Kelly Jackson, a pupil at Richey Fundamental School in Land O'Lakes, took first prize in the sixth annual Kids 'n' Pets photo contest sponsored by the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation during National Pet Week.
Kelly, 7, received a $100 U.S. savings bond and an original drawing by Channel 10 meteorologist Linda Gialanella, for her winning entry. Kelly's photo was a close-up of her pet cat, Jumper, perched high in a tree.
The theme was "Happiness is a Healthy Pet." More than 50 entries from children 5-16 years old were received. Entrants were from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
Tyler Holmes, 6, a pupil at Colson Elementary School, earned second place. His photo showed his twin brother, Palmer, and his pet dog, Bocephus, sporting their sunglasses. Tyler received a $75 savings bond.
Kelly also tied for third place with Heather Hamilton, 11, of Wimauma Elementary School. Kelly's third-place photo was of her younger brother, Kendal, embracing Jumper. Heather's photo showed her cat, Missy, relaxing in a bean-bag chair.
Judges included Steve LaDue, member veterinarian of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation; Jim Reed, Tampa Tribune staff photographer; and Linda Gialanella.
Photos were judged on their composition, content, clarity and creativity. Entries are on display at the main branch of the Tampa Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive.
PTA-PTSA honors two
Two members of the Hillsborough County Council of PTA-PTSA recently earned outstanding service awards.
Carolyn Bricklemeyer, who has been council parenting chairwoman for two years, was recognized for her work in parenting workshops throughout the area.
She co-chairs the Hillsborough County district level school improvement team and works for the Gorrie Elementary School PTA.
Holly Redell, the council's legislative chairwoman for two years, was recognized for keeping council members informed on political issues. She has coordinated efforts to register voters and informed members about candidate forums during last year's elections.
Redell also coordinated the county delegation to the PTA's state legislative conference in Tallahassee. Redell has been president of Ben Hill Junior High School's PTA.