Honors, designations and recognitions
Everence gave Douglas Umble its Commitment to Excellence Award. He is managing director of Everence Trust Co.'s Lancaster advisers. Amanda Rock was named Representative of the Year. She is a financial adviser with Everence.
The Pennsylvania Tourism & Lodging Association named Patricia A. LeCompte of Monroe Career & Technical Institute its Teacher of the Year. Emmanuel Rupert was named Student of the Year, and Brisilda Doma and Priya Penumarthy were finalists. Tricia and Mike Andriaccio of Reynolds Mansion Bed & Breakfast were named Innkeepers of the Year; Carl Kosko of Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast was a finalist. Christine Sczypta of Courtyard by Marriott Harrisburg West was named General Manager of the Year; Sue St. Martin of Holiday Inn Express Altoona was a finalist. Angela Thomas of Latsha Davis & McKenna PC was named Associate Member of the Year; Jeffrey Lau of Insurance Services United was a finalist. Jeanne Schmalz of The Golden Plough Inn was named Department Manager of the Year; Jennifer Leech of Sheraton Station Square and Joseph Wiles of Hilton Harrisburg were finalists. Kedija Abdella of Hilton Inn at Penn was named Employee of the Year; Marc Hertzog of Hilton Harrisburg and Marc Spencer of Hershey Lodge were finalists. Woodloch Resort and BK Hope Cures Foundation received the Community Service Award; Fairmont Pittsburgh and Grow Pittsburgh Charity Partnership and the Holiday Inn Express Altoona were finalists. Gabrielle Sutcliffe of Hersheypark received the Guest Relations Award; Edie, a white boxer/Labrador retriever mix from the Fairmont Pittsburgh, and Jennifer Misner of Holiday Inn Express Altoona were finalists.
Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors gave David Jones of The Patriot-News first place for a sports/outdoors column for "This was Little League done right"; Heather Long received first place in editorial for "Censored: PA Congressmen send wrong message"; Patriot-News staff received first place in spot news reporting for "Inundated"; Sara Ganim, Jan Murphy, Jeff Frantz, Charles Thompson, John Luciew, Ivey DeJesus, Donald Gilliland, Bob Flounders and other staff members received first place in general news reporting and public service for "The Jerry Sandusky-Penn State child sex abuse scandal"; and Sean Simmers received a first-place personality portrait award for his "Jobs — referee" photo. Pete Mekeel of Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era received second place in columns for "A day stuffed with moments to smile about." Mike Argento, Steve Navaroli, Randy Parker, Frank Bodani and Lauren Boyer of York Daily Record/Sunday News received first place in sports deadline reporting for "Bigger than football: PSU family heals"; Frank Bodani received first place for a sports/outdoors column for "As he grieves" and second place in sports feature reporting for "Stable career choice"; Sean Adkins, Teresa Boeckel, Bill Landauer and Joe McDonald received first place in investigative reporting and second place in business writing for "Are we ready?: Who would be at risk? Nuke siren backup; What happens when plans go wrong"; YDR staff received first place in best blogging for "YDR Insider" and second place in spot news reporting for "Did you feel it?"; Lauren Boyer received second place in feature writing for "Boomerang boom"; and Jason Plotkin received first place in photo story for "Bigger than football (Penn State — Nebraska coverage)." Wanda Murren of The (Hanover) Evening Sun received first place in editorial for "Not very neighborly"; Tim Stonesifer received first place in business writing for "A corner store remembers"; and Tim Prudente received second place in feature writing for "Bricks, mortar and obligations." Bill Kalina of The York Dispatch received first place in feature photo for "Practice makes perfect" and in sports photo for "Irish drive ends." Josh Martin of the Gettysburg Times received second place in sports deadline reporting for "Gone in 60 seconds"; Adam Michael received first place in sports feature reporting for "Mastering manhood"; Mark Walters received second place in enterprise reporting for "Bills threaten majority of available apple pickers"; and Darryl Wheeler received first place in spot news photo for "Hot." John Hilton of The (Carlisle) Sentinel received first place in editorial for "You get what you vote for"; Matthew Ciccocioppo received second place in column writing for "Marysville man recovers from motorcycle accident"; Becca Gregg, Lauren McLane, John Hilton, April Trotter, Andy Sandrik, Matt McLaughlin and Jason Malmont received first place in online coverage of breaking news for "Tornado hits Cumberland County (May 26, 2011)"; Rob Jacobs, Naomi Creason, Jeff Pratt and Joseph Cress received second place in online coverage of breaking news for "Earthquake Aug. 22, 2011"; Jason Malmont received first place in feature photo for "Life skills prom"; and Michael Bupp received a first place in personality portrait for "Life skills student on the job." Larissa Newton, now with the Central Penn Business Journal, received second place in best blogging for The (Carlisle) Sentinel's "Midstate Menu" blog.
Microsoft gave Global Data Consultants of Chambersburg Gold Web Development Competency for the seventh year in a row in recognition of its highly trained and certified experts, customer references and customer satisfaction ratings. Fewer than 1 percent of Microsoft partners have a Gold Competency rating. GDC also has Silver Desktop, Silver Midmarket Solution Provider and Silver Server Platform competencies.