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Colin McKinney, a second-degree black belt, successfully defended his title of Pennsylvania state champion in the American Taekwondo Association.
Colin, 8, won in all seven divisions in which he competed. In addition, he ranks fourth in the World Top Ten and was invited to compete for the title of world champion June 18-24 in Little Rock, Ark.
The Cecil boy is a third-grader at Hills-Hendersonville Elementary School in the Canon-McMillan School District.
Colin has been studying taekwondo since age 4. He studies under Michael Estep, fifth-degree black belt and owner of Estep's ATA Taekwondo & Karate For Kids Center in Mc-Kees Rocks.
Association students compete in tournaments across the nation to earn points by placing in the top three.
A tournament season runs from June to April. Points are totaled at season's end, and a state champion is awarded in each division.
Crystal Goettler of Brentwood was named a Coca-Cola Johnston Legacy Scholar and received a $5,000 scholarship. A Brentwood High School senior, she plans to study dance at Slippery Rock University.
Since 2002, the Coca-Cola Co. has provided more than 800 college scholarships to employees' children in North America through its legacy program. Crystal's father, John Goettler, is an inventory control clerk at the Coca-Cola distribution facility in Houston, Pa. Details: visit www.thecoca-colacompany.com.
First Published June 7, 2012 5:19 am