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5th annual Night of Bluegrass is March 15

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   The 5th annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Night of Bluegrass will be March 15 at Southern Alamance High School, 631 Southern High School Rd., Graham.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out along with Dewey & Leslie Brown & The Carolina Gentlemen will perform. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Proceeds will go to Southern Alamance High School’s FFA program.
   

   For more details, call 336-570-6400.

Best of both worlds: Brent Shelton balances school & dance

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

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Teens & 20s' Meet The Artist Brent Shelton is shown with fellow Cary Ballet Conservatory dancer, Reynu Wood. [Photo submitted

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meet The Artist series features teens and twenty-somethings pursuing their passions for art.
Brent Shelton, a native of Cary, currently resides in Indianapolis and is attending Butler University. He is double majoring in business and ballet and is also a graduate of Cary Ballet Conservatory’s Studio Program.
Teens & 20s: What inspires you most as an artist?
Shelton: People inspire me the most. The day-to-day actions and stories that everyone carries, which make us all unique, are what inspire me while dancing, creating and performing. I think a true artist can draw inspiration from anything.
Teens & 20s: When do you feel you made the transition from hobby to passion?
Shelton: I felt like I made that transition during of sophomore year of high school. Before that dance was just a hobby, but once I decided to do it more often and drop swim team and cross country team it became my passion.
Teens & 20s: What other form of art have you always wanted to try?
Shelton: I’ve always wanted to try acting, because in a day I feel it ties well with dance because it evolves complete control over ones emotions and movements.
Teens & 20s: How is studying the arts in a collegiate environment unique?
Shelton: It’s unique because I’ll spend most of my day in a studio, but also in the classroom which I find really cool. I get to pursue dance at a high level and continue my academic studies with other non-dancers. Although it is challenge jumping from one ‘world’ to another it’s allows me to really focus on both my art and my studies.
Teens & 20s: What message do you want to spread through dancing?
Shelton: I don’t know if I can just choose one message, there are so many different stories I want to tell through dance. One day, I really want to choreograph a ballet about the intersection of gay culture into America. Whatever message I’m spreading, I want the audience to believe it and relate to at least a part of it. That’s the ultimate goal.
Teens & 20s: What do you think is the most common misconception about dance?
Shelton: How hard it is and how smart dancers need to be. I think a lot of athletes (like dancers) don’t get the reputation they deserve when it comes to pressuring education. Dancers can still be academics and have a successful career.
Teens & 20s: If you weren’t an artist, what career would you pursue?
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Collegiate Start positive & enlightening

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent 

   The Collegiate Start program at Elon University and programs similar to it offer high-schoolers the opportunity to take college courses in addition to their regular coursework.
Overall, my experience with this program has been both positive and enlightening. Taking two classes at Elon this semester has helped me feel prepared for when I go to college next year.
Taking high school classes and college classes at the same time has highlighted some of the main differences between the two. My college courses had less frequent but more intense assignments, a style that I enjoy and tend to do better with. I felt I was able to really express my opinion on many topics rather than just providing an answer. In addition, both of my college courses encouraged open, civil and spirited debate as a core part of the learning process. I found that lecture was used as more of a supplemental tool in this regard.
One of the intimidating parts of taking college courses as a high school student was whether professors and peers would respect me and my opinions as much as theirs. I found that I was treated as an equal in every scenario. Being able to converse with people of different perspectives in a respectful manner became my favorite part of my college courses.
Having the opportunity to take college courses in high school has made me feel ready and even more excited to go to college. I would strongly recommend fellow high school students to take advantage of programs like Collegiate Start as a tool to become prepared for the ins and outs of college, and to have a fun experience along the way.

Jakob S. Miller is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

 

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