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Kelsey Ann Killmon, a 2004 graduate of the Potomac School in McLean, has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship. She will attend Bowdoin College in the fall.

As of July 1, active-duty military dependents (spouse or children) are eligible for in-state tuition for one year while a military husband, wife or parent is stationed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Northern Virginia Community College will institute the favorable tuition status for all eligible students registering after July 1. Currently, in-state tuition is $67.68 a credit, a considerable savings over the out-of-state rate of $215.13. "This is great news for out-of-state family membrs of active military in Virginia," says Dan Darley, military site coordinator at Ft. Meyers. "Families now have the time to change their residency status without the hassle of paying out-of-state tuition. Now military dependents won't be penalized by paying the higher rate while establishing Virgina residency."

Among the conditions of the grade period is the requirement of full-time employment and payment of Virginia income taxes. In addition, the student must be a dependent for Virginia and federal income tax purposes. Gov. Mark Warner and the General Assembly provided funding on July 1 to help offset some of the costs to colleges and universities for this item. Virginia's General Assembly further clarified that eligibility begins on the actual reporting date wshown on the military oders. After the one-year eligibility expires, any dependent of a member of the armed forces may continue so long as they, or th enon-resident parent claiming them as a dependent, are imployed full-time in Virginia and paying Virginia income taxes. Students eligible for in-state tuition under this law are not eligible for state financial aid funds that require Virginia domicile residency as eiligibility criteria. For more information, contact the admissions office at 703-323-3000.

The Great Falls Art Center is registering now for its annual Summer Art Camp, which takes place throughout July and August for children over age 6. Parents may choose the weeks they want their children to participate.

Instruction is different for each week, and the campers attend Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Art learning includes drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery and appreciation of great artists through the ages. The program includes daily lunches, games and swimming on the hot days until pickup time at 3 p.m. All staff members are professionally trained and experienced with degrees in education, art and child development.

For an application, call 703-759-3867.

The Great Falls Art Center holds regular, once-a-week classes in drawing, oil painting, pottery, sculpture and art history for children 6 and older, as well as for teenagers, adults and seniors. GFAC teachers are experienced, professional art educators.

For directions to the studio on Walker Road or for a schedule of classes, call 703-759-3867 or e-mail

McLean Project for the Arts presents workshops for children 6-11. Each session is planned to be fun and creative and has its own theme, including puppets and masks, nature, 3-D art adventures and more. Morning sessions for rising first- through third-graders meet Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Afternoon sessions for rising third- through sixth-graders are 1-3:30 p.m. Tuition is $100 ($110 nonresidents). Some sessions have already filled. To check on availability or for more information, call McLean Project for the Arts, 703-790-1953, or the McLean Community Center, 703-790-0123.

The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) will again offer its After-School Adventure Program this fall. OFTC is a satellite program of the McLean Community Center. The cost of the program is $375 per quarter for McLean district residents, $400 per quarter for others. Payment for the first quarter and OFTC membership ($25 per year for McLean district residents/$30 for others) will be due at registration. Parents may register their children at the OFTC during regular business hours.

The After School Adventure Program is held Monday through Friday, 2:30–6 p.m., and includes transportation from Cooper and Longfellow middle schools, snacks, tutors, transportation to off-site events and a daily activity. Each day there will be a structured, supervised event; tutoring; community service projects; movies; and more. There also will be off-site trips and activities such as bowling, indoor swimming and Build-A-Bear.

The Old Firehouse has secured a set of textbooks from Cooper and Longfellow middle schools, which are kept on-site. Students attending other schools or who are being home-schooled are welcome to register for this program, but there will be no transportation provided from their schools. The program is not held when Fairfax County Public Schools are closed or have an early-release day. On these days, the center will be open from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. for member “drop-ins.”

For more information, call the Old Firehouse Teen Center, 703-448-TEEN (8336); McLean Community Center, 703-790-0123; or visit

World Heritage, a nonprofit student exchange program, is seeking families, couples or single parents to host a high-school-age foreign-exchange student for a semester or year. For more information, call area representative Judith Henderson at 1-800-888-9040, or visit

The Virginia PTA recognized the Marshall High School PTSA's newsletter with a bronze award for exceptional design and readability with good overall content.

Construction Industry Scholarships. Seven students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) were selected to participate in a new six-week internship program with the construction industry to learn about the opportunities available to them in the field. The interns are Michael Cruz and Daniel Hettema of Lake Braddock Secondary School; Glen Keith of Woodson High School; Juliet Leonard of Woodson High School; Bryan Kobick of Madison High School; Luis Luendo of Pimmit Hills Alternative High School; and Anna Pham of Chantilly High School.

The internships offered students the opportunity to learn about career options in the construction industry. Hosting companies were Manhattan Construction, HITT Contracting Inc., Scott-Long Construction, R. W. Murray, M. C. Dean Electrical Contracting, Virginia Concrete Construction, and L. F. Jennings.

Taylor Newby of McLean was placed on the Honor Roll at Mercersburg Academy for the spring term. Mercersburg Acaemy is a college preparatory boarding and day school in south central Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Nappi and Matthew Jones are this year's recipients of the Alexander DeFillippis scholarship. The scholarships, awarded by the Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls, are $3,000 each, earmarked for the students' college expenses. Elizabeth is a graduate of James Madison High School and will attend James Madison University. Matthew is a graduate of Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School and will attend James Madison University. The scholarships are a result of the generous community support for last year's Spring Fashion Show, Luncheon and Auction at Riverbend Country Club.

Twelve Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have been named winners of college-sponsored scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). This is the fourth and final group of National Merit Scholarship award winners announced this year, bringing the total number of FCPS scholarship recipients to 71.

Recipients of college-sponsored scholarships from the NMSC are: William Claybaugh of Langley High School, University of Chicago merit scholarship; Michael Young of McLean High School, Bowdoin College merit scholarship; Brian Brett of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), University of Southern California merit scholarship; Kathleen Cardinale of TJHSST, Tulane University merit scholarship; Joseph Charboneau of TJHSST, Oberlin College merit scholarship; Jesse Klein of TJHSST, Washington University in St. Louis merit scholarship; Jennifer Ma of TJHSST, New York University merit scholarship; Charlene Mangi of TJHSST, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill merit scholarship; Emily Osborn of TJHSST, Washington University in St. Louis merit scholarship; Hannah Peterson of TJHSST, University of Florida merit scholarship; Timothy Saulsbury of TJHSST, Virginia Tech merit scholarship; Brian Young of TJHSST, Denison University merit scholarship.

College-sponsored merit scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

A free All Media Art Workshop takes place Wednesday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and continues every Wednesday throughout the month of August, at Westmoreland Community Church at the corner of Westmoreland Street and Kirby Road, McLean. Students of all art levels and art media are welcome to attend. Bring art supplies. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. For more information, call Cecilia Brammer, art teacher, at 703-356-7940.

Ashley Alligood, the daughter of Donna Alligood of Great Falls and Vernon Alligood of Centrevlle, graduated from Randolph Macon Academy on May 29.

During her two years at R-MA, Ashley was named to the dean’s list and was invited to the academy’s summer leadership course, known as "cadre." After cadre, she was selected as the Cadet Corps Public Affairs Officer with the rank of captain. Ashley participated in volleyball and was a member of the flag corps and the ring ceremony committee; she was also the sports editor of the school newspaper.

Ashley will attend Radford University in the fall.