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Scot Ackerman, M.D., Announces Winners of “Good Deed” Contest

For the second year in a row, Scot Ackerman, M.D., sent the message that good deeds should be acknowledged and rewarded. His “Students Who Care” contest sponsored by First Coast Oncology (FCO) honored two local students for going above and beyond and giving back to their local community.

“Every day, good deeds go unnoticed and often unrewarded,” said Dr. Ackerman, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of First Coast Oncology. “I believe complimenting a job well done often prompts even more positive action. That’s why we began the contest in 2009.” Olivia Musselwhite of Jacksonville and Grant Randa of Fernandina Beach, FL were honored in 2009. Musselwhite was a Bolles student and Randa is home-schooled.

The response has been overwhelming and FCO would like to congratulate all entrants on their wonderful good deeds.  “We are fortunate to have such a large community of students who care,” said Dr. Ackerman.

This year’s winners include two students: Yuri Rodriguez, a student at Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville and Katy Lawson, who attends Fernandina Beach High School (FBHS) in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Dr. Ackerman will present both Rodriguez and Lawson with new MacBook Notebooks as a reward for their good deeds.

As the Senior Class Secretary of Sandalwood, Rodriquez is involved in several projects that benefit both his school and the broader community. His winning essay focused on his volunteer work at Dupont Middle School during his sophomore year when he taught English to several students from different countries. “I did it as a form of appreciation for all the people who helped me when I moved here,” he said. Rodriquez moved to the United States from Colombia and knows first hand the difficulty of learning English as a second language. “Hopefully an unbreakable chain will form of helping one another without expecting something in exchange,” said Rodriquez in his essay.

It is obvious that, Lawson, a high school freshman, has started her high school career off on the right foot. Active in the band and several volunteer initiatives at school and in the community, Lawson’s essay focused on volunteering at a two day Special Needs Camporee at Camp Echockotee in Orange Park. She got involved with the program through her Venturing crew, a co-ed program for teens that is a division of the Boy Scouts of America. “[My experience at the event] gave me a better understanding of the hardships in life, and showed me how strong the person must be to overcome a disability and live their life to the fullest…the happiness I see on [the campers’] faces is the only payment I will ever need,” said Lawson in her essay.

On January 6, Dr. Ackerman will visit FBHS to hand deliver the new computer to Lawson; their meeting will be streamlined over the school’s closed circuit television system during the day’s announcements. On January 14, Dr. Ackerman will present Rodriquez with his notebook preceding the school’s talent show at 7:00 p.m. Media is invited to the Sandalwood event.

To read the winning essays and learn more about Rodriquez and Lawson, visit Dr. Ackerman’s Facebook page at To attend the Sandalwood event, contact Lori Robinson at 904.992.9945 or     


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