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Winchester Mayor presents inaugural Excellence Award

16 January 2020 Winchester News

Mayor John David Smith Jr. presented the first annual Mayor’s Excellence Award to two Winchester residents, Julia Kogut and Cheryl Reames, during the Jan 14. regular meeting of the Winchester Common Council.

The Mayor’s Excellence Award was created to recognize and honor individuals, businesses, groups, or organizations whose efforts exemplify Winchester’s thriving culture of community service, and commitment to addressing social needs in collaborative and creative ways. Nominations were submitted by Winchester residents for the 2019 Mayor’s Excellence Award.

Julia Kogut is a biology teacher at John Handley High School and sponsor of the Handley Interact Club. She is recognized for her dedication in ensuring her students’ success. Kogurt’s ability to inspire and motivate students even through challenging subjects is lauded by her peers. The Handley Interact Club is the largest student organization at JHHS with over 100 active members, providing students with community service opportunities benefitting the Winchester community. Kogurt has fostered a sense of leadership, selfless service, and personal growth in thousands of Winchester teens. 

Cheryl Reames is the volunteer coordinator for the Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group and leads two other support groups for people with Parkinson’s along with their spouses, family, and friends. Her tireless efforts have brought knowledge, comfort, and companionship to many in the Parkinson’s community. Reames has made several notable contributions to advancing ways in which the effects of Parkinson’s can be treated through unique activities, such as ping-pong, billiards, boxing, and group singing. The programs she has initiated not only provide positive ways of treating the physical effects of Parkinson’s, but also provide emotional support for those affected by the disease. 

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