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Springfield High School will host its annual Celebration of the Arts from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at 49 W. Leamy Ave., Springfield.

Springfield High School

will host its annual Celebration of the Arts from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at 49 W. Leamy Ave., Springfield.

Students will display work in several categories, including visual arts, graphics, photography, sculpture, ceramics, music, drama, technology, design and woodworking.

The event is free to the public.

Senior citizens are invited to breakfast at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the high school to view the exhibits in a less crowded setting. That event is also free.

For more information, contact George Trout at 610-938-6144 or

Ridley High School's literary-arts magazine, Windscript, won a Columbia Scholastic Press Association top award recently at Columbia University in New York.

The Gold Crown Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the writing, editing, design and production of a student publication. The honor is the highest recognition that the press association gives to a student print or online medium for overall excellence.

Windscript was one of 14 schools in the nation to receive the Gold Crown Award. Editor-in-chief Mary Gunheim, assistant editor Shannon Fandler, and literary editor Lauren Raikowski led Windscript's 2006 staff.

More than 1,800 entries for this annual publications contest were submitted to the association, an affiliate of the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University.

Fandler also received honorable mention in the nonfiction article or interview category for her story "I am an American Soldier." Gunheim won first place for use of typography on one page or spread.

Gunheim and Fandler shared third place for spot-color cover design. Will Green received honorable mention for photography that complements copy.

Beverly Hills Middle School will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday on the football field behind the school, 1400 Garrett Rd., Upper Darby.

Speakers will include Maj. Alexander Chotkowski, a Marine who served in Iraq in 2005; Sgt. Thomas Leonard, an Army veteran who will talk about the history of Iraq; and two Beverly Hill students who will say what Memorial Day means to them.

There will be music, and an honoring of veterans on staff and in the audience. The General Smedley D. Butler Detachment 741, Marine Corps League, of Newtown Square and VFW Post 3460 of Media also will participate.

The event is free to the public, and scheduled to last around 70 minutes. For more information, call Beverly Hills at 610-626-9317.

Penn State Delaware County students Meghan Freda and Chris Wrigley, both majoring in elementary education in multicultural settings, earned honors at the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association Convention in April in King of Prussia.

Freda, a senior from Swarthmore, and Wrigley, a senior from Cochranville, earned first place and third place, respectively, for the learning centers they created.

Freda's learning center, which is a cluster of activity related to a certain theme, focused on the four components of the water cycle, and Wrigley's addressed attributes of mammals.

Kevin Reigner, a Brookhaven resident and another senior majoring in elementary education in multicultural settings, serves as president of the Southeast Region of the association, and helped plan the convention.

- Ed Mahon