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Class Notes: Jan. 25, 2013

WV Writers announces student competition

West Virginia Writers is accepting submissions for its annual New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest for students in grades 1-12. Submissions will be accepted through March 15, with a late deadline of March 31.

The contest is free to enter and offers $575 in prizes in three age groups: grades 1-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Students must be residents of West Virginia.

Students in any age group may choose from six suggested topics: "The Weekend I was a _____ Star," "Words I'll Never Forget," "Wishes Gone Bad," "The Mothman's Brother," "The Perfect Sibling" and "I'm Proud of _____ Because." Alternately, they may create their own original story or poem.

Winners will be announced June 14 in an awards ceremony during West Virginia Writers Annual Writers Conference held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. All winners, including honorable mentions, will receive certificates.

For entry forms, contest rules and questions, visit www.wvwriters.org/contest.html or email contest coordinator Eric Fritzius at wvwcontest@gmail.com.

West Virginia State students win McNair scholarships

West Virginia State University has awarded three undergraduate students the prestigious McNair Scholarship for the 2014 academic year.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students from WVSU, Bluefield State College and Concord University for the graduate school application process and experience. It includes a faculty-supervised research project, seminars, workshops and the opportunity to attend and present their research at national and regional meetings, as well as visiting prospective graduate programs.

Winners were Erica Bickham, a junior studying biology; Vasillios Dianellos, a senior studying biology, and Shayla Owens, a senior studying English.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Car club offers scholarships

The Throttle Throbs Car Club will offer two scholarships each to graduating seniors and Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West high schools. The scholarships are awarded in memory of Greg Carter, a Greenbrier County fireman who lost his life in the line of duty.

The application deadline is April 1. Students at those schools can obtain an application from their guidance counselor or call Ron Ness at 304-645-5055.

Hupp scholarships recipients named

The 2013 recipients of the Martha Phillips Hupp Endowed Scholarships in Music and Medical Studies have been named. Hupp, a Wheeling native and longtime resident of Morgantown, came from a medical family and was a donor and volunteer at Monongalia General Hospital. She also was a talented singer and pianist who supported the WVU Creative Arts Center for many years.

This year's stipend in Music at the WVU Creative Arts Center was awarded to freshman Bao-Vuong Nguyen, who grew up in Morgantown. An exceptional violinist and student, he participated in WVU's Community Arts Program from an early age and was chosen for many of the program's Honors Recitals.

The 2013 Hupp Medical Awards were made by the Monongalia General Hospital Foundation of Morgantown to Vanessa Poling of Blacksville, a Fairmont State University nursing student; Ashley Pratt of Salem, a WVU nursing student, and Ashley Wilson of Uniontown, Pa., a nursing student at California University of Pennsylvania.

Students wanting to learn about the 2014 Martha Phillips Hupp Scholarships may contact the WVU Foundation (music) or The Monongalia General Hospital Foundation (medical).

Class Notes is a way to recognize the academic accomplishments of area students. We accept news of scholarships, academic awards and other scholastic achievements. We do not accept honor roll lists or news related to sports and extracurricular activities. 

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