Just Dancin' Dance Studio of Rock Hill competed in the Boogie Fever national championships March 1 in Columbia. The group received three extreme platinum, nine awesome platinum, 11 awesome gold and seven outstanding gold awards.
Semi-finalists for Miss Dance in June are Shanika Burton, Mariah Lawrence, Lindsay Looper, Camryn Pittman, Breanna Starnes and Ivy Yonce.
Team awards were, diamond team, second overall teen group for their tap dance and first overall teen for lyrical dance. Members are Lauren Allen, Taylor Gibson, Averi Looper, Mariah Lawrence, Emily Morris and Camryn Pittman.
The ruby team received fourth overall junior group for a lyrical dance and second overall junior for a tap dance. Members are Sommer Barber, Sydney Hicks, Lindsay Looper, Hannah McKaughan, Breanna Starnes and Rebekah Zills.
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The Emerald team received second overall petit duet/trio for a jazz dance, first overall petite duet/trio for a tap dance and petite duet/trio champion for a ballet dance. Members are Victoria Goree, Neily Rae Yannotti and Ivy Yonce.
The Onyx team received third overall recreational for a hip-hop dance and first overall recreational for a tap dance. Members are April Buddin, Brittany Burris, Sydney Carr, Chandler Case, Courtney Christopher, Katie Ford and Forrest Mobley.
The Sapphire team received first overall junior recreational for a jazz dance. Members are Chole' Carroll, Haley Code, McKenzie Jewett, Kayla Kimpel, Natalie Meader, Jessie Murphy, Morgan Ray, Aimee Richardson, Victoria Smith and Makenna Stamper.
The production group received third overall junior for a lyrical dance. Members are Lauren Allen, Sommer Barber, Taylor Gibson, Victoria Goree, Sydney Hicks, Mariah Lawrence, Lindsay Looper, Hannah McKaughan, Breanna Starnes, Neily Rae Yannotti, Ivy Yonce and Rebekah Zills.
Teen duet/trio awards are Taylor Gibson and Mariah Lawrence, third overall teen duet/trio; Averi Looper and Lindsay Looper, second overall teen duet/trio; and April Buddin, Brittany Burris and Sydney Carr, fourth overall recreational teen duet/trio.
Solo awards were Shanika Burton, second and fourth overall teen; Mariah Lawrence, third overall teen; Camryn Pittman, first overall teen; Sommer Barber, second overall junior; Breanna Starnes, first overall junior; Lindsay Looper, champion overall junior; Sydney Hicks, champion overall petite; Rebekah Zills, first overall petite recreational; Ivy Yonce, fourth overall petite; and Neily Rae Yannotti, third overall petite.
Just Dancin won the awesome studio award. Choreographers are Lori Grissom-Sneed, Jill Luzzi, Paige Fowler, Crystal Yonce, Erika Hogan, Lauren Clarey, Mary LeSesne, Lisa Orum and Meagan Brown.
Fascinating Rhythm dancers earn awards
Fascinating Rhythm Dance Studio of York performed at the invitation-only Jazz on Tap Festival Feb. 29 to March 2 in Marietta, Ga.
The junior-elite company and senior company performed their lyrical, jazz and tap routines in the showcases. Dancers are Lexie Cribb, Madeline Curry, Alyssa Myers, Halle West, Caroline Whitesides, Anna Allred, Christy Brakefield, Chelsea Clinton, Shelby Cribb, Alyssa Comalander, Sara Ann Comer, Casey Pate, Morgan Tolson and Dora Tomberlin.
On April 12, the studio competed with Marvonna Productions at Gaston College and received 14 extreme awards, one fifth-place, two fourth-place and one second-place overall awards.
Awards were Caroline Whitesides and Madeline Curry, third place overall; soloist Mallori Faris, second place overall level one junior solo and junior most valuable player; Dora Tomberlin, fifth place overall senior level two and stage presence director's choice; Casey Pate, fourth place overall senior level two and senior most valuable player; soloist Madeline Curry, max award, third place overall level two junior solo, second place overall junior level two division and miss attitude director's choice; soloist Alyssa Comalander, max award, second place overall level two senior solo and second place overall senior level two division; Evan Myers and Dora Tomberlin, extreme awards for photogenic; Alyssa Myers, extreme award and third place overall; Madeline Curry, extreme award and second place overall in photogenic.
The dancers were Anna Allred, Chaslyne Axley, Christy Brakefield, Chelsea Clinton, Drew Crawford, Lexie Cribb, Shelby Cribb, Hannah Moore, Kaitlyn Spires, Morgan Tolson, Halle West and Kinleigh Wilkerson. Choreographers were Lindsay Bryant, Rachel Miller and Alisha P. Curry.
Rock Hill Elks name new officers
The Rock Hill Elks Lodge No. 1318 installed officers for 2008-09 at a March 27 meeting. They are Mark Airington, exalted ruler; Chris O'Neill, leading knight; Arron Fields, loyal knight; Paul Elkins, lecturing knight; Penny Montgomery, PER-secretary; Eddie Graves, PDD-treasurer; Sonny Hovis, PER-tiler; John Blakely, esquire; Chris Thompson, chaplain; Kenny Martin, inner guard; and Clyde Moore, five-year trustee. For details, call Penny Montgomery at 328-2459 or visit www.rockhillelks.org.
Local Red Hat group places in walking event
The Red Hat Society, Carolina Dixie Darlin's Chapter, won third place in a national walking competition, Step and Stride with Ruby, sponsored by the AARP. Ruby is the society's mascot.
From Feb. 1, 2007, through Jan. 31, 2008, members recorded their daily steps and exercise activities. The society with the most steps was the winner. Over 50,000 chapters took part.
The society is a world-wide women's organization for ages 50 and older. Members wear purple outfits and red hats . The Carolina Dixie Darlin's chapter was formed in 2003 and has 19 members.
York agency gets $10,000 from River Hills Lions
The River Hill's Lions recently donated $10,000 to PATH, People Attempting to Help, which provides, clothing, shelter and financial assistance to the needy in York County.
Past Lions president Robert Daily presented the check to PATH executive director Cheryl Curtin. PATH maintains a food pantry and clothing thrift store to fund its mission. The River Hills Lions Club donated funds to PATH from its annual charities budget.
Ebinport students write for Legion essay contest
Ebinport Elementary School students in grades third through fifth participated in an Americanism essay contest sponsored by the Frank Roach American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34. The topic was "America, home of the brave, land that I love. "
Third-grade winners were Brysyn Moore, first place; Paige McMillin-Goodwin, second place; Myliek Durham, third place; Marquise Burris, fourth place; and Lucy Kirkpatrick, fifth place.
Fourth-grade winners were: Adele Robinson, first place; Lara Breitkreutz, second place; Genna Contion, third place; Mariana Obando, fourth place; and Austin Seay, fifth place.
Fifth grade winners were: Hayley Doyle, first place; Tahj Stover, second place; Chris Bailey, third place; Emma Rutledge, fourth place; and Addie Jenson, fifth place.
Adele Robinson's essay received overall first place for class one for grades three and four and Hayley Doyle's essay won overall first place for class two for grades five and six. Their essays will be sent to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of South Carolina for judging at the state level.
Local Toastmaster places in state speaking contest
Maryanne Genus won third place in the Division C Toastmasters prepared speech contest April 15 in Columbia. Her speech, "Say What?," was a humorous look at communication woes.
Genus advanced to the division competition after winning first place in the club and area-level contests. In March, Genus received the competent communicator designation, given to club members who demonstrate proficiency in communication by completing 10 speeches in the group's basic communication manual.
Toastmasters International is a world-wide network of clubs devoted to helping men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking. The Rock Hill Toastmaster's Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the American Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 6.
Winthrop educator publishes literacy book
Barbara Blackburn of Winthrop University has published her third book, "Literacy from A to Z: Engaging Students in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening."
The book is a back-to-basics, teacher-centered approach to educational improvement. Blackburn's previous books are "Classroom Motivation from A to Z" and "Classroom Instruction from A to Z."
Blackburn is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Winthrop who previously taught elementary, middle and high school. She serves as a consultant for school districts.
The book's publisher, Eye on Education, is making an online video based on Blackburn's experiences for a series, Tales from a Teachers's Heart. The video follows her work with teachers of a low-income, rural school.