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Shoals Spark Competition Fosters Ideas For A Better Community

Mar. 05, 2019

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, Ala.-Shoals Spark, an idea competition for elementary, middle school and high school students living in the Shoals, was created to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in our community's young people to generate unique ideas about how to make the Shoals a very cool place to live and work. Listerhill Credit Union is the event sponsor of Shoals Spark. Over 30 ideas were submitted for this year's competition and 10 finalists have been identified. The students chosen to present their ideas will do so at the Shoals Spark finale on March 14 at 5:00 p.m., at the Guillot Student Center on UNA's Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Shoals Spark is an Innovation Week event and is one of the initiatives under the umbrella of Shoals Shift, a creative effort to attract, nurture, and promote the Shoals. Shoals Shift is an initiative funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. -30- UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.https://www.una.edu/