School Notes

School Notes

<lst>At the recent Heritage Music Festival in Chicago, the Hayfield Secondary chorus and bands earned the music department the "Sweepstakes Trophy" for their performances. At the festival, Hayfield's Men's Choir, Advanced Ladies Chorale, Madrigals and Concert Choir, all conducted by Ann Stammer, were awarded Gold medals and first-place prizes in their categories. The Intermediate Ladies Chorale, conducted by Margie Marble, received a Silver Medal and second place in their category. The high school Wind Ensemble and Symphonic bands, led by Patrick Burke, placed second in the class "B" bands overall, and the Wind Ensemble took second place in the "A" category of bands.

Marlene Free and Debbie Gordon were named state winners of the 2004 Career and Technical Creating Excellence Awards. Their project, "Roots Run Deep ... Nurturing and Growing Through Learning" was a joint partnership between the Mount Vernon Rotary Club and Hayfield Secondary School's Teacher Cadets. The collaborative effort allowed for community resources to be utilized in planning age-appropriate learning activities for elementary students.

Hayfield Secondary's Debbie Gordon is the 2004 Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year Award winner. The award is given by the Fairfax County Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association.

Philip Schuchardt, graduating senior at Hayfield Secondary, has been selected to attend the Presidential Classroom (PC) Technology and Public Policy Program. PC Scholars interact with Washington insiders, including members of Congress, presidential appointees, senior military officials, top business leaders and journalists.

Hayfield Secondary senior Mariya Pantyukhina has been awarded the "Art Portfolio Silver Award," which is a national honor in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards given out by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Maria was chosen from among 200,000 entrants.

Hayfield Secondary students Brian Gartland, Becky Schwartzman, Katie Christ and Brian Braunlich each received a Cappie Commendation. Each of the four was chosen for their contribution to their school's theater program.

Michelle Borzino of Hayfield Secondary is the 2004 recipient of the Interact Club's "Service Above Self Award."

The Hayfield High School 2004 Junior Prom Court is Leilani Ching, Megan Gallahan, Lauren Limerick, Kaitlyn Mulvey, Laura Spurlock, Ann Uumongkolthavong, Dustin Barnett, David Cheng, Huy Chu, Mike Freeman, Ali Malone and Pat Martin. The 2004 Senior Prom Court is Neela Balkissoon, Lauren Chess, Kristen Pallozzi, Ashley Rock, Christine Villanueva, Jill Yoerges, Abdullah Arsala, Matt Bly, Brian Geraldo, Alfredo Morales, Carlo Sandiego and Tristan Vincent.

The JROTC Air Rifle Team at Hayfield High School, led by Kimberly Healy, Michael Pulliam, Chris Allard and Charles Yeon, advanced to the Fairfax County Championships. The team also qualified for the Virginia State American Legion Tournament. David Fabozzi, Andrew Pham, James Bryne, Bradley Koehler, Brian Koehler, Derek Uebel, James Anderson, Adam Becker and Paul Iyola helped the Raider Team to a third-place ribbon by earning streamers in physical fitness, the rope bridge and the 5K forced march events.

Health and physical education teacher Ron Simms at Hayfield High School was recently acknowledged in the May 2004 Fellowship of Christian Athlete's national magazine, "Sharing the Victory," in an article titled Heart of a Coach.

Hayfield High School student Bryon Russell has been selected as a participant in the Presidential Classroom program, which allows its participants to observe the federal government at work, witness the development of public policy and explore the roles of citizens, lawmakers, experts, associations and businesses and meet with members of Congress, presidential appointees, journalists and other Washington insiders and names in the news.

Christopher Cunningham and Michael Haugan, students at Hayfield High School, both have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Christopher's Eagle project was to build animal habitats and help with the reforestation effort at the Mount Vernon Estate. Michael collected kids' bicycles, repaired them and then donated them to charity.