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Becky Doane has been selected as the March "Student Volunteer of the Month" by Loudoun Volunteer Services. Becky, a student at Loudoun Valley High School, has been a member of STop Assault Against Youth (STAAY), a volunteer advocacy and peer education group sponsored by Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LCSJ/LAWS), since its inception in 2002.

Through STAAY, Becky provides leadership to new members and has assisted in providing peer education workshops on healthy relationships and avoiding violence in relationships. In December 2003 she traveled with Tammi Slovinsky, director of Sexual Assault Services, LCSJ/LAWS, to Richmond to present the program at a statewide conference sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health. For more information about STAAY, call Tammi Slovinsky at 703-771-9020. Loudoun Volunteer Services gives special recognition to students who give their time to the community in an extraordinary way. To nominate an outstanding student volunteer or group of volunteers, send a paragraph describing the student's volunteer efforts to Lisa Rose, Volunteer Coordinator, Loudoun Volunteer Services Board at pivs@loudoun.gov or mail to 1 Harrison Street, PO Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, or fax to 703-771-5841. To learn more about Loudoun Volunteer Services, visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm.

The Potomac Falls PTSO is seeking parents of Potomac Falls High School students and parents of rising eighth grade students from River Bend Middle School to serve in leadership roles during the 2004-2005 school year. No prior experience necessary. Job requirements are an interest in supporting the students at Potomac Falls High School, commitment to enriching the school community, attendance at fun-filled monthly board meetings, and desire to work with and get to know other PFHS parents. Nominee names and contact information should be submitted before April 19 to Jewel Lee Doherty at 703-421-7592, or Jane Kirchner at janekirch@aol.com or 703-421-2274. Nominations will also be accepted at the next general membership meeting to be held Apr. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the school library. Elections will be held on May 17. For more information on PFHS, visit

www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/pfhs.

Loudoun County elementary and middle schools have completed their annual geography bees. The Geography Bee winners at each school were as follows:

* Belmont Ridge Middle School, Kelly Vorndran, eighth grade

* Blue Ridge Middle School, Julia Crowley, seventh grade

* Eagle Ridge Middle School, Kyle Masengale, eighth grade

* Farmwell Station Middle School, Phil Graves, eighth grade

* Harmony Intermediate School, Casey Curtis, eighth grade

* Harper Park Middle School, Joshua Rohrbaugh, seventh grade

* River Bend Middle School, Rachael Diniega, sixth grade

* Seneca Ridge Middle School, Andrew Livingstone, eighth grade

* Simpson Middle School, Mark Kundzins, eighth grade

*Sterling Middle School, Steven Balik, seventh grade

* Aldie Elementary, Carter Bibb, fourth grade

* Algonkian Elementary, Karina Hoshikawa, fifth grade

* Arcola Elementary, Christopher Robinson, fourth grade

* Ashburn Elementary, Evan Thomas, fifth grade

* Ball's Bluff Elementary, Ryan Cross, fifth grade

* Banneker Elementary, Gavin Sullivan, fifth grade

* Catoctin Elementary, Bronwen Hale, fifth grade

* Cedar lane Elementary, Caroline Snyder, fifth grade

* Cool Spring Elementary, Jared Rohrbaugh, fourth grade

* Countryside Elementary, Brice Bentley, fifth grade

* Dominion Trail Elementary, Jackie Dignan, fourth grade

* Emerick Elementary, Michelle A. Delgado, fifth grade

* Evergreen Mill Elementary, Adrian Rike, fifth grade

* Forest Grove Elementary, Jagteshwer Singh, fifth grade

* Frances Hazel Reid Elementary, Stephen Shiflett, fifth grade

* Guilford Elementary, Swede Struve, fifth grade

* Hamilton Elementary, Alan R. Kyte, fifth grade

* Hillsboro Elementary, Ian Jobe, fifth grade

* Hillside Elementary, Jared Cromwell, fourth grade

* Horizon Elementary, Erika Johnson, fifth grade

* Hutchison Farm Elementary, Rachel Berry, fifth grade

* Leesburg Elementary, Jacob Kimiecik, fourth grade

* Lincoln Elementary, Benjamin D. Holland, fifth grade

* Little River Elementary, Ryan Hall, fifth grade

* Lovettsville Elementary, Allison Herold, fifth grade

* Lowes Island Elementary, Hannah Saeger, fifth grade

* Lucketts Elementary, Matthew Benjamin, fifth grade

* Meadowland Elementary, Josh Armstrong, fifth grade

* Middleburg Elementary, Lillian Tolley, fifth grade

* Mill Run Elementary, Daniel Kuhn, fifth grade

* Mountain View Elementary, Brendan Goggin, fourth grade

* Potowmack Elementary, Lauren Magsalin, fifth grade

* Rolling Ridge Elementary, Patrick Dinsmore, fifth grade

* Round Hill Elementary, Lily Craig, fourth grade

* Sanders Corner, Michael March, fourth grade

* Seldens Landing, Kale Vorndran, fifth grade

* Sterling Elementary, Brian Balik, fifth grade

* Sugarland Elementary, Natalie Forbes, fourth grade

* Sully Elementary, Angelica Klosky, fourth grade

* Tolbert Elementary, Edwin Lynch, fifth grade

* Waterford Elementary, Ryan Sargent, fifth grade

Students from the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) are taking an original adaptation of "Jack and the Beanstalk" into Loudoun classrooms this spring. The production will reach over 1,000 students at three local schols in April:

* April 13 - Sugarland Elementary School

* April 20 - Cedar Lane Elementary School

* April 27 - Algonkian Elementary School

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.

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 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.

Loudoun Hospital Center is accepting applications for the summer high school student volunteer program. Students must complete the 8th grade by June to participate in the eight week program. Volunteers may help in many different areas, including radiology, lab, medical/surgical floors, pharmacy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, nursing and rehabilitation, food services, and the information desk. Opportunities are available at the Lansdowne and Cornwall. Deadline is April 1. Call Joyce Sargent at 703-858-6468.

Loudoun Volunteer Services is offering ten $500 scholarships to seniors, one for each Loudoun public high school with a graduating class, one for C.S. Monroe Technology Center, to one senior student in a private school and to one home-schooled senior. Students who have performed volunteer service at their church, school or for their community and who have a pending acceptance to an accredited college, business or vocational school are eligible for the scholarship. Students should submit their scholarship application to Loudoun Volunteer Services, 1 Harrison St. SE, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, by the close of business on April 5.  Applications are available at each school, by visiting www.loudoun.gov/pio/student.htm or by calling Lisa Rose, Volunteer Coordinator at 703-777-0113. Scholarship winners are selected by the Loudoun Volunteer Services Student Volunteer Program Committee, based on a demonstrated contribution to the community through volunteer service. Various clubs, community organizations and corporations from throughout the region donate money for these scholarships. To learn more about Loudoun Volunteer Services visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm.

The 10th Congressional District Art Show will be Saturday, April 3, at Heritage High School in Loudoun County. The competition is open to all high school students in the 10th District. Students interested in participating should contact their school's art teachers or principals for detailed information on how to enter their work. All pieces entered in the competition will be displayed at the show, which will be open to the public from 12-2 p.m. at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road SE, Leesburg. The entry named "Best in Show" will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, alongside "Best in Show" entries from similar shows in congressional districts across the country.

The PTSO of Stone Bridge High School still has a few choice booth and table spaces available for their annual Home & Garden Fair to be held on May 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spaces are going fast so contact Janet Klancher at 703-729-5975 to obtain an application form. Space fees are tax deductible as a charitable contribution. The show will feature Loudoun area vendors who range from those offering, interior decorating, furnishings and accessories to landscapers and custom builders. There will also be musical entertainment and refreshments at this years event. All proceeds go to the school's scholarship fund.

Park View High School's graduation has changed from 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Stone Bridge High School's Project Graduation is raffling off a 2004 Nissan Sentra in a Car or Cash sweepstakes. Project Graduation sponsors an alcohol-free, drug-free, tobacco-free, all night party for graduating seniors. All proceeds of the Car or Cash Sweepstakes will go to support this event. Winners of this raffle may choose the car, donated by Brown's Sterling Nissan, or $10,000. Only 600 tickets, costing $30 each, will be sold. The winner will be announced at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 1 at the high school. The winner does not have to be present to win but is required to be a licensed driver. Entry forms are available in the Stone Bridge High School office, in the school's newsletter and on its web site, www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/sbhs/. Checks may be made payable to "SBHS Project Grad" with the note "Sweepstakes." Entry forms may be mailed to: SBHS Project Graduation, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147. A receipt/ticket will be returned by mail. For more information, call 703-729-2379 or 703-729-5717.