Snohomish teen tops at Eukanuba dog show

Katelynn Edgecombe, 16, won the title of Best Junior Handler with a first-place finish at the 2013 American Kennel Club Eukanuba National Championship, held Dec. 14-15 in Orlando, Fla.

The Snohomish teen showed a pug that goes by the long name of CH Luna’s Timeliss Lara Croft Of Cantu — or Lara, for short. It was the first time Edgecombe had qualified and participated at Eukanuba.

“The moment I was chosen was indescribable,” Edgecombe said in an online interview. “I was just happy to qualify and have the privilege of being there. I never imagined making it to finals, let alone winning my first time around.”

Edgecombe won a $2,000 college scholarship. The Bothell High School sophomore isn’t sure yet where she will head after graduation.

Edgecombe heads next to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 10-11 in New York City.

By winning the Eukanuba competition, she also has been invited to participate in the Crufts dog show March 6-9 in the Britain.

She and her mother have saved enough money to compete at Westminster and a portion of what they will need to go to Crufts. A friend has set up a website to take donations to help them out. Learn more at katelynntocrufts.com.

Stanwood girls join Angus group

Siblings Gracie Johnson and Mary Johnson, of Stanwood, are new junior members of the American Angus Association, a national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

Junior members of the association can register cattle with the group, participate in National Junior Angus Association programs and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

EvCC graduates firefighter recruits

Twenty-two Everett Community College Fire Academy recruits earned the IFSAC Firefighter I &II and Hazardous Materials Awareness &Operations certifications after completing 15 weeks of training.

The graduates are Jonathan Castillo, Hunter Day, Michel DeCarie, Michael Donahue, Angela Dubois, Brandon Dumas, Ilya Grishchenko, Kyle Hart, Lauren Heitmann, Molly Hoffman, Eric Kivi, Cameron Leatherman, Chris McAuslan, Daniil Nikitenko, Kurtis Robbins, Demico Rogers, Brandon Skeith, Thomas Steggall, Jesse Strinden, Will Stuckey, Matthew Sweeny and Jennifer Turner.

The next academy begins March 31.

Applications and testing must be completed by Feb. 17.

A mandatory orientation is to be held at 9 a.m. March 1 and other testing also is required.

For more information, contact Russell Colmore at 425-388-9161 or rcolmore@everettcc.edu.

Soroptimists deliver Christmas cheer

Members of Soroptimist International of Everett filled stockings for the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, one of many activities the club focuses on each year.

The Snohomish Boys &Girls Club’s Adopt A Sock Project this year collected more than 260 stockings from individuals and local groups, including Soroptimist of Everett.

This is the third year that Soroptimist has partnered with the club for this project instead of exchanging gifts between members.

Stockings are collected for boys and girls, ages 5-18.

Volunteers fill the stockings with fun, age-appropriate items, such as Lego blocks, Barbie dolls, art supplies, magazines, body care products, gift cards, movie tickets, gloves, socks, hats and other items.

To learn more about Soroptimist or to attend a meeting, contact Rebecca Brayton of Merrill Lynch at 425-259-8367.

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