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Tawnya Ravy of Fairfax attended the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC), July 27 through Aug. 7, in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. The GYLC is a leadership development program for high school students from around the world who demonstrate leadership potential and strong scholastic skills. Ravy was among 350 scholars to attend the conference, which explored international politics, finance, culture and diplomacy with world leaders and newsmakers. In addition to a list of speakers, GYLC explored the centers of work diplomacy and finance, making stops at the U.S. State Department, the United Nations and various embassies. GYLC culminated in the Global Summit, which took place in the United Nations and assigned roles of world leaders to students during an international crisis simulation.

Newington Forest Elementary School alumni are asked to contact the school to help with the "Where are they now?" section of the alumni book to be distributed at the school's 20th anniversary celebration on Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m., at the school. Alumni are asked to share their best memories, both of Newington Forest and since graduating, and give some information about their current lives. Alumni may mail the information to the school or complete an alumni information form online at www.fcps.edu/NewingtonForestES. Contact Patricia Portare by writing to her at Newington Forest Elementary School, 8001 Newington Forest Ave., Springfield, VA 22153; calling 703-923-2617; or e-mailing Patricia.Portare@fcps.edu.

Calling all boys in first through fifth grades. September kicks off the annual Join Scouting campaign in Burke, Annandale, Fairfax, Clifton and Fairfax Station areas. Over the next month Cub Scout Packs will be distributing information about how elementary school-age boys and their families can join in the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. Information will be available at back to school nights, local churches and through neighborhood associations. Each Cub Scout Pack will host Join Scouting Night, a special recruiting event in late September. For more information, contact patriotjsn@netscape or contact the area Scouting membership staff at 703-426-1303.

Harmoniyah, the Gesher Jewish Day School of Northern Virginia choir, sang at the Israeli Embassy as part of an anniversary ceremony remembering Sept. 11, 2001. The students' songs added to a program including remarks by Ambassador Danny Ayalon and Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon on the topic "Terrorism in Israel and the United States."

The Gesher choir included Tamera Lanham, Samantha Levinson, Jeffrey Schwartz, Madelaine Schiff, Yael Silberman and Batel Yona of Fairfax; Daniel Litman and Victoria Litman of Fairfax Station; and Samantha Goldwasser of Springfield.