CONGRATULATIONS TO SKIP ENTERTAINMENT; Congressional Record Vol. 142, No. 105
(Extensions of Remarks - July 17, 1996)

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                        HON. ROBERT A UNDERWOOD

                                of guam

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, July 17, 1996

  Mr. UNDERWOOD. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this occasion to 
commend the SKIP Entertainment Co. Based on Guam and comprised of local 
talents, this dance group recently won the 1996 International 
Choreographic Award at the 6th Annual Jazz Dance World Congress.
  The annual event includes workshops conducted by world renowned dance 
artists and was presented by Gus Giordano and the Kennedy Center. Out 
of the 79 groups from around the world that auditioned, 17 were 
selected to perform and compete at the Kennedy Center event. Five 
judges representing different countries selected SKIP over groups from 
Japan, Russia, and the United States.
  As a result these kids from Guam will start appearing in national 
media campaigns for Leo's Dancewear. In addition, SKIP will once again 
perform at the 1997 Jazz World Congress to be held next year at 
Weisbaden, Germany. Having been present during their performance, I 
have to admit that these kids are outstanding artists and entertainers. 
They truly deserve the honors bestowed upon them.
  This was truly a team effort. Terri Knapp, the costume designer, and 
Ray Leeper, the choreographer, deserve a special commendation for 
having made all this possible. In the same respect, we must make 
mention of the SKIP kids who performed that night. The incredible 
talents of Jason Anderson, Justina Caguioa, Kimberly Davis, Karina 
Dolorin, Renee Eucogo, Kimberlee Gogue, John Hetzel, Lesley Hongyee, 
Chad Knapp, Tara Leon Guerrero, Michael Lommeka, Kristan McCauley, 
Dolores Perez, Tristan Rebanal, Francine Saymo, and Matthew Wolff are 
good examples of what Guam has to offer.
  Through their exceptional talents and notable achievements, the SKIP 
kids have brought recognition upon themselves and the island of Guam. 
On behalf of the people of Guam, I would like to commend everyone who 
played a part in the success of this most recent venture of the SKIP 
kids. I wish them continued success and the best of luck as they 
represent Guam at the Starpower National Dance finals to be held at 
Ocean City, MD.