San Luis Obispo
Timothy and Titus Shanks, students at San Luis Obispo Christian Academy, have won first place in the Small Instrumental Ensemble category at the 39th annual American Association of Christian Schools national competition held recently at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.
In addition, Timothy Shanks won third place in the String Solo division.
Approximately 1,800 students and sponsors from 29 states participated in the competition, having captured top honors at their state contests.
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The twins are the sons of the Rev. Randall and Julie Shanks of San Luis Obispo.
Cricket Bidleman of Morro Bay was a finalist in the 16th annual Braille Challenge, a national reading and writing contest in braille for students who are blind or visually impaired.
As a finalist in the Varsity (10th, 11th and 12th grades) category, she will join 50 top-scoring finalists at the next academic competition in June at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.
A Cuesta College student and a Cuesta faculty member recently received awards from the California community college scholastic honor society Alpha Gamma Sigma at its annual Spring State Convention held in San Jose.
Cuesta College student Ashley Erden received the Kathleen D. Loly Scholarship worth $700. Erden, who studies sociology, earned the award because of her academic record and extensive volunteer service, which was three times the amount required.
Christopher Gilbert, a Cuesta College philosophy instructor and an AGS faculty adviser, was the recipient of the Outstanding Adviser Award by the organization.
Cuesta College AGS President Natalie Grange said Gilbert “is one of the most humble, mindful and compassionate individuals I have ever met. It was because of Dr. Gilbert’s encouragement that I discovered qualities in myself I had not yet seen.”