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Santa Ava 20 Results: Cornerstone/CSP

Another Santa Ava is officially in the books and this one is the last one in Marion.

Santa Ava 20 Best of Nice: Before the Christmas party at CSP, Santa Ava (or the Christmas version of yours truly) jokingly told the finalists that she would decide the Best of Nice then and there, telling them that Dave Kinzie (who earned dishonorable mention this year) was the Best of Nice. She then dismissed the team members and told the five ladies to wait at their offices at CSP, while Santa Ava decides who the real BEST OF NICE is. After looking at December’s service and their performance during 2012 as a whole, she made a decision and first had Tina, Diana, Ericka, and Ann come join her at the CSP Christmas Party. Ava called Ericka Collins at around 11:00 AM that Santa Ava has made a decision after learning that Ava herself passed her apartment inspection with flying colours and Zinn’s landlady, Eula Treadwell, giving Zinn a 8.5 out of a 10 point scale for the first time in four years.

First to find her fate after Ava arrived at the Christmas party was Debbie Medaras – she got three candy canes, a bag of Weaver Popcorn and a 4×6 photo of Ava Zinn (autographed by yours truly). She finished in 4th place.

Next to find out were Lois (Cassidy) Skinner and Karen Welsh – both ladies got two candy canes, a bag of Weaver Popcorn, a bag of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, and chose a stocking stuffer.

Next were Tina Sumner and Diana Branham two of the five finalists from CSP/Cornerstone in Santa Ava 20. Both were guaranteed a giant and regular size Hershey’s Candy Bar. Both Tina and Diana were given a padlock to open (Tina was holding the pink lock and Diana was holding a red padlock). Only Tina’s padlock opened.

Next was Cal Skinner, he was initially in 6th place, but due to the reinstating of Diana, Ericka, and Eula, Cal replaced Ericka for 3rd Place, Debbie Medaras replaced Diana for 4th Place, Bonnie Emerick replaced Eula for 5th Place, and Maryann replacing Cal for 6th Place.

There were more Best of Nice business to get through though. Ann and Ericka were next to find out their fates. Ava game some encouraging words to Ann about her time in Santa Ava and mentioned the last time Ann was in the finals, she lost to Paige Lank in addition this was the first time for Tina, Diana, and Ericka in the Santa Ava finals. Ann and Ericka each stood before a closed locked padlock (Ann was holding a purple padlock and Ericka was holding a blue padlock); whoever’s padlock opened would be the Best of Nice. Diana’s padlock did not open while Tina’s, Ann’s and Ericka’s padlock opened–the latter accidentally opened before Ava instructed to open the padlock–making Tina, Ericka, and Ann not only the Best of Nice of Santa Ava 20, but also the first time all three ladies earned their first Best of Nice. After Ann’s padlock opened, Ava announced that the streak is finally over, noting Ann’s very first Santa Ava Best of Nice. There is a silver lining to Diana’s defeat, she is invited to a special Santa Ava: REVENGE OF THE RUNNERS-UP.

Next were Kayla and Katie, both got three candy canes, a Christmas card, a bag of Weaver popcorn, and a 4×6 photo. BUT WAIT, are they joining Debbie Medaras? No, 4th-6th Place and Honourable Mention got the same prizes.

The next person and the second male CSP candidate to learn his fate is Travis. Ava then mentioned Travis is… BEST OF NAUGHTY (he got a Christmas Card, a bag of Weaver Popcorn, and his choice of M&M’s.) From Santa Ava 12 until Santa Ava 19, the Best of Naughty recipient got simply a Christmas Card and none of the dreaded coal as Naughty recipients get and Ava’s Chocolate Biscuits (basically mixing unsweetened cocoa and the recipe for buttermilk biscuits) plus double coal for one of two new Santa Ava Categories–DISHONOURABLE MENTION.

Next up, Kari (Elwood) Johnson, previously from Santa Ava 13 and Santa Ava 18. Ava delivered Kari three candy canes, a bag of Weaver Popcorn, and a 4×6 photo. Kari and Bonnie are tied for 5th Place. Zinn also told Kari that she is also awarded the runner-up prize from Santa Ava 18–Santa Ava 18 was called on October 1, 2010 due to a dispute and did not declare anyone Best of Nice in 2010; Jenna McCoy was the highest when Santa Ava 18 was called in the CSP division and did not award McCoy Santa Ava 18 Best of Nice in the CSP division until June of 2011.

Another person to learn her fate was Laura Yates. There were two Lauras at CSP–Yates is the Laura Senior and the other Laura is the Laura Junior. The senior Laura is…. joining Lois Skinner and Karen Welsh. Laura, Sr is NICE in Santa Ava 20. Laura Jr (via Ericka Collins) got a Christmas card with four candy canes attached thanks to Ericka’s Santa Ava 20 Best of Nice.

After the Christmas Party ended, Santa Ava has yet to deliver the Christmas presents for: Dave A., Leslie, Dave K. Debbie H., Maryann, Dave W, and Eula.  Many of the CSP staff said that Santa Ava went all out in 2012 alone.


The presents for Dave A. and Leslie were delivered on December 17.The first person (and next to final male) was Dave A, Santa Ava tells Dave A he is…. BEST OF NAUGHTY. Next was Leslie and she is…. HONOURABLE MENTION


But the biggest surprise happened only 30 hours after Santa Ava made her decision after Cassadee Pope won season 3 of The Voice was when Eula was awarded the final 8 x 10 and not only Santa Ava 20 BEST OF NICE, she was finally awarded Santa Ava 11 Best of Nice.  However, instead of making Dave K get the Dishonorable Mention present, Zinn deicided that Eula’s third Christmas Card went to him since a Christmas Card was delivered.

Reasons for Best of Nice:

  • Ava Zinn’s reason (Ann): “Ann’s passion and talent are undeniable. She has a very natural ability and a very sophisticated strong leader who is totally at home in her home away from home. She fought through ten excruciating Santa Ava seasons, landing Naughty in Santa Ava 13, 16, 17, 18 and 19; excelling in Santa Ava 12 and 20 and went on to be the Santa Ava 12 Runner-up and the Santa Ava 20 Best of Nice. She’s going to be an amazing asset to wherever she ends up after leaving GBMHI and I’d like to wish her the best of luck and as a woman of my word I’m very honored to hand her my letter of recommendation, but honestly, I don’t think she’ll need it .”
  • Ava Zinn’s reason (Tina): “Diana was great in 2012 but Tina deserved Santa Ava 20 Best of Nice because her standards are simply on a higher level.”
  • Ava Zinn’s reason (Ericka): “Ericka’s Santa Ava 20 Best of Nice because in a very short period of time, she grew more than any other candidate I’ve ever seen. She now has the talent, the maturity, to become a great leader. GBMHI should consider themselves lucky. I know I would when I hand her my letter of recommendation”
  • Ava Zinn’s reason (Eula): None.



Ann Leavitt
Ericka Collins
(Replaced Erin Hooten)
Eula Treadwell
Tina Sumner
Diana Branham
Cal Skinner
3rd Place
Debbie Medaras
4th Place
Kari (Elwood) Johnson
5th Place
Bonnie Emerick 5th Place
Dave Wilson
6th Place
Maryann Dawson
6th Place
Lois (Cassidy) Skinner
Debbie Hurd
Karen Welsh
Laura Yates
Dave Kinzie
(Later disqualified)
Erin Hooten
(Left in July 2012, replaced by Ericka Collins)
(Replaced Abby Key)
Dave Ables
Abby Key
(Left in March 2012, replaced by Katie)

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Santa Ava 20 Finals: Eight Finalists + Four Re-instated + One bye = 13 FINALISTS

For only the fourth time in the history of Santa Ava, the Best of Nice and Runner up will be a woman, we already know that is the case.

After Santa Ava (Ava Zinn, yours truly) chose which two deserved to be in the finals–the Santa Ava Elves (see table below) felt that five previously penalized candidates should have made the Santa Ava Finale.

Santa Ava’s Elves

Pink Holly (Everman) Willis
Purple John Steele
Red Sheena (Jay) Zinn
Blue Raymond Passalt
Yellow Lynsey (Everman) Matthewson
Green Frank Davidson

So now there are changes to the Santa Ava finale–Instead of eight finalists, five got reinstated. One of the reinstated individuals mentioned, “This has to be the largest Santa Ava final ever”

Michelle Mendenhall and Tammy Smith are still the final two in Santa Ava Neighbours division.

A third finalist, Amanda Smith, was given a bye to the finals for what another Amanda (my SO Amanda Davidson) “a tip that would eventually seal my fate in Marion and in a way now has AT&T Uverse as a television provider, in addition to free over-the-air upon relocating to Indianapolis after unable to find another provider in Marion to replcae Bright House). For that, Ms. Smith is joining Jackie Meza and Sherry Stepp in the Ava’s Colleagues division. Three individuals are in the Santa Ava finals (the last time three individuals were in the Santa Ava was last season, when Jackie Dickerson, Stacie Thomason, and Lois Bartley were in the finals–Only Lois was declared Best of Nice in the Carey Services Superiors division while Dickerson and Thomason were essentially runners-up yet Honorable Mention.)

Over at the Ava’s Superiours division, like last year, three individuals competed in the Santa Ava finals which was a first in Santa Ava history, and it is no different in Season 20. Sheena Burdette (previously compted in Santa Ava 5 and Santa Ava 19–Burdette finished in third place in season 5 in 1997 and Honorable Mention in season 19 last year) and for the first time in the Santa Ava finals 15 years after falling short of making the Santa Ava 5 finals. Burdette is joining Stacie Thomason and Jennifer (Reed) Ehmer in the Snata Ava 20 finals.


Perhaps one of the biggest in Santa Ava history has to be in the Community Support Program Division: Not three, not even four, but a RECORD BREAKING FIVE individuals for the first time are competing in the Santa Ava season 20 finals. The elves reviewed the overall performances of Eula, Ericka, and Dinana. There were six elves deciding and reviewing the perfomenaces after Tina Sumner and Ann Leavitt were the two finalists in the Santa Ava 20 finals… Four elves voted to reinstate Diana, but deadlocked whether or not to reinstate Ericka and Eula, so Santa Ava broke the deadlock in favour of reinstating Ericka and Eula. The reinstated individual that mentioned the largest Santa Ava ever was Ericka.


So here is how the Santa Ava finals placement for Season 20

Santa Ava 20 Finals line-up

Pink Purple Red Blue Yellow Green
Ava’s Neighbours Michelle Mendenhall
Tammy Smith

Ava’s Colleagues Jackie Meza
Sherry Stepp

Amanda Smith

Ava’s Superioiurs Stacie Thomason
Jennifer (Reed) Ehmer
Sheena Burdette (initially 3rd)

Community Support Program Tina Sumner
Ann Leavitt
Diana Branham (initially 4th)
Ericka Collins (initially 3rd)

Eula Treadwell (initially 5th)

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Santa Ava Season 20 Finalists Chosen

As the Christmas tree is up and the shopping already begun in the Zinn family, I chose the folllowing individuals competing for the Best of Nice.

Cornertsone/CSP: I determined that the remaining three finalists were so close to each other, that I wished that they could all compete in the finale–I had chosen Ann (Leavitt) as the first finalist in the Santa Ava Season 20 finale; however, I had to make one of my tougest decision as I had to decide who else will joining Ann in the finals. In the end, it was Tina (Sumner) would be joining Ann in the Santa Ava finals, guaranteeing one of the finalists will get her very first Best of Nice Award. Had Melanie Amaro not won last season’s X Factor and Jessica Sanchez not been saved from elimination, the finalists would have been Ericka (Collins) and Diana (Branham).

Neighbours: Michelle (Mendenhall) and Tammy (Smith)

Ava’s Colleagues: Sherry (Stepp) and Jackie (Meza)

Ava’s Superiors: Based on the overall performance, I personally decided who shall shall advance to the finals. Stacie’s pick of Phillip Phillips winning American Idol season 11 gave her immunity for the second semester and was chosen as the first finalist in the Santa Ava finals. I then chose Jennifer to advance to the final, meaning that Sheena finished in third place. Had Jessica Sanchez won American Idol season 11, missing the American Idol results on May 10 and May 17, 2012, a fateful Friday afternoon of June 29, 2012 did not seal my fate in Marion and decision to relocate to Indianapolis, Sheena (Burdette) and Debi (Johnson) would have been in the Santa Ava finals instead of Stacie (Thomason) and Jennifer (Ehmer).


So now here is what the season 20 Santa Ava finals will look like:

Santa Ava’s Best of Nice Season 20….

  • Cornerstone/CSP winner does not live in Marion, Indiana
  • Ava’s Superiors at Carey Services is not from Marion, Indiana

For those who are wondering about Santa Ava season 21, there is not going to be such season due to the relocation from Marion to Indianapolis. The very first full season of Santa Ava in Indianapolis will happen eventually and stay tuned to for more info. Meanwhile in Marion and until the relocation to Indinaapolis, there will be several special Santa Ava seasons, such as the Ultimate Santa Ava (past winners and runners-up will compete for a $2,500 AVA ZINN credit grand prize upon the relocation from Marion to Indianapolis), the Santa Ava Revenge of the Naughty (past naughty individuals from the 20 seasons will compete for a $1,000 AVA ZINN credit grand prize and an invite to a future wedding of AVA ZINN).

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Santa Ava Christmas 2012: The Stakes are Much HIGHER

The 2012 Santa Ava began with the announcement of the most personal prize and the largest ever offered in 20 years…. The Best of Nice present is valued at a quarter-thousand dollars ($250) that includes an 8 x 10 autographed photo of Ava Zinn (yours truly) valued at $35.

With such a coveted prize on the line, I designed a diverse set challenges and added a new category to the Santa Ava Christmas list–Dishonorable Mention. I did say at the beginning of 2012 "the stakes are higher than in years past."

My co-workers and superiors at Carey Services dominated early on in 2012 and reaped amazing rewards and enjoying superior months as well. While there was early success–trouble was also brewing as two different alliances were formed  and then a windstorm on the afternoon of June 29, 2012 really sank yours truly.

Over at Cornerstone/CSP a very difficult territory. The superiors and alliances may have had less trouble, but also had fewer satisfactory results with Santa Ava. They had problems in the month, that lead to three individuals that had immunity for the first semester to win mostly by default. 

When yours truly added AT&T's U-verse High Speed Internet (in addition to receiving over-the-air television) as her television provider, Cornerstone/CSP had a bit of success, but also had a lot of the drama. Even though this crop of candidates had their share of problems, never before in the twenty year history of Santa Ava has there ever been a group of candidates fight so hard to win Santa Ava's Best of Nice.

In the end, Santa Ava will have worthy candidates and may have an all-female Best of Nice since 2000 (season 8). At Cornerstone/CSP, four finalists are in the running to win her very first Santa Ava Best of Nice Award. Two individuals there–Ann Leavitt and Ava's Landlady–have worked with yours truly for nearly a decade and never recieved the Best of Nice Award. Last year, Ann, Ava's Landlady, and Tina Sumner landed naughty, but earned immunity for the first and second quarters since Melanie Amaro won the X Factor, and since Jessica Sanchez did not win American Idol nor a fellow auditioner from Pittsburgh made the Top 5–yet Christina Wilson won season 10 of Hell's Kitchen and Christine Ha won season 3 of MasterChef, I gave Ann, Tina, and the landlady immunity for the third quarter and will be at least Santa Ava Honorable Mention to their very first Santa Ava Best of Nice. Meanwhile over at Carey Services, the colleagues and superiors have done well (despite the fact I have only been able to attend 12 times out of 74 in the first three quarters of 2012.)

BEST OF NICE ($250 Value)
NICE ($50 Value)
  • 8×10 Autographed Photo of Aeverine Zinn ($35 value)
  • Two Christmas Cards with two candy canes attached on each card ($4 value)
  • Three stocking stuffers ($6 value)
  • Three bags of Weaver Popcorn ($1.50 value)
  • Three Bags of Orville Redenacher's Popcorn ($3.50 value)
  • $200 Ava Zinn credit 
  • TWO Invitation to AVA ZINN's 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY
  • 5×7 Autographed Photo of Aeverine Zinn ($10 value)
  • One Christmas Cards with one candy canes attached on card ($1 value)
  • One stocking stuffer ($2 value)
  • Two bags of Weaver Popcorn ($1 value)
  • One Bag of Orville Redenacher's Popcorn ($1 value)
  • $35 Ava Zinn credit
  • 4×6 Autographed Photo of Aeverine Zinn ($5 value)
  • One Christmas Cards with THREE candy canes attached on card ($1.50 value)
  • One bag of Weaver Popcorn ($1 value)
  • $17.50 Ava Zinn credit
NAUGHTY ($5 Value)
  • One Christmas Cards ($0.50 value)
  • One bag of Weaver Popcorn ($.50 value)
  • Two liters of Non-Store Brand Cola ($2 value)
  • $7 Ava Zinn credit
  • Two liters of Store Brand Cola ($1 value)
  • Two packs of M&M's ($2.50 value)
  • Five unsweetened chocolate balls
  • $1.50 Ava Zinn Credit
  • Five unsweetened chocolate balls
  • A humilaiting surprise from Santa Ava

The Honorable Mention category, added to Santa Ava in 2011, is an important Santa Ava award for those who distinguished themselves by acts of high bravery, but did not earn Best of Nice or Nice, but did exceed Best of Naughty, another category to Santa Ava in 2004. The Honorable Mention is in fact a worthy award in determining how the individual work not just during the final two months of the calendar year, but throughout the whole year as well. The 2012 Honorable Mention prize is a 4 x 6 autographed photo of yours truly plus a Christmas card with not one, not two, but THREE CANDY CANES attached

The newest Dishonorable Mention category is even worse than naughty on Santa Ava and is more unusual things in Christmas. In addition to receiving a no Christmas Card and just getting five golf-ball size unsweetened chocolate and low sugar, the individual also has to do ridiculous tasks between Christmas and January 4 of the following year. In one case, Santa Ava may ask one of Best of Nice or Nice individual to throw an entire pumpkin pie at the the dishonorable mention's face a man; in another, Santa Ava may buy a bra/panty set or pants (depending on the gender or gender identity of the dishonorable mention) and Santa Ava incinerates the pair of pants. Such decisions depend upon the seriousness of the offense. A notable example occurred on December 25, 1996 (Santa Ava Season 4) when Santa Ava (then a male) not only did award a Christmas prize to anyone (there was no one declared nice or even best of nice and everyone was naughty), but Santa Margaret (Ava's mother) threw a container of whipped topping onto Santa Ava's face and Elf Albert (Ava's brother) bitch-slapped Ava and kicked Ava's privates. The 1996 incident eventually lead to the Best of Naughty category being added in 2004.

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