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Langley High School recently announced its winners in the National PTSA Reflections contest. Pictured with LHS Principal Willliam Clendaniel are First Place winners Michael Greenway, for Music Composition; Alexander Chang, for Visual Arts; and Torey Bocast, for both Literature and Photography. The students' works centered on the assigned theme "Signs of Courage." They will now go forward to competitions at the Cluster level. Regional, State and National awards will be announced early next year. Other winners at Langley are: Photography Competition: Erica Mire - 2nd Place, Jamie Segal - 3rd Place, and Torey Bocast - Honorable Mention; Music Composition: Kristen Hwang - 2nd Place, Frances Thunder - 3rd Place, Cary Cotton - Honorable Mention; Visual Arts: John Kipke - 2nd Place, Karen Killgore - 3rd Place, Kate Wingrove - Honorable Mention, Matt Slowik - Honorable Mention; and Literature Competition: Torey Bocast - 2nd Place, Lindsay DuPertuis - 3rd Place.

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Members of the Madison High School band will make available the 2002 White House holiday ornament, celebrating the 1902 Roosevelt restoration of the White House. The East Room's chandeliers were the inspiration for the centerpiece of this year's ornament. For purchase, contact any James Madison High School band member or ornament chairperson Terri Kingsley at 703-281-3590.

The Great Falls Elementary School Community Service Club (CSC) prepared 50 bag lunches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. CSC coordinator Diana Trent, her daughter Melissa and CSC members Victoria and Oliva Guzzardo delivered the lunches to the shelter. The CSC is planning to participate in helping with the Reston Interfaith Thanksgiving Holiday Food Baskets 2002 assistance program. The Embry Rucker Shelter is a county shelter operated by Reston Interfaith Inc., which provides temporary housing and support services to homeless individuals and families. The CSC is an after-school program made up of 31 kindergarten through sixth-grade students and parent volunteers working together on projects to help others.

Sean Dunaway, the son of Steven Dunaway of McLean and Deborah Best of McLean has been inducted into the National Honor Society at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal. To be selected a student must have earned at least a grade point average of 3.5 after having attended Randolph-Macon for at least one semester and excel in the areas of leadership, scholarship, service and character.

David W. Johnston, the son of Donna J. Bogart of Vienna and David W. Johnston of Leesburg has been inducted into the German National Honor Society at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal. To be selected a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.6 or better in German over three semesters and have a least a 3 point grade average overall.

Despite the heaviest December snowfall in twenty years, on December 5, the World Children's Choir based in McLean was featured in a longtime Washington DC tradition - the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.  WCC served as the Official Choir of the Opening Ceremony hosted by President and Mrs. Bush.

Among the many exciting elements of this performance was the debut of a new holiday song, "The Peace of Christmas," written by WCC Associate Artistic Director James Selway specifically for the Choir and this occasion. Selway is the composer of the 9/11-tribute piece, "With One Dream."

In addition to "The Peace of Christmas" the Choir performed holiday

classics with Lee Ann Womack, Three Mo' Tenors, Roy Clark, Steve Wariner and Metropolitan Opera soprano Hei-Kyung Hong. The Choir was accompanied by the United States Air Force Band.

The World Children's Choir is grateful to Raytheon and Bank of America, whose contributions made this appearance possible.

Caroline Salamack, a junior at The Madeira School in McLean, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Chicago, Ill. this past summer. Miss Salamack joined 400 other juniors and seniors from across the US at the forum . She is the daughter of Donald and Maureen Salamack of Great Falls.

Applications for Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships are now available to local Hispanic high school seniors from the greater Washington, D.C., area. The deadline for application is Feb. 1, 2003. Forms can also be obtained at the Web site www.rmhc.org. For those without computer access, call Jennifer Holtz at 703-741-7513.

Sue Kervick and Dave Boltz of Longfellow Middle School and Robin Wilkins and Andrew Gekoskie of Langley High School were honored by the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for their outstanding work in preparing young musicians of America.