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Apollo Paws 4-H

The Apollo Paws 4-H Dog Obedience Club recently competed at the Florida State Fair. Four of the youths took top honors in the statewide division. In the basic junior showmanship division Feb. 6, David Gaskins and his cocker spaniel, Comet, took home a third-place trophy, and Amy Beth Phillips and her dog, Daisy, captured fifth place. In the advanced showmanship division, Michele Gaskins and Comet finished third. In the obedience competition, Amy Phillips and Daisy won third place, David Gaskins and Comet finished fourth and Harmony and Heather Biggers received an honorable mention. In the advanced obedience division, Apollo Paws was represented by Michele Gaskins and Comet, who came in fourth in the statewide competition. At the Youth Dog Show Feb. 13, Daisy and Amy Phillips captured a third place in junior showmanship, and Harmony and Heather Biggers had an honorable mention. Michele Gaskins and Comet took third place in the advanced showmanship division. In the basic obedience division, Heather Biggers and her giant schnauzer, Symphony, brought home a fourth-place ribbon, and Amy Phillips and Daisy came in fifth. In the advanced obedience class, Michele Gaskins and Comet won the first place trophy and ribbon. The youths will compete in the Strawberry Festival at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the livestock tent. A new class will be forming soon for beginner and advanced dog obedience. Classes are Thursdays at the Apollo Beach Recreation Center. For information, call 645-0184.


Prom Promise

Nationwide Insurance agent Patricia Magruder has volunteered to help students at Armwood, Bloomingdale and Brandon high schools with the 1994 Prom Promise Program. Students plan school events and activities that increase awareness about alcohol and drug use and are then asked to sign the Prom Promise, pledging not to use alcohol and drugs on prom night. The students compete with other area schools for cash awards and student prizes. The schools compete by sending in a scrapbook that documents the activities and events the school held to encourage students to sign the Promise. The schools also send in their signed contracts. Winning schools are selected on the basis of percentage of student sign-up and the creativity and scope of their school events shown in their scrapbooks. Magruder will assist students in coordinating Prom Promise campaign events, answer questions about the program and help the schools compete for awards and prizes. More than 3-million students from across the country are expected to sign the Prom Promise pledge this year. The program is part of Nationwide Insurance commitment to highway safety and the reduction of alcohol- and drug-related automobile crashes. The program is sponsored by Nationwide and in the bay area is supported by WTSP-Ch. 10 and WXTB-97.9 FM. For information, contact Patricia Magruder, 654-3100, or call (800) 892-8979 and ask for the regional office Prom Promise coordinator.


Hillsborough High JROTC

The Hillsborough High School JROTC Male and Female Drill Teams participated in the West Coast Invitational Drill Competition Feb. 26 at the University of Tampa. The Male Drill Team won the second place Unarmed Inspection Trophy and the first place Armed Fancy Trophy. Keith Esquivel won the Individual Trophy. The Female Drill Team won the Unarmed Regulation Trophy and the Unarmed Sweepstakes Trophy (first place overall). The event was sponsored by the University of South Florida.