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Panel to discuss the state of education in Utah

As part of Education Awareness Month in the Park City School District, state officials will discuss their perspectives on the needs of education in the community at Ecker Hill Wednesday at 7 p.m. The panel will include Utah Reps. Kraig Powell and Joel Briscoe, Dixie Allen of the Utah State Board of Education and Deputy State Superintendent Martel Menlove. The discussion is open to the public and free of charge.

Elementary students compete in chess tournament

More than 450 kids gathered from throughout the state to compete in the Utah Elementary State Chess Championships. Three students from Parley’s Park Elementary School, fifth-grader Sam Mason, fourth-grader Daniel Porter and third-grader Maxwell Pilzer participated in the tournament. Mason won the fifth-grade championship and, with a 6-0 record, was the only undefeated contestant in his age-group. Mason was also named Utah State Champion as a fourth-grader last year. Pilzer earned 4 points and Porter, who was participating in his first state championship, earned 2.5 points.

Park City High School student to attend leadership conference

Park City High School junior Madison Huber will represent the state of Utah during the National Young Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., April 5-10. Huber was nominated by Alissa Smith, a high school history teacher, for her involvement in tutoring and her service with the "Best Buddies" program, which partners students with their peers who have intellectual and physical disabilities. Huber also volunteers with the National Ability Center, where she serves as a mentor for skiers with disabilities, and has logged more than 100 volunteer-hours at the Park City Medical Center.

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As part of the six-day conference, Huber will have the chance to meet U.S. Senators and Representatives as well as members of the National Press Club, a professional organization for journalists. Huber and other students at the conference will also be involved with role-play activities in order to learn about how the Supreme Court bases decisions on the Constitution and the legislative processes of Congress.

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