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Education briefs for March 29, 2014: Spring Break starts Monday for Moffat County schools

There will be no classes for students and teachers in Moffat County School District from March 31 through April 4 as part of spring break.

Classes will resume at the regular time April 7.

Agriculture scholarship applications due April 1

The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers will award two $1,000 scholarships to Colorado high school seniors. The applicants' parents, grandparents, or legal guardians must be current or new members of CAWG or the applicant must be nominated by a current sponsor of CAWG.

For a list of sponsors, contact the CAWG office at 970-449-6994 or visit the scholarship page at coloradowheat.org/scholarship. One scholarship is funded by CAWG, and one is the "Friends of Wheat" scholarship, funded by donations in memory of several wheat supporters.

This is the fifth year for the scholarship tradition.

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"It is an exciting time in agriculture. Technology is creating jobs in rural areas that need to be filled by skilled individuals," said Randy Traxler, CAWG vice president in a press release. "Young people who have grown up in agriculture already have a terrific work ethic, and we are glad to provide scholarships to help with the additional training which is required for today's careers."

These scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to attend an accredited college, university, junior college or community college. The students must enter college the same year as their graduation from high school. Students intending to major in agriculture related fields are strongly urged to apply.

Applicants must fill out and return the CAWG scholarship form no later than April 1. Two one-page essays are required as part of the scholarship application.

The scholarship recipients will be announced in May. The scholarships will be distributed this summer after the recipients provide confirmation of their enrollment in a college or university.

For more information, call 970-449-6994 or visit coloradowheat.org.

Steamboat Springs contest seeks entries from young filmmakers

The second annual Steamboat Student Film Festival will take place May 2 and 3 at the Chief Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The Film Festival is accepting submissions from middle school, high school and college students nationwide who will compete for $250 in prizes in the six categories of Action Sports, Artistic/Experimental, Comedy, Documentary, Drama and Original Animation. Submissions are due April 11.

For more information, visit steamboatstudentfilmfest.com.

$3,000 scholarship grand prize in regional art contest

United States Representative Scott Tipton recently announced that his office is accepting submissions for the 3rd District Congressional Art Competition. Students in grades 9 to 12 that attend school or home school in the 3rd District are eligible to participate and should submit their work no later than April 11.

"This competition gives every high school student in the 3rd District the chance to share their artistic abilities with the community, and provides the winner the unique opportunity to have their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol," Tipton said in a press release. "The hard work and skill that students have put into their pieces in previous years has been truly impressive. I look forward to seeing what this year's competition will bring and to meeting the many talented students who participate."

Guidelines for the competition state that the artwork must be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep including the outside dimensions of the frame.

Possible artwork includes the following:

Drawings — Colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)

Collage — Two-dimensional

Prints — Lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

Mixed Media — Use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

Photography

Students can mail their submissions to the 3rd Congressional District Grand Junction office at 225 N. Fifth St., Ste. 702, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Submissions can also be delivered in person to the nearest 3rd District office location.

All submitted artwork will be put on display in Grand Junction from April 14 to 25. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. April 25 at Colorado Mesa University's Fine Arts Building. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation signed by Rep. Tipton. First, second and third places will receive awards, and there will be honorable mentions for other submissions.

The first place winner of the competition will also be awarded a $3,000 college scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design; should they be accepted and show documentation of this achievement. Southwest Airlines will also present the first place winner and one family member with two roundtrip airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Exhibit and reception. The first place artwork will be sent to Washington, D.C. to be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol along with other award-winning art works from across the nation for a period of one year.

For additional information about submitting artwork to the competition and for forms required with the submissions, visit tipton.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition or contact 3rd Congressional District Art Competition Liaison Brenda Felmlee at 719-587-5105 or Brenda.Felmlee@mail.house.gov.

Legislators seeking interns

United States Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are each seeking interns for their offices for this summer. The positions are open to undergraduate students or recent graduates.

Interns working in the Colorado offices will assist staff as they help constituents resolve issues with federal agencies. State interns also meet with local partners and help to represent the senator at community outreach events.

Interns in the Washington office will attend committee hearings and briefings, compose memos for legislative staff, answer phones, research legislative issues, help with press outreach, lead Capitol tours and participate in congressional events.

"Interns are an integral part of our office, providing essential support as we work to serve Coloradans," Bennet said in a press release. "Our Colorado and Washington internship programs provide great opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge about issues that affect Coloradans. Interns receive an in-depth view of the legislative process and gain direct experience serving Colorado constituents, providing a unique experience for any young person interested in public service."

Internships are unpaid, although college credit may be available. The deadline has passed to apply for Sen. Bennet's Washington office, but Colorado-based internships are open year-round for Bennet.

For more information, visit bennet.senate.gov/services/internships.

April 15 is the deadline to apply for a position with Sen. Udall's Colorado office.

For more information on session dates and eligibility, visit markudall.senate.gov/students.