Valentine’s Day Scramble Contest Winner Announced

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Joelle Washer

Article Contributed by
Walt Pickut

“This will be my lucky year,” Joelle Washer told the Gazette last week when stopped by to pick up her prize package worth hundreds of dollars. Her name was randomly selected from the many readers who correctly unscrambled the 19 puzzle-words in this year’s Jamestown Gazette Valentine Scramble Contest. “I never win anything,” she said “but this year I won a Super Bowl pool, and now I won this.”
Joelle is a Jamestown area native, and still lives in Jamestown with her husband, Dana, and their five-year-old daughter, Arabella. She graduated from Falconer High School and earned an Associate Degree in math and science at JCC, then attended Ohio State University and SUNY Fredonia, capping her education with a BS degree in business marketing.
“I never play anything in the way of contests,” Joelle said, “but I do pick up the Gazette every week. For the Valentine’s Day edition, I thought the Valentine Scramble might just be fun. I was surprised the 18 scramble-words and the bonus word took me less than five minutes to unscramble. So I sent it in.”
For enjoyment and for the benefit of good, local causes, Joelle runs 5K and 10K races, serves on the board of the YMCA and the United Way, and is a past president of the Rotary club of Jamestown. Joelle currently serves as a vice president and area manager at the Northwest Bank on Third Street in Jamestown.
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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.