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January 12, 2013

Rockport Ramblings: Business students advance to state contest

Rockport Ramblings
James Niedzinski

---- — Students go to states

The Distributive Education Club of America competition at The Crown Royal Plaza Hotel in Danvers saw hundreds of competitors and many of the winners came from Rockport schools.

Students earned top spots, all qualifying for the state championships in March at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

The contestants are Caleb Tanson, accounting; Matt Ambrogi, first place for apparel and accessories; Jenny Sonia, human resources; Shayne Beauvais, first place for retail marketing; Nick Laverde and Matthew Rostkowski for financial analysis; Kelly Biondo, principals of hospitality and tourism; Kyle Edmonds and Tucker Meredith, business marketing operations research; Ginny Lawrence and Heather MacArtuher, business operations research; Loren Grier and Veyla Jacksons, entrepreneurship — growing your business; Alexis Cruz and Sedra Balzarini, business marketing operations research; Ryan Davis, Kyle Schraft and Patrick McNiff, first place in business marketing operations research; Marissa Foote and Erin Pratt, business marketing operations research; Meghan Tupper and Sofia Zoppati, first place for hospitality and tourism research; Hannah Lorden, Kim McEachern and Anna Rittenburg, financial literacy promotion; Miranda Gale and Krysia Strumpf, entrepreneurship; Sam Roel, entrepreneurship; Shelby Gale and Annika Walima, international business plan; Ekin Bakkal, entrepreneurship; Erik Radzinski, first place for entrepreneurship participating event, Michael McCarthy and Chris Ambrose, entrepreneurship innovation plan; Katie Andrews and Sarah Rowen, advertising campaign; Julia Endicott and Sophie Volpe, first place for fashion merchandising.

Police officer moves on

Earlier this week, selectmen signed off on an agreement ending police officer Sean Andrus’ duties with the town. During their meeting, selectmen said Andrus requested to be transferred to the Salem Police Department.

Arts this weekend

Following the town’s celebrated history of music and all things art-related, Rockport residents can be treated to a flurry of events in the coming weeks.

Nobody can be exposed to too much culture, especially in today’s society.

Today, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Rockport Art Association will be hosting a special exhibit at the Hibbart Gallery on 12 Main St.

The exhibit is a special showing of the John F. Gale collection and other fine paintings. These works will be subsequently sold at auction Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

Although the event is sold out, the Shalin Liu Performance Center will host a historic interpretation by the Flamenco Dance Project tonight at 8. Spanish music and dance styles are celebrated, dating back to the 18th century.

The Flamenco Dance Project features critically-acclaimed guitarist Juanito Pascual, flamenco singers Barbara Martinez and Alfonso Cid, and renowned dancers Jose Moreno and Sabrina Avilés.

Tickets may be turned in and available at the door.

However people still can get tickets to see pianist Wendy Chen when she plays Sunday at the Shalin Liu.

At age 14, Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn, and in 1990 became the youngest winner of the National Chopin Competition. She has appeared with the Boston Pops and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in programs that also featured musical legends James Taylor and Art Garfunkel.

The concert starts at 3 p.m., ticket pricing starts at $28 and can still be purchased through

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