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Stone Middle School is presenting "Annie Jr.," Thursday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m. Theater teacher Lois Walsh is directing, and tickets are $5.

Westfield High's Holiday Cabaret will be Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at 8 p.m. in the school auditorium. Students will sing, dance and perform holiday-themed vignettes in this colorful, family-friendly show. Tickets are $5 at the door, and seating will be in the round and will be limited to 200 people each night.

Poplar Elementary School will be holding its first Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafters are still welcome. For more information, contact Kathy Richter at 703-961-8671 or Tasha Virostek at 703-322-9255.

* Centreville High School's orchestra will perform "Peter and the Wolf," Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. The concert will include string players from the school and will feature members of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, plus guest conductor Glenn Quader.

* The orchestra's Winter Concert will be Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Included will be a "Concerto Grosso for Three Orchestras," by Vaughan-Williams, "The Vivaldi Gloria with Chamber Orchestra" and the Symphonic Choir and Symphony will perform a movement of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" plus holiday tunes. A reception will follow the concert.

* Centreville's Choral Department will present its Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Skip Maiden Theater. The concert will feature all the choirs: Women's Ensemble, Concert Choir, Front N' Center, Show Choir, Madrigal Ensemble and Symphonic Choir. Highlights include a South African work called "Freedom is Coming," performed by the Show Choir, and excerpts from Vivaldi's "Gloria," performed by the Symphonic Choir and Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, at the door.

A substance-abuse seminar for parents of Stone Middle and Westfield High students is held Mondays, at 6:30 p.m., in the Westfield High library. School Resource Specialist Leslie Churn, a substance-abuse counselor who works out of Westfield High, runs the free sessions and provides facts that every parent should know about teen-agers and drugs.

For more information, call her at 703-961-5474. The next dates are Dec. 6 and 20, Jan. 10 and 24 and Feb. 7. There are no seminars when schools are closed for holidays, breaks or snow days.

Rocky Run Middle School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, Monday through Friday, Dec. 6-10, in the Media Center. Students will browse during English Classes on Monday and Tuesday. Family Buying Night will be Wednesday, Dec. 6 until 8 p.m. Call Yvon Jensen at 703-802-7708.

The Chantilly High School Fine Arts Department will present its annual Holiday Spectacular, on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Reserved seats are $6 per ticket along with a donation of a can of non-perishable food, to be brought to the concert. Tickets may be purchased at Chantilly High School, from Dec. 6-8 from 11-1 p.m. in the cafeteria. Order forms are also available in the Chantilly High School front office. Tickets can be picked up at Will Call the night of the performance. Call 703-222-8181.

Chantilly High School will offer caroling groups to entertain at local holiday parties as a fund-raiser. Small groups of about eight carolers will be available to perform at your place of business or private party. Instead of a set fee, donations may be given to the Chantilly Music Boosters. The money will used to offset the cost of their music trips. To schedule a group to perform at your party, contact Carol Hrubik 703-222-1270 or e-mail mchrubik@aol.com

The Chantilly High drama department will present "A Christmas Carol," Dec. 20-22, at 7 p.m. each night in the school theater. This is Chantilly's Cappie entry, so it's sure to be extra-special. And the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim is always perfect for the holidays.

Westfield High will offer two children's holiday shows, Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-22, at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $3 at the door. Always a crowd-pleaser, this year's show will feature excerpts from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Students will also perform an original piece called "Hanukkah Harry."

<lst>NVTA, a non-profit organization of community theaters in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, announces its annual scholarships for high school seniors interested in performance or technical theater. A $1,000 performance scholarship in drama or musical theater will be awarded as well as a $1,000 technical scholarship in either set design, costuming, lighting, or makeup/hair design.

The application deadline is Feb. 7, 2005. For an application or more information. call Anne Ridgway at 703-330-2787 ext. 13.

Centreville's Angela DeSalvo, a senior education major at Thiel College, was named to the Dean's List Oct. 15 for academic achievements during the 2003-2004 academic year. She is the daughter of Al and Jeanette DeSalvo of Centreville.

Derek Jeffrey Ho of Chantilly was named to the First Quarter High List, Episcopal High School's academic honor roll, for the fall 2004 term. A sophomore, Derek is the son of Mr. Yen-Fu Ho and Ms. Ann Hsu of Chantilly.

The following students have been named to the honor rolls at Randolph-Macon Academy for the first quarter of the 2004-2005 school year.

* Walker Moore of Centreville, 8th grade — MS Principal's List (3.3 to 3.99).

* Evan Herr of Clifton, 12th grade — Upper School President's List (4.0 and above).

* Nathaniel Eldridge of Clifton, 12th grade — Upper School Dean's List (3.3 to 3.9)

These area residents were named Chancellor's Scholars at Syracuse University. Chancellor's Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year and transfer students and recognize outstanding academic achievement. Awards are valued up to $8,000 per year and are renewable.

* Daniel Germano of Clifton is enrolled in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences majoring in arts and sciences.

* Mary Lindberg of Oak Hill is enrolled in Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science majoring in bioengineering.

The following residents were named Dean's Scholars at Syracuse University. Dean's Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year and transfer students and recognize outstanding academic achievement.

* Seamus O'Connor of Chantilly is enrolled in Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications majoring in broadcast journalism.

These local students were among 3,000 new students who have enrolled at Syracuse University for the 2004-2005 academic year.

* Jillian Malm of Centreville is enrolled in the School of Education, majoring in inclusive elementary and special education.

* Mary Lindberg of Oak Hill is enrolled in the college of Engineering and Computer Science, majoring in bioengineering.

STEP CATS, a Saturday morning free tutoring program, operates from 9 to 11 a.m. Centreville High School needs tutors in the following five academic areas: math, science, social studies, English and foreign language. To volunteer or for additional information, contact Steve Komara at Centreville High School, 703-802-5419, ext. 2855.

Centreville Preschool Inc. (CPI), a non-profit coop preschool currently has a few openings remaining in its 3-year-old program for the 2004-2005 school year. CPI is a cooperative preschool with coop, semi-coop, and non-coop classes for ages 2 1/2 - 5. The school is located at 13916 Braddock Road in Centreville. Call the school at 703-830-5656 and leave a message.

The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool has openings in its 5-year-old Pre-K Program for the 2004-2005 school year. This class meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call the preschool office at 703-830-3175.

Alumni from Chantilly High School Class of 1999 are participating in an online community at http://classreport.com/usa/va/chantilly/chs/1999. There are no registration fees required to join in the fun. Each class member has full participation privileges. Stop in to view current class news. Exchange opinions and stay up to date with the message board. View the featured alumni biography of the day. Class member Geraldine Chi has volunteered to act as class administrator. She would like to invite all Class of 1999 alumni to stop in and fill out a profile so they can be reached regarding the next class reunion. This class-based alumni Web site is hosted by classreport.com. Other alumni classes from Chantilly High School can be accessed at http://classreport.com/usa/va/chantilly/chs/.

Aspect Foundation is looking for host families in the west Fairfax County and Loudoun County areas for the coming school year. Host families offer room, board and friendship while showing off the United States to these visiting students. Students from South America and Asia are still available for placement. If interested in hosting an exchange student, call Kathleen or Robert Rawls at 703-433-0362.