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HONORS FOR NEXT: NeXt won third prize for general excellence among large-circulation papers and second prize for tabloid graphic design in the annual competition of the Youth Editorial Alliance of America. Christina Visco is the NeXt graphic designer.

The following NeXt correspondents won honorable mentions for their reporting.

Michael Lopardi, a graduate of West Seneca East who is now attending Syracuse University, won an honorable mention for news reporting for a story about the high failure rate on the 2003 physics Regents exam.

Ashwin Rao, a junior at Williamsville East, won an honorable mention for sports stories for "Strike a Pose," a story about teens' growing interest in yoga.

Julie Burke, a graduate of Park School, and Max Pitegoff, a junior at City Honors, won an honorable mention for special projects for "Meet the New SAT," a NeXt edition focusing mostly on the essay that will be part of the SAT starting in March 2005. They wrote test essays and had them graded on the spot, then wrote about the experience.

BUFFALO SCHOOL APPLICATIONS: Eighth graders in the Buffalo Public Schools can get high school applications from their school counselors starting Friday. Applications for students in grades 9 to 11 are available through the student placement and magnet office at 717 City Hall.

FALL CONCERT: Amherst Bel Canto Vivace Choir and Chautauqua Children's Chorale will join forces for their annual fall concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Silver Creek High School. The choirs will perform separately, then combine and circle the audience for a "surround-sound" performance. It's free.

ROCKING PLAY: A 70-member cast from Gaskill, LaSalle and Niagara Middle schools will present "School House Rock Live Jr.," part of the Broadway Jr. Collection!, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road. Admission is free. Call 297-7621.

AFGHAN SCHOOLS: The Western New York Sister School Coalition will hold car washes at four Anderson's Custard locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of continuing efforts to raise money to build schools in Afghanistan. The goal this year is to raise $50,000 to add onto an existing school in Wardak Province, about 40 miles outside Kabul. Price of a car wash is $5; all the money will go to the cause. The four locations are: 2235 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda; 6075 Main St., Williamsville; 4855 Transit Road, Lancaster; 3030 Union Road, Orchard Park.

HAMBURG MUSICAL: Hamburg High School will present the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Into the Woods," at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 at the high school, 4111 Legion Drive. Tickets can be purchased from noon to 3 p.m. on school days at the high school service desk. The cost is $8, adults; $4, children.

NeXt Editor: Jean Westmoore (849-4076)

Graphic designer: Christina Visco

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