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Vanderbilt music school scholarship aims for diversity

Sep. 16, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music has received $5 million for a scholarship program aimed at highly talented students from underrepresented backgrounds. The Blair Community Scholars Program will offer a comprehensive scholarship, according to the...

Alabama middle school pianist performs at Carnegie Hall

Sep. 04, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — In most respects, Andrew Zhang is like any middle schooler. He enjoys Minecraft, college football and playing with his little brother. Except that the 12-year-old is also an award-winning concert pianist coming off a solo performance at Carnegie Hall this...

Tupelo Middle School starts a rock band class

Aug. 28, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Tupelo Middle School is located in the heart of the King of Rock and Roll’s hometown, so it’s only appropriate for the school to help foster the next generation of rock stars. Following tryouts last week, the school’s new rock band class now meets during...

Filmmaker was bored, he made a movie about it

Aug. 27, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

LUTZ, Fla. (AP) — Growing up, Tyler Riggs’ goal was to get out of Lutz. It was too small, too boring, too slow and too humid for him. Three years out of high school, Riggs, now 36, bought a one-way ticket to New York City. There, he launched a...

Columbus teachers strike on first day back to school

Aug. 24, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A strike by teachers in Ohio's largest school district entered its third day Wednesday — the first day of school for some 47,000 students, with some of those students and their parents rallying to their sides. Parents, students, teachers and other employees...

Teachers in Ohio's largest school district go on strike

Aug. 22, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Teachers in Ohio's largest school district on Monday will be walking picket lines after voting to go on strike, two days before classes are scheduled to resume. More than 94% of the Columbus Education Association members voted to reject the school board’s...

UMaine appoints interim athletic director

Aug. 17, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Samantha Hegmann-Wary, associate athletic director for compliance, will serve as acting athletic director at the University of Maine starting next month, officials said Wednesday. The appointment was announced after the departure of Athletic Director Ken Ralph,...

Woman reaches children with educational songs and books

Aug. 14, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

FOREST, Va. (AP) — Local children’s book author and songwriter Sara Ernst has worked with children nearly her entire life in some way, shape or form since she was a child herself, beginning with babysitting when she was 9 or 10 years old and volunteering in the church nursery. ...

Roots of Music aims to change New Orleans kids’ lives

Aug. 06, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One. Two. Three. Four. One. Two. Ready. Breathe. For a brief moment, it’s silent as a roomful of grade-schoolers take a breath and wait for a signal. With a wave of his hand, their director, Lawrence Rawlins, queues them in and...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 05, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...