Class notes: March 22, 2014
Poetry Out Loud winner
On March 15, Wheeling Park High School's Austin Gage was crowned the state Poetry Out Loud champion following competition at the Culture Center Theater. He wins $200 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals April 29-30. His school's library receives $500 to purchase poetry books.
Gage recited Thomas Wyatt's "I Find No Peace," Wilfred Owen's "Strange Meeting" and E.E. Cummings' "[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]."
Tyler Hammick of Roane County High School was the runner-up, reciting Walt Whitman's "A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest," and the "Road Unknown," Jimmy Santiago Baca's "I Am Offering This Poem" and H.D.'s "Sheltered Garden." He receives $100, and his school library gets $200.
Rounding out the top 10 were Mary-Kate Bostick, Woodrow Wilson High School; Carol Desper, Braxton County High School; Sarah Beth Ealy, Morgantown High School; Kristen Abigail Hensley, Chapmanville Regional High School; Brooke King, Ripley High School; Nadye Menking-Hoggatt, Capital High School; Grace Pitt, Hurricane High School and Luke White, Lewis County High School.
Other competitors were John Bard, Richwood High School; McKenzie Channell, Lincoln High School; Karissa Cox, Greenbrier West High School; Sabrina Dahlia, East Fairmont High School; McGinnis Dalton, Logan High School; Selena Dennison, Webster County High School; Caylee Hope, Bridgeport High School; Sarah Jones, Wirt County High School; Jessica Kimble, Tyler Consolidated High School; Ciera Kinder, Sherman High School; Alexandria Runyon, Cabell Midland High School; Neely Seams, Greenbrier East High School; Hannah Strom, Nitro High School; and Autumn White, Meadow Bridge High School.
Derick Kirk Foundation scholarships
The Derick Kirk Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving K-12 music education, is accepting applications for its two 2014 Derick Kirk Memorial Scholarships, which are $1,000 each. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors in Boone, Kanawha, Putnam, Jackson, Roane or Clay counties with a 3.0 GPA or higher who are pursuing a degree in music. Kirk was an area musician who died of complications from cancer at age 28 in 2007.
The application deadline is April 30, and winners will be notified in June. Applications and more information are available at www.derickkirk.net.
Upshur Arts Alliance scholarships
Upshur Arts Alliance awards scholarships each year to Buckhannon-Upshur High School seniors who are planning to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a degree in visual, instrumental or performing arts. Intended studies can include art, music, drama, arts education and dance as well as other areas in the fine arts.
Two $500 awards are available. Each recipient must meet these criteria: quality of performance and/or visual works of art; quantity of artistic involvement; intention to continue an education in the arts; financial need; and balanced lifestyle including scholarships and other activities.
Scholarship recommendation forms are available from art and music teachers at BUHS or by writing UAA, P.O. Box 395, Buckhannon, WV 26201 or UpshurArts@hotmail.com. Completed recommendation forms must be returned by noon May 1 for consideration.
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