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Monday June 29th, 2015 11:29PM

Kiwanis Club honors local high school students

By Mitch Clarke Editor
GAINESVILLE - Nine area high school students have been named recipients of the annual Charles J. Thurmond Youth Art Scholarship Awards, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville.

Named for prominent Gainesville resident and Kiwanian Charles J. Thurmond, the awards provide scholarships to the top three placed in the performing, visual and writing arts. First-place winners receive a $2,500 scholarship, second place gets $1,500 and third place gets $1,000. The Kiwanis Club honored the winners at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

This year's winners for performing arts include Brennen Dixon, first place, a senior at Gainesville High School, for her vocal performance of "Only in New York"; Emily Loggins, second place, a senior at Flowery Branch High School, for her vocal performance of "On My Own"; and Julia Truelove, a sophomore at North Hall High School, for her vocal performance of "Nothing."

The winners for visual arts include Rachel Cottrell, first place, a junior at Lakeview Academy, for her color pencil drawing titled "Sullen"; Ali Allaire, second place, a senior at Lakeview Academy, for her collage titled "Sobriety"; and Madeline Butler, third place, a sophomore at Lakeview Academy, for her etching print titled "Doorway with Tree."

The literary arts winners include Gabrielle Diaz, first place, a senior at Gainesville High School, for her poem "Light"; Grayson Long, second place, a senior at Johnson High School, for his essay on George Washington; and Katie Dionne, third place, a sophomore at North Hall High School, for her short story "The Making of a Sun Maiden."

Thurmond was an active member of the Kiwanis Club during his life. In his honor and in memory of their true friendship, another Gainesville resident who wishes to remain anonymous made a significant contribution to the Kiwanis Club in an effort to recognize the artistic accomplishments of our youth.

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