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The Broad Run High School Parent-Teacher-Student organization (PTSO) will host its annual Spring Craft Fair, Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This Ashburn tradition attracts more than 100 crafters and their hand-crafted items, including stained glass, soaps, pottery and ceramics, home and garden accessories and much more. Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring canned or non-perishable food items for donation to the Loudoun InterFaith Relief food bank. All proceeds go to support school organizations and special events, as well as to provide scholarships. Broad Run High School is located on Ashburn Road in Ashburn, one-quarter mile west of its intersection with Ashburn Farm Parkway. For more information, contact Jeanette Gandhi at 703-729-2005 or e-mail jeanette.gandhi@verizon.net.

Farmwell Station Middle School at 44281 Gloucester Parkway in Ashburn Village will be presenting performances of "Once on This Island" on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. "Once on This Island" is a musical play based upon the novel entitled "My Love, My Love" by Rosa Guy. Tickets cost $5 each and order forms are available in the Farmwell Station Middle School office. In addition, order reservations can be made by e-mailing OnceOnThisIsland_FSMS@Yahoo.com. Checks for tickets should be made payable to FSMS. All seats are reserved and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Travis Film Festival is underway for high school student filmmakers throughout the county. Students may submit their films in up to three categories: Drama, Comedy, and Documentary/Other. A panel of professionals will judge the works, and the winning filmmakers will be awarded cash prizes. A poster competition is being held in conjunction with the film contest, and the winning artwork will become the poster for this year’s film festival. Artwork for the poster contest is due April 12 by 3 p.m. at the Loudoun Arts Council, 15 North King Street, Leesburg. Films must be received by 3 p.m. on April 30 at the same address. Full guidelines and entry forms for both contests are contained on the website www.travisfilmfest.com. Student films will be shown to the public on May 25, 26, and 27 at area theaters.

On March 29 at 7 p.m., the Parent, Teacher, Student Organization for Potomac Falls High School is hosting a Family Night event featuring Loudoun County's Gang Response and Intervention Team (GRIT). Parents, family members and students are welcome to join us in the auditorium. Sheriff's Investigator Scott Mastandrea will serve as the guest speaker. For more information, contact Tom Koenig at 703-266-3922 or email tjkoenig59@hotmail.com.

Students from Dominion High School won the "Spirit of the United Nations Award" at the 27th annual Model United Nations Conference for high schools held from Feb. 11-14 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

The following students have served as peer mentors for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech for the 2003-04 academic year: Ashley Dawson, majoring in accounting and information systems; Sang Ho Park, majoring in finance; and Baback Bazri, majoring in business information technology.

Brian Charles Munse of Sterling, a student majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, was recently inducted into the university's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

The 2004 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" will include the names of Sharon R. Evick of Sterling, a university studies major at Shenandoah University and Kimberly D. Nice of Ashburn, a business administration major at Shenandoah University.

Anjali Gowda of Ashburn, class of 2006, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). The conference is an leadership development program for outstanding high school students.

The Old Dominion Association of Church Schools (ODACS) held its Northern Region Bible, Fine Arts and Academic competition at Fairfax Baptist Temple in Fairfax. The competition was for grades 7-12. Winners from Leesburg Christian School are:

* Yae Ji Ha and Sarah Porter, both 12th grade, Classical Piano Duet - 1st Place

* Luke McLaughlin, 12th grade, Sculpture - 1st Place

* Ted Teates, 12th grade, Advanced Math Academic Testing - 1st Place

* Greg Lehman, 2nd in the Nation 2003, 12th Grade, Chemistry Academic Testing - 1st Place

* Marc Brown, 12th grade, World History and Geography Academic Testing - 1st Place

* Sarah Porter, 12th Grade, Music Theory Testing - 1st Place

* Daniel Beall, 7th Grade, Bible Memory - 2nd Place

* Lauren Alves, 9th Grade, Poster - 2nd Place

* Ben Beall, 11th Grade, Brass (trumpet) Solo - 2nd Place

* Alexi Strang, 12th Grade, Extemporaneous Speaking - 2nd Place

* Michael Mills, National Champion 2003, 11th grade, Woodworking - 2nd Place

* Brett Mobley - 12th Grade, Political Science Academic Testing - 2nd Place

* Rhema Conn - 12th Grade, Creative Writing - Poetry - 2nd Place

* Sam Porter - 11th Grade, Algebra/Geometry Academic Testing - 2nd Place

* Deborah Barillas - 10th Grade, Spanish Academic Testing - 2nd Place

Kindergarten registration for Loudoun County Public Schools will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Registration will be at the elementary school that the child will attend. For more information, call 703-771-6436.

The student poster contest is an annual part of the Leesburg-Loudoun Arbor Day Celebration, which will take place on April 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. The contest is open to all Loudoun County students from grades K-12, including public, private, or home-school students. This year's theme, "As Trees Grow, Weather Goes," is about how trees influence weather. All posters must be 11" by 14" and include the student's name, grade, age, school name and teacher's name on the back of the poster. Entries should be submitted to Melissa Pagano-Kumpf, Art Supervisor, Loudoun County Public Schools, North Street Office, 102 North Street, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176. The deadline to submit a poster is March 26. Prizes will be awarded to the students who create the top 50 posters. The posters will remain on display at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve during the 2004 Annual Arbor Day Celebration. All entries become the property of the sponsors and may be used at their discretion. For more information on the annual Arbor Day student poster contest, contact Suzie Brown at Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, suzie.brown@va.usda.gov, or by calling 703-777-2075. Information about the 16th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, including the poster contest rules and regulations, is available at www.loudoun.gov/general/arbor.htm.

The Advisory Board of the Ashburn Library, a branch of the Loudoun County Public Library, is accepting applications for a scholarship of $250 and the donation of a reference book to the Ashburn Library in honor of the award recipient. All 2004 high school graduates who will attend a post secondary school in the fall of 2004, and who attend either Broad Run High School or Stone Bridge High School, are eligible to apply. Seniors applying must demonstrate scholastic ability and interest in reading and library activities. Candidates applying must possess a current Loudoun County library card, complete an application (available at the information Desk of the Ashburn Library, and Guidance Office at Broad Run and Stone Bridge High School) and submit the application by midnight April 14. Award selection will be made by the Ashburn Library Advisory Board. For more information and to receive an application, call or visit the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, P: 703-737-8100V/TTY.