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Churchill High

Parents, teachers and friends are greatly relieved that the annual senior spring vacation trips are over and that the seniors have safely returned home.

The focus now changes to end of the year events. In fact, the annual "Blast From the Past" opens at Churchill this weekend and will continue through next weekend with a total of six shows, four evening, two matinees. The Blast formula has become wildly successful. This year’s troupe of entertainers promises to be one of the best yet.

Sophomore Katie Silverman says, "It has taken a lot of hard work to get all of songs and dances exactly right. I know we have got it together and the show will be amazing."

The emcee format was sought out by many students hoping to express their comedic abilities. The directors expanded their ranks from two to four participants including Jeremy Becker, Michael Birns, David Cetlin and Adam Eskow. Be sure to get tickets to see this year's Blast From the Past.

Upcoming Performances

“Blast from the Past,” Winston Churchill High School's 13th annual rock music revue, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on April 19, 20, 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. on April 20 and 27. The theme of this year's show, "United We Rock," will highlight American music as well as honor America and its heroes. The musical numbers include songs from the 1950s, the disco period, country music and the Motown era. Tickets cost $10 and $15 and can be purchased in advance. Call 301-469-1243 or e-mail WCHStix@aol.com.

“Brigadoon,” by Lerner and Lowe, is the spring musical of Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway in Rockville. Show dates are April 18, 20, 21, 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be held April 21 at 2 p.m. Reserved seats are $10; general admission is $6. Call 301-279-8582.

'Curtains Up!' Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, presents a musical revue Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 18-20, at 7 p.m. in its new Performing Arts Center. Music includes oldies, Broadway and pop. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students. Call 301-299-8500.

Spring Dance Concert presented by students at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville. Show times are Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6-$8. Call 301-279-5301.

Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road in Potomac, will hold a Rededication Ceremony, a community celebration in honor of its renovated facilities at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20 in the Dr. Gertrude G. Bish Auditorium. The school will also hold an open house from 3-5 p.m. featuring student exhibits, demonstrations and performances. Call 301-469-1200.

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking adults and public school students to serve on two major committees that advise the Board of Education on educational, curricular and policy issues. The committees are Career and Technology Education and Family Life and Human Development. Members serve without compensation and meetings are held in the evening once a month. Applications are due by Friday, May 10. Appointments will be made on June 11. Call George Margolies at 301-279-3301 or email George_Margolies@fc.mcps.k12.md.us. Application forms are available at www.mcps.k12.md.us/boe.

Ira Shapiro, Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 8th District, will convene a discussion on “Our Schools, the Achievement Gap and Lifelong Learning,” at Woodlin Elementary School, 2102 Luzeme Ave. in Silver Spring on Sunday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m. Participating in the free event will be Linda Storey, Maryland Teacher of the Year 2001; Arthur Levine, president and professor, Teachers College, Columbia University; Bill Gaston, director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland; Maria Del Rosario (Charo) Basterra, director of National Origin/Language Minority Programs, the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center; and Kafi Robinson-Barry, principal, Cresthaven Elementary School. A reception will follow. Call 240-497-1201 or visit www.irashapiro.com.

Awards and achievements:

Natacha Blondiaux, a German-French citizen living in Potomac and attending Winston Churchill High School, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington, D.C. Blondiaux was chosen for her academic achievements and interest in the field of law.

The following students received academic degrees from Boston University this winter: Potomac resident Sara L. Weiser was awarded a B.S. in occupational therapy; Marguerite C. Borelli of Bethesda received an M.S. in physical therapy; and Laura C. Calderone, also of Bethesda, was awarded a B.A. in biology.

Potomac residents Maura E. Elford, Courtney C. Hardzog and Naz Moaddab; and Bethesda residents Alexis D. Granwell, Benjamin A. James and Ann E. Nash, have been named to the dean's list at Boston University for the 2001 fall semester.

Sarah E. Schill, daughter of Susan and Charles Schill of Bethesda and a graduate of Connelly School of the Holy Child, was named to the merit list at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, for the first semester of the 2001-02 academic year. To achieve this honor, Schill earned a minimum grade point average of 3.45.

Achieving a grade point average of at least 3.4, the following students at Syracuse University in New York have been named to the dean’s list:

In the College of Arts and Sciences, Sandra Palestine of Potomac, a junior majoring in psychology; Andrew Shin of Potomac, a sophomore majoring in political science; Dida Atassi of Bethesda, a junior majoring in international relations; Allison Dewolfe of Bethesda, a junior majoring in international relations; Mira Lezell of Rockville, a freshman majoring in political science; and Meryl Reback of Rockville, a freshman majoring in international relations;

In the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Jacquelyn Jouvenal of Potomac, a sophomore majoring in illustration; Allison Levine of Potomac, a senior majoring in advertising design; Lauren Seligson of Rockville, a senior majoring in retailing; Kari Ginsburg of Rockville, a senior majoring in drama; Angela Allen of Rockville, a freshman majoring in music industry; Christina Harper of Bethesda, a senior majoring in illustration; and Michael Dirksen of Bethesda, a senior majoring in drama;

In the School of Management, Aaron Brodsky of Potomac, a senior majoring in finance; Amy Burstyn of Potomac, a senior majoring in marketing management; Scott Faller of Potomac, a senior majoring in finance; Todd Brecher of Rockville, a freshman majoring in management; Kristen Larson of Rockville, a senior majoring in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises; Lauren Seligson of Rockville, a senior majoring in marketing management; and William Wright of Rockville, a sophomore majoring in general studies in management;

In the College of Human Services and Health Professions, Sharon Reid of Potomac, a freshman majoring in social work;

In the School of Information Studies, Scott Faller of Potomac, a senior majoring in information management and technology; Adam Landsman of Potomac, a sophomore majoring in information management and technology; Anjalique Lawrence of Rockville, a senior majoring in information management and technology; and Adam Lesser of Rockville, a senior majoring in information management and technology;

In the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Marissa Katz of Potomac, a sophomore majoring in public relations; Blake Mausner of Potomac, a sophomore majoring in public relations; Sandra Palestine of Potomac, a junior majoring in advertising; Lauren Poston of Potomac, a sophomore majoring in public relations; Dida Atassi of Bethesda, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism; Matthew Boyle of Bethesda, a senior majoring in television-radio-film; and Kristen Larson of Rockville, a senior majoring in television-radio-film.