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Alexandria Country Day School’s sixth grade handbell choir rang in the beginning of the holiday season recently at the annual Simon Evening of Giving at the Fashion Center in Pentagon City, a festive night of private shopping that benefits local charities. Led by music teacher Rob Blount, the students performed: the ACDS school song; “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” a traditional French carol; and “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing,” an English carol.

In other news at the school, as an endnote to the first capital campaign, Building on the Dream, on Nov. 16, the school welcomed donors to the unveiling of the new elevator! Built to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the elevator will enable heavy equipment and supplies to be delivered between floors more readily, and will enable those on crutches or in wheelchairs to move freely throughout the building.

On Nov. 23, ACDS students celebrated the special people in their lives at Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, an annual gathering during which grandparents and friends are welcomed into the classrooms, enjoy a reception in the library, and then listen to tributes, testimonials, and musical performances in the sanctuary of the Del Ray Baptist Church

Matiwos Tekle and Victor Amaya, both of Alexandria, have graduated from DeVry University’s Crystal City campus. Tekle earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology, while Amaya earned a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems.

Several Alexandria students have been named to the honor roll at Episcopal High School this semester. The students are Bennett W. Brasfield; Frances G. Chesson; Zachary J. Chesson; Katherine G. Coleman; Scout E. Douglas; Zachary B. Hoisington; Robert W. Larkin; Edmund S. Petrilli III; and Stephen R. Westerfield.

Carl B. Giller, a senior majoring in chemistry at the College of William & Mary, has been elected to the Alpha of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the school.

The Guiding Our Children Home Alliance invites the general public and home-schoolers to bring and play games at the Sherwood Hall Library the second Tuesday of every month from 3:30-5 p.m. The Sherwood Hall Library is located at 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria.

Meghan Shapiro of Alexandria has been named a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society at the College of William & Mary. Shapiro, a junior studying pre-law at William & Mary, is a 2002 graduate of T.C. Williams High School.

Three Alexandria residents were summer 2004 graduates of Central Michigan University. The students were Loay Dajani, who received a graduate certificate; Barbara E. Hebron and Kimberly Richberg, who both received masters of science in administration.

Tori Miller of Alexandria will perform in the ensemble for the University of Mary Washington production of "Godspell." Miller, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Miller, is a 2002 graduate of T.C. Williams High School. She is majoring in theater at the Fredricksburg, Va., university.