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Photo courtesy Hamilton County Schools | Faith Daan, a student at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, won the 2021 ESS Art Contest in the 9-12 category for her work "Young Chaos."

Hamilton County ninth grader wins national art competition

Faith Daan, a freshman at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, won the 9-12 grade category of the 2021 ESS Art Contest with a piece titled 'Young Chaos."

The contest's theme, "What would it be like to go to school for superheroes?" drew 850 submissions nationwide across grades K-12. Daan and CCA each received $500 as part of the award.

"The Visual Arts Department is very proud of Faith Daan's artistic accomplishments this year," said CCA art teacher Justin Black in a statement. "Faith has been a role model of excellence for her peers during this tumultuous year, and this national recognition speaks to her unwavering pursuit of authentic expression and creative risk-taking."

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Photo courtesy Hamilton County Schools | "Young Chaos" by Faith Daan won the 9-12 grade category of the 2021 ESS Art Competition. Daan is a student at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts

 

Whitfield County student named presidential scholar at Georgia State University Honors College

Elle Shirah of Southeast Whitfield County High School is one of seven incoming first-year students awarded the presidential scholarship by Georgia State University's Honors College.

The scholarship covers the costs of tuition, fees and housing for four years at about $32,000 per year, along with resources such as a yearly living stipend and research application opportunities.

"I'm proud to welcome these scholars to Georgia State and the Honors College," said interim Dean Sarah Cook in a statement. "They represent not only academic excellence but also commitment to leadership, exploration of today's most pressing questions and using their talents to make our city and our world a better place."

Shirah and six other recipients were chosen from 47 finalists and 449 prospective students who applied.

 

Hamilton County Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State student wins 'Best of Show' category in photography showcase

Vraj Patel, a student at Hamilton County Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State, won the Best of Show category at the 2021 Youth Photography Showcase with the image "Citrus Splash." The award recognizes the entry with the highest cumulative score among the three judges.

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Photo courtesy Chattanooga State Community College | "Citrus Splash" by Vraj Patel won Best of Show at the 2021 Youth Photography Showcase. Patel is a student at Hamilton County Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State.

The competition, sponsored by the Photographic Society of Chattanooga, included six categories: architecture, color choice, monochrome choice, people and/or animals, photojournalism and scapes. This year, 58 students from 13 Chattanooga-area high schools submitted 256 entries to the competition.

Entries were judged by Kathleen Greeson, Braam Oberholster and Mickey Rountree, and a full list of winners is available on the Photographic Society of Chattanooga's website.

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Photo courtesy Chattanooga State Community College | Vraj Patel, a student at Hamilton County Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State, won Best of Show at the 2021 Youth Photography Showcase for the image "Citrus Splash."

 

Cleveland State Community College drops mask requirement for those who are fully vaccinated

Cleveland State Community College said Sunday it will not require masks for fully vaccinated individuals in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance adopted by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

"In an effort to keep our students, employees and guests safe Cleveland State has continued to follow CDC and State of Tennessee guidance during the pandemic." said president Bill Seymour in a statement. "While those who have been vaccinated may opt not to wear a mask on our campus, we strongly encourage non-vaccinated individuals to wear a mask indoors until further guidance is provided."

As a result of the decision, the school will hold more classes face to face this fall.

Contact Anika Chaturvedi at achaturvedi@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6592.

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