Tucson students named Flinn Scholars

Five Tucson-area seniors have been awarded the 2013 Flinn Scholarship.

The Flinn Scholarship includes tuition, room and board, international study-related travel, personal mentorship by university faculty and other benefits. The award is valued at more than $100,000.

A total of 653 students from across the state applied for the honor. Of those, 20 were selected.

The Tucson-area students are: Alden Hill of Basis Tucson North, MeiLin Ossanna and Ethan Wilson of University High School, Jacob Rockland of Canyon del Oro High School, and Augustus Woodrow-Tomizuka of Sonoran Science Academy.

Applicants were required to have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average, a ranking in the top 5 percent of their graduating class, a minimum score of 1300 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT, and participation and demonstrated leadership abilities in extracurricular activities.

Sunnyside senior wins poetry contest

A Sunnyside High School senior was selected as the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state champion.

Cassandra Valadez will now represent the state at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition this week, competing for more than $20,000.

The Poetry Out Loud program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry -recitation and performance

As the state winner, Valadez received a $200 cash award and an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals. Her school also receives $500 to buy poetry books for its library.

Palo Verde to host community showcase

Palo Verde High Magnet School is hosting its 21st Century Community Showcase Wednesday on campus, 1302 S. Avenida Vega.

The showcase, which will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will feature student performances, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations.

It will take place in the newly revitalized wetlands, which was constructed by students and faculty members in 1999 but was left unattended for years due to staffing changes.

With funding from the 21st Century Community Grant and a multitude of community partners, the 16,000-gallon wetland has been revived.

The showcase will be followed by a free screening of the film "First Generation," a documentary that tells the story of four high school students who set out to break the cycle of poverty and pursue a college education.

Young artists sought for local workshop

Tucson Plein Air Painters are giving three young artists the opportunity to learn from top nationally known artists.

The winners of the art contest will participate in a workshop that focuses on painting the landscape outside, developing color skills, design and composition, and painting portraits, figures or still life.

Applicants must be 21 years old or younger, and currently enrolled in an art program in a high school, college or university.

Submit three images of your work with contact information, age, address and a brief explanation of why you are the best candidate for the program, along with a letter from your art instructor to Jack Wahl at jswahltaz@aol.com by Wednesday.

Winners will be notified by May 15.

Luncheon to honor excellence in education

Tickets are on sale for the 23rd annual Crystal Apple Awards.

The event on Friday will honor individuals who contribute to excellence in education in Tucson and Pima County.

Tickets for the luncheon are $75 per person or $750 per table of 10. To make a reservation, call the Metropolitan Education Commission at 670-0055 or email metcom@theriver.com by Tuesday.

Funds raised will benefit the Metropolitan Education Commission's Regional College Access Center.

For information on the honorees, go to http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/metedu

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea