School briefs

Essay contest winner: Roula Hammer, a fifth-grade student at the Morgan Academy, has won first place in West Virginia in an American history essay contest sponsored by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The local Pack Horse Ford chapter of the NSDAR announced news of the award at the chapter’s annual National Defense Luncheon April 21 at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg. The guest speaker was retired Maj. Gen. Steven D. Saunders.

Show choir camp: The Blue Ridge Show Choir Camp will be held from June 18 through June 22 in the Jefferson High School Auditorium. For more information and a registration form,

Youngsters + theater: Shepherdstown’s Full Circle Theater Company is expanding its Young Actors Theater Lab, with special workshops, summer camps in genres ranging from Shakespeare to puppet theater, plus other events designed for children from age 5 through 18. Details may be found at or organizers may be reached by email at

Music education classes: The Shepherd University Department of Music this summer will offer courses in the Kodály method, an approach to music education developed in Hungary during the mid-20th century that stresses that music literacy is the right of every human being. Classes start July 2 and include musicianship, ear training, sight singing, pedagogy, folk song literature, folk dance, instruments and more. For registration information, call 304-876-5225 or email

Rescue class: A class covering basic training requirements for the National Fire Protection Association 1006 Technical Rescue Standard will be offered in Shepherdstown starting Monday. Books are available for use in the class at no charge or can be purchased for $65. Course fee is $30. For details, visit or email Dave Plume at

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