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MAD Camp July 18-22, 2016 For Students entering grades 3rd-9th – Fall 2016 – Register online now OR  Download MAD Camp Application here

Best of Student Artworks

Best of student artworks exhibit

Appalachian Arts Center is pleased to present its annual Best of Student Artworks Exhibit, now on display through May 28th. The exhibit features artwork created by students at Richlands, Grundy, Graham, and Castlewood High Schools. There are 185 pieces of art on display in many different styles and mediums. Visitors to the gallery will see examples of realism, pointillism, optical art and abstraction, as well as collage, pottery, jewelry, papier mache, scratchboard, pastels, graphite, charcoal, oil painting, watercolors, quilling, acrylic painting, photography, fused glass and mixed media creations. Participating students were recommended for the exhibit by their teachers and several of the artworks in the exhibit are for sale. The exhibit is sponsored by Michael Smith and Barbette Patton, who have generously done so for many years.

On Saturday, May 28th at 2:00pm, a reception will be held to honor participating students, their families, friends and teachers. Certificates of Artistic Achievement will be awarded, as well as prizes. Community members are invited to view the exhibit during regular business hours: Tuesday- Friday: 12:00-6:00pm; and Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm, or may attend the reception to meet the artists.This show is one of the most interesting that we do, as there is a great variety in terms of media, style, and subject matter, and there is A LOT to be viewed. In fact, the gallery is hung practically floor to ceiling with art for this show”, says Sarah Romeo, Arts Center director.  “We are always so impressed with the level of artistic skill present in our area’s young artists, and encourage folks to stop in to show support for these talented young people in our community.”

Appalachian Arts Center, a part of Southwest Virginia Community College, is located in the “Old Archie Helton Store, on Rt. 19, 2.5 miles south of Claypool Hill. For more information, please contact the Arts Center at 276-596-9188, via email at

Richlands Open Tennis Tournament Proceeds Fund Scholarships

The Richlands Open Tennis Tournament will celebrate its thirty-fourth year during play June 12-16, 2016 at the B.J. “ Bob” and Nona Nassif Tennis Courts at Southwest Virginia Community College.  Mary Ann Strong serves as Event Coordinator with David Ascue and Rod Moore as Tournament Directors. Joey Trivette is the SWCC Coordinator.  Strong says that “even though Bob and Nona have relocated, the tournament that was lovingly directed by Bob for 33 years is alive and well. We expect to continue in the “Mr. Richlands” tradition to have a very successful tournament.”

The proceeds from the tournament will go to Southwest Virginia Community College for their scholarship program, with tax-deductible gifts being made to the SWCC Educational Foundation. This support provides scholarships for students at SWCC, in the Music Program, which is one of the Nassif’s passions. Over the years, the tennis tournament has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships to be awarded to deserving students.

There are twelve Categories of Participation for ages 13 and under to Century Doubles (combined ages must total at least 100) in singles and doubles play for children, men, women and mixed doubles. The registration fee is $10 per person per category of participation. The entry deadline is June 10. Each evening, participants will be eligible for special prizes. The grand prize will be tickets to the Winston-Salem Open Tennis Tournament and will be given away on June 16.  Player registrations should be mailed to: Mary Ann Strong, P. O. Box 1209, Richlands, VA 24641 with checks made to SWCC Educational Foundation, Inc.

Sponsor contributions may be made to: Richlands Open Tennis Tournament, c/o Mary W. Lawson, Southwest Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641. Checks should be made payable to: SWCC Educational Foundation, Inc. Contributions are tax deductible within the guidelines of the IRS. Gifts may also be made in honor or memory of loved ones. Call 276-964-7348 or 276-964-7347 for donor and/or player registration information.


The Governing Board for the SWCC Governor’s School for Science and Technology announced that plans are underway for the 2016 summer activities. The school will be held in the Ralph B. Davis building at Southwest Virginia Community College. Rising seniors and juniors from all high schools within the SWCC service area are invited to apply for candidacy to the school through their school coordinator for the gifted. Coordinated efforts on behalf of Southwest Virginia Community College, Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell County school systems and the Virginia Department of Education make it possible to provide the school at no cost to students.  The goal of the Governor’s School being to get local students interested in and excited about the areas of science, medicine, engineering, and technology.

The school will start on Monday, July 11, and end on Friday, July 29, 2016. Applications are available at high schools in the SWCC service region now. 

Additional information can be obtained from your local high school principal or gifted coordinator or you can contact Mrs. Margaret Dye or Mandy Barrett- Co-Directors at 276-964-7277.

Twenty-four participants will be selected from applications received and evaluated by each school system. Factors to be taken into consideration include teacher recommendations, types of courses taken, class grades, achievement test scores, extra-curricular activities, and an essay in which students explain their interest in science and technology.

The SWCC Governor’s School is one of the pioneering Governor’s School efforts in Virginia, having been in existence since 1985. The twenty-four students selected are divided into 2 groups, each one with an interest in a particular branch of science. The study experiences include the areas of Computer Fundamentals and Life Sciences. Each group studies under one of two lead faculty selected from exemplary instructors from the counties, as well as from the community college.

A capstone project and field trips are also included in the experience. Six semester hours of college credit will be awarded as part of the experience. The college credits have in the past transferred as electives to most colleges and universities on an individual basis. However, students are urged to consult with their prospective colleges and universities for questions on this matter.

The SWCC Governor’s School has been highly commended for its excellence in delivering quality educational experiences to its students.  Students who participated in the 2015 Governor’s School expressed their appreciation for the opportunity afforded them to share in the many experiences from the study and travel associated with the program.

Parents recognized the Governor’s School experiences as positive influences on their children’s academic goals and expressed their appreciation to the local school divisions and the community college for making the school possible.  This year the school has been enhanced through several innovations and changes to further bolster the experience.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. event was held on Monday, January 18, 2016, at the King Community Center. See image gallery below courtesy of Gayle Cox, Public Relations.

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