TARPON SPRINGS – Secretary of State Ken Detzner and First Lady Ann Scott honored Florida’s Heritage Month Award winners at a ceremony on March 18 at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee.
The 11th annual Florida Heritage Month Awards ceremony is part of a month-long celebration from March 15 to April 15, recognizing Floridians who have made contributions to the state in historic preservation, literature, folk heritage, and visual and performing arts.
“Florida Heritage Award winners are uniquely talented individuals who preserve our state’s traditions and heritage while making Florida a tremendous cultural destination,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner in a press release. “By recognizing these great cultural talents and the arts they represent, we hope to promote how arts and culture can create economic vitality, enhance quality of life and instill community pride.”
Nancy J. Cavanaugh won a Children’s Literature award for This Journal Belongs to Ratchet. Cavanaugh has a B.S. in education and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction with multiple published works. She was a teacher for more than 15 years and currently works as a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school.
John Lulias, the second honoree from Tarpon, was given a Folk Heritage Award. As a second generation Greek-American with familiar roots in the sponge diving traditions of Kalymnos, Lulias grew up immersed in the Greek culture of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Over the past 30 years, he has studied in the United States and Greece with many noted dance teachers, and has developed a level of expertise in folk dances native to the Greek isles. Lulias has hosted and directed conferences, served on the Advisory Council of the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida and led workshops and seminars all over the United States.