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The Park View High foreign language clubs held Holiday Fest on Dec. 9 after school in the cafeteria. The event gave students in the French, German, Latin and Spanish clubs an opportunity to celebrate the holidays and experience some of the holiday traditions that are observed in different countries. Four cakes representing the individual clubs each had a bean somewhere in them, and the club member who got the piece of cake with the bean in it was crowned as the king or queen of that club.

Volunteers from the Key Club of Dominion High School will be gift wrapping purchases from Office Depot at 46301 Potomac Run Drive in Sterling on Saturday, Dec. 20. All donations for wrapping will benefit Kids R First, a non-profit all-volunteer organization.

Kids R First provides school supplies to students in need who attend grades K-12 in public schools in the Dulles Corridor area. The organization also assists high school students to defray costs of SAT tutorial courses, TOEFL tests, and other necessary tools for learning.

Donations will help Kids R First to reach 10,000 students in the 2003-2004 school year. Send donations to Kids R First, P.O. Box 3242, Reston, VA 20195. Call 703-860-2255. E-mail kidsrfirst2@msn.com.

A memorial service for Ken Culbert, the former principal of Park View, Loudoun County and Loudoun Valley high schools, was held in at the gym at Loudoun Valley High School on Dec. 8. Culbert died on Dec. 5.

Anyone wishing to contribute to a scholarship fund set up in his memory should send it to The Ken Culbert Scholarship Fund, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 North Maple Ave., Purcellville, VA 20132. Make checks out to Loudoun Valley High School with a notation on the memo line that the money is for the Ken Culbert Scholarship.

The Culbert family also asks that donations be made to the Purcellville Rescue Squad.

Forty Loudoun County Public Schools high school juniors attended "Job-for-a-Day" on Dec. 3, at Loudoun Hospital Center. Students watched a video on birthing and then split up into groups according to their interests.

The students filled out a resume and questionnaire to assist with their placement in and around the facility. Some students went to doctors' offices or to Nova Urgent Care, but most of them stayed in the hospital. Students asked for placement in physical therapy, surgery, the emergency department, laboratory, imaging, radiology, the birthing inn and telemetry.

The students also went over a book about confidentiality regulations in the hospital. They needed to know they were not to speak about whatever or whomever they saw in the hospital.

Nursing students from Monroe Technology Center were there to offer their experiences. "I remember going to Job-for-a-Day and here I am going to get my LPN this year," said Parker Smith, a student at Broad Run High School.

The Lions Club of Sterling is cooperation with Melodee Music of Sterling will host the annual James A. Bland Music Scholarship Competition on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. This year's competition will be held at Melodee Music Center in the lower level music education and recital complex. Admission is free and open to all. The winners of the competition go on to a regional contest in March. The contest is open to all elementary, junior and senior high students with instrumental or vocal ability. An application form and list of rules is available by writing to Sterling Lions Club, P. O. Box 45, Sterling, VA 20167-0045; calling 703-723-0077; or e-mailing sterlinglions@adelphia.net. Deadline is Jan. 22, 2004.

Tickets are on sale for the St. Theresa School's 10th anniversary celebration, "Mardi Gras Ball and Auction," to be held Friday, Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Reston at Reston Town Center. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine. A sit-down dinner will be held at 9 p.m. with a live auction and dancing to follow. Tickets are $80 per person. Contact Jennifer Sheehan to order tickets at 703-729-0576. Auctions items are needed. Call Susan Gaines at 703-723-1480 or e-mail at stottengaines@adelphia.net.

Sports Performance Institute will hold a Sports Specific Football Combine (Test) on Jan. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the NCC Sports Complex in Lansdowne (Xerox). Any athlete age 12-18 who wants to improve their skills is invited to attend at a cost of $45 per person. Combine will measure every aspect of a player's game and allow them to see how they stack up against players from across Loudoun and Fairfax County. Each Player will be tested on speed, power, agility, and strength. Register at www.spinow.com or call 703-948-6689.