Charleston’s Dixie Black Pepper Vodka Is Voted The World’s Top Flavored Vodka

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CHARLESTON, S.C., April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —?The Ultimate Spirits Challenge has awarded Charleston’s own Dixie Black Pepper Vodka the 2018 Chairman’s Trophy as the Top Flavored Vodka. The Ultimate Spirits challenge is the world’s most prestigious and progressive global spirits and cocktail competition, with entries from 52 countries. Besting brands like Deep Eddy, Smirnoff and Absolut, Dixie Black Pepper Vodka’s win highlights the Southeast’s role as a leader in the global craft spirits movement. The victory is also another win for Charleston, recently named the number one city in the United States and the number two city in the world, by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

“We are delighted that Dixie Vodka has been named The Top Flavored Vodka as part of The Ultimate Spirits Challenge for 2018.? Dixie Vodka represents Charleston’s exciting and vibrant culinary and spirits scene as a world class producer.? The rich culinary and spirits traditions of Charleston?inspires creative partners like Dixie Vodka.? We are so proud of their success and happy that they are one of us,”?said Doug Warner, Director of Media Relations for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dixie Black Pepper Vodka received a category-leading 95 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge tasting panel, the Chairman’s Trophy and recognition as a Great Value spirit. The prestigious, best-in-class awards further reinforce the Dixie Vodka’s position as The South’s Best Tasting Vodka.

Released in 2014, Dixie Black Pepper Vodka is six-times distilled from all-American non-GMO corn. The base spirit is then infused in two batches for a week each: one with Szechuan black peppercorns, another with serrano peppers. The infusions are blended, resulting in a gluten free, culinary-forward black pepper vodka worthy of the best cocktails, from the ultimate southern bloody mary to oyster shooters and mules.

“Dixie Black Pepper Vodka elevated the flavor profile of our signature Bloody Mary years ago. Since then our awards, sales and outstanding reviews have only continued to grow thanks in part to our ongoing partnership with Dixie Vodka,” said?Tyler Alford – Vice President of Operations, Tupelo Honey.

For a Lowcountry twist on the ever-popular bloody mary, try a Dixie Chili Mary with 2 ounces Dixie Black Pepper Vodka, six ounces Charleston Mix Bloody Mary Mix, ? teaspoon chili oil and the juice of ? lemon:? shake hard and pour over ice in a high ball glass rimmed with celery salt and black pepper.

Dixie Black Pepper Vodka’s win will serve to further the scope of Dixie Vodka’s growing imprint on the national and southeastern craft food and beverage scene. Dixie Vodka can be found in premier restaurants and retailers throughout the southeast. Connect with Dixie on?Facebook,?Twitter and Instagram.

Dixie Vodka launched in South Carolina in 2014 by Grain & Barrel Spirits and now includes four unique flavors: Dixie Southern Vodka, Dixie Black Pepper, Dixie Mint and Dixie Citrus. Dixie Vodka embodies both premium quality and affordability, allowing food and drink enthusiasts to create signature cocktails that perfectly fit their lifestyle. Celebrated as the South’s Best Tasting Vodka, Dixie Vodka represents the best of southern craftsmanship and hospitality. Awards include the top Platinum Medal, as voted by consumers, at the 2014 – 2017 Sip Awards, along with multiple Gold Medals and “Best Buy” endorsements by the Beverage Testing Institute. Dixie Vodka is proud to be a member of 1% For The Planet. Bottled at 80-proof, Dixie Vodka retails for $18.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Mount Pleasant Middle School Teacher Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

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Thomas C. Cario Middle School Teacher Receives Presidential Award

Charleston, SC — This week, President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One of CCSD’s own, Rebecca Strong, a sixth grade science teacher at Cario Middle, was among those to earn this distinction.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is given to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country and is among one of the highest forms of recognition a K-12 math or science teacher can earn. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.

Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in kindergarten through 6thgrade (2014), and those teaching 7ththrough 12thgrades (2015). Strong was one of only two educators selected as a recipient for 2014 in the state of South Carolina.

Strong is in her 28th year of teaching, having first taught at Laing Middle for ten years, followed by Cario Middle since it opened in 1999. Strong has taught both sixth and seventh grade science, and is now teaching the children of her former students as a result of her long time service in education.

Throughout the course of her career, Strong has led students in various science clubs and has served as science department chairperson for over 14 years. She has also served on school leadership and steering committees, and was involved in the planning of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s Camp Leopold. Strong was named the Cario Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2002.

Strong graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Biology and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science. She is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence Science and is a member of several organizations including the National Science Teachers Association, the South Carolina Science Council, and the Charleston Reading Council.

“What a tremendous honor it is to have this award bestowed upon one of our educators,” said CCSD Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.“We are very proud of Rebecca and her exemplary leadership and practices in the classroom.”

Winners of the PAEMST receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. Strong and other awardees are invited to Washington, D.C., on September 8 for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

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