Soldotna Montessori students take part in Model UN

...DeVolld, Terri Carter and Matt Faris chose countries based on the number of delegates. They selected Zimbabwe, Chad and Sierra Leone - all African nations. Each student was assigned to a different committee such as the Human Rights Council, U.N...

Henry Louis Gates returns with 'The African Americans'

...brute power." In episode one, Gates takes us to Sierra Leone where "300,000 Africans were taken." It was only...kept meticulous records. Priscilla was taken from Sierra Leone at age 10 and purchased by John Ball of Charleston...

School board highlights good deeds, departing members

...Liberian Book project. Reynolds and Trudy Petersen recently traveled to Liberia, a west-African country bordered by Sierra Leone and Guinea, with a population of 3.7 million people. Both ladies, with the help of many other community members...

Byron L. Bondurant

...the University of Connecticut and he studied for his PHD at Purdue University. He worked for the Peace Corps while in Sierra Leone and in Somalia for the United Nations and in India for the Ford Foundation and U.S.A.I.D. He was a professor...

Concert admission is free. CDs will be available for donations of ...

...CDs will be available for donations of $25. All donations will go toward the widows and orphans ministry in Daru, Sierra Leone run by The Way Ministry. http://www.TheWaySierraLeone.org Concert is being given at Christ Lutheran Church...

First Position

Now Playing Synopsis: Six dance students follow the same dream against long odds in this documentary from filmmaker Bess Kargman. The Youth America Grand Prix is a competition for young ballet students between the ages of 9 and 19; it's one of the world's leading proving grounds for new talent, and most major dance companies and schools pay close attention to who fares well in the annual contest. Each year, thousands of dancers enter, but only three hundred make it into the finals, held in New York City. First Position follows six youngsters who've entered the Grand Prix, and their lives and backgrounds offer a glimpse into the wide range of competitors. Sixteen-year-old Joan Sebastian Zamora is from Colombia, and his parents have sent him to America to train with a top instructor; he has to deal with his family's high expectations as well as those of the judges. Miko Fogarty is a 12-year-old from Palo Alto, CA, who dreams of becoming a professional; her parents believe in her, but also want her younger brother to follow in her footsteps, whether he's willing or not. Fourteen-year-old Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone, and is still haunted by memories of the bloody civil war there; she's since been adopted by a couple in Philadelphia, and dreams of becoming a star in a field where African-Americans are still not well-represented. Rebecca Houseknecht is a 17-year-old from Maryland who looks like a star, and she hopes to skip college and go directly into professional dance. Aran Bell is eleven and the son of a military doctor; he's determined to learn, and while his family is in Italy, he travels hours each day for lessons with a former star of the Ballet Marseilles. And Gaya Bommer Yemini, a close friend of Aran who is also eleven, is the daughter of Nadine Bommer, a well-respected Israeli choreographer, who hopes to follow her mother into the world of ballet. First Position received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Miko, Jules Fogarty, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Aran Bell, Michaela DePrince Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review



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