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Scholarships & Contests

The Vienna Host Lions Club will present its 45th James Bland Memorial Music Scholarship competition for vocal and instrumental music students on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Vienna Assembly of God Church, 302 Center St. N., Vienna.

Contestants must be Virginia residents currently attending public school, grades 1-12. Prizes will be awarded in instrumental and vocal categories and each first prize winner is eligible to compete in additional local contests and finally the state-wide final competition in Roanoke for 12 scholarships that will be awarded.

There is no cost for eligible students to enter. Applications must be received by Thursday, Feb. 15. Additional information including application form and contest rules is available from Akin Oduolowu at 703-263-9314 or Nancy Volpe at 703-938-7716.

Armed Services YMCA is calling for entries for its annual art contest, sponsored by Geico, and essay contest, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The art contest asks children in grades K-6 to submit artwork that best illustrates “My Military Family.” The essay contest asks children in grades 1-12 to submit essays about “Why My Military Mom/Dad Is My Hero.” Children of active duty and retired service members from all branches of the military, as well as National Guard and Reserve, are eligible. All artwork must be postmarked by Feb. 16, 2007; essays must be submitted by March 16, 2007. Winners of the art contest will receive U.S. savings bonds worth $500; essay contest will receive $500 or $1,000 depending on grade level. Savings bonds will also be awarded to second place and honorable mention. Visit www.asymca.org for complete rules and entry forms. Call 703-313-9600, ext. 10 or e-mail tharper@asymca.org.