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CONGRESSIONAL ARTS COMPETITION

U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman invites public, private and homeschool high school students to enter An Artistic Discovery, the 21st annual Congressional Arts Competition. The winning artist in the national art competition is invited to Washington, D.C., for a reception honoring the contest winners. District winners are displayed on the walls of the Cannon Tunnel, which leads to the Capitol. Each district winner also receives an opportunity to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design and a $10,000 scholarship upon admission acceptance. Submit work to any of Thurman's offices in Inverness, Gainesville or New Port Richey with name, address, telephone number, school and name of sponsoring art teacher. Deadline is May 1. For information, call Amanda Newman at (202) 225-1002 or Liz Fort at (800) 833-4352.

NEW GED: The newest version of the GED has been released. In GED 2002, examinees will notice more updated work force-related questions and colorful graphics included in the test booklets. Three sections will have fewer questions and a scientific calculator will be permitted for one of the two mathematics sections. Examinees must be 18 years or older. Applicants must attend a GED orientation prior to the test. This session will include registration, paying of fees, scheduling for the test and an introduction to the scientific calculator. Examinees are encouraged to enroll in free GED preparation classes at WTI and other Citrus County locations. Prep classes allow students to practice on the scientific calculator, the opportunity to take the GED practice test and individual instruction. Testing space is limited. Applicants are accepted on a first-come basis. For further information on signing up for the GED orientation or about GED prep classes, please call student services, (352) 726-2430.

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