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SPOTLIGHT: Wearable art winners named, Gung Hei Fat Choy

Anastasiya Toropova, a Grade 11 student at Port Coquitlam
Anastasiya Toropova, a Grade 11 student at Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox secondary
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A Grade 11 student at Terry Fox secondary was crowned last week as Miss Teen Port Coquitlam-World 2013. In July, Anastasiya Toropova will represent B.C. at the Miss Teen Canada-World National Pageant in Toronto. A member of the Port Coquitlam Figure Skating Club, Toropova, 16, took part in modeling and singing contests in her native Ukraine, said her mother Oksana in an email to The Tri-City News.


Coquitlam resident and homelessness advocate Sandy Burpee was presented with a Diamond Jubilee award from Coquitlam city council on Monday. Meanwhile, Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay was on hand this month to congratulate the winners of the annual Tri-Cities’ spelling bee for Grade 4 and 5 students. After 10 rounds that heard the competitors spell out words like cognition, conjecture and exuberant, the judges named Ashley Wang as the winner with Ben Draga and Sophia Kim taking second and third places respectively.


The Tri-City Chinese Community Society celebrated the Year of the Snake this month with a gala at Coquitlam’s Red Robinson Show Theatre. Spokesperson Shirley Xin said nearly 1,000 people attended the Feb. 9 festive event that was filled with dance and song.



Three Tri-City residents are among the winners for the 10th Wearable Art Awards, which happened last weekend at Port Moody city hall. Helen Daniels, Salomeh Honarmand and Jillian Hull collaborated on Soul of the City, which tied for first place in the Centennial/100 category in the competition sponsored by the Port Moody Arts Centre. Honarmand also won the Colour of the Year prize for her use of silver and gold in Wooden Pieces of Joy. Other winners were Darnia Smith for best head dress; Tammy Jane Lepp for best outfit; Mark Storwick and Jessica Maslechko for best student entry; Lorraine Kwan of Vancouver for best second life; Catherine Black for best use of material of the year (silk); Dana Cho tied for Centennial/100 category; and Fariba Mirzaie for the 2012 award. Mirzaie also scooped the Best in Show accolade for her design, titled Green Tree.

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