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IDOL AUDITIONS: Looking for the next John Stevens! Singers age 12 to 20 are invited to open auditions for the Amherst Teen Idol Search from noon to 3 p.m. May 7 at the Boulevard Mall Food Court. Contestants must be prepared to sing a cappella. Finalists will be chosen to compete June 4 at the Sweet Home High School Outdoor Track. Mall gift certificates will be awarded to the grand prize winner and runnerup June 4. Application forms are available at the Amherst Youth Board, 4255 Harlem Road, or the Mall Guest Services Center. For information, call 631-7215.

BIG BROTHERS, SISTERS: High school juniors and seniors are needed as volunteer mentors to elementary school students in the "site-based" mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County. Volunteers are matched with a child and meet once a week from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at a school or community center to help with homework and recreational activities. Call 873-5833 or visit

POSTER WINNERS: Briana Edwards of McKinley High School and Andrew Crego of Clarence Middle won first prize in the poster/slogan contest sponsored by the Erie County Sheriff's Department in conjunction with the A.C.T. Committee on Underage Drinking and the Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign. Other high school winners were second, Mike Bajer of JFK and third, Anna Small/Naila Ansari of Buffalo Sem. Autumn Fiscus of Clarence Middle won second prize and Dylan Roche of Lake Shore Middle placed third. All winners won savings bonds. Top entries are being made into posters to be showcased at NOCO Express Shops and area schools.

ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS: The Engineering Society of Buffalo is offering $2,000 and $1,000 engineering scholarships to high school seniors from Erie and Niagara counties who plan to major in engineering in four-year or two-year college programs. Application forms may be obtained from the Scholarship Award Committee, Engineering Society of Buffalo, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Room 206, Buffalo, N.Y. 14217 or downloaded from Call 873-4455 or e-mail OFFICE@TESB.ORG.

POETRY CONTEST: Wyoming County high school students in grades 9 to 12 are invited to enter up to three poems in the Wyoming County Arts Council's online poetry contest. Deadline is April 30. Students should e-mail original poems to Include name, grade, and school. Or mail poems to Attention: Poetry Contest to ACWC, P.O. Box 249, Perry, NY 14530.

HOME ESSAYS: Anthony White II, a senior at Williamsville North, has won the $500 Joanne Champion Granger Scholarship from Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Jessica Kroecker of Holland Central won the $250 scholarship. The scholarship is given to seniors who have shown a commitment to Granger's ideals: academic achievement and a concern for civil rights. Anthony began his quest at age eight when he moved from a middle-income to a low-income neighborhood and founded an organization, "Young Brothers United." He is the first African-American class president at his high school where he says he has worked to "be the bridge between cultural gaps." Jessica says: "My goal is to help give those who have no voice a voice and also hear them when no one else will listen." She is a member of Key Club, is active in her church and has held class offices. The winners are being honored today at the annual meeting of the non-for-profit civil rights organization.

POETRY SLAM: National Poetry Slam Champion Mayda Del Valle, the youngest poet and first Latina to ever win the title, will perform at 9 p.m. April 19 in the Hilbert College Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

NeXt Editor: Jean Westmoore (849-4076)

Graphic designer: Christina Visco

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