For Immediate Release
8 September 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Area High School Submissions Sought for Tunxis Competition


Tunxis Community College has invited 22 high schools from the College’s service area to submit student entries for the 3rd Annual Art and Academic Challenge on Sat., October 23.

Students who are juniors or seniors in fall 2010 can compete in the following nine discipline categories: art, current events/history, math, music, photography, public speaking, sciences, theatre (monologue), and writing (poetry, short story).

Competitions, which will take three forms, include sequestered testing, contests held the day of the event, and juried competition. A gold, silver and bronze medal will be awarded in each discipline. Snacks and entertainment will be provided throughout the day.

Teams of judges for each discipline competition will consist of Tunxis educators and other local experts in their fields.

Students from public, private and parochial schools in Avon, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Simsbury, Southington, Terryville and Wolcott are eligible to participate. Those students who are interested should contact their school administrator since registration must be completed by a teacher/coach with the principal’s knowledge.

The College will also hold a holiday festival during the event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Tunxis courtyard. Crafters and artists are invited to become vendors at the festival, which will include holiday themed gifts and food. Vendors can reserve a 6-foot table by agreeing to donate 10 percent of earnings from the day to Tunxis. Dance and music schools, martial arts studios, and other groups interested in showcasing their services may provide demonstrations up to 20 minutes in length free of charge. In the event of rain, the festival will be held indoors on campus.

For more details, information on rules of the competition, and deadlines, call Elizabeth Keifer at 860.773.1619,, or visit the web site at All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Tunxis Student Emergency Fund, which distributes small amounts of cash to less fortunate students for emergency essentials.

From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers almost 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.  Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.