School Notes

School Notes

Elizabeth Kathleen Bubb of Ashburn, a student majoring in foreign languages and literature (Spanish) in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and Kristin Elizabeth Lamir of Ashburn, a student majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, are among the students who volunteer as a Eucharistic Ministers in Virginia Tech's Newman Community.

Three Loudoun County Public School students were recently named to the Group AA All-State Volleyball Team: Whitney Knudsen of Loudoun County High School and Kristin Fertick of Stone Bridge High School were named to the first team and Blair Brown of Loudoun Valley was named honorable mention.

Three students from the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) attended a national conference hosted by Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the student organization affiliated with the American Criminal Justice Association. The conference was held March 14-19 in Sacramento, Calif. One of the administration of justice majors who represented the Manassas Campus was Aurora J. Sanchez of Leesburg. Assistant treasurer Sanchez attended the conference to learn about other clubs and to compete in the crime scene criminal investigation exercise. She feels everyone should experience at least one conference like this. "It was great to meet people from different states who are making a difference as law enforcement agents, and I learned new ways for the club to help the community," Sanchez said. Sanchez cited the awards ceremony as the best part of the conference. "I like to see hard work rewarded," she said.

Sophomore Megan Meidlinger, in her first outing as a pitcher for Dominion High School, apparently became the first girl in VHSL history to record a win in boys' baseball. She was called in to pitch in the top of the third inning in the school's inaugural game against Randolph-Macon Academy on Tuesday, March 23, with the Titans trailing 5-3. She pitched 21/3 scoreless innings as the Titans won 17-7. In its first year of competition, Dominion has a roster of seven sophomores and nine freshmen. Meidlinger is the Titans' No. 2 pitcher and plays first base.

Betsy Woodruff, a home-schooled eighth-grader, won the 22nd Annual Loudoun County Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 25 at Potomac Falls High School. Qin Zhao, an eighth-grader at Farmwell Station Middle School, was the runner-up.

Students from Stone Bridge High School's Future Business Leaders of America chapter took home awards from the Shenandoah Regional Conference: John Beerman (economics), Ben Carroll (introduction to parliamentary procedure), Mike Benonis (JAVA programming) and Samie Moinipanah, Daniel Carroll, Anastasia Wolf and Sarah Carlson (parliamentary procedures) took first-place awards. Michael Pandish (business math) and Ashley Rath (business law) took third-place awards.

The Broad Run High School Debate Team captured the Dulles District title on Saturday, March 20 at Potomac Falls High School.

The Travis Film Festival is underway for high school student filmmakers throughout the county. Students may submit their films in up to three categories: Drama, Comedy, and Documentary/Other. A panel of professionals will judge the works, and the winning filmmakers will be awarded cash prizes. A poster competition is being held in conjunction with the film contest, and the winning artwork will become the poster for this year’s film festival. Artwork for the poster contest is due April 12 by 3 p.m. at the Loudoun Arts Council, 15 North King Street, Leesburg. Films must be received by 3 p.m. on April 30 at the same address. Full guidelines and entry forms for both contests are contained on the Web site Student films will be shown to the public on May 25, 26, and 27 at area theaters.

Students from the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) are taking an original adaptation of "Jack and the Beanstalk" into Loudoun classrooms this spring. The production will reach over 1,000 students at three local schools in April:

* April 13 - Sugarland Elementary School

* April 20 - Cedar Lane Elementary School

* April 27 - Algonkian Elementary School

The deadline to submit applications for the Loudoun Volunteer Services' Scholarship Program has been extended to April 16. High school seniors who have performed volunteer service at their church, school or for their community and who have a pending acceptance to an accredited college, business or vocational school are encouraged to apply. Students should submit their scholarship application to Loudoun Volunteer Services, 1 Harrison Street SE, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Va. 20177 by the close of business on April 16. Applications are available at each school, by visiting or by calling Lisa Rose, Volunteer Coordinator at 703-777-0113.

The George Washington University (GW) showcases its graduate programs on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m.-noon at the GW Virginia Campus in Loudoun County. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about 20 graduate degree and certificate programs offered in executive, accelerated, and traditional formats. New program offerings for fall 2004 include an M.B.A. and graduate certificates in Telecommunications Security and Electronic Warfare, Telecommunications Networks and Wireless and Mobile Networks.

The 12-year-old, 90-acre campus is located in Ashburn in the technology and business corridor near Dulles International Airport.

The graduate program spring open house will be held in the Research and Technology Building at 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. The GW Virginia Campus is located in the University Center off Route 7, one mile west of the intersection of Routes 7 and 28, and 12 miles west of Tysons Corner. For more information about the Open House, call the Marketing and Communications Office at 703-726-3650 or visit

Dominion High School will hold its first "Stompfest" on Saturday, April 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program will feature step teams from West Potomac, Woodbridge, Stone Bridge, Meadowbrook, Osbourn Park, Heritage, Oakton, and Westfield high schools. The River Bend Middle School and Dominion teams also will be exhibiting routines. In addition, the D.C. Showbiz Dancers , a well-known hip-hop dance troupe, will perform. Advance tickets can be purchased at Dominion High School prior to the show. They will be available in the main office from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. from Monday, April 12 through Friday, April 16. The advance price is $7. Tickets can be purchased the evening of the event for $10. A limited number of tickets are available. For more information, call 703-444-8025.

The Potomac Falls PTSO is seeking parents of Potomac Falls High School students and parents of rising eighth grade students from River Bend Middle School to serve in leadership roles during the 2004-2005 school year. No prior experience necessary. Job requirements are an interest in supporting the students at Potomac Falls High School, commitment to enriching the school community, attendance at fun-filled monthly board meetings, and desire to work with and get to know other PFHS parents. Nominee names and contact information should be submitted before April 19 to Jewel Lee Doherty at 703-421-7592, or Jane Kirchner at or 703-421-2274. Nominations will also be accepted at the next general membership meeting to be held Apr. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the school library. Elections will be held on May 17. For more information on PFHS, visit

Kindergarten registration for Loudoun County Public Schools will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Registration will be at the elementary school that the child will attend. For more information, call 703-771-6436.

The Advisory Board of the Ashburn Library, a branch of the Loudoun County Public Library, is accepting applications for a scholarship of $250 and the donation of a reference book to the Ashburn Library in honor of the award recipient. All 2004 high school graduates who will attend a post secondary school in the fall of 2004, and who attend either Broad Run High School or Stone Bridge High School, are eligible to apply. Seniors applying must demonstrate scholastic ability and interest in reading and library activities. Candidates applying must possess a current Loudoun County library card, complete an application (available at the information Desk of the Ashburn Library, and Guidance Office at Broad Run and Stone Bridge High School) and submit the application by midnight April 14. Award selection will be made by the Ashburn Library Advisory Board. For more information and to receive an application, call or visit the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, P: 703-737-8100V/TTY.

The PTSO of Stone Bridge High School still has a few choice booth and table spaces available for their annual Home & Garden Fair to be held on May 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spaces are going fast so contact Janet Klancher at 703-729-5975 to obtain an application form. Space fees are tax deductible as a charitable contribution. The show will feature Loudoun area vendors who range from those offering, interior decorating, furnishings and accessories to landscapers and custom builders. There will also be musical entertainment and refreshments at this years event. All proceeds go to the school's scholarship fund.

Park View High School's graduation has changed from 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Stone Bridge High School's Project Graduation is raffling off a 2004 Nissan Sentra in a Car or Cash sweepstakes. Project Graduation sponsors an alcohol-free, drug-free, tobacco-free, all night party for graduating seniors. All proceeds of the Car or Cash Sweepstakes will go to support this event. Winners of this raffle may choose the car, donated by Brown's Sterling Nissan, or $10,000. Only 600 tickets, costing $30 each, will be sold. The winner will be announced at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 1 at the high school. The winner does not have to be present to win but is required to be a licensed driver. Entry forms are available in the Stone Bridge High School office, in the school's newsletter and on its web site, Checks may be made payable to "SBHS Project Grad" with the note "Sweepstakes." Entry forms may be mailed to: SBHS Project Graduation, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147. A receipt/ticket will be returned by mail. For more information, call 703-729-2379 or 703-729-5717.