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On June 8, several hundred Flint Hill families, faculty and alumni gathered at the 3320 Jermantown Road West Campus gymnasium for the Commencement Order of Service for the class of 2002. The class of 2002 is the first class to graduate in the school’s new building. The sixty-four graduating seniors were welcomed by Headmaster tom Whitworth and listened attentively to the advice of the Commencement Speaker, Georgetown University President Dr. John D. De Gioia. After diplomas were awarded, students filed down the center aisle, formed a ring with their parents on the lawn in front of the newly constructed campus, and in what has become a Flint Hill tradition, flung their mortarboards in the air with a cheer.

Nathaniel M. Baldwin, a junior at James Madison High School, has been accepted for a summer study program at Oxford University in England for the month of July. He will major in International Relations with a minor in Law and Society. After returning to the States he will be attending the National Student Leadership Conference at American University in International Diplomacy.

Eric A. Heisman, son of Kim and Suzanne Heisman of Great Falls, has been awarded a $26,000 academic scholarship from University of Tampa. Eric completed his freshman year at Northern Virginia Community College and will start sophomore year at University of Tampa in August.

Brian D. Segal, of McLean, VA, a 2002 graduate of McLean High School has been selected to recieve the Pamplin Leader Award, a one-year, merit-based $1000 tution scholarship to Virginia Tech.

Mclean High School-Emily Donaldson, a junior, has been selected and chosen to attend this summer’s Governor’s School for Humanities at the University of Richmond, an intensive four-week program of classes, workshops, field trips, and special events designed to encourage students’ individual growth as well as challenge them to personal excellence in their fields. Emily is the daughter of Beth and Evan Donaldson of Mclean, and has also been selected to attend Girl’s State this summer. Hosted by the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies, the school will be held June 30, 2002 to July 27, 2002, and is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and participating schools.

The National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF), in commemoration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, recognizes the efforts of Becky Sipos of McLean High School for encouraging students to pursue their career interests. Sipos shows commitment to enhancing the educational experience by nominating McLean High School students to explore NYLF programs in law, medicine and/or defense, intelligence, and diplomacy. Students are nominated to participate in NYLF programs based on demonstrated academic achievement an interest in one of NYLF’s three core fields of study. The young scholars from around the country who attend NYLF are introduced to industry leaders and participate in rigorous reality-based simulations that challenge their problem-solving skills and encourage them to take a leadership role in whichever career path they choose. For more information on NYLF programs, visit

The following local high-school reunions are being planned for the summer and fall of 2002. First-Class Reunions is in the process of locating alumni. Alumni may call 888-327-1984 or visit to update their information.

James Madison High School — Class of 1987, 15-year reunion, July 6, at Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner

Oakton High School — Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, July 27, at Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner; Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Aug. 10, at Holiday Inn Old Town Alexandria; Class of 1987, 15-year reunion, Nov. 29, at Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner

Thomas Jefferson High School — Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Aug. 17, at Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax; Class of 1971-72, 30-year reunion, July 13, at Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner; Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Aug. 10, at Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner

Langley High School — Class of 1992, 10-year reunion, Aug. 10, at Holiday Inn Tysons Corner; Class of 1982, 20-year reunion, Oct. 12, at Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner.

Founders Day festivities at Green Hedges School, part of the school’s 60th anniversary celebration, were attended by Mayor Seeman, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Maud Robinson, and other officials. Mayor M. Jane Seeman read a proclamation declaring the day of the celebration Green Hedges Day in Vienna, and Supervisor Hudgins read a similar proclamation issued by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The proclamations reminded all present that Frances and Kenton Kilmer are remembered as friends, poets, and advocates of social justice by many in the town of Vienna. Head of the School Scott Votey reminded the audience that 60 years ago the Kilmers founded the school on principles of educational excellence in a setting which valued the unique backgrounds and skills of each student. He displayed a booklet describing the 60-year history of the school. The booklet will soon be available at the Freeman Store. Third grade students performed a traditional Maypole dance. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed birthday cake.