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May 31, 1992
The Diamond Bar High School Taurian Dancers won the Sweepstakes Award at the Miss Dance Drill Team USA Pageant in Los Angeles in April. Rebecca Lin won the solo contest and was named Miss Dance Drill Team USA. She will represent the United States in world competition in Japan this summer.
July 20, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
Julio Romero is an immigrant boy from El Salvador who spoke no English until he was 7 years old and attends a low-income, low-performing middle school in Watts. But don't tell him he can't excel - not after he and three classmates just beat out teens from eight other states to win a national engineering contest. Julio and his eighth-grade team from Markham Middle School - Danae Tousant, Ashley Baker and Jacqueline Sanchez - designed a prosthetic arm with a plastic water bottle, wire, metal rod and clamp.
July 29, 1988 | Herbert J. Vida
Nine-year-old Kristen Sakamoto of Anaheim, who attends the Anaheim Kinder-Care Day Care Center, was named winner of a nationwide contest for a new design to decorate the 2,000 vans the center uses to transport children. Her design--which earned her a $1,000 savings bond, a framed copy of her drawing and a bouquet of flowers presented by an executive from the Alabama-based business--consists of a rainbow, a bell tower and her signature. The doors of the vans will carry the new design.
October 16, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, This post has been corrected. See note below
It's a good bet that a fair amount of homework went undone Monday night for about 3,000 students from five Claremont colleges. Rather than hunkering down over their books, students piled into Pomona College's Bridges Auditorium and spent most of the evening with Taylor Swift, who used the opportunity to tape a new edition of “VH1 Storytellers.” In an unusually smooth television taping - there were few pauses and no stops for retakes -...
May 29, 1997 | Associated Press
Twelve-year-old Alex Kerchner of Washington state won the National Geography Bee on Wednesday by knowing what country is Asia's most densely populated, with about 3 million people in less than 250 square miles. The correct answer--Singapore--gave Kerchner victory over 56 other finalists and more than 5 million students nationwide. He also won a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime subscription to National Geographic, the magazine that sponsored the contest.
March 4, 1985
Cheerleaders from Los Alamitos High School, using extensive choreography in a routine featuring a triple pyramid, on Sunday won the National High School Cheerleading Championships at Sea World in Orlando, Fla. The 18-member Los Alamitos squad did "one heck of a routine," with music from the movie "Ghostbusters," competition spokesman Butch Alford said. Second place went to a Mississippi team, while Santa Ana's Mater Dei High School came in third.
June 18, 1989 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
After work on Mondays and Wednesdays, Tom Allen and three of his buddies head out to Playa del Rey to fly kites. But these are not lazy afternoons, and these are not cheap toy-store kites. The four men make up what they call Team BOHICA Kite Squadron, apparently the only stunt kite-flying team in the Los Angeles area competing under the auspices of the American Kitefliers Assn. The association, which is based in Rockville, Md., and has about 2,000 members, promotes competitive and recreational kite flying.
Kris Shah, president of an Orange County electronics firm, has been named a runner-up in the Small Business Administration's national competition for Small-Business Person of the Year. Shah, 59, who heads Litronic Industries Inc., an Irvine-based builder and designer of computer security systems, was chosen second runner-up in the competition. He qualified for the national contest after being named Small-Business Person of the Year in California.
March 19, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Copy editors from the Los Angeles Times took the top prize Thursday in a national contest sponsored by the American Copy Editors Society to recognize the nation's finest headline writers. The prizes, carrying cash awards for the first time in the competition's four-year history, were announced at the society's national conference here. The Times editors won the top prize in the staff category, which provides a showcase for the work of teams of copy editors.
September 12, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Eight youngsters from Sylmar and Sun Valley who designed posters with anti-drug messages are winners in a national contest sponsored by a housing organization. Two of the local winners, Alex Ramirez, 10, and Rudy Arias, 15, of Sylmar, will receive $1,000 scholarships and have their posters included in a nationally distributed calendar, said Jessica Spaulding, a spokeswoman for the Affordable Housing Management Assn.
April 16, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
OXON HILL, Md. - A team of skilled teenagers from Highland Park traveled across the country recently to test its ability to protect American interests from potentially dangerous attacks. Its only weapon: laptops. Cloaked in blue oversized hoodies, a handful of students from Benjamin Franklin High School hunched over their computer screens, armed with the knowledge to thwart hackers from infiltrating computer networks and stealing sensitive information. At CyberPatriot: The National High School Cyber Defense Competition, held here, a stone's throw from the nation's capital, students mostly played defense against sophisticated computer whizzes with ill intentions.
March 5, 2012 | By David Wharton
No one had to tell Braeden Benedict that concussions are an issue in youth football. Twice in the last two seasons, the 15-year-old watched teammates suffer from what coaches call "getting your bell rung. " Even scarier, his friends continued to play, unaware of their injuries until later, when headaches set in. "I'm thinking, 'Well, this is a problem,'" Benedict said. "What can we do?" Bright and articulate, this Palos Verdes Peninsula High freshman barely weighs 100 pounds and looks more like an honors student than a fullback.
May 13, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
As he slouches towards a possible White House run, Mitch Daniels is the GOP's unlikeliest savior. He governs a Midwestern state that few consider cutting-edge. His bland persona can leave audiences cold. Balding and short, he makes a fetish of self-deprecation. When a stranger approaches after a speech here, eager to "shake the hand of a future president," Daniels gamely obliges. Then he mutters under his breath: "Not much chance of that. " The Indiana governor is this presidential campaign's Hoosier Hamlet, musing openly about his ambivalence toward becoming a candidate even as the Republican establishment, fearful that the current crop of 2012 candidates hasn't a chance of success, yearns for his entrance into the race.
October 11, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
As Wimbledon is to tennis, so is Chico to yo-yo. The Northern California college town is a magnet for the sport's elite. At this time each year, they arrive with new moves, new tricks, new attitude. They drop in at Bird in Hand, the downtown toy store that houses the National Yo-Yo Museum. In the alley outside, they practice, practice. Green neon strings shoot out everywhere as boys in black T-shirts and jeans greet old friends with a quick hug, a query about their newest sponsors, a comment about their latest videos.
September 27, 2009 | Ashley Powers
They were almost -- almost almost -- America's Best Restrooms. Zeffirino Ristorante's restrooms couldn't quite elbow out Radio City Music Hall's in the annual publicity-stunt contest. Or the marble-columned facilities at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore. Or the winning entry, at the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Mo. (The men's room has a pool table. And a fireplace!) But the men's and ladies' rooms at Zeffirino Ristorante, with marble floors, butter-pecan-colored tiles and other Italian imports, still hold significance on the Las Vegas Strip.
June 29, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Gale Storm, who shot to the top on television as the vivacious star of two popular 1950s situation comedies, "My Little Margie" and "The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna," has died. She was 87. Storm, who also had a successful recording career during her TV heyday, died Saturday of natural causes at a convalescent hospital in the Northern California community of Danville, according to her son Peter Bonnell.
March 18, 1985
The city, in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is sponsoring a "Day in the Life" photography contest Wednesday. Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning entries, which will then be submitted in a national contest and compete for publication in a Times Mirror photo essay book, "A Day in the Life of American Cities." Photographs must be taken in Garden Grove on Wednesday only.
May 27, 2007 | Myron Levin, Times Staff Writer
Vying to build the best bridge to nowhere, engineering students from across the U.S. and Canada on Saturday joined trusses to struts and abutments to beams, creating sturdy 20-foot spans as they raced against the clock in the finals of the National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Cal State Northridge.
June 25, 2006 | Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writer
After Hurricane Katrina had moved on and her family had evacuated into a relative's home, Louisiana third-grader Sophie Trist regaled her new housemates by reading aloud tales she had written in Braille in her journal. Stories about cooking chili in the fireplace and whooping when the electricity finally came back on all made it into the nearly 100-page diary. "I wrote every little tiny scrap," Sophie said.
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