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BOONE — The Community Music School at Appalachian State University held its fourth Scale Olympiad on Saturday, Nov. 4, for High Country pre-college pianists of all levels. Students demonstrated their technical and theory skills for judges, earning ribbons and rosettes for varying levels of mastery.

Just a few years ago, two students from Watauga High School went on their first medical mission trip with Global Medical Training. They were young, inexperienced, nervous and not knowing what to expect. They came home changed forever, with a new passion for medicine.