Nora Curry is among the three Paul VI Catholic High School National Merit Finalists, making her eligible for a National Merit Scholarship based on the results of her PSATs.

Nora is the daughter of Dennis and Christine Curry of Falls Church. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Leadership Youth Corps and Spanish Club. A volunteer at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Nora has also taught ESL for Spanish speakers at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She will attend Fordham University in New York City on a full-tuition scholarship. V66-101

Jennifer McCarthy, a graduating senior of James Madison High School; Stephen V. Ho, a graduating senior of Langley High School; and Andia Nadimi, a graduating senior of Oakton High School, were selected for the Reston Hospital Center Medical Staff and Volunteer Scholarship as a result of their academic achievements and interest in pursuing health-care careers. McCarthy will attend George Mason University, Ho will attend Virginia Commonwealth University, and Nadimi will attend the University of Virginia.

The American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180 of Vienna is sponsoring 15 local high-school students who will attend the Boys State of Virginia program at Liberty University in Lynchburg. The students selected from Madison High School are James Gaughan, Peter Magelin, Harry Merritt and Joseph Whelan. Scott Brody, Matthew de Nesnera, Matthew Green, Charles Harris, Christopher Holden, Clayton LaForge and Michael McGinnis were selected from Oakton High School. Michael Dennis, Thomas Grattan and Sean McVey were selected from Marshall High School. Graham Fisher, a student at St. Anselm’s High School, will be sponsored as well. Boys State, a program for male high-school rising seniors, instructs students on leadership and government from the town to state level and includes exposure to the logistics of law enforcement, court proceedings and legislative sessions.

Five students from Pimmit Hills School, a Fairfax County Public Schools alternative high school, have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Dunn Loring Rotary Club. The students plan to use the scholarships to continue their education at Northern Virginia Community College. The Dunn Loring Rotary Club had committed one $1,000 scholarship to a Pimmit Hills student, but after interviewing the five candidates, they decided to give an award to each nominee. Individual Rotary Club members, as well as the club, are providing the additional funds. The five scholarship winners are Jiao (Melissa) Xu, Hamdi Abdulsalam, Fouzi Warders, Thupten Monlam and Omaira Nooristany.

The Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic Association has awarded $1000 scholarships to two Northern Virginia high-school seniors. Milena Arciszewski is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Arciszewski of Fairfax. She is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and will attend the University of Virginia this fall. Jina Hyun is the daughter of Mrs. Yong Hyun.

She is a senior at Oakton High School and will attend Stanford University in the fall. More than 200 young women competed for the two scholarships. The winners were selected on the basis of their outstanding academic records, their dedication to volunteer activities in their communities and their extracurricular activities.

Jeremy Su, a graduating senior of Langley High School, was selected for the Reston Hospital Center Medical Staff and Volunteer Scholarship through her volunteer activities with Reston Hospital Center’s Volunteer Services Program. Su will attend University of Pittsburgh.

On May 23, the fifth-grade class at Chesterbrook Elementary in McLean held a Renaissance Festival in conjunction with the students’ study of the period. The day featured activities that included lute playing, period music, dances and juggling. Each student picked a different historical figure from the Renaissance and planned an activity that the other students at Chesterbrook could perform to learn more about the individual. For instance, students were allowed to paint like Leonardo da Vinci or print letters like Gutenberg. Parents prepared a Renaissance feast for the fifth-graders.