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Education Notebook - 07/09/03

Minshew Earns Scholarship

<bt>Kathryn Minshew, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, has been awarded a $2,500 Discover Card Tribute Award scholarship.

Minshew is one of seven scholarship winners in Virginia and is one of only three Virginia winners of a gold award, the top award of the Discover Card Tribute Award program, finishing first in the arts and humanities category. Her scholarship award may be applied to the post-secondary education or training program of her choice.

As a top state winner, Minshew is eligible to compete for one of nine national scholarships each worth $25,000.

More than 8,000 high-school juniors nationwide applied for the scholarship. Applicants are required to have a minimum 2.75 grade point average and must demonstrate accomplishments in three of four areas, including special talents, leadership, obstacles overcome, and community service.

<sh>Staff Honored

<bt>Four employees of Fairfax County Public Schools have been selected as winners of the Onthank Award, the highest recognition by Fairfax County for its employees. The awards were presented to Kathy Johnson, food service manager at Glasgow Middle School in the Alexandria area; Joan Ledebur, coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools interagency alternative schools, Department of Special Services; Wanda Peters, assistant building supervisor at Union Mill Elementary in Clifton; and Stephanie Wilson, educational administrative assistant at Westgate Elementary in Falls Church. The school system employees represent four of the nine Onthank Awards winners this year.

The award is named for the late A. Heath Onthank, who served as the first chairman of the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission and advocated for the county's career merit system. Each winner receives an engrave plaque and a cash award.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 p.m.

Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities meeting. Belle Willard Center, 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax.

Thursday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

School Board regular business meeting. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Saturday, July 12

* Mount Vernon High School reunion, class of 1983. Holiday Inn Alexandria.

* Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, class of 1983. Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax.

For more information, call 800-655-7971 or on the Web, www.GreatReunions.com.

Saturday, July 19

* Chantilly High School reunion, class of 1978. Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna.

* Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology reunion, class of 1973. Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel, Fairfax.

For more information, call 800-655-7971 or on the Web, www.GreatReunions.com.