Community Notebook 10th-Grader's Sculpture, Drawing Take First Place

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Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer

Jon Lopez, a 10th-grader at Victory Christian Academy on the Northside, took two first-place awards for artwork depicting a growling bear.

Jon, who lives on the Northside, took top honors in monochromatic drawing and sculpture in the Georgia Association of Christian Schools Academic and Fine Arts Competition. More than 1,200 students in 34 schools participated. Victory Christian, at 10613 Lem Turner Road, had 26 students receive awards in the competition.

-- Beginning at 6 p.m. April 19, the Northside community will honor cancer survivors at the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event at Florida Community College at Jacksonville's North Campus.

All cancer survivors are invited to participate in a special opening ceremony during which they will walk the first lap of the relay, symbolizing their personal battle against cancer.

Cancer strikes approximately three out of four families. It is a fight being fought every day in the Northside community. Relay For Life celebrates the spirit, the hope and the courage of each cancer patient.

Teams of 10-15 people from businesses, civic organizations, churches, neighborhoods and families walk the track for 18 hours, showing their commitment to fighting this disease.

A very special luminaria ceremony takes place at dusk. Hundreds of luminarias light the path of the walkers. The luminarias honor those who are surviving cancer and remember those who lost their battle. …