Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

These Leap Day Babies Came as Trio

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

These Leap Day Babies Came as Trio

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Byline: Cindy Holifield & Sandy Strickland

One Clay County couple celebrated Leap Day with three new bundles of joy. Triplets were born to Jessica and Brad Ward of Middleburg on Wednesday.

"The feeling of being parents is the greatest high," said Jessica Ward. "Knowing Orange Park Medical Center can handle this type of delivery is a blessing, being so close to home."

The boys, born through Caesarean section after mom went into labor early, are Grayson, born at 11:34 a.m., followed by Bentley at 11:36 a.m., then Clayton at 11:37 a.m.

The children and first-time parents are doing well.

Here's more good news:

- Jacksonville Country Day School's Dance Team brought home the gold when it traveled to Atlanta recently to compete in Cheersport Nationals.

"Our dancers pulled out all the stops to make this one happen," said Emily Dickert Gray, the school's dance director.

Cheersport Nationals is one of the largest national competitions for cheer and dance.

- Ashley Conley, 18, has been named Miss Jacksonville USA 2013. She is from Middleburg and is a freshman at St. Johns River State College. First runner-up is Ashiya Prince and second runner-up is Jordan Price.

The contest also included the pageant's teen equivalent. Elise Lobb, 17, has been named Miss Jacksonville Teen USA 2013. She is from the Beaches and is a junior at Providence School. Katelin Lucas is Miss Jacksonville Teen first runner up.

- Fort Caroline Middle School's boys basketball team has won the national Eastern Conference championship with a perfect 10-0 record. Its previous championship was 17 years ago.

"These boys worked extremely hard, both on and off the court," said head basketball coach Brian Harvin.

- Rachel Appelo, daughter of Lisa Appelo from Jacksonville, has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of Florida during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls. She has about $6,000 in cash scholarships. …

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