School Notes

Duane Baker of Fairfax has recently been selected to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. NYLC is a leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Duane, a junior at Oakton High School, is one of about 400 scholars from around the country participating in the conference.

Nicole Louie of W.T. Woodson High School was among 10 students in Virginia who have been recognized for excellence in the 2005 Arts Recognition and Talent Search, of the National Foundation for Advancement in Arts. Nicole was recognized in the visual arts category.

Project Book Break, founded by Paul VI Catholic High School senior Marisa Behan to benefit local foster children, is trying to break last year’s collection of 2,500 new or gently used books. Collection boxes for books are located in the front office of Paul VI through Jan. 15. For more information or to arrange for a donation, call Behan at 703-709-9829.

Gan Israel's Winter Camp takes place Dec. 27 to Dec. 31 at the Chabad Community Campus, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. Open to grades K -8. Program features arts and craft projects, indoor and outdoor winter sports and trips. For more information or to register, call 703-426-1980.

Sleepy Hollow Preschool hosts an open house and registration for the 2005-06 school year on Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Friday, Jan. 21. Sleepy Hollow Preschool offers a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program for children ages 2-4. For more information, visit www.sleepyhollowpreschool.com or call 703-941-9791.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. sponsors the Long & Foster Scholarship Program, awarding $1,000 to each of 200 recipients for the 2005-06 academic year. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the student's name. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2005, and the scholarships will be awarded in the beginning of April 2005. Eligible high school seniors must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate leadership and financial need, indicate positions of leadership, and list all school groups and/or community organizations in which they have served or been involved, and any part-time job held while in school. Applications can be obtained at www.longandfoster.com/scholarship or from high school guidance counselors.

The Virginia High School League recently honored student journalists at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for their work on the school magazine "Threshold," and on their newspaper, "tjToday."

Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology students Rebecca Elliott and Ian MacDougall won first place in newswriting from the Virginia High School League. Andrew Don and Brian Landry won second-place honors.

Sunmin Park, a Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology student, won second-place honors in the Human Interest or Personality Feature category from the Virginia High School League.

Margaret Collins and Andrew Don of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology won first place in the In-Depth or Informative Feature category from the Virginia High School League. Liz Howard won second place.

Aman George of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology won second place in the editorial category from the Virginia High School League.

Anita Kinney of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology received honorable mention in the Bylined Personal Opinion or Column category from The Virginia High School League. Anita also won third place in the Review category.

Andrew Don and Greg Seroka of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology received first place in the Front Page Layout category from the Virginia High School League.

Kim Nguyen and Rachel Lazarus of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology received honorable mention in the Inside Page Layout or Spread category from the Virginia High School League.

The Board of Parents for Autistic Children's Education, Inc. (PACE, Inc.), a non-profit organization serving the autism community since 1996 and recently recognized with a nomination for the prestigious Northern Virginia Leadership Award, has voted to become the Northern Virginia Chapter of Parents of Autistic Children (POAC-NoVA). For more information on POAC visit www.poac.net.

The Adult and Community Education (ACE) Foundation of Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Office of Adult and Community Education recently awarded scholarships to 30 adult students who are pursuing career training with ACE. These scholarships are the first to be awarded by the ACE Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization providing tuition assistance to low- and moderate-income adult students.

Girl Scouts. Two groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17 years old, all year round. Activities include high-adventure outings such as rock climbing, white water rafting and back packing, international and national travel, internship opportunities on capitol hill, theater, art, science, technology and making friends. For more information call Betsy Kiger at 1-800-523-7898, ext. 578, Sharon Fontanella at 703-451-4680 or Dale Hook at 703-866-1840. Visit www.studio2B.org or www.gscnc.org.

Fairfax County Public Schools has established a new, toll-free telephone hotline for emergency messages, with information in three languages. The new number allows more people to use the hotline at the same time, reducing delays and busy signals. The new number, 1-800-839-FCPS (3277) is effective immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of school closings or delays or other emergency situations, information can be obtained by dialing the toll-free number from anywhere in the region. Messages are available in English, Korean and Spanish.