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Students honored in juried show

Champaign County Arts Council has announced the winners of the seventh annual Eric Show, a juried exhibition featuring artwork from 18 local-area high schools on display at the Illini Union Art Gallery.

Best in Show: Diana Golmeeva, Champaign Central High School.

First place: Audrey Akins, Champaign Central High School.

Second place: Logan Peters, Monticello High School.

Third place: Jackie Masiunas, Urbana High School.

Honorable mention: Nora Snyder, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School; Alyanna Posadas, Mahomet-Seymour High School; Veronica Miller, Centennial High School; TraVonte Phelps, Westville High School; Heidi Pierce, Urbana High School; Nellie Haug, Centennial High School.

More than 200 pieces of artwork from more than 190 high school students are on display including paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, pen and ink, pastels and multimedia. The 18 area schools represented are Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Heritage High School, Mahomet-Seymour High School, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, the High School of St. Thomas More, Monticello High School, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, St Joseph-Ogden High School, Rantoul Township High School, Urbana High School, Tuscola High School, Arcola High School, Schlarman Academy, University Laboratory High School, Unity High School, Villa Grove High School and Westville High School.

Not you average rube

The Champaign 4-H Homeschool S.T.E.M. club recently won second place in the Regional Rube Goldberg Design Contest. A field of 22 teams of high schoolers participated in the event on March 11 during the Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois.

Members of the club include James Barlow (Champaign), Sarah Birchenough (Tuscola), Noah Brown (Champaign), Ally DeRoo (Champaign), Ben Flachsbart (Champaign), Abi Fryer (Savoy), Stephen Fryer (Savoy), Elizabeth Gramly (Champaign), Carson Osmond (Mahomet) and Maria Osmond (Mahomet).

The teens will travel to Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin for the Division II finals on April 23.

Coming soon on social media

The Douglas County Health Department has announced that Noreen Acton's health class at Villa Grove High School won first place in Teens Living Tobacco-Free Video contest, which earned the school the $2,000 grand prize. The video will be featured on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and via Blue Outdoor Media of New York, a video monitor service in malls.

String music

Champaign's Ava Dickerson, a free-throw sharpshooter, was at it again this year.

After finishing second at regionals last season, Ava won the local competition in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest in December, connecting on 19 of 25 attempts. She then advanced through districts (23/25) and state (20/25) to advance to compete in Iowa City against other 10-year-olds from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota for a chance at nationals.

Ava finished fourth at the Iowa City Regional, finishing her season. She is the daughter of Chris and Nicole Dickerson.