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Hayfield Secondary's Robert Gibbons has been selected to attend three institutes this summer: Crafting Freedom: Thomas Day & Elizabeth Keckley; Black Artisans and Entrepreneurs in the Making of America; and A Vast and Many Voiced Creation: Congress and the Capitol. He also won a place in the institute entitled "Freedom" offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Hayfield Secondary's college partnership program had another banner year. The program is designed to increase the academic achievement of students and to increase the number of minority students who enroll and succeed in college. This year, all of the seniors involved in the program were accepted by their first college choices and four, Stephanie LaCapra, Nina Oduro, Len Trotter and Gregory Woodhouse, earned significant college scholarships. The other successful members of the college partnership program are: Tabia Alexander, Magen Barnett, Lloyd Bonner, Benjamin Bonner, Brittany Glover, Valencia Gray, Regan Harris, Ashley Nixon, Natasha Prince, Andrew Reese, Creshenda Sand, Demetrius Sharpe-Seay, Lilyana Sintayehu, Bethel Tsegaye, Susan Eisenbach, Erin Goggins, Brandon Haines, Jennifer LeBlanc, Sharde Singleterry, Earnest Smith, Lauren Souza, Nii Tettey Tetteh and Katherine Yeom.

Hayfield Secondary students Matt Kennedy and Varun Srirangarajan each placed third in their respective categories of Advanced Accounting and Introduction to Business, respectively, at the Virginia State Future Business Leaders of America Competition.

Hayfield Secondary students Payam Abedi, Eric Nelson and Jeff Zub received 'Honorable Mention' at the Virginia State Science Fair for their research on the effect of ultraviolet radiation on planaria regeneration.

Hayfield's High School Peer Helpers were recognized as a 2004 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award Nominee for their outstanding tutoring efforts at Hayfield Elementary this year. Sarah Kennedy, a senior peer helper, attended the breakfast to represent the group at this event.

The following Hayfield students received first-place awards at the VA State Science Olympiad: Adrian Yanez and Derrick Smith in Astronomy, Sonia Taneja and Anchal Kosia in Science of Fitness, Kim Peck and Adam Bucher in Sounds of Music. Devin Adalin and Ashley Kennedy earned a fourth place for Forestry.

At the District Choral Festival, all four of Hayfield Secondary's high school choruses earned "Superior" ratings in every category. Both of the middle school choirs were also awarded "Superior" ratings at this festival.

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.