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Gaines attends NYLC

Josh Gaines of Moulton attended the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24-29. High school students nationwide attended the conference, visited members of Congress, took part in a “model Congress” and examined Supreme Court cases.

Gaines is a junior at Lawrence County High School and is the son of Laura Gaines.

Danville-Neel honors

Danville-Neel Elementary School announces Abby Campbell has been named to the “A” honor roll for the second six weeks. She is in second grade.

Cross receives scholarship

Taylor F. Cross of Moulton was awarded a Trustees Scholarship to The University of West Alabama in Livingston. The award is based on academic achievement and leadership potential. Cross is a senior at Speake High School.

West Morgan Book Fair

West Morgan middle and high school will host a community book fair, Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Scholastic book fair is called Book Blizzard and will help raise funds for the purchase of books and computers for the school’s media center. The fair will feature books for young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy trilogies, sports guides, manga, cookbooks and the latest bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to attend.

The West Morgan Band will have its Christmas concert at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. Admission is free and the Book Blizzard will be open from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Crew, made up of student volunteers, helped plan the fair and will also help operate it.

Guidance announcements

The guidance office at Austin High School offers the following announcements. For more information on any notice, contact the high school.

Redstone Arsenal, US Army Garrison, Public Affairs Office: Department of Defense summer Science and Engineering Program, from June 4 to July 27. Deadline is Jan. 31.

AXA Achievement: Scholarship providers. See for assistance in navigating the college selection, application and financing process.

Linly Heflin Scholarship: This foundation grants four-year scholarships to a limited number of Alabama women who have both significant economic need and a sound academic record.

Application form and supporting documents must be mailed to their office and postmarked by Jan. 19.

WHNT-TV: Tools for Schools High School Scholarship Program. Applications must be received at their station by 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Mississippi University for Women: Leadership conference, Jan. 26-28. See

Rhodes College: Taylor Fellowship in Physics; Rhodes Fine Arts Fellowships; CODA Fine Arts Fellowships; Bonner Scholarship are all available. See

University of North Alabama: Web design competition, Jan. 19. Call Janet Truitt Jenkins at (256) 765-4601 or e-mail Also see

Auburn University: Engineering Day open house, Feb. 23. Call Engineering Students Services at (334) 844-4310 or see

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