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Michael Plummer has been selected to be an ensemble cast member for the Mary Washington College production of "The Laramie Project." Plummer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Plummer of Haymarket and a 2000 graduate of Paul VI High School. Performances will be Feb. 27-March 1 at 8 p.m. and March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Klein Theatre. Tickets are $8/general admission and $6/students and senior citizens.

A junior majoring in theater, Plummer has had roles in past Mary Washington College productions of "Vaudevilles," "Cabaret," "Falling Grace," "Gemini" and "The Diviners."

Jason Farrell of Centreville was named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2002 semester at the School of Management at Syracuse University. Jason is a sophomore majoring in business.

Heather Carver, daughter of Bob and Dot Carver of Chantilly, earned Dean's List honors for the 2002 fall semester at Lynchburg College. Carver is a 2000 graduate of Chantilly High School and a junior English major at Lynchburg College.

Jessica Lightburn of Centreville has been selected for inclusion in the 2003 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lightburn of Smithfield Place attends Furman University in Greenville, SC. A committee of administration, faculty and student body members selected the students. They were chosen on the basis of academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

Westfield High School's Class of 2003 is gearing up for its annual bagged mulch sale. Proceeds from the sale go to the alcohol- and drug-free All-Night Grad Celebration for the class of 2003. The mulch will be delivered on March 15. The high-quality double shredded hardwood mulch is sold in three cubic feet bags for $3.98 each. Delivery is free for the purchase of 15 or more bags. Orders smaller than 15 bags may be picked up at the school on March 15. Deadlines for all orders is March 7. To order your mulch, send a check or money order to: Westfield High School, All-Night Grad Party, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, VA 20151. Make checks payable to WHS ANGP. Include the amount of mulch you want, delivery address and subdivision. Contact Pat or Doug Bishop at 703-631-3463.

Centreville High School's Class of 2003 is also holding a bagged mulch sale as a fund-raiser for the After-Grad party. Each bag contains 3 cu.ft. of high-quality shredded hardwood mulch which will be delivered to homes on March 22. The cost is $4 per bag. Delivery orders and pickup orders must be placed by March 15 for delivery to homes on March 22. To place orders, mail a check payable to CVHS Project Graduation, Centreville High School, Project Graduation '03, 6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. Orders may be placed online at http://www.chsmulch.com. Call Bud Gibson at 703-266-0639.

Deer Park Elementary second-graders will present "Songs from the Heart" on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. These students will present a collection of songs and dances they have learned in music class.

Cluster VII, of the Fairfax County Public Schools, is hosting its annual Community Meeting on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m., at Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, in the Little Theatre. This is a rescheduled date from the Feb. 19 meeting which was cancelled due to school closings. The invitation for this meeting is extended to include parents of students as well as community members of the Centreville, Chantilly, and Fairfax pyramid schools.

This is an opportunity to meet with the Springfield and Sully District School Board members as well as At-Large members of the FCPS School Board. The FY2004 budget will be open for discussion.

News from Centreville Elementary School:

* Due to the snow and cancellation of school on Feb. 7, the CES Movie Night was also cancelled. The "Spy Kids 2" movie has been rescheduled for March 14.

* Each Monday Area Band will meet from 2:30-4 p.m.

* Each Tuesday the Homework Club will be meeting.

* Thursday, Feb. 27 — Second-grade musical in the cafeteria.

* The next PTA meeting will be Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. If you haven't joined the PTA and would like to, contact the office for more information.

Fairfax County Public Schools is actively recruiting teachers, librarians, and counselors for the 2003-04 school year. A teacher job fair will be held on Saturday, March 8, at Oakton High School. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oakton High, 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna. The job fair is for secondary school and special education teachers. Registration is from now through March 4. Call 703-750-8533 to schedule an interview. Preregistration is required. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held on March 15.

Are you worried about paying for college? Learn the secrets of a $400,000 scholarship winner, Marianne Regins, by attending a free presentation of The Scholarship Workshop on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Centreville. Visit www.scholarshipworkshop.com/olive.htm or call 703-830-8769. All those who register become eligible for the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship.

Fairfax County Public Schools will co-sponsor the 11th Annual Northern Virginia Regional Student Mediation Conference on March 11 and 12 at GMU. The conference is for students, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and community volunteers from nearly 250 schools in conjunction with the George Mason University (GMU) Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR). The conference will focus on mediation in secondary schools on the first day, Tuesday, March 11, and on elementary schools on the second day, Wednesday, March 12. The theme of the 2003 conference is Conflict Resolution Skills: The Power to Make a Difference. Contact Marjorie Bleiweis, FCPS Safe and Drug-Free Youth Section, at 703-876-5247.

Westfield High and Virginia Run Elementary will present the art show "Transcending Time and Reality" with an opening night reception on Thursday, March 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Starbucks on Stone Road in Centreville. The show will remain on display during March in honor of Youth Art Month.

On March 15, in honor of Youth Art Month, Virginia Run artists will create a mural on the panels of the windows of Starbucks in Fair Lakes.

The elementary and middle schools that make up the Westfield Pyramid will exchange art work to be displayed at each of the different schools participating. The exchange allows artists of different ages to have their work displayed and seen by other artists in the area. The art work will return to Westfield in April for a large show that will take place in May.

Bull Run Elementary School in Centreville will hold its annual Fun Fair on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the school. The Fun Fair is a day-long event where families participate in games, contests and activities that bring together the entire school community. Come watch the faculty and staff challenge each other to a pie-eating contest, take your chances at some exciting games and have a slice of pizza. There will be a Silent Auction with more than 60 items to bid on.

The Fun Fair is coordinated by the Bull Run PTA with help from PTA volunteers, parents, faculty and staff. Proceeds help fund field trips, special guests and additional educational equipment in order to enrich the education of our children.

Telephone registration for the second eight-week session at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) has begun. Students can use the NOVAnet system (703-330-3770) through March 19 or register in person through March 14. Classes begin March 17. The Schedule of Classes is available online at http://www.nvcc.edu, where students can check for open classes before registering. Classes are available at two Prince William County locations: Manassas and Woodbridge. Tuition is $56.54 per credit for in-state students and $202.47 for out-of-state students. The Manassas Campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road (Route 234), just north of I-66. The Woodbridge Campus is located at 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, off I-95 at exit 156.

Lees Corner Elementary will sponsor a Fun Fair on Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school is located at 13500 Hollinger Ave., Chantilly. What's new this year is a moonbounce, jump shot basketball, space ship obstacle course, spin art and more. Contact Pam Dockins at 703-471-1455.

The musical comedy of the Capitol Steps will appear onstage live at Westfield High School on Sunday, March 30, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, general admission auditorium seats. Call 703-488-6363, ext. 7150. Proceeds to benefit the Westfield High School Orchestra students.

World Heritage is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico or Brazil through World Heritage International Student Exchange Program. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Students are well screened and are selected based on academic performance, English proficiency, teacher recommendations and personal interviews. Couples, single parents and families with or without children in the home are encouraged to apply. The students arrive shortly before school begins in fall 2003. Call Wyndy Fredrick at 1-800-888-9040 or 703-435-8948 or visit the Web site at www.world-heritage.org.

The Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland is seeking local families to help with the peace and reconciliation effort in Northern Ireland. Consider hosting a pair of Protestant and Roman Catholic teens (boys or girls ages 15 to 18) in your home for four weeks this summer.  To be eligible, families must provide a safe-neutral setting for the teens to get to know one another, a single bedroom for them to share, and day-long adult supervision. For more information or to obtain a host family application, contact Melinda Grochowski at 703-478-6291, or visit the Web site at www.cfpni.org.

Chantilly High School's class of 1993 is trying to locate alumni for its 10-year reunion. The date and location are still being decided. Contact First-Class Reunions at 888-327-1984 or visit the Web site at www.fcreunions.com to update information.

A Chantilly High Alumni Club is being started by Debra Weeks Alexander and her husband Joe, co-presidents of the Chantilly Athletic Booster Club. They hope to reunite Chantilly grads, as well as their parents, and get them involved in school spirit to make Chantilly a real, hometown school. Call the Chantilly Booster Hotline at 703-912-4002 and leave a message. Or call the Alexanders at 703-620-3434.

Centreville Elementary is expanding its after-school, homework/activities club for grades three through six. It'll go from one to two evenings a week, from 3:45 to 5 or 5:30 p.m. The school provides a snack and transportation home, plus homework help and various leisure activities. Some 140 children are expected to participate, but community volunteers are needed to help staff it; call Principal Jim Latt at 703- 502-3500.

The Centreville High School After-Prom Committee is selling a "Four Season Wildcat Blanket" to raise money for the After-Prom Drug/Alcohol Free Event in May, 2003. It is 56 x 70-inches, black/charcoal w/blue imprint, water-resistant nylon on one side that reverses to a cozy, non-pilling poly fleece. The hooded blanket folds up into a handy carrying bag with two pouches and a snap closure. Price is $35. Questions and orders, contact Liz Birk at 202-216-8607 or at 703-830-3513.

Fairfax County Public Schools will offer 14 high school courses online through its Online Campus for summer school 2003. The Online Campus offers regular education courses that are as challenging as in-class courses, with mandatory daily attendance, midterm and final exams, and Standards of Learning (SOL) testing. The classes are offered at no charge to FCPS students, but require the approval of the high school guidance counselor.

While it is not intended to replace the face-to-face classroom, the FCPS Online Campus offers choices for students who: are homebound or home schooled, need a class or two to graduate on time, need to catch up, or need to work but want to complete the requirements for a high school diploma. Information about the FCPS Online Campus can be found on its Web site at http://www.fcps.edu/DIS/OHSICS/onlinecampus/

NVTA, a non-profit organization of community theaters in the Washington, D.C. area, announces its seventh annual scholarships for high school seniors interested in either performance or technical theater. A $1,000 performance scholarship in drama or musical theater is awarded as well as a $1,000 technical scholarship in either set design, costuming, lighting or makeup/hair design. The application deadline is Feb. 10, 2003. To receive an application or for more information, call Anne Ridgway at 703-330-2787.