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Scholastic Achievement Award Winners to be announced on May 16 on WVIA TV
(2013-04-24)
(wvia) - WVIA will announce the winners of its V-Media program contests and competitions during the WVIA Scholastic Achievement Awards Show on Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. on WVIA TV. Students competed in contests and competitions that include PBS Go! Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, Great Teachers Essay Contest, Congressional Arts Competition, Artist of the Year, and Scholastic Scrimmage.

The PBS Go! Young Writers and Illustrators Contest was open to children in grades K-3 who write and illustrate their very own stories. The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national "Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest."

The Great Teachers Essay Contest was open to seniors from each intermediate unit represented in the WVIA coverage area. The students were instructed to write an essay about the teacher who has made a difference in their life. The winners will each win a $500 scholarship.

The Congressional Arts Competition was initiated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982; the event is a nationwide annual Art Competition that allows high school students from the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and territories to showcase their artistic ability. WVIA is proud to host the qualification for Congressmen Lou Barletta, Tom Marino and Matt Cartwright for the 10th, 11th and 17th Congressional Districts. The First Place student from each district and his/her immediate family will travel to Washington, DC for the Artistic Discovery Exhibition Opening, where they will have their artwork displayed for one year in our nation's Capitol building.

The Artist of the Week television campaign, conceptualized by NEIU 19, was designed to call attention to high school students (grades 10-12) who excelled in the study of the arts. The partnering high school selects two students, one visual artist and one performing artist, who were interviewed at the WVIA studios for a 1-minute vignette, which showcased the student, high school, and school district and saluted them for their artistic achievement. The vignettes aired on WVIA TV for one week and were made available on wvia.org. One Artist of the Year will be chosen in both the performing and visual categories.

Scholastic Scrimmage, a high school academic quiz show, produced in partnership with NEIU 19 and sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, challenges top students from WVIA's member school districts about all academic disciplines. Contestants (grades 9-12) tried to answer questions more quickly than members of the opposite team. At the end of the Scholastic Scrimmage season the winning school is awarded $5,000, with second place receiving $3,000 and third place receiving $1,000. The winning team will receive medals and a plaque for their high school's trophy case during the Scholastic Achievement Awards Show.

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