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Devotional - District Fine Arts Festival, Raleigh, NC


     On Saturday, March 22nd three youth from Chowan County had the opportunity to compete in the NC District Fine Arts Festival in Raleigh, NC. Asheton Rivenbark, Justin Skittlethorpe, and Nick Crawley, (all members of Solid Rock Youth at First Assembly of God) put their best foot forward Saturday as they displayed their gifts and talents in front of other youth from around NC.

     Justin Skittlethorpe, who is well known in Chowan County as the lead singer and cofounder of the Christian Rock Band "One Hour Penny" entered the songwriting category. His song "Your Blood Flows" ended up taking the top spot with a "Superior with Invitation" rating. This now gives him the opportunity to compete in the National Fine Arts Festival which will be held in Washington, DC. in August. Not only did he take the number 1 spot but he also received the District Merit Award in songwriting as well.

    Both Justin and Nick Crawley (lead guitarist for One Hour Penny) entered a song that they co-wrote. "Hearts Aflame" a song that many youth in Chowan have heard "One Hour Penny" sing,  took top honors also receiving a "Superior with Invitation" rating and the District Merit Award as well.
Asheton Rivenbark competed in the Writing category of the Fine Arts Festival, submitting a superbly written poem that received a Superior rating.

    This is the second year that youth from First Assembly have competed. Last year Solid Rock Praise Team and One Hour attended the District Fine Arts Festival in Goldsboro, NC. "One Hour Penny received the District Merit award. Both "One Hour Penny and the Solid Rock Praise Team received a rating of "Superior with Invitation" and attended the National Fine Arts Festival in Albuquerque, NM.

    The District Fine Arts Festival is an event that takes place every year in NC in different locations around the state. This event is an opportunity for students to discover and develop their abilities and talents in different areas of ministry. From Vocal, Instrumental and Drama performance to Communications, Art, Writing. There is even a division for Comedy, Puppetry, Video Production and Web Site design. Once all the States are finished with their Fine Arts Festivals those who rate "Superior with Invitation" advance to the National level. There are many college scholarships available if they win at this level.

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