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Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School art students in grades 8-12 made valentines for veterans at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona. The students and teachers in the Brockway School District participate in a variety of projects for veterans each year in conjunction with American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members. All art students at the middle/high school created at least two Valentine’s Day cards for the veterans in the hospital. From left are: Paige Salizzoni, Devin Snyder, Melanie Oknefski (art teacher), Chelsee Krise, DeeDee Carlini (American Legion Auxiliary representative), Virginia Snyder, Jenna Buffone and Taylor Little.

Local student's artwork accepted into K-12 national exhibition

BROCKWAY — Each winter, ceramics students at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology enthusiastically work together for one very important arts application –the K-12 exhibition at NCECA (the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts).

This year is particularly important for Pennsylvanians, as NCECA is coming Pittsburgh for their 52nd annual conference. Over the past five years, BCAT has continuously encouraged and entered students into this exhibition, with past success from two other former students, in addition to attending the NCECA conference.

The previous BCAT students in this show were recognized for their outstanding talent, receiving an estimated $6,000 in scholarships and awards combined.

This year, the center is proud to announce that 11th grade student Ellen Gankosky, daughter of Jeffrey and Irene Gankosky of Brockway, has been accepted into the show with her piece, titled “My Severed Heart.”

Gankosky is a long-time participant of the BCAT after-school program where she works in both ceramics and metal arts. This highly competitive show received 1,205 entries this year, 837 of them from grades 11 and 12, making Gankosky’s acceptance a truly exceptional accomplishment. The NCECA conference will be held in downtown Pittsburgh from March 14-17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

It is the goal and mission of the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology to help the students they serve realize their great potential and to apply themselves in everything they do. BCAT is a no-cost program with open enrollment for any high school student interested in the arts within the 7 counties they serve (Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter).

For more information about after-school programming and how to get your child involved, contact Youth and Arts Coordinator Claira Heitzenrater at (814) 265-1111.

College earns national entrepreneurship distinction

GROVE CITY – Grove City College’s Entrepreneurship program captured the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Model Emerging Program Award in recognition of the College’s “bold and innovative” approach.

Yvonne English ’97, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation (E+I) at Grove City College, accepted the award at a gala dinner Jan. 13 during the association’s annual conference in Los Angeles.

“USASBE is regarded as the leading association in the field, and receiving the USASBE Model Emerging Program Award is a major accomplishment for the College,” English said. “The award has already generated greater awareness and interest in our Entrepreneurship program. I was mobbed after the gala with inquiries and requests from other schools and programs to see our center and collaborate with us. It’s an exciting time for Entrepreneurship at Grove City College.”

The USASBE advances entrepreneurship education through teaching, scholarship and practice. Their Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards recognize colleges and universities that offer “bold and innovative programs that make an impact in the field of entrepreneurship education.”

The Model Emerging Program Award distinguishes new or revised entrepreneurship programs that demonstrate “signs of innovation, boldness and student impact.”

English submitted the College’s application for the award in the fall, primarily because USASBE promised to provide feedback to all applicants regarding their respective applications and programs.

K of C spaghetti dinner

BROCKWAY — The Knights of Columbus Council 3794 of St. Tobias Catholic Church will hold their annual Valentine's Day spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Knights will be serving their special homemade sauce and meatballs. 

The cost is $7 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens and $3 for children 12 and under. Pre-school-age children are free. The Knights expressed appreciation to the public for its support.