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Girls win twirling honors; pair score at nationals

Published Oct. 8, 2005

Sarah Kos and Ashley Lamoureux of Largo Recreation Department's Marching Mouseketeer twirling program won high honors at this year's National Baton Twirlers Association competition at Notre Dame University.

After a qualifying round of competition, the top 15 twirlers in each age category twirled off for the National Championship Solo title. Sarah, 9, placed second, and Ashley, 10, placed fourth in the nation in the competition for 7- to 10-year-olds.

Sarah and Ashley started twirling at Penny's School of Baton in Largo and in the Largo Recreation Department program when they were five years old. Each is a straight-A student. Sarah, daughter of Phil and Debbie Kos of Dunedin, attended San Jose Elementary in Dunedin for four years and, this year, is enrolled in the gifted program at Ridgecrest Elementary in Largo. Ashley, daughter of Joe and Mary Lynn Lagano Lamoureux, is in the fifth grade at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Largo.

Largo Recreation Department's twirling program celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The program was started in 1964 at the Largo Community Center on Fourth Street in 1964 under the direction of Lou Presti and with Penny Janowski, former head majorette at Florida State University, as teacher. The program has turned out several national champions and several Florida State University head majorettes, including Trisha Dunn, who held that position last year, and Malissa Allen, who is head majorette this year.

For information about the program, call the Largo Recreation Department at 587-6723.

Clearwater youth studies at NYU

Clearwater resident Jordan Smith, a junior at Berkeley Preparatory School, participated during the summer in a drama program at New York University's Tisch School of Arts.

Smith was one of 32 people chosen from 130 applicants for the program. While there, she attended seminars with professional performers and took drama classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute and the Collaborative Arts Project-21st Century in Tisch's Musical Theatre Program.

The program is offered annually by the Tisch School.

Student earns Harvard degree

Juan de Zengotita, son of Felix and Beatriz Zengotita of Clearwater, has graduated from Harvard Medical School. He has been promoted to lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and soon will begin his internship in internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.

Military news

Pfc. Matthew E. Ware, son of Gary and Gail Ware of Tarpon Springs, has completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Training Center, Parris Island, S.C.

Ware, a 1993 graduate of Countryside High School, has been assigned to four weeks of combat training followed by six weeks of general mechanics training at Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

Navy Hospitalman Alan R. John, son of Joseph and Arlene John of Tarpon Springs, has graduated from Field Medical Service School at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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