Inbox [May 22]: WCUW murals celebrated, South student to study in Jordan, Grafton Scout earns Eagle honor, Clark program nets United Way grant

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Andrei Krautsou

Mark A. Henderson / Worcester Sun

One of two murals by Andrei Krautsou, also known as Key Detail, on the WCUW building on Main Street.

WCUW mural completion kicks off celebration

After much anticipation, the city of Worcester’s Public Art Working Group is pleased to announce the completion of the WCUW Mural Project at 910 Main St. Artists selected to create five murals on the southwest side of the WCUW building installed their works of art in a series of two weeks.

“Great cities deserve great art. The addition of these murals to the Main South streetscape adds local color and personality. The artists display extraordinary talent,” noted City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., who stopped by the site to meet the artists with Mayor Joseph M. Petty.  

To mark the success of this project, WCUW-FM 91.3, Worcester’s community radio station, kicked off a celebration during its annual meeting last night, Saturday, May 21.

Entering their 43rd year serving Central Massachusetts, WCUW held its annual meeting to membership followed by a night of music, food and fun.

Doug Chapel mural

Mark A. Henderson / Worcester Sun

“Open Your Ears and Mind,” a mural by Doug Chapel, the Action Geek, adorns the side of the WCUW building on Main Street.

Doug Chapel, Andrei Krautsou (Key Detail), Louis Hairapetian and Ryan Gardell were the selected muralists by the Public Art Working Group, part of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the city of Worcester’s Cultural Development division’s “Make Art Everywhere” campaign.

Louis Hairpetian's mural

Mark A. Henderson / Worcester Sun

Louis Hairapetian’s untitled mural on the side of the WCUW building on Main Street.

Read more about WCUW on its website, and more about the Public Art Working Group on the city of Worcester website

Worcester student earns State Department scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan

Deni Hoxha, who is about to complete his junior year at South High Community School, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2016-17. Deni will study Arabic in Jordan for the summer.

Deni Hoxha

Deni Hoxha

Deni is one of only approximately 600 competitively selected students from across the United States who will receive a scholarship to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas this year. While in Jordan, Deni will receive formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment.

The NSLI-Y program seeks to increase the number of Americans who can engage with native speakers of critical languages. The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a lifelong interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue and cross-cultural opportunities in the private, academic and government sectors.

NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, Legacy International, Russian American Foundation, Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.

Read about the NSLI-Y Scholarship program on the State Department website

inbox_scout_houleGrafton Scout attains Eagle honor

Benjamin Houle of Grafton will be bestowed the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, when his Eagle Court of Honor convenes at Community Harvest Garden at Brigham Hill Farm on Wheeler Road, Grafton.

Among the requirements, following several years of Scouting through generally middle and high school years, are a minimum of 21 merit badges (13 of which are required), consistent examples of leadership and Scout spirit, and ultimately the Eagle Scout Project, which must be planned and executed by the candidate and positively impact his community.

Benjamin’s project centered on benches and picnic tables for Norcross Park on North Street. With approval from the town’s parks and recreation department and commissioners, he worked with fellow students at Blackstone Valley Technical High School for designs and blueprints. Scoutmaster Ed King helped weld bench and table frames, which were powder coated to ensure longevity and provide a clean, finished look.

Three benches and two tables were placed on cement bases installed by the town. Funds were raised by selling sponsorships to local businesses; plaques on the benches and tables recognize the generous support. Additionally a check for $222 was presented to the troop for the Sawa Scholarship Fund which is used to provide assistance to scouts to attend summer camp.

Besides King, Benjamin spent many years with Scoutmasters Grant Fritchey, Diane Anderson, Richard Howarth and his father, Brian. (His mother, Irene, had been a den mother in Cub Scouts.)

In 2015 Benjamin was elected to the Order of the Arrow, the Scouts’ scholarly honor society. He is a junior at Valley Tech in the Information Technology department.

United Way’s Women’s Initiative gives $12K to Clark’s All Kinds of Girls program

The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts has awarded a grant of $12,000 to Clark’s All Kinds of Girls (AKOG) program for the 2016-2017 program year, with the possibility of continued funding in 2017-2018.

AKOG is a free group mentoring program for Worcester girls, ages 9 to 14. The mission is to empower girls to become strong, healthy, confident members of the community. AKOG encourages girls to express their individuality through diverse activities while promoting healthy choices and relationships.

AKOG is run by female Clark undergraduate students who serve as mentors and plan each week’s theme and activities.

Read about the All Kinds of Girls program on the Clark University website

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