Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Education notebook: Students from Roanoke, New River valleys shine in regional arts competition

Five of the 258 winners got further recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition.

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Students from the Roanoke and New River valleys have scored top honors in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

The competition is sponsored by the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and included 719 pieces of artwork from around the region. Less than half of the artwork, about 258 pieces, was awarded a prize. Of those honored five were dubbed "American Vision Nominees," the competition's top honor, according to a news release.

Burton Center for Arts & Technology students Lauren Woods and Megan Ward and Blacksburg High School student Jeongyeon Parks were among the top five honored.

Other competition honors went to winners in Pulaski County, Roanoke and several other Roanoke County schools.

The pieces are currently on display at the center's gallery, which is located at 21 W. Main St. in Pulaski.

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An upcoming music festival will benefit Western Virginia Community College's recently expanded tuition-assistance program, the Community College Access Program, or CCAP.

According a news release, the Trane Music Festival is set for March 16 at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre at 4 p.m. A community resource fair will be held during the concert, where people can learn more about local job opportunities, four-year colleges and universities and regional arts and culture organizations.

The music festival will feature high school concert bands from currently participating CCAP localities, including William Fleming, Patrick Henry, Salem and Franklin County high schools. There also will be a Roanoke Symphony Orchestra ensemble performance.

The festival is free for students younger than 16 years old and $10 for everyone else.

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An area resident's good fortune means a $1,000 donation to a Roanoke school.

According to the Roanoke City Public Schools website, Roanoke resident Janet Freese recently won $1,000 from Towers Shopping Center and as part of her prize also got to pick a school to receive $1,000. She choose Roanoke's Virginia Heights Elementary School.

The school plans to buy math materials with the funds.

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