. Training young men for future leadership is its most important task. DeMolay Chapters are sponsored by Masonic bodies and advised by Master Masons and parents. Membership is open to all young men between 12 and 21 years of age regardless of race, creed or religion.

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Innovative Valves won first place at a June 3 Startup Quest Investor Pitch, NanteX won second-place, and ABit Corp. won third place.

nRODx won first place is the 2013 Startup Quest Investor Pitch.

LifeNet, Inc. won second place at the 2013 Gainesville Startup Quest.

Innovative Valves was led by Dr. Mark Davidson, founder of Tech Toybox, who also served as mentor to LifeNet, Inc. NanteX was mentored by Dan White, managing member of The Commerce Law Group and co-managing director at The Visuum Companies.

ABit Corp. was mentored by Maxwell Minch, principal attorney at Maxwell L. Minch Esq. P.A.

Startup Quest is a nationally recognized workforce development model that grows self-employment through entrepreneurship. Born from a joint effort of the University of Florida and CareerSource North Central Florida, the program was piloted in Gainesville and has since expanded with the help of a nearly $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund.

During a 10-week Startup Quest training program, participants form teams led by highly successful entrepreneur mentors, create simulated companies and develop business plans based on real technologies.

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