Maya Marcel-Keyes and Adele Loria, seniors at Oakcrest School in McLean, have been selected as semifinalists in the 48th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Maya and Adele are two of the more than 1.3 million juniors from more than 20,000 U.S. high schools who entered the 2003 National Merit Program by taking the 2001 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Their performance on the test landed Maya and Adele in an elite group of students who, according to a spokesman for the National Merit Scholarship Corp., represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high-school seniors. The semifinalists will contend for a finalist position in hopes of obtaining one of the 8,000 scholarships totaling $30 million to be awarded next spring.

Ryan Cooper, Jason Gardenier, William Harper and Alexander Orr of Langley High School; Colin Addis-Lieser, Harry Merritt, Joon-Hee Park, Stephan Paul, Elizabeth Traut and John Tsiaperas of Madison High School; Christine Elliott of Marshall High School; Meredith Haines, Brian Manley and Nicholas Sednew of McLean High School; and Cynthia Johnson and Erfan Parvez of Oakton High School were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The semifinalists will contend for finalist positions in hopes of obtaining one of the 8,000 scholarships totaling $30 million to be awarded next spring.

Northern Virginia Friends School at 2854 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton will host six open houses this fall at the new site on Hunter Mill Road just north of the intersection with Route 123 in Oakton. Families will have an opportunity to tour new classroom spaces, learn about the interior and exterior planning and the school's educational philosophy.

The evening open houses will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23; Tuesday, Nov. 5; Thursday, Nov. 14; and Monday, Nov. 18. Weekend open houses from 4-5:30 p.m. will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 8.

Applications are available by calling 703-281-6837 or through the Web site,

The Langley High School Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Ensemble Spotlight Series. The bands will be in residence in New York City from April 24-28 and will each perform a 40-minute concert as part of Mid-America Productions' 2002-03 at Carnegie Hall. Andrew Gekoskie, director of bands at Langley, said the bands were selected based on audition tapes from the last five years.

Registration is ongoing for fall classes at the McLean Community Center (MCC). More than 50 classes for children are designed with learning in mind. Sports classes like Soccer and Kids Sports introduce children to the rules of the game, and parent-and-child classes allow parents to spend quality time with their children as they learn. Other classes include FunFit, a parent-and-child active-play class utilizing creative movement and games to develop motor skills, coordination and socialization. Little Scientist’s classes, for children ages 3-8, are aimed at introducing children to scientific concepts. Other classes include Chemistry of Color and Light and Super Sensations. For a full listing of children’s classes at MCC call 703-790-0123 or visit