PENDLETON - About 300 high school competitors will visit Blue Mountain Community College Wednesday for the annual skills contest that's part of Arts and Culture Festival week.

The objective for high school students is to explore career paths and to test their skills. While at the college, they will have the opportunity to tour the campus, visit with instructors and explore various arts and culture disciplines.

The high school events will feature BMCC scholarship awards for most first-place finishers as well as door prizes awarded at the end of the day.

Competitive events, which will begin at 9 a.m., include student photography, jazz and popular music vocal solos, the History Bowl, French I , II and advanced French, Spanish I, II, III, and IV, battle of the bands, theater, poetry and art competitions. One final presentation at noon will allow participants to explore career paths and special interests in the arts and humanities.

A campus wide celebration is scheduled at 1 p.m. with a guest performer Michael Woods.

More information on the week-long festival is available on the college Web site at or by calling Margaret Mayer at 278-5961 or Craig Satter at 966-3178.

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