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Article Published: Mar. 10, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

ASU student newspaper wins awards

The Appalachian, the student newspaper at Appalachian State University, received seven awards presented during the annual North Carolina College Media Association Conference for College Media Students and Advisers, held Saturday, Feb. 19, on campus.

Judged in the large-school category comprised of schools with more than 6,000 students, The Appalachian took a Best of Show award for the print newspaper, and a Best of Show award for for online news.

In addition to the Best of Show awards, five current and former students won individual awards for work published in the student newspaper.

Becky Bush won an Honorable Mention for opinion writing for "Family Weekend conflicts with Jewish holiday." Neal also won an Honorable Mention in the sports writing category for his story "In the Hunt." In the news writing category, Barbara Adams took first place honors for her story "Student debt, unemployment rates increasing." Jon LaFontaine won third place in the design category. Tommy Penick won first place in the photography category for his photo essay "Maria of Jinotepe."

Red Cross hosts Save-a-Life Saturday

American Red Cross chapters throughout our Heart of Carolina Region will offer free CPR and first aid training on Saturday, March 19, as part of Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday.
Red Cross chapters across the country will hold classes at more than 100 locations across the country to honor Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and all those involved in the Tucson tragedy.

Training will last 45 minutes to one hour, and will include instruction in hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding and managing shock. A complete list of communities participating in the event found on the event website at

Save-a-Life Saturday classes will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross, located at 331 Queen St., Suite B, in Boone.

Also on March 19, the Red Cross is premiering a special set of videos to teach CPR and first aid skills. Those unable to attend a Save-a-Life Saturday event can also visit to see lifesaving skills being taught. The public can also contact their local Red Cross chapter at (828) 264-8226 to find out when full CPR and first aid classes are offered at other times.

College Street temporarily closed through Friday

College Street will be closed at the intersection with Howard Street until Friday, March 11, for installation of a storm drain and crosswalk at Appalachian State University.  Howard Street will remain open. Access to the College Street parking deck and University Bookstore service drive also will remain open. AppalCart will not serve the College/Howard streets location during this period, but buses will continue to serve campus from the Raley Hall bus stop.

Luck o' the Lassie fundraiser March 17

Girls on the Run of the High Country will host its first fundraising event, Luck o' the Lassie, March 17 at The Best Cellar and Inn at Ragged Gardens in Blowing Rock from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Best Cellar is located at 203 Sunset Drive. 

A limited number of tickets are on sale for Luck o' the Lassie. Tickets prices are $50 for one or $75 for two. All proceeds from the event will support the GOTR program. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Girls on the Run office at (828) 262-7557 or by sending an email to GOTR council director Mary Sheryl Horine at (

Items available at the auction include local art, Charlotte Bobcats tickets, a Deer Valley Racquet Club membership, Appalachian football tickets, lift tickets to Appalachian Ski Mountain, lodging at The Mast Farm Inn and other items.

GOTR is sponsored by Appalachian's Institute for Health and Human Services and is a non-profit prevention program that encourages girls in grades 3 through 5 to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. The program's curriculum and activities address girls' physical, emotional and social well-being. The 12-week program culminates in a 5K run that the girls train for throughout the 24 classes of the program. Local organizers believe the program is important in order for girls to resist peer pressure as they enter middle school and high school.

Learn more about Girls on the Run International at

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