Saturday, March 6, 2004

Indian Hill pooch wins at dog shows

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Every time Camilla Knight enters her Pomeranians in a show, she said it is like going up against Tiger Woods on the golf course.

"I am an owner and a breeder, but whenever I show a dog I have to go against professional trainer and shower,'' said the Indian Hill woman.

But she has managed to claim a few victories. Just last week in Fort Walton, Fla., and Pensacola, Fla., her Pomeranian champion Sundown Keegan Xavier won best of breed four out of seven days.

In early February, Knight entered Keegan in the Westminster Dog Show and won Award of Merit honors.

"This was quite an honor, since the Westminster Dog Show is the top show in the United States,'' Knight said.

Before going to Westminster, she entered Keegan in a regional show and won best of breed.

"I knew the Westminster show would be tough because I was going up against the top professional trainers and showers in the country. The top dog in that show was a dog named Starfire Wicket Mean and Nasty. It is owned by Bill Cosby and trained by Bill McFadden, a top trainer in the country,'' she said. "But I was determined to get an award of merit. And I did.''

Senior makes art finals

Ellen Thomas, a senior at Oak Hills High School, picked up two honors last week.

She is a portfolio finalist in the 2004 Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Regional Scholastic Art Awards. That means her paintings will advance to the national competition in New York. She is also a winner in the 2004 Overture Awards scholarship competition in visual arts.

Thomas was among six winners in the Overture competition announced Saturday at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater.

The competition awards $2,500 scholarships to winners, while 19 runner-ups get $500 each.

Other categories include creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater and vocal music.

Other winners were Julie Marie Rawe, a junior at Beechwood High School, creative writing; Priva Parikh, a sophomore at Princeton, dance; Catherine Turner, a senior at Lakota, instrumental music; David Andrew Morton, a sophomore at Ryle, theater; and Megan Aylward, a senior at Anderson, vocal music.

Free fingerprinting

Court TV and Time Warner Cable will offer free digital fingerprinting for local kids through a child safety program between 6-9 p.m. today at the Cincinnati Cyclones game at U.S. Bank Arena.

The program is offered with the KlaasKids Foundation.

'Life Savers' raising funds

Four girls are trying to make a difference.

They have developed a Web site with a message that reads: "We are the 4flavoredlifesavers (four kids in the world trying to make a difference). We try so hard to help."

They are third- and fifth-graders at Loveland Elementary and Middle School.

They have formed a charity club, made up of Jessie Rockett and Shannon Knutsen, both fifth-graders, and their third-grade sisters, Maria Rockett and Devin Knutsen. Their first venture wasn't too bad.

They held fund-raisers, saved their allowances and did pet-sitting and other chores to raise money.

"We call ourselves, '4 Flavored Life Savers' because there are four of us, and we are all different. We are trying to saves lives," said Shannon.

Last week, they made their first contribution to CancerFree Kids, a nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research.

"They surprised me," said Ellen Flannery, president of the CancerFree Kids Pediatric Cancer Research Center. "They came in with their moms and made a $100 donation."

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