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Feb. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: The Oscars

Tonight is the biggest night of the year for movie fans, as the Oscars — the Academy Awards — will be presented to recognize the year’s greatest movies.

Obviously, the anticipation will be greatest concerning which movie will win the Best Picture — Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook or Zero Dark Thirty.

Other awards will include the Actor and Actress in a Leading Role, Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing and a host of other categories.

It’s an honor to have been selected among the finalists for these honors, as the Oscar recipients will have earned lifetime esteem for their work.

THUMBS UP: Grace Christian basketball

The Grace Christian School girls’ basketball team advanced to the NCISAA 1A state championship game Saturday in Charlotte, as the Lady Crusaders were to play Trinity Christian in the finals.

The Lady Crusaders have had an outstanding season — and to have earned the right to play for a state title is the ultimate dream for high school athletes. It is a sign of great athletic success — of the culmination of a season of hard work and dedication in the chase of a dream season.

Congratulations to all involved with the Lady Crusaders’ teams on a tremendous season that should bring great pride to all Grace Christian supporters.

THUMBS UP: Spelling Bee participants

Congratulations to SanLee Middle School eighth grader Hunter Randolph, who for the third consecutive year has won the Lee County Spelling Bee and the opportunity to participate in the national Bee to be held in Washington, D.C.

West Lee Middle School eighth-grader Katelyn Taylor was second, with Deep River Elementary School fifth-grader Garrett Gordon placing third.

These three top finishers, as well as all of the students who participated in the competition, are to be commended for their efforts in reaching the county Bee, which is organized by the Lee County Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education and co-sponsored by Lee County Schools and The Herald.