School Notes

School Notes

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Misako Masuada of McLean, a student at Churchill Road Elementary School, is one of three winners of the 2003 Concerto Competition of the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts (CIFA). The performers will present their recital pieces with an instrumental ensemble composed of Columbia Sanctuary Orchestra, CIFA faculty and guest musicians on Saturday, June 21, at 7 p.m., in the Columbia Baptist Church sanctuary. Admission is free.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

George Matthew Clayton Mardelli of Vienna graduated from Hargrave Military Academy on May 31. He plans to attend Christopher Newport University this fall.

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.

The Kilmer Middle School team competed at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, May 28-31, in Ames, Iowa. The Kilmer team placed seventh in the competition for problem four, the "odd pod structure," division two. The challenge was to create a structure using no more than 18 grams of balsa wood and glue that would hold the most weight possible. The Kilmer Middle School team was one of ten teams from Fairfax County that competed. The Odyssey of the Mind competition aims to give students a chance to brainstorm creative problem-solving methods to given problems.

Timothy Abbott and Brian Jacokes, both of McLean, and Eric Price of Falls Church are among students competing for places on the United States of America Computing Olympiad (USACO) team. They are attending USACO's summer training camp at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. Four students will represent the United States in the International Olympiad in Informatics. Finalists were invited to the camp following a review of their scores on three Internet programming competitions and the USACO's U.S. Open. More than 400 students competed for one of the camp's 14 places. The International Olympiad will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis., Aug. 16-23.

The James Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Talent Search recognized the following area students for their exemplary performances on tests administered in order to identify children in need of the center's special programs, services and resources:

Nina Ran, Brian Wu and Yu Zhao of Kilmer Middle School tied for first place in the eighth grade math category. Jessica Lee and Yun Tong of Kilmer Middle School and Brian Lee of Longfellow Middle School tied for second place in the eighth grade math category. Jacob Steinhardt of Kilmer Middle School tied for first place in the seventh grade math category. Jeffrey Siebach of Louise Archer Elementary School tied for second in the sixth grade math category.

Seventh and eighth graders took the college Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Fifth and sixth graders took the PLUS Academic Abilities Assessment.

Three students from Pimmit Hills Alternative High School, a Fairfax County public school, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships to Northern Virginia Community College by the Dunn Loring Rotary Club. Seniors Hadya Kahin, Roxana Cordova and Silvia Reyes competed for the scholarships on the basis of written essays, personal interviews, recommendations and academic achievements at Pimmit Hills. Over the past two years, Pimmit Hills has received nearly $17,000 in scholarship funds due to the Dunn Loring Rotary Club's involvement, helping students who are often older, from other countries and are balancing jobs and children to achieve their goals of higher education.

The Forest Edge Drama Club performed “Welcome to Bedside Manor,” a hospital-centered musical comedy, on June 12. The play was directed by Carole Stein, a fourth grade teacher.

Julia Galeota, a rising junior at Holton Arms School in McLean, recently enrolled in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. The forum takes will take place July 6-15 in Washington, D.C. Galeota will join more than 350 other high school students from around the country who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in medicine.

Hotminus, a multimedia show of the history of teenage music, was performed by Hal Trapkin on Wednesday, June 11 at Spring Hill Elementary. The show follows popular music from ragtime to rock to rap and country and includes live music, slides, drumming and several costume changes.

David Miller and Katherine Woody were named Scholar Athletes of the Year for Oakton High School during a ceremony on June 9. Katherine Nicolaisen was named Sportswoman of the Year, J.D. Morgan and Rob Burton were named Sportsmen of the Year, and Jackie Gray and Dan Bauers were named Athletes of the Year.

Vienna Youth Inc. has announced its 2003 VYI Scholarships.

James Madison High School: Callie Morgan Pagaon, Emily Rebecca Franko, Peter B. Magellan, Andrew Biard, Joy Elizabeth DiLillo, Parker Ramsdell, Erin Manfredi, Drew Morgan and Jennifer Ann Lou.

George C. Marshall High School: Dominique Dupras, Mark B. Gleason, Paul Doupe and Katherine Shontz.

Gonzaga College High School: John Timothy Stranix.

Potomac Falls High School: Courtney Ann Gjormand.

Paul VI High School: Patricia Michelle Orfini.

Thomas Jefferson High School: Laura Elizabeth Peterson.

Oakton High School: Glenna Marie Kibler.

Bishop O'Connell High School: James R. Newbold and Billy Tinsley.

The Class of 2003 Most Valuable Players are Jonathan Urcuyo of Madison High School, Candice Zirkle of Marshall High School and Daniel Prentice and Daniel Bauers of Oakton High School.

Katlin Rogers of McLean recently graduated from Oldfields School in Glencoe, Md. Rogers plans to attend Radford University in the fall.

Daniel Stine of Oakton High School has been selected to attend this summer's Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Richmond. Each summer, 400 students who have displayed exceptional ability in their particular discipline are invited to participate in either the Governor's School for the Humanities or Visual and Performing Arts' intensive four-week program of classes, workshops, field trips and special events designed to encourage students' individual growth as well as challenge them to achieve excellence in their fields.