Pensacola Chamber Honors Business, Community Leaders

February 19, 2014

The Pensacola Chamber Foundation announced its 54th Annual PACE Award recipients last night at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. The PACE Awards are given out each year to honor the outstanding individuals in the community who have made significant contributions to Greater Pensacola’s overall economic progress.

“This year’s award recipients have distinguished themselves as innovative entrepreneurs, visionary business and civic leaders, and exemplary corporate citizens,” said Pensacola Chamber Foundation Executive Director and Chamber President Jerry Maygarden. “They are the very best of us, and we are honored to pay tribute to these individuals who have made positive impacts to our community.”

Jessica Lee, the general manager and vice president of Kia AutoSport of Pensacola, was named Emerging Leader of the Year for her volunteerism with such organizations and groups as OneBlood, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the University of West Florida College of Business, Leadership Pensacola Alumni Association and Impact 100. Pensacola native and Fitness Onboard, LLC Founder and CEO Cindi Bonner was honored as the Professional Leader of the Year, having helped to grow her company into one of the premier Stand Up Paddleboarding fitness, rental and special event businesses along the Gulf Coast.

John Peacock, chairman of the Downtown Improvement Board and current financial advisor with Edward Jones, was named Community Leader of the Year and was recognized for being a tireless advocate for the revitalization of Downtown Pensacola, as well as a relentless supporter of several local nonprofits. Gulf Power Company President and CEO Stan Connally was named Business Leader of the Year for his contributions toward developing economic development programs and workforce development initiatives in Northwest Florida.

Charles Carlan was awarded the Spirit of Pensacola Award for his devotion toward the betterment of the engineering profession by hiring and mentoring countless young engineers for more than four decades. And finally, the late Dr. Reed Bell, founder of the Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, was posthumously honored with the prestigious Pioneer Award, established in 1978 to honor an individual who has made significant contributions with lasting impact and who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to progress for the Greater Pensacola Area. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Celebrates National FFA Week

February 19, 2014

FFA members at Northview High School are celebrating National FFA Week with a variety of events. Tuesday, the FFA officers and members prepared a homestyle breakfast for teachers, staff and invited guests that support the FFA program.

Pictured top: Northview FFA Parliamentarian Mitchell Singleton, 2nd Vice President Haylee Weaver, and Vice President Courtney Weekly serve breakfast Tuesday morning at Northview High School. Pictured inset: Northview FFA President Courtney Solari. Pictured below: Breakfast was served to mark National FFA Week.   NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


Cunningham, Chavers To Attend Boys State

February 19, 2014

Two Northview High School juniors — Matthew Chavers and Austin Cunningham — have been chosen by Atmore American Legion Post 90 to attend Florida Boy’s State. Attendees are required to attend one governmental meeting on the local level prior to the trip, and the young men chose to attend a recent meeting of the Century Town Council.

They are being sponsored personally by Century Mayor Freddie McCall.

Matthew Chavers is third academically in his class, a member of the FBLA, tutors his peers in algebra after school and attends Aldersgate United Methodist Church. At Pensacola  High School, he was in the International Baccalaureate Program, president of the Chess Club and a member of the Mock Trial Team.

Matthew is an accredited legal secretary — one of the youngest ones in the country.  For fun, he enjoys playing video games.

His father and grandfather are both Marine veterans, and his grandfather Mike Adams served in the Vietnam War.

Austin Cunningham plays center on the Northview football team, and was on the state championship team. He lifts weights, able to bench press 240 pounds. He’s a member of the FFA and shows livestock such as cattle.

Austin is class treasurer, SGA treasurer, a member of the Beta Club and is also a member of Highland Baptist Church.

Pictured top: Century Town Council members (seated) Annie Savage, (back, L-R) Gary Riley, Jacke Johnston and Ann Brooks with Northview Boy’s State representative Austin Cunningham and Matthew Chavers. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

Florida Athletes Compete In Winter Olympics

February 18, 2014

As the Winter Olympics  continue  in Russia, Florida sports fans will see what seems like a most unlikely sight: Fellow Floridians in Sochi, Russia, as part of the U.S. Olympic Team. That’s Floridians … in the Winter Olympics.

The Florida High School Athletic Association is  encouraging residents from Pensacola to Key West to pull for the state’s athletes, several of whom competed at the high school level for FHSAA member schools.

“We’re used to seeing Floridians compete in a wide range of summer sports, from swimming and diving to track and field, but you don’t usually associate the Sunshine State with events like bobsledding and speedskating,” noted Dr. Roger Dearing, FHSAA executive director. “Whether the sports are common in our state or not, we can all take pride in the incredible accomplishments of these Florida athletes.”

Floridians on the 230-member U.S. Olympic Team in Sochi include three speedskaters who attended FHSAA member schools, as well as a member of the bobsled team who attended the University of Miami. In addition, the head coach of the U.S. men’s bobsled team now calls the Sunshine State home.

Florida has a rich tradition of sending champion athletes to compete in the Olympics, but it’s more typically the Summer Games. Two years ago, FHSAA saluted 29 Olympians who attended FHSAA member schools before earning spots in the London games. Several of Florida’s current Winter Olympians grew up competing in non-winter sports whose skills translated to winter sports

“These outstanding athletes highlight the value of athletic competition for young boys and girls. This is the same value we try to instill in every high school student-athlete competing at FHSAA member schools. You never know where it might lead you – even to a place in the Winter Olympics,” said Dearing.

Floridians participating in Sochi as members of the U.S. Olympic Team include:

  • Eddy Alvarez, 24, of Miami, a speedskater who played baseball at Christopher Columbus High School
  • Brittany Bowe, 25, of Ocala, a speedskater who played girls basketball at Trinity Catholic
  • Joey Mantia, 28, of Ocala, a speedskater who was a world record holder in inline speed skating and attended Ocala Vanguard High School
  • Lauryn Williams, 30, a former University of Miami track star who is a member of the two-woman bobsled team
  • Brian Shimer, of Naples, head coach of the U.S. men’s bobsled team

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Library’s Bookmobile Out Of Service

February 17, 2014

The West Florida Library’s Bookmobile is currently out of service.  The library says they are currently investigating short and long term resolutions for the lighting and heating of the Bookmobile. For more information, call (850) 436-5060. Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Anna Fischer Named Miss NHS 2014 (With Photo Gallery)

February 17, 2014

Anna Fischer was crowned Miss NHS 2014 Saturday night at Northview High School.

First Runner-Up was Jessica Amerson, Second Runner-Up was Danielle Scott, Third Runner-Up Olivia Neal, and Fourth Runner-Up was Julie Hester.

Other awards presented were:

  • Self Expression Award – Anna Fischer
  • Talent Award – Danielle Scott; Morgan Digmon (tie)
  • Physical Fitness Award – Danielle Scott
  • Creative Costume Award – Jessica Amerson
  • Scholastic Award – Jessica Amerson
  • Judges Award – Olivia Neal
  • Distinguished Young Woman Award – Morgan Ward
  • Spirit of Miss NHS – Brianna Smith

For a pageant photo gallery, click here.

Pictured top: Third Runner-Up Olivia Neal, First Runner-Up Jessica Amerson, Miss NHS 2014 Anna Fischer, Second Runner-Up Danielle Scott and Fourth Runner-Up Julie Hester. Pictured inset: Anna Fischer is crowned Miss NHS 2014 by Miss NHS 2013 Ariel Holland. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Valentine’s Day: Love On The Line

February 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, an 82-person Gulf Power storm team was hard at work in north Georgia to restore power after a winter storm.

Ice storms, hurricanes or just afternoon thunderstorms,  linemen and other power company employees are there to restore our electricity as fast as possible. But working in Georgia means the 82 men and women were away from their someone special for Valentine’s Day.

Special thanks to Gulf Power employee Tabbatha McGhee for helping with this story and photographs.

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the road to the crown: Meet The Girls (part three)

February 14, 2014

Today, it’s part three of our multi-part series “the road to the crown” as we follow 14 young ladies at Northview High School in their quest for the crown and the title of “Miss NHS 2014″.

Today we introduce you to the third and final group of contestants. Their biographies, as submitted by the girls, are below along with their photos. You can click any photo below to enlarge. (For the first set of contestants, click here; for the second set, click here.)

Our series “the road to the crown” will continue tomorrow. The pageant is Saturday night at 7:00, and NorthEscambia.com will have the new Miss Northview High School and all the photos here Sunday morning.

Tickets are available at the Northview High School office.

Tiffani Nichole Pritchett

Tiffani is 17-years old and is a senior at Northview High school. Tiffani has been a member of the volleyball team for four years and the softball team for four years. She has been on the weightlifting team for two years. She has been a member of Rho Kappa for two years, an FCA member for two years and CECF (DCT) member for one year. She has received many awards including the 2014 Coach’s Award in weightlifting, 2011 best offensive volleyball player, 2012 most improved award in volleyball and the 2013 Subway volleyball all star. She has also received the Atmore Rotary Academic All-Star award. Tiffani is a member of the 2013 Class 1-A state volleyball team and the student chair of Discipline Committee. In her community she is a member of the First Baptist Church of Bratt, played softball at the Molino ballpark for seven years, and helps to coach young girls softball.

Her hobbies are playing sports, cooking, photography and spending time with loved ones.

Her future plans are to attend FSU and pursue a medical degree.

Brianna Morgan Smith

Brianna is 16-years old and is a freshman at Northview High school. Brianna is a member of the National Honor Society and SGA. She is also a member of the junior varsity Lady Chiefs softball team and a majorette with the Tribal Beat marching bad. In her community she is vice president of the Greater Pensacola Youth Bowling Association. She is a seven-time youth bowling all-star. Brianna is a member of the United States Bowling Congress and VSBC Junior Gold Medal. She has won several scholarship tournaments in bowling. Brianna also dances with Heather Leonard’s Danceworks and twirled baton with Twirl Time for six years.

Her hobbies are bowling, baton, softball, dancing, fashion designing and doing crafts of all kinds.

Her future plans are to attend a college that offers bowling and softball as well as a marching band so she can continue her hobbies and attain a degree in teaching.

Morgan Nicole Digmon

Morgan is 17-years old and is a senior at Northview High school. Morgan has been a member of the Northview Dance team for three years and played softball for one year. She is a member of the Beta Club for three years, Glee Club for one year and Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years. She has received the Atmore Rotary Academic All-Star Award, was named Miss Poise and Appearance in the Miss NHS pageant in 2011 and a talent show winner in 2013. In her community she volunteers at Relay for Life and Manna Food Bank. She has danced at Heather Leonard’s Danceworks for nine years. Morgan attends Ray’s Chapel Baptist church where she participates in the youth group and volunteers in the church nursery.

Her hobbies are dancing, singing, shopping, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends.

Her future plans are to attend Auburn University and pursue a degree in nursing and become a neonatal nurse. She also hopes to become a member of the Tiger Paws dance team.

Olivia Kate Neal

Olivia is 17-years old and is a senior at Northview High school. Olivia has been a member of the varsity cheerleading team for one year and a member of the competition cheer team for one year. She has been a member of the Glee Club member for one year, a member of the weightlifting team for two years, junior varsity volleyball team for two years, Students Against Destructive Decisions member for one year and FFA for one year. In her community, Olivia attends Little Escambia Baptist Church and is an active member of the youth group. She is lead singer for her youth praise band.

Her hobbies are playing the guitar, singing, cooking, attending mission trips and spending time with her loving family and unfailing friends.

Her future plans are to attend Pensacola State College to obtain a degree in culinary arts.

Jessica Kathryn Amerson

Jessica is 16-years old and a sophomore at Northview High school. Jessica has played the French horn for six years and has been a member of the Tribal Beat band for two years. She is a member of the SGA, yearbook staff, math team, battle of the book team and a member of the mock United Nations team. Jessica was freshman class historian, and represented the sophomore class on the 2013 Homecoming Court. She has been a member of the junior honor society for three years and is currently the top student in her class. Jessica was a sophomore representative for the Pensacola spelling bee, placed third in the VFW Voice of Democracy districts, and won first place in the Rotary Four-Way Test essay contest. She has also placed in the science Olympiad competition and was voted into honor society at summer camp. In her community she is a member of St. Robert Bellarmine church.

Her hobbies are reading, camping, writing, drawing, horseback riding, playing piano, traveling and taking pictures.

Her future plans are to master and become fluent in at least three languages other than English, with basic knowledge of as many languages as possible. Jessica plans a career in government as a translator with plans to be a UN Ambassador for the White House.

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the road to the crown: Meet The Girls (part two)

February 13, 2014

Today, it’s part two of our multi-part series “the road to the crown” as we follow 14 young ladies at Northview High School in their quest for the crown and the title of “Miss NHS 2014″.

Today we introduce you to the second group of contestants. Their biographies, as submitted by the girls, are below along with their photos. You can click any photo below to enlarge. (For the first set of contestants, click here.)

Our series “the road to the crown” will continue tomorrow with biographies and photos of the third set of contestants. The pageant is Saturday night at 7:00, and NorthEscambia.com will have the new Miss Northview High School and all the photos here Sunday morning.

Tickets are available at the Northview High School office.

Madison Brooke Arrington

Madison is 17-years old and a senior at Northview High School. Madison has been a member of the softball team for four years, volleyball team for one year and weightlifting for one year. She has been a Northview cheerleader for three years and is a two-time All-American cheerleader and attended a varsity tour to London. Madison has been a member of the Beta Club for three years, Spanish Club for two years, Rho Kappa for two years, CECF for one year and Glee Club for one year. She was the freshman and sophomore class treasurer and junior and senior class president. She has received the Atmore Rotary Academic All-star award for three years. She has played piano for five years and taken dance classes for 10 years. In her community she is a member of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church youth group and volunteers time in the nursery.

Her hobbies include scrapbooking, photography, baking, reading, watching Star Wars and spending time with family and friends.

Her future plans are to attend college to become a radiologist and start a family.

Hilery Danielle Scott

Danielle is 18-years old and is a senior at Northview High School. Danielle has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years, Spanish Club for two years, Science Club for one year, Northview Dance Team for three years, Beta Club for three years and Glee Club for one year. She represented the freshman class on the homecoming court, served as sophomore class secretary, and was first runner up to the 2013 Homecoming queen. She won the talent show as a sophomore and was voted the senior Who’s Who most talented. Danielle has taken voice lessons for three years and piano lessons for seven years. She volunteers time singing for the Red Cross, Relay for Life, Manna Food Drive, Farmer’s Opry, Mayfest, Flomaton Railroad Junction, church events, nursing homes and singing the national anthem for school events. In her community , Danielle volunteers her time at the YMCA each week and is also a frontl ine singer on the praise and worship team at CrossFaith Church and part of the student ministry and Angel Tree ministry.

Her hobbies include singing, playing piano, the ukulele, dancing, creating new make-up looks for herself and others and spending time with family and friends.

Her future plans are to attend the University of West Florida to obtain a degree in music performance so she can continue building God’s Kingdom through music and community. She plans to step out into the unknown with God to see what happens.

Kendal Brooke Cobb

Kendal is 16-years old and is a junior at Northview High School. Kendal was a member of the junior varsity cheerleading team for one year and has been on the varsity cheerleading team for two years. She has been a member of the softball team for three years and the Beta Club for two years. She has been involved in SGA for three years, serving as president for one year, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years, FFA for three years and DCT for one year serving as vice president. She has been on the homecoming court for three years and was chosen as sophomore and junior maid. She has been class vice president for three years and is the junior prom chairperson. Kendal was chosen as second runner-up to Miss NHS 2013. Kendal has received the Atmore Rotary Academic All-star award for two years. In her community, Kendal has played softball for Northwest Escambia for five years and was All-Star for three years. She currently attends Bratt First Baptist church.

Her hobbies include shopping, hunting, playing guitar, singing in the church choir, spending time and fellowshipping with family and friends.

Her future plans are to attend a major university to become a nurse and to also get married and start a family.

Alyssa Brianna Borelli

Alyssa is 14-years old and is a freshman at Northview High School. At Ernest Ward Middle school, Alyssa graduated at the top of her class and was voted most capable academically. She served as vice president of the National Junior Honor Society, was a member of SGA, the Book Club, Drama Team and chorus. Alyssa was also a member of the Ernest Ward track and swim teams. She was crowned Miss EWMS 2013. At Northview she is an honor student and a member of the NJROTC. In her community, Alyssa is a member of Temple Beth El and First Baptist Church of Flomaton.

Her hobbies include arts and crafts, reading, writing, swimming and being with family and friends.

Her future plans are to earn her degree in education to teach art and math.

Morgan Maxine Ward

Morgan is 16-years old and is a junior at Northview High School. Morgan was a member of the junior varsity cheerleading team for two years, serving as captain for one year and has been on the varsity cheerleading team for one year. She has also been a member of the competition cheer team for two years. Morgan has been a member of the junior varsity basketball team for one year. She has competed in the Miss NHS pageant for three years and placed in the top five one year. Morgan received an honorable mention in the NHS talent show. She served on the prom committee for one year. In her community, Morgan has been a member of Youth Leadership Atmore for one year. Recently, she was chosen to participate in a photo shoot for Middleton’s Clothers and Kay Brown.

Her hobbies include cheerleading, cooking, singing and doing human videos.

Her future plans are to attend college to become a pediatrician and to eventually start a family.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

the road to the crown: Meet The Girls (With Photos)

February 12, 2014

Today, is part one of our annual multi-part series “the road to the crown” as we follow 14 young ladies at Northview High School in their quest for the crown and the title of “Miss NHS 2014″.

Today we introduce you to the first few contestants. Their biographies, as submitted by the girls, are below along with their photos. You can click any photo below to enlarge.

Our series “the road to the crown” will continue tomorrow with biographies and photos of the second set of contestants. The pageant is Saturday night at 7:00, and NorthEscambia.com will have the new Miss Northview High School and all the photos here Sunday morning.

Tickets are available at the Northview High School office.

Kylie Brianne Brook

Kylie is 14-years old and is a freshman at Northview High School. Kylie has been a band member for four years, participated in Alabama State Fine Arts for three years, member of the Ernest Ward Middle school swim team for three years, member of the Ernest Ward Middle school Teens for Christ for three years and a member of the Ernest Ward Middle school book club for three years. Kylie has been a member of the Atmore First Assembly Kingdom Kids staff for two years and a member of the Power House praise and worship team for one year. She has participated in All County Chorus. Kylie has received the band director’s award and won first place in photography in the county Reflections Competition.

Her hobbies include reading books, writing poetry and short stories, hosting a web show and playing Minecraft.

Her future plans are to attend college to major in music and animal rescue, and to be a strong woman of God who is very skillful with her vocal and instrumental talents to save souls all over the world.

Anna Elizabeth Fischer

Anna is 17-years old and is a senior at Northview High School. Anna has been a member of the junior varsity cheerleading team for one year and the varsity cheerleading team for three years where she has served as co-captain. She has been a member of the competition cheerleading team for three years. She has been a member of the Northview dance team for three years and has danced with Heather Leonard’s Danceworks for 14 years. She was part of the winning dance team for the 2013 talent show. Anna was Miss NHS first runner-up in 2012 and is the 2013 Homecoming Queen. She is the senior class historian and was voted senior class Who’s Who most school spirit.  She has received the Atmore Rotary Academic All-Star award for three years, the FCA spirit of champions award as a senior, best leaps award for 2012-2013 dance team, and squad strength award as a 2011-2012 cheerleader. Anna designed the cover art for Escambia County School District’s first annual fishing rodeo material. In her community she is an active member of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church youth group.

Her hobbies include baking, drawing, photography, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Her future plans are to attend Florida State University and study to become a nurse practitioner.

Julie Beth Hester

Julie is 16-years old and is a junior at Northview High School. She has been a majorette with the Tribal Beat band for threeyears, serving as captain one year, has twirled with Angie Shelley Twirl Time for six years and was a Twirl Time teacher for one year, member of the Northview concert band for two years and a member of Northview winterguard for one year. Julie has been a member of the beta club for one year, theater for one year, and a member of FCA for one year. In her community she is an active member of First Baptist Church of Bratt and helps with children’s activities, is a member of Team David leadership club and volunteers for vacation bible school. Julie also volunteers during the summer at elementary schools. She has received the Atmore Rotary Academic All-Star award and Northview’s Battle of the Books one year.

Her hobbies include baton twirling, reading books, playing musical instruments, drawing and spending time with family, friends and her youth group.

Her future plans are to attend Troy University to receive a major in psychology and specialize in mental health. She wants to become a part of the Troy band program as well. She also wants to one day open her own baton studio.

Chloe Vanessa  Leonard

Chloe is 17-years old and is a senior at Northview High School. She has been a cheerleader for four years, including one year as captain, and has been a member of the competition cheerleading team for one year. She has also been a member of the Northview Dance Team for three years. She has danced at Heather Leonard’s Danceworks for 14 years and has served as a dance teacher for one year.  She is senior class reporter, CECF treasurer and was named an Atmore Rotary Academic All-Star.  Chloe is involved in the youth group at Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church. She has  volunteered for the Manna Food Bank, Nothing Lost Outreach and the Ray’s Chapel nursery.

Chloe’s hobbies include dancing, hanging out with friends and always having a good time, shopping, and being adventurous.

Chloe plans to attend the University of West Florida and then transfer to Auburn University to be a part of their dance team, The Tiger Paws.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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