The middle school orchestra at Charleston County School of the Arts won top awards at the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Music Festival competition in Florida.

The orchestra won a first place and the Outstanding Orchestra Award, and their director, Susan Mears, received the Adjudicator Award for Excellence

The middle school orchestra has been invited to participate in the National Invitational Festival of Gold in Chicago, Ill., in 2013.

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