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Dance Theater appoints three apprentices

Dance Theater of Florida has announced the appointment of apprenticeships for the 1990-91 season. Meagan O'Meara, 16, Eleanor Helm, 13, and Jennifer Richards, 16, all of St. Petersburg, were chosen Feb. 3 from auditioning dancers. The apprentices will study and perform with the Dance Theater of Florida.

The 1989 Crayola National Coloring Event was held in Easton, Pa. last month. Out of 25,000 submissions, three pupils _ Padgett Crown, 10, Jamie Hair, 7, and Ben Runnells, 6, all from the St. Petersburg area _ received first-prize honors.

The participants, who were 12 years old or under, drew pictures reflecting the theme, "Share Your World."

Each winner received a 5-foot Crayola Crayon replica and a sweatshirt in recognition of the achievement.

Danith Ly, 17, of St. Petersburg High School was selected as a semi-finalist in the 49th annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search for his project, "Modeling Ion-Molecule Reaction Linking to Ozone Depletion in an Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer."

Ly's name will be one of the 303 national semi-finalists included in the Westinghouse Science Scholarships booklet, 1990 Honors Group. The booklet serves as recognition of Ly's outstanding work in the field of science. It will be distributed to universities and colleges throughout the country.

John Ritter and Jeremy Fine, two St. Petersburg natives, have received appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The students went through Boy Scouts together and have been friends from first-grade, said Fine, a senior at Northside Christian High School. "It will be nice to have a friend up there," he said.

Fine is a member of the National Honor Society and co-editor of Hoofbeat, the school newspaper. He is on the school's varsity basketball team and the school's track team.

Ritter, a senior at Dixie Hollins High School, is president of the student council and is also a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Interclub Council, Parent-Teacher-Student Association and Interact Service Club.

"I've wanted to go there for as long as I can remember," he said of West Point. "It's a dream come true."

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