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Bugg wins $2,000 in video contest

Bugg Elementary School in Raleigh is a third-place winner in the Lots2Give video contest. Big Lots asked participating schools to submit a short video and brief essay explaining why their school needed financial support. A total of 179 schools competed for $120,000 in cash prizes. From June 11 through July 8, votes were tallied online. Big Lots also collected in-store donations to help the 250 schools enrolled in the program. Laurel Mill Elementary School and Terrell Lane Middle School, both of Louisburg, will receive a share of those donations.

Leesville 8th-grader wins poetry contest

Leesville Road Middle eighth-grader Jacob Nelson earned one of the top prizes in a Creative Communications poetry competition.

The contest recognizes student writers. Winners earn cash prizes and their poems are published in a regionally based, hardbound anthology. Students compete against their peers in both age and location. Poems are selected for their literary merit, creativity and social significance.

Jacob, the son of Ken and Lisa Nelson, is a rising freshman at Leesville Road High School. Here is his poem:

Pencils and Pens

Let them be as pencils,

For their marks will be smudged, erased, and never read,

And they will fall apart, and erode

Into nothing.

I’d rather be a pen,

Making my permanent mark on the world,

With my strong and firm foundation,

That will never break.

While they write rough drafts, I will write final copies;

You may find errors, faults, a split infinitive or two,

But I will learn from these mistakes,

And keep writing on the papers of life,

Until I can write no more.

Cape Fear River Watch scholarship contest

Cape Fear River Watch is offering a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors in an eligible North Carolina public, private, charter, cyber or home school.

The contest is meant to promote interest in environmental conservation, with particular regard to the Carolinas Cement Company issue and related subjects. The contest was created to engage students pursing college majors in environmental sciences, biology and wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as to give financial aid for tuition.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 toward education expenses at an accredited N.C. university. The contest opens Oct. 1 and essays must be submitted by Jan. 15.

For more information, visit www.capefearriverwatch.org, call 910- 762-5606 or email Kay Lynn Plummer-Hernandez at kaylynn@cfrw.us.