Kudos! – May 25, 2012

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English teacher from Hawaii receives Space Foundation Scholarship

An English teacher with an interest in science and science fiction has been named the recipient of the 2012 Space Foundation Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship.

M. Thomas Gammarino, Ph.D., teaches at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, and will use the scholarship to attend one of the Space Foundation’s “Space Across the Curriculum” teacher professional development courses in Colorado Springs this summer.

Each year, the Space Foundation provides professional development opportunities for a qualified educator through the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is available to educators of Hawaiian or part Hawaiian descent, or who teach children of Hawaiian ancestry.

ANB Bank recognized for its strong financial condition

ANB Bank has received the highest rating as a Blue Ribbon Bank from VERIBANC, Inc., an independent, national bank rating firm.

In qualifying for the Blue Ribbon Bank status, banks must receive Veribanc’s highest Green, Three Stars rating which includes all six factors that the federal regulators use in determining the government’s “CAMELS” ratings — Capital strength, Asset quality, Management, Earnings, Liquidity, and Sensitivity to market risk. In addition, the bank must satisfy additional safety related criteria.

This Blue Ribbon Bank Award is reserved for those highly rated financial institutions that demonstrate attention to safety, soundness and financial strength, and it is the oldest national accolade presented to banks by private sector analysts.

“We are happy to be recognized by outside financial analysts, especially in these challenging economic times,” says Bill Berenz, regional bank president. “As a large, independent bank, receiving an award like this demonstrates our commitment to our customers, shareholders and our community in maintaining our financial strength.”

Springs Chamber and EDC names military award winners

Three enlisted military personnel were named 2012 military award winners by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC in recognition of Military Week.

Category one: E-1 — E-4 is Senior Airman Nolden J. Soerensen, USAFR; category two: E-5-E-6 is Staff Sgt. Oscar Hernandez, USA; and category three: E-7- E-8 is Senior Master Sgt. Vanessa M. Johnson, USAF.