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Westfield High School is kicking off the new school year with a Bulldog Barbeque on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 4-8 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for new clubs, check out the sports offerings and pick up their class schedules.

Outback Steakhouse will be donating steak and chicken dinners, and Chik-Fil-A, Chipotle, Dominos, and Starbucks will also be available.

Live bands will be performing, including Westfield's marching band. The school's "Its Academic" team will compete against a team composed of faculty members.

"It's a great opportunity to bring the community together," said co-chairman Lynn Terhar.

There will also be a live and silent auction, dunk tank and moon bounce.

Three local students have been selected as recipients of the Pamplin Leader Award at Virginia Tech. They are: Colin Reagle of Centreville High; Amy Beckwith of Chantilly High; and John Maviglia of Westfield High School.

The award is a one-year merit-based $1,000 tuition scholarship presented annually to one qualified student from each public high school in Virginia and is open to students in all majors.

Anne Geldermann of Chantilly High School is one of 15 recent graduates of Fairfax County Public Schools who has been named a winner of college-sponsored merit scholarship awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Geldermann, who hopes to study diplomatic service, received her scholarship to Virginia Tech.

A newly expanded alumni Web site for graduates of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is now available at www.fcps.edu/alumhome.htm, where alumni can find information about upcoming reunions and events.

Nearly 50 reunions are listed on the site, with links to individual reunion Web sites for more information.

An alumnus can also add his or her name to elementary, middle, and high school directories by filling out a form with his or her name and e-mail address.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has openings in its 5-year-old pre-kindergarten program for the 2003-2004 school year. This class meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call the office at 703-830-3175.

Registration is in progress for Centreville Preschool's "themed" summer camp program. There is still a session being offered one day per week on Mondays. It began July 7 and ends Aug. 13. The fee for this six-week program is $132. Call 703-830-5656.

Bull Run Elementary has a full day of fun planned for Thursday, Aug. 28. A kindergarten orientation is planned for 11 a.m. Then from 3-5 p.m. is an open house for all parents, students, teachers and their families, staff, bus drivers, community members, etc. Students may meet their teachers and walk around the school with their parents. A picnic will be held behind the school from 4-6 p.m. Call 703-227-1400.

Centreville Preschool Inc., a non-profit co-op preschool, has a limited number of slots available for 3- to 4-year-olds in its afternoon programs beginning in September. CPI is located at 13916 Braddock Road. Call CPI at 703-830-5656.

Robinson Secondary is holding its 20-year reunion for the class of 1983. The event will take place in the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner on Aug. 16. Call 800-655-7971 or visit the Great Reunions' Web site at greatreunions.com.

Robinson Secondary is holding its 10-year reunion for the class of 1993. The event will take place at the Hyatt Fair Lakes in Fairfax on Oct. 18. Call 800-655-7971 or visit Great Reunions' Web site at greatreunions.com.

Chantilly High School is holding its 10-year reunion for the class of 1993. The reunion will take place on Aug. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax. Call 800-655-7971, or visit the Great Reunions' Web site at greatreunions.com.

The Chantilly High School Class of 1984 is in the process of planning its 20-year high school reunion for the fall of 2004. The Web site is www.communityzero.com/chs84/. Or e-mail gdepalma2@nyc.rr.com or sjs8688@aol.com.

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.

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.