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Public schools to showcase student talent at Manchester Valley High

The public school system is joining forces with the Kiwanis Clubs of Carroll County to showcase high school student talent with the sixth annual Sherri-Le Bream Spotlight on Youth event planned for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11, at Manchester Valley High School.

The public event features a juried art show, an academic challenge, a chess tournament, film festival, edible art contest, floral design contest and vocal and instrumental musical selections.

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This year it is held in honor of Sherri-Le Bream, former director of high schools, who forged a partnership with the Kiwanis clubs and made the program possible.

Funding for prizes is provided by the Kiwanis Clubs. A variety of competitions are planned throughout the day. First-place winners will receive $50, second-place winners get $25 and winners' home schools receive a prize of $100, said Sandy Currence, assistant to the school system's director of secondary schools.

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Award winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

Robotics teams from middle and high schools will face off during the event for the first time this year, competing for a "best in show" award, Currence said. A monetary award will be given to a middle and high school.

Artworks in the juried show will be judged in three categories: sculpture, mixed media and drawing, Currence said. They will be judged on April 10 and will be displayed throughout the morning of April 11, Currence said.

All county public high schools will participate in a related academic challenge, which is in its 12th year, Currence said.

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The 12th annual Carroll Academic Challenge will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. with teams of 13 to 20 students from each of the high schools competing in in categories including math, science, English and history.

Students must sign up in advance for the chess tournament and can do so through their home schools. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and matches start at 9 a.m. in the school's media center.

Each high school can submit up to two entries for the film festival in three categories: broadcast journalism, short film and animation/experimental. The films will be judged by Kiwanis Club members and others in the community. Submissions will be screened throughout the morning in a classroom.

The edible art contest is open to all high school students, however, pre-registration is required. Edible art will be displayed from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be judged by members of the public at the event.

Another way for students to show off their creative flair is through a floral design contest planned for 9 a.m., and open to all high school students. Contestants will be given a bundle of floral supplies and flowers each and asked to create a product within a specified time frame. Registration is required in advance through students' home schools.

Vocal and instrumental selections will be presented in the main hallway of the school. A schedule will be available the morning of the event.

Reach staff writer Lauren Loricchio at 410-857-7862 or email lauren.loricchio@carrollcountytimes.com.

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Students interested in participating must register by April 1. They can do so at the following link: http://links.carrollk12.org/Checkbox/Survey.aspx?s=a368cc9dbade41c9b479d580fc2d6898

Questions may be directed to Jason Arnold, Assistant Principal at North Carroll High School, by calling 410-751-3450 or emailing jrarnol@carrollk12.org.

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