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A Musical Salute to the First Meerkat Award Winner of 2012

It’s 2012 and our Meerkat is continuing his Spanish immersion! The highest EHS honor, the Meerkat Award, has been passed on from Carolina to Amaya Ortiz. Meerkat always sits on the desk of the deserving—and Amaya, EHS’ Office and Navigator Assistant, truly deserves.

“You’re a hard worker, baby, and I know you well,” (Bob Dylan), which is why I’m excited to write this post about Amaya. There are so many things to say about her that MY words just don’t suffice. “She’s anything but typical,” (Garth Brooks). Country not your thing? Well The Boss puts it straight: “She’s sweet, she’s educated,” (Bruce Springsteen). But most importantly “She’s fresh, fresh—exciting, she’s so exciting,” (Kool and The Gang).

Recently, Amaya has added on to her already busy administrative responsibilities and taken on assistant navigator tasks. With Amaya working diligently away at her new and increased responsibilities, “The future is so bright that I have got to wear shades,” (Timbuk 3).

Because Amaya has her hands in so many pots, it’s sometimes hard to see all the work she does. In a way, she is the unsung hero of our office. She keeps us going, cleans us up, sparks our fires. “Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills, one man gathers what another man spills,” (Grateful Dead).

So Amaya, this one goes out to you:

“All the women who independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the ladies who truly feel me
Throw your hands up at me” (Destiny’s Child)

Amaya and Meerkat are “Gonna party like, party like it’s the end of the world, gonna party like, like it’s 2012,” (Jay Sean feat. Nikki Minaj).

Caitlin Costello, Executive Assistant

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