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Ski competition in memory of girl

The Jennifer Odom Memorial Barefoot Jamboree will bring several world champion barefoot water-skiers to Clear Lake this weekend in honor of the slain 12-year-old girl.

"Our hope is that the community will have an opportunity to see the positive side of Jenny's life, the happy side, the things she loved," said Clark Converse, Odom's stepfather.

Jennifer, who was active in barefoot water-skiing, was abducted near her home in the East Pasco community of St. Joseph in February. She was found murdered six days later in Hernando County. The case has not been solved.

The tournament runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Clear Lake (also known as Lake Jovita), at St. Leo College on State Road 52.

There is no charge for event admission or parking. Admission for Saturday night's banquet is $12 for adults, and $8 for children 12 and under.

Proceeds from the tournament will go to a memorial scholarship established in Odom's name by the American Waterski Educational Foundation.

Remaining proceeds will go to Community Child Watch and the Missing Children's Help Center.

Scheduled participants include Jon Kritchman, jump world record holder; Ron Scarpa, men's overall world champion; Jennifer Calleri, women's overall world champion; Mike Seipel, two-time former men's overall world champion; Rick Powell, two-time former men's overall world champion; Lane Bowers, world jump champion; and Don Mixon Jr., slalom world record holder.

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