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From left to right, Dr. Brendan Kelly, Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida; Lauren Butler, Group Vice President, Community Development Manager for SunTrust Bank; Quint Studer, Founder, Studer Community Institute; Bob Anderson, Regional President Florida Panhandle, SunTrust Bank; and Dr. Meredith Brunen, Associate Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida.

SunTrust donates $50,000 to UWF Thank you to SunTrust for making a difference in the community. More children who live in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will be able to attend the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College due to the community commitment of SunTrust.

Since 2012, 98 students have utilized the Pensacola Pledge Scholars Program. This program helps reduce students’ debt. The Pledge Scholars Program was seeded with a $1 million donation from the Studer Family.

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winners PENSACOLA WOMEN’S MARCH An

estimated crowd of over 2,000 people braved rain and tornado warnings to march in downtown Pensacola Saturday, a day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. The event was part of a global movement that saw millions of people take to the streets in cities across the nation and overseas in support of women's rights.

JASON HUTCHINSON The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has named Officer Jason Hutchinson of Santa Rosa County its 2017 Officer of the Year. He rescued a first-time hunter lost at night in the Escambia River swamp, caught people illegally night hunting, discovered a hidden alligator, snapping turtle and even apprehended one of his area's most wanted methamphetamine distributors. He also developed an officer-mentoring program and performed countless outreach hours to area youth and civic organizations. And all of that was just in 2016. PENSACOLA FEDERAL COURTHOUSE Renovations of the closed federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola appear to be moving ahead. The building owner, Keating Development, has agreed to end the lease early, and the U.S. General Services Administration has selected the Jacksonville architectural firm TTV Architects Inc. to design the improved courthouse.

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losers FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

The state's largest teachers union lost its battle over the Florida's school voucher program when the Florida Supreme Court rejected its appeal challenging the program. The decision lets a lower-court ruling stand that found the union and others who challenged the program didn't have legal standing to bring suit against the state program that allows corporations to claim tax credits for donations to organizations that then cover private-school tuition for mostly low-income students.

BIG TOBACCO Attorney General Pam Bondi

filed an enforcement motion against ITG Brands, LLC f/k/a Lignum-2 LLC (ITG) and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR) to enforce the explicit terms of the tobacco settlement agreement dated Aug. 25, 1997. Pursuant to that agreement, RJR and the other major tobacco companies agreed to make annual payments to Florida of several hundred million dollars, in perpetuity. RJR recently sold three of its most iconic cigarette brands, Winston, Kool, and Salem, along with a legacy Lorillard Tobacco Company brand, Maverick, to ITG for $7 billion. RJR refused to include the sales of these cigarette brands when making annual payments to Florida, despite not having been released from its payment obligations.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The proposed rules for legalized medical marijuana appear to favor those handful of nurseries that already have licenses and could artificially inflate prices once the product is available. In other words, the marijuana industry pigs are fighting to become hogs.

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GETTING OUR HANDS DIRTY In his first official briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer misstated facts when he chastised the media on their reporting of the size of the inauguration crowd. "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe," Spicer told the White House press corps. The crowd was less than the record-setting one in 2009 for President Barack Obama's first term. The side-by-side photographs showed the contrast between the two inaugurations. Metro ridership statistics also indicated that significantly fewer people attended last Friday. Trump's inauguration received 30.6 million viewers, which was more than the 20.5 million who watched Obama get sworn into office in 2013. However, Obama received nearly 38 million viewers for his 2009 inauguration. These are facts. But Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway doubled down on "Meet the Press" when she said that Spicer had been merely providing "alternative facts" to what the media had reported. Alternative facts? In his 1943 essay, "Looking Back on the Spanish War," George Orwell wrote about the danger of governments using "alternative facts." "If the Leader says of such and such an event, ‘It never happened"—well, it never happened,' he wrote. "If he says that two and two

are five—well, two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs— and after our experiences of the last few years that is not such a frivolous statement." "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd called Spicer's "alternative facts" what they were—"falsehoods." In the grand scheme, the size of any inauguration isn't that big of a deal. Why did the Trump administration make it an issue? And, even more troubling, why were White House officials so willing to misstate the truth? I liked Margaret Sullivan's take. The media columnist for The Washington Post said that White House press briefings are "access journalism," where a core group of reporters has special access to the president. Sullivan wrote, "Spicer's statement should be seen for what it is: Remarks made over the casket at the funeral of access journalism." Jessica Huseman of ProPublica took it a step further when she tweeted, "Journalists aren't going to get answers from Spicer. We are going to get answers by digging. By getting our hands dirty. So let's all do that." On all levels, government reporting requires digging. It's nice when officials answer questions and provide public records readily, but the digging is still necessary to verify the information given. When misdeeds and falsehoods are uncovered, they must be reported. Alternative facts aren't facts, regardless of who states them. {in} rick@inweekly.net

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PROVIDING A PATHWAY FOR CHANGE

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By Duwayne Escobedo Phillip Carrier became the newest former inmate to successfully complete the Pathways for Change court-ordered addiction treatment program. During the rigorous, 18-month program, his father died, but the 42-year-old Carrier persevered. After officially "graduating," his mom was there to give him a big hug. "They taught me a new way to live," Carrier said. "They taught me I could recover and I didn't have a death sentence." Pathways for change not only had one man finish its program, but it also had about 27 men total "Phase Up" or move forward through the four phases of its program that has proven to reduce recidivism. About two-thirds of offenders who fail to

undergo treatment are rearrested within three years of release from incarceration. Compare that to the Pathways for Change 67 percent success rate. PFC costs about $10,000 per inmate per year, while it costs $20,000 per inmate per year to serve a jail sentence. The organization saves Escambia County about $1.5 million annually. The program is a collaboration with Escambia County and more than 25 other partners. Because of its success, the Florida Association of Counties recently asked Pathways for Change to present its innovative solutions at an upcoming event to show other counties in the state what it does. Pathways for Change Chief Executive Officer Connie Bookman teared up when asked about Carrier and several other times during the organization's Phase Up and

Graduation Ceremony held Saturday afternoon at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart. About 70 people attended the 41st celebration, including many inmates' families who clapped and cheered enthusiastically for the inmates. "I remember him so clearly the first time I met him," said Bookman, who started the program in 2004. "I could see that he was so broken and so hopeless. I've watched him progress. He has got what it takes. There's no magic in it." Potential participants must undergo a rigorous court-monitored screening process to enter the program. The four phases of the program teach interpersonal communication, job and life skills and requires the inmates to get individual, family and group therapy. Phases one and two involve an intensive six-month curriculum that requires them to confront their substance abuse, alcoholism, and other mental health issues. Part of phase three requires the inmates to do community service three days a week as a way to pay for the intensive treatment they receive free from the organization. Clients then prepare for reentry into the community by attending work or school. The inmates are provided job training and encouraged to complete their GED if they haven't finished high school. The program participants must be evaluated by clinical professionals and can only phase up or advance if their attitudes and behavior have improved. Carrier credited Pathways for changing his life, as well as his Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Tim P. He said he knows his dad was looking down proudly on him from heaven. "Drugs were leading me on a path to nowhere," he said. "I lost a lot of things that I'm slowly getting back, like a job, a house,

and a car. They've helped me learn that I can live life without drugs." Mark O'Dell, PFC's director of admissions, said, like Carrier, all of the men hope to eventually complete the "hard" program. "Pathways for Change gives them the tools they need to climb that mountain," he said. "Now, they're ready to begin their journey. They're ready to move upward." {in}

PATHWAYS FOR CHANGE Location: 2050 W. Blount St. Phone: 637-1429 Web site: pathwaysforchange.org Founded: 2005 EXECUTIVE STAFF: Chief Executive Office: Connie Bookman LCSW Chief Operating Officer: Chris Collins Chaplain and Family Center Director: Dr. Cheryl Perry MRT Director: Brunie Emmanuel Employees: 7 full-time, 2 part-time, 10 contracted employees Volunteers: 45 Operating Budget: $625,500 Funding: $230,000 from Escambia Board of County Commissioners; balance from fundraising events, including Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Pensacola Mud Run, and Pensacola Hogfest.

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PROTECTING BP FUNDS State Rep. Frank

White (R-Pensacola) had his first meeting of the Select Committee on Triumph Gulf Coast, the non-profit organization formed by law in 2011. The organization was formed to ensure that BP settlement dollars coming to eight Florida counties most impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were spent to enhance economic development in Northwest Florida. At stake is $300 million dollars, which represent 75 percent of the first settlement distribution to the state. The Jan. 12 meeting reviewed the basics of the BP settlement agreement and the formation of Triumph. The committee, which is made up of the state representatives from the eight Northwest Florida counties, did agree that none of the funds would be used for economic incentives. "That's I think clear among everybody on the House side, and I think it's what people wanted," said Rep. White on "Pensacola Speaks" last week. "They don't want these funds to be used to pick winners and losers in the economy. They want it instead to be used in a way in which the entire region can benefit, and we can diversify and strengthen the entire

economy, so not just pick one business over the other to be successful." He said that Triumph will have a role in how the funds are appropriated, but he wants to hear from his colleagues before taking a position on what that role would be. "Voters need a way to hold somebody accountable for how those decisions are made and how the funds are invested, so I think a review of it is in order," he said. "I really do truly look forward to talking to my colleagues and hearing the various folks present to us the different ideas that come up for what role Triumph should play going forward." For those concerned that the funds might not be spent in Northwest Florida, Rep. White said the composition of the select committee shows House Speaker Richard Corcoran's commitment to make sure the funds stay in the Panhandle. "There are seven of us in the House, and every single one of us is from Northwest Florida. We all wake up in the central time zone, and that is the biggest win of all I think," he told Inweekly. However, he admitted the budget would be tight this year, and other lawmakers may be tempted to raid the BP settlement funds.

"Everybody is going to be looking for a place to find resources, and unfortunately this is the big pot of money where I think there is a risk that people might look," said Rep. White. "Luckily, Speaker Corcoran is on our side, and he, by placing us all on this committee, has made clear his intent, that he believes the funds should go to where the damage was done."

PIPELINE TO PRISON The League of

Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area, ACLU, Coffee Party, Escambia Youth Justice Coalition and the National Association of Social Workers are hosting a screening of the documentary "Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at Earle J. Bowden Building, 120 Church St. in downtown Pensacola. The one-hour documentary chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease. The program is free and open to the public. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

DIB & TRIUMPH TO THE RESCUE Last year, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had a $30,000 parking study done by West Florida Regional Planning Council. The study found that downtown faces an overall parking deficit of 2,268 spaces in the coming years. City Administrator Eric Olson told the City Council that the Hayward administration has three solutions. "The first thing we would try and do is improve the signage, just directing people to where the parking is," he said at the January Agenda Review. "The second thing is trying to change people's behavior. You may not be able to park right in front of the business that you want to visit, but you can get close." Both are initiatives that the Downtown Improvement Board has done for years. Neither creates 2,268 new parking spaces. Olson said the third solution might be to ask for Triumph Gulf Coast dollars to pay for the construction of a parking garage. He said the DIB would "probably take on a leading role in finding immediate solutions for downtown parking and looking into the future. One of those things that we will be looking at is Triumph money." {in}

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o keep young talent in our community, Inweekly believes we must nurture, mentor and recognize it. Young leaders are the lifeblood of any dynamic, prosperous community. In 2006, we facilitated the launch of the Pensacola Young Professionals because we firmly believed that the next generation of city and county leaders needed a seat at the decision-making table. A decade later, PYP remains a viable, strong voice for progress in the greater Pensacola area.

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Two years later, we created the Rising Stars program to help the community put faces to the names of those under 35-yearolds seen by their peers, clients and bosses as up and coming leaders in their professions and the community. Rising Stars have gone on to form their own businesses, become leaders in their industries and win public office. State Representatives Clay Ingram, Frank White and Jayer Williamson were all Rising Stars years before they won their seats.

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With the addition of the 2017 class of Rising Stars, we have celebrated more than 500 men and women over the past nine years. Those honored represent a broad range of professions— including doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers and small business owners. This current class has the potential to accomplish equally great things. We look forward to seeing their impact on the community.

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R I S I N G KAREN BARBEE

Community Services Director, Council on Aging of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? The best part of my job is being surrounded by people who care about this community and our local seniors. My contribution is overseeing a department with constantly changing and evolving components. Every day is different, challenging, and I get to make an impact.

S T A R S What's the best advice you've ever been given? Meghan McCarthy once told me that whenever she faces a difficult judgment call she imagines how her decision would look if it were on the front page of the New York Times. Which choice would you be proud you made? Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I served as a health education Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa after graduating college. I lived in a mud hut in a tiny Sub-

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Always be uniquely and unapologetically you. Your past is what molds you into the person you are today; it does not define you."

ANGEL BRADLEY

Health Educator Consultant/Youth and Young Adult Coordinator, Florida Department of Health in Escambia County What makes your job 'click' for you? Motivating society to actively seek healthy choices and the ability to make a positive impact in the community just simply clicks for me. Health education allows me to be innovative in my approach towards prevention, education, research and outreach. It also allows me to work with diverse populations.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Many projects have been rewarding, but the most rewarding project that I've ever worked on has been Project Self. "Be the change you want to see in the world," is my favorite quote because when I became the change (a better me), I then realized greatness in myself and others. What's on your regular reading list? Currently reading “Shift Your Thinking and Love Out Loud” by Joyce Meyers. Regular reading list includes Public Health articles, academic journals and lifestyle blogs. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola has shaped me into who I've become today. The people, experiences and memories keep me grounded. It's difficult not to feel the history, culture and potential here. This city gives me an opportunity to leave my mark and build a legacy, especially with the youth.

MEGAN CHAPMAN Outreach and Development Director, Gulf Coast Kid's House

What makes your job 'click' for you? I am so lucky to have found a job that allows me to do what I do best while serving my community and making a difference in young people's lives. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

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Saharan village, learning the language and culture of Mali while working with locals to improve village health. What's on your regular reading list? My daily read is theSkimm. What keeps you in Pensacola? The community here is very active, which makes it easy to get both “plugged in” and stay entertained. From civic groups to local events, there is always something going on or a new project to get involved in.

do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." Seeing this posted in my office daily, helps me to strive to do my very best.

MIKIA CARTER

Experiential Learning Coordinator, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? On a daily basis, I have the opportunity to be a counselor, teacher and event planner for UWF students. Helping students in, through and out of college brings me joy and fuels my passion for serving college students. What's the best advice you've ever been given? One scripture that I have always held near and dear is Colossians 3:23. "Whatever you

"Don't live to work, work to live." Believe it or not a former boss of mine told me that. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. One of my former jobs was as an event planner and each wedding was very rewarding. More recently our Client Christmas Party for Gulf Coast Kid's House was an amazing event. I enjoyed the unique opportunity to interact with our families and bring them joy during the holiday season.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being on the Board and being a spokeswoman for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Pensacola has been a rewarding experience. Having the ability to educate and comfort survivors and caregivers is a blessing. Then seeing how spirited the walks are in October adds a special cherry on top. What's on your regular reading list? I enjoy reading Priscilla Shirer, Higher Education articles and the amazing common read books that my Director allows us to partake in annually. What keeps you in Pensacola? The love and support that I have gained from my University of West Florida, Liberty Church and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer families. I can honestly call this home after being here for four years. The beach also keeps my friends and family happy during the summers.

What's on your regular reading list? Social media is such a huge source for most of my news nowadays, but I read the Pensacola News Journal and most local magazines. What keeps you in Pensacola? I was born at the Navy Hospital at NAS but then moved around the country since my father was a Coast Guard pilot. I graduated high school here and then I relocated back here in 2013. My family and friends are here and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

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2 0 1 7 of life. It seems simple. Yet, it’s amazing how gratitude can do so much to shift your perspective and adjust your course for the better.

LAUREN CLARK

Product Marketing Specialist, Studer Group; Instructor, Pensacola Barre What makes your job 'click' for you? My job is in the sweet spot where creativity, growth and the opportunity to make an impact all intersect. This job allows me to flex my creative muscles and continually learn. It’s fun. I love knowing that our company, with my help, is making healthcare better. What's the best advice you've ever been given? “Be grateful.” It’s easy to take things for granted and get caught up in the minutia

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Recently I faced a project that was extremely challenging. I struggled and nearly failed. At the last minute, I scrapped the whole thing and started over. The final product exceeded its goal and I grew immensely as a marketer in that short period. Successfully completing that project felt fantastic. What's on your regular reading list? theSkimm and Becker’s are part of my morning routine. I love reading for fun and recently enjoyed “The Nightingale” and “The Book of Speculation.” What keeps you in Pensacola? My husband and I moved to Pensacola for his job more than four years ago. We don’t have any family close by and didn’t know many people when we arrived. Now we have built an incredible network of friends and colleagues. They make Pensacola feel like home.

who has trained those under them so well, that if they were no longer able to serve in their position, the trainees would be able to assume the leader's role and immediately be successful.

MEISHA COLLETTI

Interim Pediatric Residency Program Director and Pediatric Hospitalist, University of Florida-Sacred Heart Children's Hospital What makes your job 'click' for you? The opportunity to teach. I am so honored to not only be able to practice medicine, but also to teach the outstanding pediatricians of tomorrow. What's the best advice you've ever been given? The sign of a great leader is someone

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The best project I have ever worked on was a health and wellness series that I initiated for resident physicians. The series focused on teaching young physicians how to cope with stress, meditation techniques and healthy daily living. What's on your regular reading list? I am a CNN fanatic and review the headlines on my CNN app daily. I also enjoy The Journal of Pediatrics and Pediatrics in Review. What keeps you in Pensacola? My wonderful husband who is stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, beautiful weather, wonderful people and the south's best children's hospital—Sacred Heart Children's-Pensacola.

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S T A R S What's the best advice you've ever been given? There are two statements I live by and both are from each of my grandmothers: “Never say that you can’t do something, if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything,” and the other is “Focus on one thing at a time and one day at a time.”

“Do what you love.” I changed my major late in my college years because I wanted to "love my job" instead of just liking it. I can honestly say, through the ups and downs of my career, I still love being a child life specialist and a servant to the community.

ERIN SHIPP CONTRERAS Child Life Specialist, The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart

What makes your job 'click' for you? I think the biggest thing is knowing that I made a difference in a child's experience in the hospital. I love helping children and their families understand their medical diagnosis and treatment plan while making the experience a little less overwhelming. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I think my community service work with SafeKids Worldwide is the most rewarding. I'm passionate about helping families understand the importance of vehicle safety for children and providing them with resources to help their child ride as safely as possible. I love knowing kids leave an event safer than they arrived. What's on your regular reading list? Southern Living, Taste of Homes, Parenting magazine and lots of children's books What keeps you in Pensacola? I grew up in Crestview and always thought I would stay close to home. My career initially took me to Dallas for 10 years and I missed this area every second that I was gone. I was so excited when I finally had the opportunity to come home.

CARMELA COOK

Service Line Marketing Manager, Baptist Health Care What makes your job 'click' for you? Marketing has always fascinated me. I like being able to come up with an idea and create something that makes an impact. I’ve been able to do that and more by working in the healthcare industry. The people I work with help me to grow and challenge my skill set.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Working in the healthcare industry, I have been so fortunate to meet with patients and their families and share stories about their life, love and healing. Our marketing team plays a small role in helping people throughout life’s journey. What's on your regular reading list? I like to read the local newspapers, industry publications that focus on healthcare, marketing and public relations. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my home, I was born and raised here and all my family lives here as well. I love the white beaches and all the available outdoor activities.

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Don't settle—keep moving forward" and "Smile; life is good." Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Currently, I am engaging Pensacola with music and education. I love what I do, and I have fun with it.

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What makes your job 'click' for you? Good people, great music and educational values. That's what it's all about for me.

What's on your regular reading list? World news from various sources, The Intellectual Devotional and intermittent science fiction (youth and adult). What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is a town that wants to move forward and not be complacent. It is also a great environment for work and play. I look forward to whatever life has in store for us.

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Operations Director - Administration, Studer Family of Companies What makes your job 'click' for you? Having a sense of purpose. Luckily that's easy working for Quint Studer. Sometimes it's the smallest tasks that give the greatest sense of purpose, like a thank you for a thank you note. Also, having the tools to further my development and be a part of an engaged work environment.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being a small part of becoming America's First Early Learning City through Studer Community Institute has been fun. Generally speaking, any project that helps me learn and grow is always rewarding. What's on your regular reading list? Harvard Business Review, HUMANeX Ventures Daily Impact Journey, I constantly reference Quint Studer's books, also health and fitness anything.

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What keeps you in Pensacola? Being mentored by Quint Studer has been the opportunity of a lifetime; I wouldn't trade it for the world.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Nothing worth having comes easy.

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Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? I love being able to work with young people who are trying to better themselves. Working with diverse groups of students help make what I do fun and exciting every day.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? The best advice I ever gave a student was never to stop. UWF is a place where I think students can learn to be who they will be for the rest of their lives. Invest in yourself to better your future.

Diversity month. The event was a great success and we are excited to do it again.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The most rewarding project that I ever worked on was my first global block party. I was able to bring together many different student organizations on campus to celebrate

What keeps you in Pensacola? The people, the weather and the relationships. I think this is a great place to live and work because Pensacola allows me to be myself.

BLAKE DOHERTY

Senior Engineer, Gulf Power-Plant Crist What makes your job 'click' for you? I work in a challenging environment that is constantly changing. My job demands that I am innovative, adaptable to changing conditions and eager to learn. These challenges fit well with my personality and I wake up looking forward to what the day has in store. What's the best advice you've ever been given? A professor in graduate school once told me that when presented with an intimi-

What's on your regular reading list? I regularly read CNN, Fox News, and outdoor recreation publications such as National Wild Turkey Federation and Field and Stream. What keeps you in Pensacola? The culture of Pensacola is one of a kind. My wife and I enjoy taking our son to the beach, fishing and taking advantage of life on the gulf coast. We have made many lasting friendships and truly love Pensacola and everything this area has to offer.

JOSEPH EVERETTE Clinical Nurse Manager, West Florida Hospital

What makes your job 'click' for you? Finding ways to recognize those who excel at their practice. Nursing is not a profession one does for simple praise. We do this because we love people. And when you have the opportunity to acknowledge the compassionate care one provides, it speaks volumes of gratitude from both patient and employer.

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What's on your regular reading list? I am a tech nerd at heart. I read a lot of tech articles and magazines. I also enjoy the Flipboard app.

"Be honest, be fair and do the right thing." My grandfather has always counseled these words and applied them in operating and establishing his company. Following this advice has proven to provide the biggest of successes, that being rock solid partnerships.

dating project, the most important step is to write out everything that must occur from start to finish. Identify activities that are easy to complete. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, use those activities for motivation. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. For over a year and a half I worked as the performance engineer for the plant. During this time I worked on projects that improved the efficiency of the power plant thus reducing the cost to the customer. Making a direct impact in this way was very fulfilling for me.

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ALEXANDRA ELLIS

In transition, Brand Manager, Running Wild to Managing Director, Southwestern Packing and Seals What makes your job 'click' for you? Connections. Personal accomplishments are great motivators and boosts of confidence, no question. However, the opportunity to support and serve another (team member, partnered organization, customer, etc.) towards their best will always be what makes it all 'click'. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Invest in people daily. Whether they are patient, nurse, or kitchen artisan, it is important to treat every individual uniquely with the dignity and respect that they each deserve. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Orienting recently graduated nurses to daily hospital nursing practice. Orientation is key to having a successful nursing career. And while it may initially be scary to being tasked with the care of one's life,

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Running Wild's running community. I've had the honor of "hosting" weekly runs for two-ish years. Through these groups I've witnessed powerful connections, selflessness and genuine encouragement. It's provided profound and humbling opportunities, from running with Joey (visually impaired) during his half-marathon training to runners going after a Boston Marathon qualification. What's on your regular reading list? The Bible, theSkimm, Desiring God, The Plant-Based Pantry, Resurrectio et Vita, IF: Gathering. What keeps you in Pensacola? I grew up in Colorado and have been asked many times, "...and you like Pensacola?� No, I have completely fallen in love with Pensacola. The beaches are primo, downtown is so inviting, the active community is extraordinary, but mainly I've been blessed with incredible relationships.

it is those moments of when it all clicks for them that is most rewarding. What's on your regular reading list? Pensacola News Journal, American Journal of Nursing and ZDoggMD ZBlogg. In the continuously changing field of medicine, it is important to stay up to date. What keeps you in Pensacola? Friends and family. Having grown up locally in Navarre, my wife and I could not have asked for a better community to live, work, worship and raise our children in.

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I’ve tried my best to live by the words of Sheryl Sandberg, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."

AMANDA SALAZAR EVERHART

Process Technician, ExxonMobil Chemical Pensacola Specialty Elastomers Plant What makes your job 'click' for you? It teaches me valuable lessons in teamwork, allows me to improve upon my communication skills and gives me the time and financial security to enjoy my philanthropic endeavors in the community. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. As volunteer construction leader for Pensacola Habitat for Humanity (PHFH) Women Build, I’ve enjoyed fundraising and building homes alongside dedicated women from the community to share PHFH’s mission of providing safe, decent and affordable homes. It’s been an opportunity to empower women and eliminate housing issues that our community faces. What's on your regular reading list? Inweekly, PNJ, The Pulse, Washington Post and NYT. I love NPR. If I’m not reading, I’m listening to WUWF. What keeps you in Pensacola? I absolutely love Pensacola. Its rich history, beautiful beaches, generous community and the revitalization of downtown and its up and coming food scene. I feel lucky to have resettled here. And of course, it is my beautiful friends and family that make Pensacola my home. #famiseverything

My high school choir director always said, "When you stop being better, you stop being good." He always encouraged me to challenge myself and the students I teach to never settle for the status quo and continue to raise the bar. It's how you accomplish more than you could ever dream.

ALEX GARTNER

Artistic Director, Pensacola Children's Chorus What makes your job 'click' for you? Being a teacher can be very rewarding, but also very challenging. But everything is worth it when a singer has that "aha, I get it" moment. It happens in rehearsal and on stage, and it never gets old. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In Cincinnati, I started a music program at a local school that teaches deaf children to speak. It was amazing to see kids who had hearing difficulties experience music for the first time. I hope PCC's new Ambassador Choir can bring opportunities like that to Pensacola. What's on your regular reading list? PNJ, Inweekly, BuzzFeed, Choral Journal, The Voice, Rick's Blog, but most of my news comes from NPR. What keeps you in Pensacola? Coming from a bigger city, it was important to move to a place that was on the move. I'm thrilled to be a part of Pensacola's ever-growing and ever-changing community.

Congratulations University of West Florida Rising Stars 2017 Making waves, on campus and in the community.

Mikia Carter Experiential Learning Coordinator, Career Services

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Michelle Nelson Program Coordinator, Office of Applied Behavior Analysis

Jhonny Denis Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, Office of Equity & Diversity

Julia Montgomery International Trade Specialist, FSBDC at UWF

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2 0 1 7 It is OK to say "no." I hear that advice all the time from the people who care most about me. They say to me, "You have to say no without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy. You need to learn to respect and take care of yourself."

CHARMERE N. GATSON Graduate-level Online Writing Coach, Liberty University; Freelance Journalist

What makes your job 'click' for you? That is easy. Using my God-given gift of writing to help others is what makes my job so easy. I am extremely passionate about what I do as a journalist and an educator. Because many passionate, committed professionals took time to mentor me, I'm grateful to do the same. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I felt very accomplished by watching my little sister graduate from high school in May 2016 —one year early. We are 16 years apart, and I have assisted my parents by mentoring her and pushing her along each step of her life. I've also mentored her friends. What's on your regular reading list? Unfortunately, e-mails top my list. Then, since I'm a journalist, the news strikes my fancy. Finally, I enjoy ethnographies, educational journal articles and moviebased books. What keeps you in Pensacola? As a native of this beautiful beach city, I am motivated by the potential I see for the growth and success of "home." Pensacola remains ready for fresh, innovative minds to contribute to its development, and I want to be a part of the excitement. There's room "here" for me.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? “Never say you can’t do something because you are a girl. You can do anything you put your mind too.”— My dad. I am reminded daily that I can do anything I put my mind too.

JULIE GLASCO

Sr. Coordinator for Academic Support, Office of the Registrar, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? Education has always played a major role in my life, so working in the field allows me the opportunity to help others attain their dreams. I help students earn their degree, and it comes full circle when they walk across the stage to graduate.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In graduate school at the University of Oklahoma I did my practicum on veterans going back to college. It was a super rewarding experience, and OU began offering a Veteran Student Orientation as a result of our work. What's on your regular reading list? My favorite magazine is Runner’s World. I listen to a lot of Ted Talks and NPR at my desk as well as on my morning runs. What keeps you in Pensacola? What is not to love about this place? We have beautiful beaches, the Blue Angels and great opportunities for young professionals to begin their careers.

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HIV Counselor for HIV Evolution; Coordinator for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA); Pilates Instructor for Breathe Yoga Studio, Ever'man and The Pilates Barre What makes your job 'click' for you? All three jobs are fantastic because I am able to work with, on behalf of and for so many wonderful and talented Pensacolians. Raising awareness for our personal and community health, offering counseling and outreach services for AIDS/HIV/STD prevention and supporting those battling digestive disorders makes my days incredibly rewarding.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "If it won't matter in 5 years, don't spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it." It's all about perspective. This quote reminds me to take a step back, breathe, observe the situation and then make a more informed decision. "Never settle" is also a favorite reminder to continually grow. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. My work with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America has been such an honor, leading the RESTorative Pilates class in conjunction with facilitating the Pensacola Support Group Chapter's meetings and also being a Team

What makes your job 'click' for you? I've found my niche in graphic design because it allows me to solve problems in creative ways, giving life to big ideas. There's always something new to learn, and it's inspiring to be surrounded by vibrant, like-minded people. What's the best advice you've ever been given? “Be patient. Be authentic. And be consistent. The trust will come.” This truth

What's on your regular reading list? My regular reading list consists of theSkimm, Forbes, Creative Market's Blog, and NPR. However, I tend to listen to books while I'm designing. What keeps you in Pensacola? I've spent almost my entire life in Pensacola. I've made wonderful friends here, found a church home and discovered my passions here. I couldn't ask for a better place to call home. (Also, you can't beat the seafood.)

Head Women's Basketball Coach, Pensacola State College

What makes your job 'click' for you? The opportunity to work with students everyday and make a positive impact on their lives.

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Stroke Program Coordinator, Sacred Heart Health System What makes your job 'click' for you? Our patients, team, atmosphere and Dr. Neill (Medical Director). I love working with the team of professionals that we have and doing all that we can to provide the best stroke care. The leaders I work with inspire me to never give up and provide optimal support for growth and development. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

CLENITA JONES

What's on your regular reading list? The National Geographic, various journals regarding Crohn’s and Colitis research, TED and NPR articles, anything Pilates, TRX and Meditation related and Inweekly. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola, with all it has to offer. My family also keeps me here, as I am blessed to share my life with Matthew McEnaney and our adorable puppy, Madeline. My friends and clients, always offering their encouragement, support and intellectual wit also keeps me in Pensacola.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. My dad and I built a sandbox for my daughter. It was harder than expected, but the look on my daughter’s face when she saw the sandbox for the first time was priceless. Professionally, our journey for Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke designation and stroke community events have been vastly rewarding.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I had the opportunity to work as the graphic designer for the first annual Dixon Dub, a fundraising event sponsored by Innisfree Hotels. The success of this lip sync battle greatly benefited Dixon School of the Arts by raising more than $50,000 in monetary and in-kind donations. Director of Content Production, Innisfree Hotels

Captain for the Gulf Coast's Take Steps for a Cure, helping to raise over $50K.

Professionally: “Find something you love, and become an expert at it.” Personally: “Never stop praying. Endure, even when it’s tough.”

spoken by Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, is something that I continue to learn everyday.

RACHEL HOGUE

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be yourself and don't forget to pray. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The most rewarding project I've worked on was with the Special Olympics. We helped out with the opening ceremony as well as the gymnastics events. It was great

What's on your regular reading list? My devotional, Inweekly, AANN journals, children’s books, ESPN.com, SEC Country, NFL.com and a few other sports and medical blogs. What keeps you in Pensacola? There are many great aspects of Pensacola. Between the beach, food, shopping and local activities, there is always something to do. We also love the Blue Wahoos and Ice Flyers. I think my daughter is a bigger fan than I am. Lastly, I appreciate the innovative mindset of my organization.

to see all of the participants so excited and happy. What's on your regular reading list? “The Carpenter” by Jon Gordon or any book by him, “The Leadership Handbook” by John C. Maxwell and PNJ. What keeps you in Pensacola? Friends, a great job and loved ones.

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The Road to America’s First

Early Learning City

America’s First Early Learning City is making sure parents and children have access to the resources that are available in the county.

This week we focus on:

Business

How businesses can help Barbershop Books Barbershop Books is a community-based literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops for boys ages 4 to 8 years old.

Learn more by visiting barbershopbooks.org

By age 3,

85%

of the brain is developed

Businesses play an important part in building an early learning city. They help build brains when parents and children are in their businesses or organizations. By having learning materials present, children can learn. Information about building brains can be included in advertisements and other materials sent to homes. Businesses and other organizations employ parents who have or will have young children. Businesses can help educate employees by offering steps to build a brain through newsletters, lunch and learns, videos etc.

This will help create the next generation of talent for businesses and organizations.

Businesses can be valuable teachers Make “early learning friendly” businesses

Building blocks of the Early Learning City

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The Studer Community Institute encourages all businesses to become early learning friendly. That means providing activities and learning experiences for children and parents that will enhance and improve their early education. Near the cash registers, in waiting areas, and displays can be take-home materials that stress words, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.

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Administrative Assistant to the Clerk of Court, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? Working in an environment where my opinion is valued and respected. I am incredibly fortunate to work with mentors that are accomplished women that hold essential leadership positions. Under their guidance, I have evolved both professionally and personally. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

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Learn from your mistakes. We all make mistakes, but I strive to learn from the experience and try not to repeat the same mistake twice. By acknowledging my error and not blaming others, I can shift the focus from blame assignment to understanding.

favorite poem, Invictus. I even based my dental practice's name after this poem. I believe that we control our own destiny and whether or not our dreams come true.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has provided a rewarding opportunity for me to help a child realize her potential by providing support, guidance and adventure. This experience has impacted my life significantly; the unique bond that I share with my ‘little sister’ motivates me to be a better person.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Last year, I designed a two-week school curriculum that took the student objectives from all subjects and turned them all into dental lessons. The elementary students got to learn about oral health and the teacher got to meet her objectives at the same time. The feedback was phenomenal.

What's on your regular reading list? I regularly read travel and lifestyle blogs, plus enjoy motivational leadership sites, such as Lean-In. For local news, I rely on PNJ and Inweekly. What keeps you in Pensacola? Home is where the heart is and my heart is in Pensacola. Witnessing the revitalization of downtown and the influx of new and diverse businesses, to the growing reputation and campus expansion of UWF, support my belief that I live, work and play in a vibrant and evolving community.

ANTHONY LE

Dentist, Victus Dental What makes your job 'click' for you? There are so many reasons why I love my career. Dentistry is a great blend of art and science. I also love having the opportunity to own my own business. Best of all, my job allows me to form long lasting relationships with all my patients. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my souls," is a quote from my

What's on your regular reading list? My interests vary and I read articles from all sorts of places. I would probably say my main two are Business Insider and Dentaltown. What keeps you in Pensacola? I absolutely love Pensacola. There has been so much growth within the last few years. I love how there is so much to do, new people to meet and lots of places to explore. I can't imagine living anywhere else.

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We Salute Our Rising Star

CHARMERE GATSON

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Saving Gallery Night was huge for our businesses as well as for the entire downtown district.

RENEE LEGERE

Marketing and Brand Manager for Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom, The Tin Cow, Pot Roast and Pinot What makes your job 'click' for you? I've been a foodie since I can remember—so being able to promote and brand something I love makes work easy. I get to be creative and a problem solver with new initiatives daily. Dining out is an experience and I love getting to contribute to people's memories. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is

Coordinating and planning Palafox Wine Walk brought awareness and an economic boost for the downtown community with over 200 people in attendance to 9 local businesses and raised $3,457 for the Council on Aging. What's on your regular reading list? Florida Trend Magazine, PR Daily, Wine Spectator, FRLA Daily Clips, lots of political sites, Rick's Blog, Maren's Blog, Thrillist, Tomahawk Nation, Marlette Cartoons and Buzzfeed. What keeps you in Pensacola? It's one of the larger cities in the Panhandle while keeping the Southern charm of a small town. There's continued opportunity, great traditions and everyone cares about improving the area and supporting local businesses. I'm only 1 hour away from my family and 3 hours from my FSU Seminoles.

Thank you for serving our community with passion, purpose, and professionalism. “Let your light [continue to] shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on to someone else.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Sharon D. Jones, Founder/CEO Phenomenal Women Ministries

Kate Treick, Owner/ Photographer

J.O. & Gloria Gatson, Co-Founders

Antecia Akhi, Stylist/Educator

Admiral L. LeRoy, Jr., Founder/Publisher Class of 2000 Emeritus Angelena Wheat, Director of Operations

Stay true to yourself and your values and always remember to put God first.

KATIE LEWIS

Psychology Instructor, Pensacola State College What makes your job 'click' for you? I love seeing the "ah-ha" moment when my students take the material from the book and apply it to their lives. Knowing that they have learned something that they can take outside of the classroom is so rewarding. It doesn't feel like a job at all. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. PSC recently launched a broadcast classroom to reach the other PSC campuses. I am part of this project and train other instructors on this technology. It's so rewarding to be involved with this because, now, students who may not have been able to attend PSC can. What's on your regular reading list? We have a three-year-old daughter, so the majority of my reading consists of Disney princess books. What keeps you in Pensacola? My husband and I have been here since 2009. My family lives in North Alabama, and his family lives in Tallahassee. He owns Southern Insurance Services here in town, so that keeps us here along with the weather, the scenery, the beach and our friends.

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Senior Customer Care Analyst, Gulf Power What makes your job 'click' for you? The only thing consistent about my job is change and I love it. I can always look forward to a new and exciting challenge every day when I walk in the door. Some may not like the chaos, but I've found that is where I thrive. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Being original doesn't require being

S T A R S first. It just means being different and better.”—Adam Grant. I read this fairly recently and it really struck a chord. To me, it's a challenge to everyone to see what's out there and figure out a way to make it better.

What's on your regular reading list? CNN, Huffington Post and The Onion for news and then its books. I enjoy anything about astronomy, non-fiction, biographies and the occasional science fiction.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. For the last two years, I have co-led a project team to update the company website. During that time, I moved to Atlanta for several months leaving my family and friends for long workdays. It has been an intensive process, but it will be well worth it.

What keeps you in Pensacola? I've been in Pensacola for seven years and during that time I've witnessed substantial growth throughout the city. Not only has the economy became stronger, but the arts and culture of our community have given Pensacola a strong spirit in which I am proud to invest my future.

can be difficult at times; however, once you have hope there is still more work to be done.

no job is beneath you, the safest path isn’t always the best path and that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In college, I studied to be a teacher and did a portion of my practicum helping kindergarteners one-on-one with their letters, numbers and more. Seeing the light bulb go off in their eyes when they got the lesson and made the connection was truly a most humbling and rewarding experience.

MATTHEW MCENANEY III Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

What makes your job 'click' for you? There is always a problem to solve. Growing up I was into puzzles, games and anything that made you think outside the box. As a Program Analyst for BAH contracted by the DoN, I am continually challenged to put those problem-solving skills to work. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Hope is not a strategy but it is a starting point. Life can be tough, so having hope

What's on your regular reading list? My reading list usually consists of historical non-fiction (1491), health and wellness (The Kind Diet), and online periodicals (AP, BBC News, Bloomberg, Forbes, etc.) What keeps you in Pensacola? Work, family and friends. Pensacola is a beautiful place to live with a rich history, great community and so much to offer anyone interested in putting in a little time and effort. Between the festivals, restaurants, nightlife and community events, Pensacola has that big city potential with a small-town vibe.

JANIE MERRITT

Architectural/Interior Design CAD Technician, Quina Grundhoefer Architects What makes your job 'click' for you? I have always been a very detailed oriented person, spending a lot of time on something most people would consider a simple task. Working under seasoned architects in a highly detailed oriented industry has allowed me to channel my idiosyncrasies and use them to become an asset in the office.

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Social Media Manager, Appleyard Agency What makes your job 'click' for you? It's exciting. No two days are the same, so I always have to be on my toes. Working with a wide range of clients makes everyday a challenge and a chance to learn something new. What's not to love? What's the best advice you've ever been given? I've been lucky to have great mentors along the way who have taught me that

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Be someone you want to be around." Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Every project that I am a part of is very rewarding to me. My job allows me to contribute towards the design of beautiful buildings that will be here for many years to come. My hard work actually comes to life before my eyes.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In my off time, I am the Executive Director for the national non-profit Dogs on Deployment. We help military members find temporary homes for their pets during service commitments. If you get teary-eyed watching those homecomings on YouTube, imagine it in person. What's on your regular reading list? I'm currently pursuing my Masters, so textbooks are at the top of my reading list. Plus lots of social media blogs and BarkPost. What keeps you in Pensacola? Being from Pennsylvania, there is something to be said about Pensacola's Southern charm. It's intoxicating.

What's on your regular reading list? My regulars are theSkimm, Huffington Post, The Pulse, Elite Daily, PNJ, and BuzzFeed so I can keep up with what’s trending. What keeps you in Pensacola? I have a very large family that's deeply rooted in Pensacola, so leaving has never been much of an option. In all seriousness, Pensacola is my home. Because of my family, all of the memories that I’ve made here and the beautiful beaches, I couldn’t image living anywhere else.

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WALKER WILSON

great to have big dreams and aspirations, but it is equally important to have a plan to accomplish them.

MORGAN MILBRADT

Sales and Marketing Specialist, Landrum HR What makes your job 'click' for you? Working with the talented and kind people on my team is one of my favorite parts about my job. In addition to the great people, the ability to do what I am passionate about [marketing] each and every day definitely makes my job a great fit for me. What's the best advice you've ever been given? I’ve been given a lot of great advice, but the one that I’m focusing on this is, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” It is

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being an animal lover, the 2015 Paws on Palafox has been my favorite project so far. In its first year, the family and dog-friendly walk raised $6,250 for the Pensacola Humane Society. The most rewarding part was bringing more than 500 dog-loving community members together for a good cause. What's on your regular reading list? I enjoy reading articles by Forbes (mostly author Liz Ryan), inc. magazine, PNJ, Inweekly and the Studer Community Institute. What keeps you in Pensacola? The reason I initially chose to moved to Florida from Minnesota was (surprise) the weather. However, the relationships I have built and the beautiful beaches are what keeps me here and happy.

could learn everything I needed to know. It reminds me that most of what makes you successful is not experience but your commitment to it.

GRAYSON MILLER

Attorney, Nationwide Trial Division What makes your job 'click' for you? I love having the stability of working for a large company while maintaining the autonomy and freedom to run my own office and manage my own schedule. What's the best advice you've ever been given? While in DC, I got hired for a job in government contracting for which I had no relevant experience. I was basically told I January 26, 2017

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Probably being part of planning President Bush's trip to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics when I worked at The White House. We had multiple logistical problems arise which required me working around the clock and could have resulted in negative press for the Administration that I was able to solve. What's on your regular reading list? Drudge Report, Real Clear Politics, Ace of Spades, Garden and Gun, Yardbarker and Tar Heel Blog. What keeps you in Pensacola? Family and friends. I am born and raised in Pensacola and most of my family never left. Whether to move back after law school or move to a bigger city was probably the most conflicted I have ever been over a decision, but now I can't imagine not being here.

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JULIA MONTGOMERY

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have and the decisions we waited too long to make."—Lewis Carroll

What makes your job 'click' for you? As a consultant at the FSBDC, I am immersed in a culture of continuous learning. I get to work with small and medium-sized businesses of all types, working within various industries and specialties. Each client presents a unique challenge and the opportunity to research and learn about something new.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The first time I was able to assist a client in the selection of an export market was an amazing feeling. Through in depth research and analysis, I was able to present this new-to-export client with a data-supported ranking of countries and a road map to export success within these markets.

International Trade Specialist, Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF

What's the best advice you've ever been given?

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Engineer I, Gulf Power Company What makes your job 'click' for you? I’m an inherent problem solver, so it is rewarding to work on challenging projects. It is also satisfying to work for a company that puts the customer’s best interest first and gives back to the community. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Always do what is right, regardless of

What's on your regular reading list? Coastal Living, PNJ, Young House Love blog, Bower Power blog and The Lettered Cottage blog. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is a great place to live, work and play. It is close to my family and the city is growing in a smart way. The people I have met are so friendly and you can’t beat the beaches.

Account Executive, Pensacola News Journal What makes your job 'click' for you? I've always considered myself as an extrovert and my job allows me to be able to work with and meet different business owners and marketers every day. People trust the News Journal as a source for news and I like being able to help accomplish that mission.

MICHELLE NELSON

“Fall seven times. Get up eight.” I’m not sure about the origination of that quote, but it reminds to be resilient in any circumstance and to never give up.

What makes your job 'click' for you? I am passionate about education and have the privilege of assisting graduate students as they work to achieve their goals. My colleagues continually inspire me, as we are always sharing ideas and evolving our work. I’m grateful to be employed by a University that supports my educational and professional growth.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I’ve worked with a great team at UWF to create a website, film and produce presentations by leaders in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Students, professionals and caregivers alike view these online videos to learn about different ways the science of behavior can be used to improve lives.

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What's on your regular reading list? Press briefings from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and the European Bank for Reconstruction. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola has a unique culture that somehow manages to combine city life with small-town charm and the beauty and atmosphere of a beach community. This city has done a great job encouraging growth and entrepreneurship and I am very glad to witness it, enjoy it and be a part of it.

When I received me first "real job" after college I was in a training class. The trainer kept telling us we need to find the purpose in what we were doing. He told us to do what's best, do what's right and help someone else do the same.

your surroundings. Learn from your mistakes. Have a positive mental attitude. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I’ve been lucky to work on many different large projects as an engineer. However, the most rewarding experience I’ve had is volunteering in the classroom at Montclair Elementary School. It is exciting to work with the children and see how much they learn and grow throughout the year.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Currently, I am in this year’s Leadership Pensacola Class. We are working to help install educational/historical themed crosswalks around the city. It's been amazing working with 50 other business professionals and we will have our first "Look B4 You Leap" crosswalk soon, so keep an eye out for it. What's on your regular reading list? I've gotten big into autobiographies recently and finished Tim Tebow's book and currently am working on Steve Jobs. I am also enjoying the PNJ and Bella. What keeps you in Pensacola? Being a military brat and moving around so much I'm proud to call Pensacola home. The history of the city is huge for me but also so many amazing people looking to help one another. I've never been somewhere so willing to help their fellow man. Can't beat our beaches.

What's on your regular reading list? I’m always gathering books by various authors that discuss different applications of behaviorism. Most recently, I’ve been reading about positive behavior-based approaches to animal training. What keeps you in Pensacola? I enjoy the charm and simplicity of Pensacola, the lack of traffic, the warmth, the beach and the kind people who live here. I love the work I do here. I travel quite a bit and haven’t found another place I’d rather live. I’m happy to call Pensacola home. inweekly.net


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Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is always better to admit when you don’t know something and receive guidance from talented colleagues or peers rather than trying to fake it on your own.

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Assistant Director, Haas Center at the University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? I love that I work at an applied research center where every day can be different. It is fun and challenging to determine the best course to help our clients solve problems and answer important questions. I feel lucky to learn something new at work every day. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Our project for the local Supervisor of Elections was incredibly rewarding – it was so nice to design a methodology and survey for a client who was interested in asking really tough questions. With my Political Science background, it was great to explore the attitudes and perceptions of local voters. What's on your regular reading list? Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Economist, Vox, Tampa Bay Times and Slate. What keeps you in Pensacola? I moved back home after college to be close to my family, but now I have fallen in love all over again with Pensacola’s great downtown, beautiful beaches and laid-back culture. I enjoy traveling to big cities, but I love coming back home to our beach town.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. There are so many projects to list, but the best I would say was working with the Dental Community and providing free dental work for no cost to families in this community. We started early for set up and worked all day helping our local families get healthy.

NICKLAUS NEWKIRK Certified Dental Assistant, Gibson Renfroe and Zieman Family Dentistry

What makes your job 'click' for you? Problem solving is what I love the most. I really enjoy working closely with our team to transform people's lives on a daily basis. I love that every day I learn something new while teaching someone else something new as well.

What's on your regular reading list? The Bible, American Rifleman, PNJ and Dental Town Magazine. What keeps you in Pensacola? My wife and I moved here in 2009 and fell in love with this area. Family and friends keep us here. The changes that are happening are truly exciting to see, and by getting my degree in Computer Engineering, there are so many opportunities to grow here.

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What makes your job 'click' for you? Gathering feedback from customers to create awesome products and services. Turning those ideas and suggestions into reality through our software.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Hire great people, then leave them alone. I’ve learned since that you also need to give them the tools they need to succeed, and then let them. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. We were able to raise about $50,000 for orphanages in Haiti through online gam-

I'm lucky to have many mentors in Pensacola who have offered me meaningful advice. A common theme of advice is the necessity to work with self-confidence. So on tough days I often think of Henry Ford's quote, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

STEPHANIE NOA Marketing Manager, AppRiver

What makes your job 'click' for you? As a global marketing major and an MBA student concentrating in marketing, I have always been passionate about everything related to marketing, from advertising to market research. I enjoy my job everyday because it allows me to pursue my passion in the vastly changing landscape of email and web security. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I wouldn't call it a project per se, but I’m very proud of the relationship I’ve formed over the years with my mentee through the Take Stock in Children program. It's always rewarding when you get the chance to connect with another person, especially one as special as my mentee. What's on your regular reading list? theSkimm, Mashable, Business Insider, MindBodyGreen and Huffington Post. What keeps you in Pensacola? I was born and raised in the greater Pensacola area. I’ve traveled to many places, but nothing compares to home. The quality of life here—thriving downtown, white sand beaches and proximity to family—make Pensacola special to me.

JENNIFER "LIBBY" PAYNE Obstetrician and Gynecologist, West Florida Hospital

What makes your job 'click' for you? My patients remind me daily why I do what I do. I have a purpose and it is to serve women, to bring life into this world as safely as I can, to help change lives and to bring reassurance and comfort. It is what God called me to do. What's the best advice you've ever been given? To not get discouraged by the journey, it 626 2

2 0 1 7 ing/video streaming and giveaways. We really had an impact on those kids’ lives through technology. What's on your regular reading list? Wired, PNJ, WSJ, Time, Forbes and Tech Crunch. What keeps you in Pensacola? AppRiver, Gulf of Mexico, Blue Angels and Palafox.

"Pretend you're good at it until you are"— Debbie Cross. My mom always encouraged me not to be afraid to try something even if I wasn't 100% sure I would succeed. It's the mantra that got me into some of my best experiences.

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Marketing, Communications and Production Coordinator, Pensacola Children's Chorus What makes your job 'click' for you? We're a team at PCC, from our staff to our volunteers, it truly takes a village. I'm surrounded by a creative, kind, warm team and together we get to use all of our collective talents to bring the best out of our kids. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Professionally, Christmas on the Coast always makes me weep with pride over my fantastic kids. Watching them on stage is really just the best. Personally, organizing VDay 2016 and Femfest 2017. Along with some other amazing feminists, we were able to donate and advocate for Lakeview's Rape Crisis Center. What's on your regular reading list? Huffington Post, NPR Arts and Life, Everyday Feminist, Buzzfeed, Inweekly and literally any true crime book I can find. What keeps you in Pensacola? I've gotten to watch Pensacola grow over the past 17 years, and it's become a place I'm really proud to call home.

will be difficult, but keep your eye on the light at the end of the tunnel. Follow your dreams, never compare yourself to others and keep going. Believe in God’s plan and believe in yourself.

What's on your regular reading list? I've recently passed my Oral Board exam and mainly focused on information from ACOG. I'm ready for some great books to start the year off.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Getting myself to where I am now. I applied to medical school during Hurricane Katrina, when my family lost everything. I completed my training at WVU in Morgantown, WV. Those years were extremely challenging physically, emotionally and mentally. I learned what I was truly capable of accomplishing and achieving.

What keeps you in Pensacola? I knew I wanted to live near the beach, but living close to family was a priority. My family lives in Louisiana, and they are only a few hours away. I have the best of both worlds in Pensacola. I was raised on the Gulf Coast and it is home.

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less problems, wish for more skills." Words like that would get me started on a better attitude.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? There are two sides to every story. Don't react until you have listened to both sides.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Community relations (COMREL) missions from the Navy while in Central and South America were eye opening. Rebuilding schools, churches and providing health care and supplies was a generous feeling. I discovered the true meaning behind service to others. I'm still young so I hope to have more.

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Sales Operations Specialist, AppRiver What makes your job 'click' for you? I feel good about coming into work because I know I can get enjoyment from being productive and share good times with other co-workers. I've always wanted to work in the tech industry since I was younger, so working with AppRiver fits me. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My teacher would share ideas that would impact my philosophy; "don't wish for

What's on your regular reading list? Inweekly, Success Mag, Toastmasters International Mag, the PYP blog, books on leadership and communication and motivational/instructional videos. What keeps you in Pensacola? I've shared more times than I can remember that the Pensacola Young Professionals organization is one of the biggest reasons I've felt a need to stay. The people I've met in this community are by far the greatest and are a positive influence for me.

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AMANDA PHILLIPS Patient Access Services Manager, Baptist Healthcare

What makes your job 'click' for you? When I first started at Baptist, I worked the midnight shift in the ER as a registrar. After working many other positions at Baptist, it is humbling to return to patient access as the manager. This can be a tough position, but can also be very rewarding.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. This past year we focused on decreasing wait times in the outpatient registration department. We have surpassed our goal each week for the past six months. This is not only rewarding to the patient, but also the front-line team members. What's on your regular reading list? Work emails. In my free time, I like to read fiction books on my Kindle. What keeps you in Pensacola? My family. It helps tremendously to have family around to help out with my son. I also love my job at Baptist and cannot imagine working anywhere else. The beach is a pretty nice perk, too.

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“Take ownership of your world.” “Discipline equals freedom.” “The little things are the big things.” "Have fun."

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Do one thing every day that scares you. Face your fears then grow and learn from those experiences.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I've been working on a skatepark project here in Pensacola for the last couple years. It's given me the opportunity to get to know some great people and learn a lot. I think the most rewarding part will be getting to skate it.

JON SHELL

Realtor, Levin Rinke Realty What makes your job 'click' for you? I love that real estate is tangible and when done right can be a great investment vehicle. Buying or selling property can be a bit complex. I enjoy simplifying the process for my clients and making the transaction as smooth as possible. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

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What's on your regular reading list? I've gotten into podcasts lately. I like the Tim Ferriss Show, Bulletproof Radio and the Jocko Podcast. I read a lot of surf/ skate blogs too.

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What keeps you in Pensacola? We have a vibrant and growing downtown less than 10 miles away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I've got a bunch of friends and family here too. It's paradise.

What makes your job 'click' for you? It’s pretty fascinating getting to work in the same Naval Aviation Museum that I visited as a child. Our museum is patriotism at its best and I am proud to spotlight the unique stories, special events and attractions.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Volunteering as an ECARE Reading Pal has been a truly rewarding experience. It feels great to know I'm investing in the lives of children in Pensacola. Oftentimes, I think I’ve gained more from the children through this experience than they could ever gain from me. What's on your regular reading list? Local publications, Huffington Post and PR Daily. What keeps you in Pensacola? The sense of community, continuous growth and small-town, southern charm are all the things I love about our city. I especially enjoy the outdoor activities, restaurants, cultural events, the beach and the Blue Angels.

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What makes your job 'click' for you? I really love what I do. PR isn't just about communication; it's a relationship. When it's a relationship, it's personal for you too and that makes your drive and passion for your work even more valuable.

S T A R S What's the best advice you've ever been given? One of my professors at UWF, Rick Scott, always said, "stay in your lane." Find what you do best and what you're good at, stick to it and let others do the same.

with these people and that they're ready for this project has been most rewarding.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Over the past two years, our firm assisted Studer Properties in taking a downtown apartment project and transforming it into a waiting list of over 800 people. Fully involving them, knowing we've openly communicated

What keeps you in Pensacola? A few years ago, I had every single intention of moving away after I graduated from UWF. Then I met my husband, you can figure out the rest.

Learn to exist in the moment. Not looking ahead, not looking behind, but being in the now.

MEGAN SIEFERT Senior Account Executive, ProHealth Medical Care

What makes your job 'click' for you? Working for a local company that is making a positive impact on the community that I love. It is the ultimate reward knowing that I serve as a bridge for families in our community by providing quality, affordable health care. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

What keeps you in Pensacola? I was fortunate enough to have never lived anywhere other than the paradise that is Pensacola, Florida. It is a community that I treasured growing up in, and now have the opportunity to raise my children in. It's a city that prospers in growth and development.

MARIAH SINGERMAN Communications Manager and Research Associate, idgroup

What makes your job 'click' for you? It's the perfect mix of left-brain and rightbrain thinking. I get to flex my creative muscles with content creation while also using logic and analyzation skills to conduct research and develop brand strategy. And with the variety of clients we work with, I'm never bored. What's the best advice you've ever been given? 030 3

of my personal heroes Walt Disney. "The way to get started is to stop talking, and begin doing."

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being a pivotal part in the development of ProHealth's medical care clinics, which provide healthcare services for the uninsured or under insured. ProHealth strives to make an impact in promoting wellness and compliancy, which I believe to be an important part of the future of family healthcare. What's on your regular reading list? Most of my reading at this time consists of children books, which I read daily with my 4 and 6-year-olds.

What's on your regular reading list? Spin Sucks is at the top of the blog reading list, along with Rick's Blog, of course.

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COO and Co-Owner, MS2 Events / GlowRage Events, Inc / Paint University, LLC What makes your job 'click' for you? I have been putting on events for ten years. I love the satisfaction of dreaming up something wild and seeing it come to life in front of thousands of people around the world. I think in a past life I organized events at the Roman Colosseum. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My favorite piece of advice comes from one

I live by this Maya Angelou quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.� In the end, the specifics don't matter, but people will always remember what type of energy you radiated. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Brand on Us is idgroup's yearly initiative where we rally community partners to help us give a deserving nonprofit a full rebrand. Seeing the impact on 2016's winner, Autism Pensacola, reinforced the generosity of our partners and that we can

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Over the summer of 2016, we landed a contract with Navy Entertainment. We put on events at military bases in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Djibouti Africa. It was an amazing experience and was incredibly rewarding to be able to do something for those who give so much for us. What's on your regular reading list? Though I don't read too often, I just read "Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight and enjoyed it. I read news sites daily as well. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my home. I've been just about everywhere, and always look forward to coming back here. There were other options elsewhere when we were purchasing our new facility, but since my business partner Marcus and I are both born and raised here, we really wanted to stay local.

make amazing things happen when we work together. What's on your regular reading list? I subscribe to Glamour and Self magazines and The Chalkboard Mag online. NPR is my favorite for national and global news. What keeps you in Pensacola? As a Pensacola native, I've watched the city grow and develop in awesome ways during my lifetime. I'm excited to see and contribute to Pensacola's growth in 2017 and beyond.

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2 0 1 7 that time is the most valuable resource that a person has. Spend it wisely. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I'm pretty fond of my current role heading up the open source initiative for the robotics lab at IHMC. By providing our software free of use to the rest of the world we hope to lower the barrier to entry for interesting robotics projects.

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Research Associate, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition What makes your job 'click' for you? I love that there's always something new and challenging to work on. Even when working on a long-term project, the individual chunks of work can vary so much that we're always being challenged and entertained. What's the best advice you've ever been given? In business: "Don't waste time to save money." To be more general, it's the idea

What's on your regular reading list? Wired, NatGeo, The Verge, NY Times online, WSJ online and I also use news aggregators like Reddit and Y-Combinator's "Hacker News." What keeps you in Pensacola? I've lived on the beach my whole life and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I love that we can have things like the symphony, opera, ballet, etc. without having to be a huge hectic city. And of course, the people. Pensacola is southern hospitality at its finest.

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NICK! What's the best advice you've ever been given? Mark Twain said it best, “find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Of course, this was not his personal advice to me, but he is one of my favorite writers.

VERNON STEWART Public Information Officer, City of Pensacola

What makes your job 'click' for you? I genuinely enjoy my work. Every day is different and I have the opportunity to meet many different people in the community. I appreciate the daily rewards and even the challenges of my role. It’s an honor being a conduit of information between the City of Pensacola and the community.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in some great projects. If I had to pick one, then it would be the candlelight vigil for fallen Blue Angel Captain Jeff Kuss. Seeing the way the community came together at this tragic time was indescribable. What's on your regular reading list? Due to the nature of my role, I read mostly all the local news and local magazines. Seriously, all of them. What keeps you in Pensacola? The main thing that keeps me in Pensacola is my family. I love being close to my parents. When I was growing up, we seldom visited my grandparents so I wanted my children to be in immediate proximity to their grandparents.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Representing an elderly pro bono client in connection with legal issues that impacted his right to ownership and possession of his home, allowing him to maintain his independence during his senior years. What's on your regular reading list? The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic Magazine, Outside Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, Inweekly and Pensacola News Journal.

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Shareholder, Clark Partington What makes your job 'click' for you? My job is rewarding because it provides me the opportunity and privilege to participate in the administration of justice. I enjoy solving problems through legal advocacy, particularly when resolution of an issue makes a tangible difference in someone's life.

What keeps you in Pensacola? The quality of life. No other city in our region has Pensacola's unique combination of natural beauty, vibrant urban life and a laid back coastal atmosphere. Having lived in similar-sized cities over the years, I find that Pensacola's sense of community is unparalleled.

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Art Director, Guy Harvey Magazine What makes your job 'click' for you? My co-workers. We are all equally dedicated to the same mission and that creates a very authentic and engaging environment to work in. I also love that I am able to use my creativity as an instrument for communication, which is really the only thing I've ever wanted to do.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. After wrapping up Guy Harvey Magazine's latest Education Issue, it felt rewarding to know that something I had worked so hard on was going to serve as an educational resource for so many students in the state of Florida. What's on your regular reading list? I'm currently obsessed with theSkimm, Bustle.com and Design Love Fest. What keeps you in Pensacola? I love the people of Pensacola and how much the city has flourished since I moved here in 2004.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Don't sweat the small stuff.

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Knowledge Management and Content Leader, Studer Group; Co-Owner, Tropical Smoothie Cafe (on Bayou Blvd.) What makes your job 'click' for you? The people. Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely passionate about the mission of the Studer Group, but our workplace culture is like no other. I feel blessed to work with such a talented and diverse cohort of individuals. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

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"It's okay to say no. If you try to do everything, you'll do nothing well." By focusing attention on the few things that really matter, better outcomes (or more impact) will be achieved.

The best advice I have been given is, “You become the five people you are around the most.” Surround yourself with highly driven, intellectual and positive people and you will be a more successful and overall better person.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. My family is my ultimate driver. Maintaining a work/life blend that works for my family and me is a constant, but rewarding, task. We fought to "keep it simple" during 2016 amidst transitioning from the military, moving back to Pensacola, having a baby and buying a business, and we survived.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. 'Now in Your Neighborhood' was my first campaign for Andrews Institute. It was very rewarding for me because it has direct impact on patient experience by promoting that patients have easier access to Andrews Institute physicians in the Pensacola area.

What's on your regular reading list? I read my Bible and theSkimm daily in addition to WSJ Online, Drudge Report, Becker's Hospital Review and Modern Healthcare. What keeps you in Pensacola? I'm a local girl who went away to college only to realize that I lived where people vacation. Pensacola continues to develop as a community I am proud to call home. Of course, the fact that my family is here doesn't hurt either.

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Marketing Manager, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine What makes your job 'click' for you? I love being busy, and I love working in a dynamic environment that allows me to work in public relations, advertising and marketing. Telling the stories of how our providers impact the patient experience is something that gets me out of bed in the morning. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

What's on your regular reading list? After leaving the world of athletic communications in 2016, I fulfill that void with reading several online sports blogs and magazines. What keeps you in Pensacola? I am finishing my master’s degree at the University of West Florida and have an incredibly opportunity to work at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. The Pensacola area is also the perfect size community for me to live in.

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Nurse Navigator, West Florida Hospital What makes your job 'click' for you? It's patient-centered care. I enjoy being able to connect with patients and help guide them through the ever-confusing healthcare system. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

First, "Happy wife, happy life." And second, "Two is one, one is none." Always have a backup, whether it is a toothbrush or a plan. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The "project" of having our daughter. Numerous fertility treatments, rounds of IVF and here she is. She is the reward that is worth all the heartache and trials.

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Executive Chef, Pensacola Blue Wahoos What makes your job 'click' for you? My job is one of a kind in Pensacola. It brings together two of my favorite things which is sports and food. The Blue Wahoos are ingrained in the fabric of Pensacola. I love our organization and the standard of excellence we have created throughout our industry. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My wife Leah is the reason I have reached this level in my career. She told me to take

What's on your regular reading list? ESPN Boston (Go Pats), Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, A Day at El Bulli, Food and Wine Magazine, Quint's columns for PNJ and Inweekly. What keeps you in Pensacola? I am Pensacola. I love my city and the direction we're taking. I am intrigued by the renaissance happening now. My wife and our twin 15 month old boys Oliver and Braxton will always have Pensacola in our blood, even if we decide to leave. Deep south for life.

JAMIE ZIEMBO

Audit Supervisor, Warren Averett LLC What makes your job 'click' for you? I love being able to provide value to my clients' businesses in many other ways than simply auditing their financial statements. The relationships built with clients is the just one of the perks of my career. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

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What's on your regular reading list? I'm catching up on a few: “American Sniper” (Kyle), “Out of the Depths” (Harrell), and “Fight” (Groeschel). I enjoy a good military read. What keeps you in Pensacola? This is home. My wife and I grew up here, our family is here, and this is where we thrive. We love it. Plus, I have to live within 30 minutes of water.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. It would have to be onbikes Pensacola. A new organization aimed to provide every foster and underprivileged child in the Pensacola area with a bike to call their own. We built and gave away 162 bikes in year one with plans for another big bike give away this spring.

a chance and trust in myself. "No Mud No Lotus" is our motto. I am a self-motivator but hearing how much she believed in me made anything seem possible. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I have really enjoyed working with the ARC on a few of their fundraising events, as well as the Autism Awareness Galas I was a part of. Both of those organizations have amazing platforms and I look forward to working with them in future.

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Lumber Broker, Bay Wood Products Inc. What makes your job 'click' for you? It's the people, plain and simple. There's really no other industry like the wooden pallet industry. Your biggest competitors are also like family and everyone is looking out for the others best interest.

What's on your regular reading list? PNJ, Rick's Blog, and the occasional Bleacher Report article on the Auburn Tigers. What keeps you in Pensacola? I’m going to go with Dorothy on this one: "There's no place like home." I just moved back 11 months ago and it's been the greatest move yet. Having family nearby is also a huge factor.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Work first and play second.

My parents always told me if you don't work hard and go after what you want in life, no one else will do it for you. It is that simple thought that has propelled my goals in life. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I am currently chairing the Junior League of Pensacola's annual Market Basket fundraiser that will help support the League's initiatives to better the lives of children and families in the Pensacola area. Being a part of the Junior League has given me many opportunities to make a difference in Pensacola.

What's on your regular reading list? Pensacola News Journal, Northwest Florida Daily News, the New York Times, and I have a very long list of novels to read for 2017. What keeps you in Pensacola? I am a transplant to Pensacola of almost two years and I love the energy of the city. The sense of community and the smalltown feel is one of my favorite things about Pensacola. I suppose the beaches aren't bad either. inweekly.net


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WORK ON FLORIDA TRAIL 8 a.m. Regular meet up of Western Gate Florida Trail Association to work on National Scenic Trail and side trail. Meet at Blackwater River Forestry Center, 11650 Munson Highway. meetup.com/ ftawesterngate WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK All day. Great Southern Restaurants. greatsouthernrestaurants.com WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. 9th Ave. aragonwinemarket.com LATIN DANCE LESSONS AND PARTY 6:30-9 p.m. $10. Salsa, Cha Cha, Bachata and more. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. 503-1123. $10. dancecraftfl.com

AUDUBON SOCIETY MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETING 7-9 p.m. Pensacola State College, Bldg. 21.

1000 College Blvd. Guests are welcome. REEL BIG FISH, ANTI-FLAG 6 p.m. $25-$30. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com CANCER STUDY 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org DINNER AND A MOVIE 6:30 p.m. $12. Imogene Theatre, 6866 Caroline St. pensacolacooks. rezclick.com KATHLEEN MADIGAN 7:30 p.m. $32-$58. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. pensacolasaenger.com

FRIDAY 1.27

WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK All day. Great

Southern Restaurants. greatsouthernrestaurants.com WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Free. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. HAPPY HOUR COOK OUTS 5 p.m. Drink specials, free cookout. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com VINYASA YOGA 6-7p.m. Free. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org DATE NIGHT DANCING 6:30-8 p.m. $15. Learn the basics of several romantic ballroom and country dance styles in unique group classes that keeps partners together. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. 503-1123. dancecraftfl.com OPEN MIC 7-11 p.m. Single Fin Cafe, 380 N. 9th Ave. facebook.com/singlefincafe ON GOLDEN POND 7:30 p.m. $7-$30. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com

ALAN JACKSON 7:30 p.m. $36.50-$96.50. Pen-

sacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com GEOFF TATE 8 p.m. $20-$100. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com

Free for PSC students. Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. pensacolastate.edu AFTER GAME SKATE 9:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com

SATURDAY 1.28

SUNDAY 1.29

SANTA ROSA FARMERS MARKET 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fresh local produce, honey, baked goods and live music. Pace Presbyterian Church, Woodbine Road, Pace. CLEAN UP WITH OCEAN HOUR 8:45 a.m. All supplies are provided. Meet at the fishing pier parking lot at the very end of Ft Pickens Road, 7-8 miles from the park entrance. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be supplied. For more information, contact oceanhourfl@gmail.com. PALAFOX MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques are just a few of the items offered at the weekly Palafox Market. Items originate directly from participating vendors, including dozens of local farmers, home gardeners and area artists. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox. palafoxmarket.com COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS 9 a.m.-2 p.m. "Eat with the Seasons." Palafox Market. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox. palafoxmarket.com FOOT REFLEXOLOGY & ESSENTIAL OILS 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Free. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org. WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK All day. Great Southern Restaurants. greatsouthernrestaurants.com SEVILLE QUARTER CHILI COOK OFF 4-7 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com DINNER CLASS: CAST IRON SKILLET 5-7 p.m. $35. SoGourmet 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com ICE FLYERS VS. MACON MAYHEM 7:05 p.m. $15$29. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com ON GOLDEN POND 7:30 p.m. $7-$30. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com ALL-STEINWAY SCHOOL CELEBRATION 7:30 p.m. Free. University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway. uwf.edu RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM 7:30 p.m. $7-$11.

WAKE UP HIKE 7 a.m. Meet at Bay Bluffs Park, Scenic Highway at Summit Ave., for a brisk one to two-hour walk with brunch to follow at an area restaurant. ON GOLDEN POND 3 p.m. $7-$30. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com ORGANIST NATHAN LAUBE 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. $5 donation suggested. Christ Church, Wright Street and Palafox. PHOENIX SCREENING 4 p.m. $5. Bnai Israel Synagogue, 1829 N. 9th Ave. ANA POPOVIC 7 p.m. $18-$20. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com ICE FLYERS VS. ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS

7:05 p.m. $15-$29. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com MIRANDA SINGS 8 p.m. $39.50-$75. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. pensacolasaenger.com

MONDAY 1.30

PIPELINE TO PRISON SCREENING AND DISCUSSION 5:30 p.m. Showing of one-hour docu-

mentary, “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” Earle J. Bowden Building, 120 Church St. SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS 5:30 p.m. Runners meet in front of Seville Quarter for a run around downtown Pensacola. Free pasta and drink specials after the run at Fast Eddie's. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS 6:30-8 p.m. $10. Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and more. Professional dance instruction for all skill levels. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. 503-1123. dancecraftfl.com HIP-HOP DANCE LESSONS 8-9 p.m. $10. Learn hip-hop moves from a professional instructor. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. 503-1123. dancecraftfl.com

TUESDAY 1.31

IMPACT 100 EVENT 3:30-5:30 p.m. Azalea Trace, 10100 Hillview Dr. impact100pensacola.org

COMPLEMENTARY WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. SoGourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com CULTURES COOK: SUSHI 6 p.m. $35. Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 3670 Barrancas Ave. pensacolacooks.rezclick.com FUNKY YOGA FLOW 6-7 p.m. Free. Three courses for $33. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS 6:30 p.m. $10. Country Two Step, East Coast Swing, Competition Choreography and more. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. 503-1123 dancecraftfl.com MEDITATION /PRANIC HEALING 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org TUNESDAY SOUND CAFE 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and tunes from the baby grand piano. Pensacola Library lobby, 239 North Spring St. SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY SCREENING 7:30 p.m. $11. Bayou 15, 5149 Bayou Blvd. seedthemovie.com CELLO FACULTY RECITAL 7:30 p.m. Free. Dr. Boyan Bonev special guest Dr. Mimi Noda on piano. University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway. Tickets required, uwf.edu.

WEDNESDAY 2.1

VINO MAGNIFICO 5:30 p.m. $10. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. UWF DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Division of Anthropology and Archaeology. Historic Pensacola's Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street. RESTORATIVE YOGA 6-7 p.m. Free. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org WATERBOYZ SLOW SKATE 6-7 p.m. Every Wednesday. Skate starts and ends at Waterboyz, 380 N. 9th Ave. waterboyz.com SWING DANCE LESSONS AND PARTY 6:30-10 p.m. $5-$10. Professional west coast swing instruction for all levels. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. 503-1123. dancecraftfl.com MEDITATION 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org FREE DANCE LESSONS 8-8:30 p.m. Free beginner west coast swing dance lesson. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. 503-1123. dancecraftfl.com

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POINTS OF DEPARTURE: FOUNDATIONS RECEPTION

12-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Mixed media from UWF students. Art Gallery at the University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway. Building 82. uwf.edu

≥Exhibits

VISIONARY CONTINUATION

On view through March 11. Work from First City Art Center artists and guest artist Patricia O’Neal. First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard. firstcityart.org ADORN On view through Feb. 25. Jewelry from local artists. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. bluemorninggallery. com POLAR OPPOSITES

On view through Feb. 17. Mixed Media. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. artelgallery.org LUMINOUS LANGUAGE On view

through Feb. 17. A collaboration of poetry and digital art from Karen and Randy Morris. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. artelgallery.org

THE ARTIST’S COOKBOOK On January 26, 2017

view through Feb. 17. Exhibit of oil paintings by Suzanne Robbert. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. artelgallery.org

ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS On view

through Feb. 18. Works from 500 art students in Escambia County schools. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org

WARREN THOMPSON: MOONPIES On

view through March 18. Black and white photographs by Florida-native artist Warren Thompson. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org NEW BLUES On view through Jan. 28. Various artists, mixed media. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. bluemorninggallery. com POINTS OF DEPARTURE: FOUNDATIONS EXHIBITION

On view through Jan. 26. Mixed media from UWF students. Art Gallery at the University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway. Building 82. uwf.edu

≥Call to Artists

JAZZFEST LOOKING FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS

Jazz Pensacola

is calling arts and crafts vendors to submit applications for the 2017 JazzFest taking place April 1 through April 2 at Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola. Only arts and crafts vendors will be accepted. All entries are $150, for a 10'-by-10' canopy or smaller. Deadline for entries is March 15. For more information and to download application forms, call 433-8382, or visit jazzpensacola.com.

≥Workshops & Classes POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Six-week

workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First City Art Center, 1060 Guillemard St. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Every Monday

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Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First City Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

CLAY SCULPTURE

Six-week workshops held Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First City Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit firstcityart.org. BELLY DANCING

Eight-week beginner and advanced classes on Tuesday nights. For beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Classes held at First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St For more information and to sign up for a class visit pensacolabellydance.com LIFE DRAWING Artists of any skill level are welcome to draw life figures. 6-9 p.m. Monday nights. Cost is $5-$10 a person. Contact phayes@ ihmc.us if interested. First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. The group is always looking for new models, contact Pat at the email address above if interested.

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news of the weird SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED Schools' standardized tests are often criticized as harmfully rigid, and in the latest version of the Texas Education Agency's STAAR test, poet Sara Holbrook said she flubbed the "correct" answer for "author motivation"—in two of her own poems that were on the test. Writing in Huffington Post in January, a disheartened Holbrook lamented, "Kids' futures and the evaluations of their teachers will be based on their ability to guess the so-called correct answer to (poorly) made-up questions." IRONIES London's The Guardian reported in January that "dozens" of people have been charged or jailed recently for "defaming" the new Myanmar government, which has been headed (in a prime-minister-like role) since April by Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected after her release from house detention following two decades of persecution for criticizing the longtime military regime. For her struggle for free speech, Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Said the wife of the latest arrestee, Myo Yan Naung Thein, on trial for "criminal defamation" of Suu Kyi's regime, "This is not insulting—this is just criticizing, with facts. This is freedom of speech."

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$250 worth of Pokemon toys. Mom later noticed 13 email confirmations and asked Ashlynd if something was amiss. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Ashlynd said, "No, Mommy, I was shopping." PEOPLE DIFFERENT FROM US "Every major event in my life has been about insects," Aaron Rodriques, 26, told The New York Times in December, home in New York City during a winter break from his doctoral research at Purdue University on the "sweet tergal secretions" of German cockroaches, and on his way to buy a supply of crickets and hornworms. ("Hornworms," he said, have an "amazing defense" where they "eat tobacco for the nicotine, which they exhale as a gas to scare away predators.") "When I'm feeling stressed out," Rodriques said, he might take one out to "calm me down." He met his first girlfriend when she was attracted to his pet giant African millipede (as long as a human forearm), but admits that "for the vast majority" of time in school, "I was alone."

THE LITIGIOUS SOCIETY High Finance: Sometime in 2006, a photographer on assignment roamed a Chipotle restaurant in Denver, snapping photos of customers. Leah Caldwell was one person photographed, but says she refused to sign the photographer's "release"— and was surprised, nevertheless, to see a photo of herself in a Chipotle promotion in 2014 and again in 2015 (and on her table in the photo were "alcoholic beverages" she denied ever ordering). In January, Caldwell said the misuse of her image is Chipotle's fault for ignoring her non-"release," and thus that she is entitled to all of the profits Chipotle earned between 2006 and 2015: $2.237 billion.

UPDATES Two years ago, News of the Weird updated previous entries by noting that China's Ministry of Culture had cracked down on the centuries-old tradition of festively over-thetop funerals (ceremonies to assure the family that the deceased did not die "faceless")—by arresting the song-and-dance people (including strippers and pole-dancers) peddling their services to mourners. Even though that ban has been working, nostalgic Chinese can still see great funeral pole-dancing—in Taiwan—according to a January report on the death of Chiayi county official Tung Hsiang, featuring 50 "scantily clad" entertainers. (Poledancing, itself, is still big in China, where the national pole-dancing team recently performed its annual outdoor show, wearing shorts and halter tops, in the country's northernmost village, Beiji—where the temperature was minus 33 Celsius.) {in}

PRECOCIOUS In December, Ashlynd Howell, age 6, of Little Rock, Arkansas, deftly mashed her sleeping mother's thumbprint onto her phone to unlock the Amazon app and order

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