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National Competition: 'An Affair of the Arts'

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After four days of intensive dancing, acting, concertizing, painting, sculpting, or otherwise demonstrating their artistic prowess during a competition week in Miami this month, 36 out of some 150 of the most talented high-school students in the nation were awarded the title of finalist and a $3,000 unrestricted cash award by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

The arts competition, begun in 1981 by a group of business leaders in Miami, annually draws several thousand high-school contestants from around the country. Those students receiving the highest rankings from judges in the "Arts Recognition and Talent Search" (arts) program are invited by the foundation to compete for top honors during an expenses-paid week in Miami.

In addition to the 36 1985 finalists, 38 semi-finalists and 40 merit-award winners were chosen by the judges. Semi-finalists will receive a $1,500 award, and merit-award winners will receive $500. The foundation also named 296 other arts participants as winners of "honorable mention" citations.

Students honored in the arts program are also selected by the foundation to be candidates for the Presidential Scholars program, a White House program for top high-school seniors in each state. The Presidential Scholars in the Arts are scheduled to perform at the White House on June 19.

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