By: Kelly Nish – Cougar News Staff Writer
Local leaders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Valencia this past week to celebrate some of Santa Clarita’s top newsmakers. The awards ceremony covered the last two years of news––2008 and 2009––and celebrated the people who made those years newsworthy.
The event was not only geared towards honoring the newsmakers of Santa Clarita, but also to raise money for the Randy Wicks First Amendment Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to high school seniors planning to major in communications. Attendees were able to purchase raffle tickets and participate in the raffle or donate directly to the Randy Wicks Scholarship Foundation.
Winners of the night included:
Laurie Ender for 2008 Newsmaker of the Year
Cameron Smyth for 2009 Newsmaker of the Year
SCV Senior Center for Organization of the Year
Santa Clarita City Council for Most Controversial
Marc Winger for Friend of the Press
Cary Quashen for Community Service
Jim Backer for Behind the Scenes
Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor for Business of the Year
John Shaffery for Businessperson of the Year
Saugus Girls Cross Country for Sports Team of the Year
Matt Moore for Sports Individual Male of the Year
Courtney Proctor for Sports Individual Female of the Year