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Hometown Pasco for July 4

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Tampa Bay's most photogenic: The winners of Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Babies of 2014 contest were recently announced and awards were presented at University Mall in Tampa. The event raised more than $10,000 for All Children's Hospital Foundation. Winners will represent All Children's throughout the year in campaigns to raise funds.

Winners were chosen in four age groups (infants, age 1, ages 2-3, and ages 4-5), and prizes were awarded in four categories, including beautiful, fashionable, precious and comical.

Chyenne Killinger, 5, daughter of Alma Thomas of New Port Richey, won Voter's Choice overall winner in the fashionable category, and runner-up in the comical and precious categories.

Marissa Acotto, 4, daughter of Gerry and EJ Acotto of Holiday, won Judge's Choice overall winner in the beautiful category, Judge's Choice in age group overall winner in the precious category, and runner-up in the comical and fashionable categories.

Sunlake student selected for National Youth Education Summit: Christopher L. Shrewsbury, a rising junior at Sunlake High School, was selected to participate in the National Rifle Association's annual National Youth Education Summit. YES is a seven-day, expense paid educational experience in Washington, D.C., for outstanding high school sophomores and juniors.

Shrewsbury is a member of the National Honor Society, the incoming treasurer of the Sunlake High School Key Club, and is captain of the varsity cross country team. He plays junior varsity soccer and is co-captain of the distance runners for the Sunlake track team.

Students will learn the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights while developing an understanding of government and the importance of actively participating in it. The NRA launched YES in 1996 in an effort to encourage America's youth to become active and knowledgeable citizens at both national and local levels.

High fives

Kids 'n Art Show winners: Pasco Arts Council recently announced the winners of the 2014 Kids 'n Arts Show featuring Pasco County elementary and middle school art students. Student art was judged (in grade levels) by Marj Glub, past director of the PAC and current co-chairman of the Fine Arts of the Suncoast.

In the kindergarten and first-grade category, Rihanna Burks of Cypress Elementary School won first place. In the second- and third-grade category, Camilo Valle Sanchez of Sunray Elementary School won first place.

In the fourth- and fifth-grade category, Lacey Seitz of Cypress Elementary School won first place. In the middle school category, Andrew Maras, an eighth-grade student at Millennium Academy, won first place.

Best of Show was awarded to Cassey Perkins, a seventh-grade student at Millennium Academy.

Hometown Pasco for July 4 07/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:36pm]
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