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25-contest-winnerEanes Elementary School fourth-grader Maggie Neuberger won first place at the Emerald School Bluebonnet Irish Dance competition in Dallas last weekend.

Maggie Neuberger, a fourth-grader at Eanes Elementary School, won first place at the Emerald School Bluebonnet Irish Dance competition in Dallas last weekend. She advanced to the Open Championships, the highest level of Irish Dance competition. She will attend the North American Irish Dance Championships in Anaheim, Calif., in July where she will compete with dancers from Canada, the United States, Mexico and visiting dancers from all over the world.

A fundraiser performance by the Inishfree School of Irish Dance, called Austin Celtic Rhythm, for the five Austin area dancers who have qualified for Nationals will be held May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Church at Canyon Creek, 9001 North FM 620. Tickets can be purchased online at celticcenter.org.

Four Westlake High School students are headed to the UIL State Meet after a competitive regional meet in Waco Friday and Saturday. The following students advanced: Viraj Mehta, the overall Top Scorer in Chemistry and fifth overall in Science; Brenda Chiang, second in Ready Writing; Hannah Jones, second in Headline Writing; and Emily Clarke, third in Literary Criticism.

Also placing at the regional meet were: Dan Perry, fifth in Current Issues; Bryson Kisner, sixth in Social Studies; Literary Criticism Team, second; and Science Team, second.

The state meet will be held May 21-22 at the University of Texas.

Lincoln Valdez, a Westlake High School Junior, was one of eight Texas high school students selected for the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The 120 NYO-USA musicians, chosen from 42 states, all ages 16-19, will travel to New York in late June for a two-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, working with professional orchestral players. The orchestra will then embark on an international tour in Washington, D.C., Moscow, St. Petersburg and London. Valery Gergiev, renowned conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, will lead the NYO-USA in its first year, and violinist Joshua Bell will join as a soloist.

Westlake High School students Irena Martinez and William Brown helped their school take second place in the video category of the sixth annual Teens in the Driver Seat Driving the Message contest. The winning video was entitled “Own Your Phone” and carries with it a $1,000 prize for the school.

The contest, sponsored by State Farm, offered students the opportunity to submit either a poster or video for a chance to win up to $2,000 for their school. Winning entries were then made available on the program’s website to other safe teen driving advocates to download, use and distribute.

This year, the contest had a record number of entries (more than 180).

To view or download the winning entries, visit t-driver.com/sixth-annual-texas-driving-the-message-contest/.

The West Lake Hills City Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 8 at West Lake Hills City Hall, 911 Westlake Drive.
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