School Notes

School Notes

<lst>The McLean High School Boys Basketball Team will host two sessions of Highlander Basketball Camp this summer, at Longfellow Middle School, July 7-11 and July 14-18. Camp tuition is $110 per session. Camp times are 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact coach Drew Murphy at 703-714-5774 or

Great Reunions announces these confirmed dates for local high-school 2003 reunions:

McLean High School, Class of 1992, June 28 at the Doubletree Tysons Corner, Leesburg Pike;

Oakton High School, Class of 1983, July 26 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna.

The Flint Hill School Summer Programs, "Summer on the Hill," offer workshops, camps, trips and activities to both Flint Hill students and non-students, 5-18. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and Summer Programs run from June 23 to Aug. 1. Call 703-584-2392 to apply. Flint Hill School is located at 3320 Jermantown Road, Oakton.

Counselor and county mediator Marge Beiweis and her Churchill Manor crew won this year's Video Fairfax award, an annual event sponsored by the Fairfax Arts Council and Cox Communications. The winning entry, titled "Nothing Personal," was produced by parent Mollie Wise with Churchill Road Elementary School alumni Megan Shifflet, Kim McMasters, Maddie Wise, Roshan Alemi, Rohan Siddhanti, Jonathan Hofgard, Meg Starcher and Tim McNeil and Churchill Road sixth-graders Josh Sellars, Razi Shaban and Sophia Spivak. Another entry, "Just Say No," produced by Churchill Road alumni Samantha Duberstein, Yasmin Atefi and Kim McMasters and filmed by Tim McNeil and Hannah Saperstein, received an honorable mention.

The winning entry won $500 and a trophy, which is currently on display in the school's library.

Three students from Paul VI Catholic High School have been selected by American Legion Post 177 to attend Girls and Boys State. Ashley Morrison, a junior from Oakton, has been selected to attend Girls State at Longwood College from June 15-21. Juniors Stephen Hughes of Vienna and Matthew Roy of Oakton have been selected by American Legion Post 177 to attend Boys State at Lynchburg College from June 15-21. The program brings together outstanding juniors from around the state of for hands-on experience in how the government runs.

The Alden Theatre is looking for rising fourth- and fifth-grade students with an interest in performing arts to participate in this year's McLean Kids Summer Theater Workshop. The workshop will take place Monday through Friday, June 23- July 11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. The workshop costs $455 for McLean residents, $525 for non-residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit

McLean High School will host a boys lacrosse camp, June 23-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., for students currently in seventh through eleventh grades. Both beginners and experienced players are welcome. The camp will be led by McLean High School coaches and college players. Each camper should provide his own equipment, lunch and water. For more information and registration forms, contact Bill Triplett at or 703-893-3062.

So Yeong Park of Oakton High School in Vienna won the grand prize in the Virginia high-school division of Metro's annual student poster contest. The transit agency announced the winners of the contest at a reception for the student artists and their parents and teachers on Friday, May 16, at Metro Headquarters. This year's theme was "Metro 2020: Vision of the Future Metrobus and Metrorail."

The Northern Virginia Friends School (NVFS) has chosen Barbara Wile of Vienna as its director. Wile has spent three years on the NVFS board and holds degrees in both education and communication from Northwestern University. She has more than 20 years of experience in education, including previous employment at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and at Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C. The Northern Virginia Friends School is located on the campus of the Unity of Fairfax Church of the Daily Word. The school will open in September 2003 and hopes to have 30 students in pre-K through third grade, eventually growing through sixth grade. Open houses for NVFS will continue throughout the spring and summer. The Northern Virginia Friends School information line is 703-281-NVFS, and the Web site can be found on

Glories Happy Hats, an organization that organizes community service programs in which young people make hats for hospitalized children who have lost their hair due to illness, has 32 area children to thank for their contributions. These children received the President's Student Service Award at a ceremony on May 20 at the Old Firehouse Teen Center, McLean. To qualify for a gold pin, students donated at least 100 hours of service to the project in a 12-month period. To qualify for a silver pin, students donated at least 50 hours of service.

Gold pin recipients include Mantua Elementary School student Aurelia Khorsand; Oakton High School students Juangjoo Rabec and Huangjoo Rabec.

Silver pin recipients include Longfellow Middle School students Monica Augustenborg, Nataya Cadogen, Maria Cambone, Sara Fischer, Claire Garbak, Nader Gheblayi, Douglas Goldstein, Michelle Lavenuta, Ashley Moy, Neha Raparla, Rapee Sancho, Thomas Vari and Kelly Wroblewski; Cooper Middle School students Sal Capitano, John Endean, Alex Mitchell, Claude Murphy, Dan Segal and Yuko Shannon; Luther Jackson Middle School student Daniel Livengood; and Pine Spring Elementary School students David Livengood and Gregory Fleck.

The Great Falls Woman's Club, in partnership with Great Falls Elementary School, recently celebrated its 21st Poetry Awards Contest to demonstrate the mutual support of a commitment to poetry and the language arts while enhancing the children's creative process. Joanna Schilling, the school's reading specialist, coordinated the contest. All students in third through sixth grades were eligible to enter and compete for the cash prizes and grand prize. Winners were invited to receive their awards at a luncheon at the Riverbend Country Club.

Award-winners in attendance included Alexis Unwalla, grade three, first place; Max Mullen, grade three, second place; Jamie Mulligan, grade three, third place; Grace Fremuth, grade four, first place; Casey Malone, grade four, second place; Virginia Lee, grade five, first place; Lillian Chreky, grade five, second place; J.P. Buterbaugh, grade five, third place; Jackie Hugger, grade six, first place. Elain Xu, grade six, second place; and Armin Muhbanoozadeh, grade six, third place. Jackie Hugger also won the grand prize.

The Langley School Summer Studio and Starshine Theater Drama Camp will present "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn." Written and directed by Patricia Budwig, this completely new adaptation will be produced as a two-week drama camp for a cast of boys and girls 7-15. The camp will begin on July 7 and run through July 18 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Langley School, 1411 Balls Hill Road in McLean, with performances on Saturday, July 19.

Members of the cast will also have the unique opportunity to record their vocals onto the professional musical CD soundtrack. Those with dance/action interests will be included in a variety of choreographed scenes. The script also provides a speaking character role for each student in the play. For more information, call Patricia Budwig, director, at 703-790-9050, or e-mail

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia awarded certificates of appreciation to individuals in the Northern Virginia area who have lent significant support to students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).

The recipients include the following: Carmella Beggs, counselor, Waples Mill Elementary School; Eileen Patterson, teacher, Waples Mill Elementary School; Jennifer Johnson, special education, Waples Mill Elementary School; Barbara Marshall, special education, Waples Mill Elementary School; Susan Stimart, special education, Langley High School; Gay Leutbecker, special education, Langley High School; Diane Cormicle, school psychologist, Langley High School; and Jason McBeth, special education, Langley High School.

The Girl Scout Gold Award was presented to the following Senior Girl Scouts on May 18 at the Girl Scout Council's "In Your Honor" ceremony: Emily Armitage or Vienna; Katherine Bissell of McLean; Susan Cordovilla of Falls Church; Amy Davis of Oakton; Jessica Foulis of Vienna; Laura Root of Vienna; and Jennifer Williams of McLean.

The Gold Award is the highest award achievable in Girl Scouting and is earned by only 1 percent of the nation's Senior Girl Scouts annually.

Four seniors who are members of the award-winning McLean High School symphonic and marching bands will perform recitals in early June.

Sharon Surette will perform her tuba recital on Saturday, June 7, 3 p.m., at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean.

Susie Ramshaw will perform a trumpet recital on Sunday, June 8, 4 p.m., at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean.

Jay Andrews, clarinetist, and Katie Vodra, oboist, will perform a joint recital in the Craighill Burke Theater at McLean High School on Monday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.

Kathryn M. Minshew of McLean, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, will receive a $2,500 Discover Card Tribute Award scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to high-school juniors who have demonstrated excellence in areas of their lives aside from academics. Students must have distinguished themselves in three of four areas, including special talents, leadership, obstacles overcome and community service, as well as having maintained at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, to be eligible. The state winner will proceed to the national level and be eligible for one of nine $25,000 scholarships.

West*Group, a local real-estate development company, recently honored Westgate Elementary students who received good grades and demonstrated values such as respect and fairness during the school year. The students attended an awards luncheon hosted by West*Group at the company's headquarters in McLean.

Seta Palepu of Madison High School and Jessica Haney of Oakton High School won major awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Cleveland, Ohio.

Palepu's project, "Absolute vs. Relative Pitch: It's Music to My Ears! Or Is It My Mind?", won the first-place award of $500 from the Acoustical Society of America, the behavioral and social sciences Best of Category award, and the first-place award of $3,000 from the Intel Foundation.

Haney's project, "Characterization of Bending Loss in Optical Fiber," won the third-place award of $300 from the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society.

James Madison High School band program received five grants of $500, a total of $2,500, from the ExxonMobil Foundation's volunteer involvement program. The foundation encourages involvement in the community by offering grants to nonprofit organizations, including schools, based on employee, retiree and spouse volunteer hours.

The volunteer work of McLean High School band parents Prudy and Steve Traut, Marilee Davies and Victor and Lynn Minak earned the five grants. The parents presented the checks to Michael Hackbarth, band director, at a meeting on May 20.

The parents' activities included fitting, issuing and maintaining marching uniforms, concert dresses and tuxedos, as well as chaperoning at games and band competitions.

Langley High School's fourth annual baccalaureate ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 15, at 5 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church. The ceremony is a time for Langley graduates of all faiths to come together as a community before their commencement on June 17.

The theme of this year's interfaith ceremony is "Guiding Our Footsteps." Langley students will share personal religious readings from the Bible, the Torah, the Koran and the Book of Mormon. The Langley High School orchestra, madrigals and the band ensemble will provide the music for the ceremony.

Matthew Baker, a 2003 graduate of South Lakes High School, has been recognized for oustanding commitment to community service with a $1,000 grant from The Comcast Foundation Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program.

Bizzy Tysse of Langley High School, and Sung Eun Choi and In-Kyung Chae of McLean High School recently won $1,000 scholarships for winning Alden Theatre's 2003 James C. Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition. Tysse won in the theater category, Choi in the visual arts category and Chae in the music category.

Elizabeth Traut of Madison High School has been selected to receive the Virginia Tech merit scholarship, one of the National Merit Scholarship Corp.'s college-sponsored merit scholarships. Traut intends to study engineering.

John Tsiaperas, also of Madison High School, will receive the Alfred University merit scholarship. He intends to study software engineering.

Andrew Gekoskie, director of bands at Langley High School, will conduct his top ensembles at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Langley High School wind symphony and symphonic band were selected, through a taped audition, to perform in Mid-America Productions’ ensemble debut series, June 9, at 8 p.m. The Langley wind symphony and symphonic band are the first Fairfax County bands to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Local host families are sought for French high-school students studying in the United States this summer. The International Center for Language Studies in Washington, D.C., will have 15-20 students. Families will be asked to provide room and board, help facilitate the students’ use of public transportation, and include them in weekend activities that will enhance their American experience. Incidental costs will be paid. A stipend will be given to each host family. Call 202-639-8800 to apply.