School Notes

School Notes

Beryl Hurwitch, a 1999 graduate of Park View High School, was presented with the Delaney Award for outstanding leadership and service by the Williamsburg Kiwanis organization at a luncheon on March 26 in Colonial Williamsburg for her four-year involvement with the William & Mary Circle K club. Hurwitch will graduate in May from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She hopes to return to Loudoun County and teach in the school system next year. As part of her award Hurwitch was able to make a $200 donation to the charity of her choice and selected the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

Algonkian Elementary PTA will host its annual Fun Fair on Friday, April 25, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will include food, cakewalk, moon Bounce, raffles, games and more. Algonkian Elementary is located at 20196 Carter Court just off Algonkian/Cascades Parkway in Sterling. For additional information, call 703-406-0938.

Open registration for the 2003-2004 Loudoun County After School Activities Program (CASA) is underway for students in grades 1-5 not currently enrolled in the program. Open registration is also for current CASA parents who submitted an incomplete registration during the pre-registration period. Open slots will be offered using a lottery system.

Until April 25, parents can use a PRCS registration form, available at any PRCS community center or the main office in Leesburg, to register for the lottery. You can also download a form by visiting and choosing Forms from the menu.

A completed registration form should be mailed to Loudoun County PRCS, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA, 20177-7000, or faxed to 703-771-5383, no later than 5 p.m. on April 25.

All lottery entries received by April 25 have an equal chance of being enrolled in the program. No payment should be sent for the lottery registration. Applicants will be notified by May 1 if an entry is chosen and instructions on how to complete the registration process will be given.

Those not enrolled through the lottery will be placed on a wait list

and notified as space becomes available.

CASA operates at locations throughout the county from the close of the school day until 6 p.m. There is a $45 registration fee per child and a monthly fee of $275.

During the 2003-2004 school year, CASA will operate at the following elementary schools and community centers: Algonkian, Ashburn, Balls Bluff, Catoctin, Cedar Lane, Cool Spring, Countryside, Dominion Trail, Evergreen Mill, Forest Grove, Hillside, Horizon, Hutchison Farm, Leesburg, Little River, Loudoun Valley Community Center, Lovettsville Community Center, Lowes Island, Meadowland, Mountain View, Mill Run, Potowmack, Reid, Rolling Ridge Round Hill, Sanders Corner, Seldens Landing, Sterling Annex Community Center, Sugarland, Sully and Tolbert. The county Before School Program is available at Little River and Hutchison Farm, starting at 7 a.m. The monthly fee is $135.

For more information, call 703-777-0432 or visit

Loudoun County Youth Services Division of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) announced the annual Blue Ribbon Art & Essay Contest for area students. The contest gives children the opportunity to support the month-long Blue Ribbon Campaign against child abuse and neglect. The theme for children ages 5-13 is “Healthy Ways to Solve Family Conflicts.” In choosing a design, students should consider how their own family deals with problems when they occur. Their goal is to illustrate healthy ways to solve problems.

All entries must be no larger than 11"x 17". Artwork can be done in crayon, paint, watercolor or marker. Children should include their name, address, age and phone number on the back of their artwork.

The winning poster will be used to promote the 2003 Blue Ribbon Campaign in Loudoun County and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to La Villa Roma restaurant.

Students ages 7-13 can also enter the Blue Ribbon Essay Contest. The theme for the essay is “A Blue Ribbon Moment with My Family “ or “Why May Family is a Blue Ribbon Family.” Students may want to write about a special family memory or the positive experiences that their family members share.

All entries must be 100 words or less and can be typed, printed or legibly handwritten. The student’s name, age, address and phone number must appear on the back of the submission.

The winning essay will be read as a Public Service Announcement and be used to promote the campaign. Also, the winning essay will be submitted to Prevent Child Abuse Virginia for the statewide contest and will be eligible for inclusion in the agency’s publications.

The deadline for both artwork and essays is April 24. Entries

should be submitted in person or by mail to: Blue Ribbon Campaign for Child Abuse Prevention, c/o Joseph Wilson, Loudoun County PRCS, 1 Harrison Street, SE, fourth Floor, Leesburg, VA 20175. Submissions

become the property of the Loudoun County Blue Ribbon Campaign for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. For more information, call 703-777-0697.

Loudoun County Public Libraries and the Loudoun Childcare Network are the topics of a new edition of “Inside Loudoun County,” which premiered at 7 p.m. on April 4.

Doug Henderson, director of Library Services for Loudoun County, talks about upcoming events and programs offered through the six branch libraries, as well as the upcoming summer opening of the Ashburn Library.

Debra Foster and Marion McCoubrey of the Loudoun Childcare Network discuss services such as assisting families in finding childcare and helping people prepare to start a home-based childcare business.

A regular segment of the show features Claire Smith of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, who spotlights upcoming events and activities sponsored by the department. In this month’s show she discusses the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse with Joseph Wilson, Youth Program Specialist.

The 30-minute cable television program can be seen Mondays and Fridays at 7 and 9 p.m. on Adelphia’s Government Access Channel 2, throughout April.

“Inside Loudoun County” is hosted by Nancy McCormick, of the Loudoun County Office of Public Information and is produced by Adelphia of Sterling.

Discover Loudoun. A new program for middle and high school students in Loudoun County will kick off this June. The Discover Loudoun-Student Series is an initiative to involve and engage emerging student leaders in the county by educating them on the county’s resources, providing exposure and access to county government decision makers, and interacting and networking with community leaders, businesses, academic institutions and non-profit groups. The program is targeted for students in grades 7-11. The cost is $25 per student. For information and registration, call Meghan Hall at 703-771-5839 or e-mail her at

Registration for Loudoun County Public Schools Summer in the Arts 2003 is now open. Open to grades 5-11, the program consists of workshops in the performing, literary, visual and creative arts. It will run from June 23-July 11 at Stone Bridge High School. Registration packets are available at all LCPS and are available at under departments. Registration fee is $25 and program fee is $225. The deadline for registration is June 6, 2003.

The Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference was held Feb. 28 -March 2, in Richmond. Of the 133 Loudoun County students in attendance, 48 qualified to go on to the DECA International Career Development Conference to be held in April in Orlando, Fla. Listed are the categories, awards and recognitions for each Loudoun student honored at the DECA State Leadership Conference:

Broad Run High School

Honor Society: Tommy Brown, Jason Kaiser, Charles Schulz, Cristina Martinez, Kristine Detar, Jennifer Cataldo

Merit Award: Ayesha Siddiqi, Sydney Dublin, Kirsten Utlak, Brittanie Davis, Charles Schulz, Marina Boetel, Nick Nguyen

Virginia DECA $1,000 Scholarship: Cristina Martinez

Learn and Earn Written Event, First Place: Brittanie Davis, Kirsten Utlak

Entrepreneurship Written Event, First Place: Drew Blahuta, Jason Kaiser, Charles Schulz

Technical Sales Event, Runner-Up: Wil Mines

Free Enterprise, Runners-Up: Ashley Blizzard, Timi Martins, Chalais Massard

Public Relations Project, Runners-Up: Kristine Detar, Laura Godfrey

Entrepreneurship Participating Franchise, Finalist: Corey Ennist

Fashion Merchandising, Finalist: Jennie Ramberg

School-Based Enterprise Report, Gold Level Certification: Broad Run H.S. Spart Mart

Chapter Annual Report: Preferred Level

Loudoun Valley High School

Park View High School

Honor Society: Carolyn Rose, Joseph Miller, Jamie Baker, Madiha Khan, Chantahmaly (Zorana) Boupha, Joanna Quinn, Adam Armiger, Christian Bongard, Jennifer Davenport, Jared Develli, Kristin Dyak, David Geiger

Quick Serve Restaurant Management, First Place: Carolyn Rose

Financial Management Team Decision-Making, Runners-Up: Chantahmaly (Zorana) Boupha, Madiha Khan

E-Commerce Team Decision-Making, Runners-Up: Amelia Burkel, Joanna Quinn

Travel and Tourism Team Decision-Making, Finalist: Sarah Custer, Autumn Gray

School-Based Enterprise Report, Gold Level Certification: Park View High School Store

Chapter Annual Report: Preferred Level

Potomac Falls High School

Honor Society: Ana Madriz, Jon O’Brien, Michelle Salvatierra, Pat Soleymani, Torey Wilson

Merit Award: Ashley Braggs, Amanda McNanley, Ana Madriz, Alexandra Moses, Jon O’Brien, Michelle Salvatierra, Pat Soleymani, Meghan Sparrow, Torey Wilson

Communications, Finalist: Megan Widman

Personal Selling, Finalist: Becca Rodgers

Apparel and Accessories, First Place: Alexandra Moses

Food Marketing Associate Level, First Place: Obi Onyeador

Full-Service Restaurant Marketing, First Place: Pat Soleymani

Retail Merchandising, Associate Level, First Place: Katie Jones

Retail Merchandising, Management Level, Runner-Up: Jon O’Brien

Retail Merchandising, Management Level, Finalist: Mike Orta

Civic Consciousness Written Event, Runners-Up: Ashley Braggs, Meghan Sparrow, Torey Wilson

Advertising Campaign, Finalist: Kristen Beebe, Christina Duong, Kyle Noro

Outstanding Virginia DECA District President of the Year: Ana Madriz

Virginia DECA Executive Vice President 2002-2003: Alexandra Moses

Chapter Annual Report: Blue Chip Level

Stone Bridge High School

Honor Society: Carleigh Ghent, Vanja Maric, Eric Smialek

Merit Award: Carleigh Ghent, Victoria Morales, Eric Smialek

E-Commerce Team Decision-Making, First Place: Steve Beech, Cedric Tchakounte

Sports Marketing Team Decision-Making, Runners-Up: Hannah Gershen, Chris Mogin

Marketing Management, Runner-Up: William Pillor

International Business Plan, Runners-Up: Eric Smialek, Sara Gilliam, Chris Buttrick

Civic Consciousness Project, Runners-Up: Jess Haley, Monica Davis

Public Relations Project, Runners-Up: Victoria Morales, Carleigh Ghent

Apparel and Accessories, Associate Level, Runner-Up: Christian Jackson

Technical Sales Event, Finalists: Andrew Butts, Derek Hoard

Advertising Campaign, Finalist: Vanja Maric

Chapter Annual Report: Blue Chip Level

The Loudoun County Wildlife Conservancy recognized students Alex Seebeck of Loudoun Valley High School, Yassi Pourkazemi of Potomac Falls High School and Erin Ebaugh of Loudoun Valley High School who participated in the 22nd Annual Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held on March 20.

Sixteen members of the Potomac Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America placed in the Northern Virginia Regional Competition on March 5 at Mt. Vernon High School and March 15 at Shenandoah University. The FBLA Students taking home honors included:

Jay Geiger, FBLA Scholarship and Future Business Leaders, first place in both events, advances to state.

Katie Jones, Marketing, first place, advances to state.

Julia Diaz, Networking Concepts, second place, advances to state.

Jen Kernich, Business Procedures, second place, advances to state.

Heather Simak and Heather Marshall, Desktop Publishing, second place, advances to state.

Chad Veloso and Ken Dreyer, Web Site Development, second place, advances to state.

Crystal Vo, Computer Applications, second place, advances to state; FBLA Scholarship, Alternate

Matt Arnhols, Job Interview, second place

Mike Ballard, Public Speaking II, third place

Aaron Cannice, Adam Hendricks, and Kyle Jones, Entrepreneurship, third place

Shannon O’Grady, Introduction to Business Communication, third place.

Potomac Falls also received the Honoree Chapter Award for Excellence. Doug Gieger won the honor of Regional President for the Shenandoah University Region of Future Business Leaders for the year 2003-04.

SAT and ACT Tests are administered at LCPS high schools throughout the school year. Remaining dates include:

* June 7, 2003 at Park View High School. Registration date for this test is Friday, May 2, with a late date of Wednesday, May 14. The SAT I and SAT II will be offered.

* The ACT will be offered on April 12, 2003, at Broad Run High School. The registration deadline is Friday, March 7, with a late date of Friday, March 21.

Fee for the SAT I is $26. Information about SAT testing can be obtained from guidance counselors at any of Loudoun County’s seven high schools or by going at

Fee for the ACT is $25. Information about the ACT also may be obtained from high school guidance counselors or on-line at

SAT testing usually begins at 8 a.m. on the Saturdays on which the test is administered. It’s suggested that students be at the testing site at 7:30 a.m. in order to be prepared to take the test.

More than 2,000 colleges and universities use the test scores as part of their admissions process.