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<lst>Know something that should be featured in School Notes? Awards? Special events? School fairs? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991. Or call Nina M. Dry at 703-917-6458.

Students from Pope Paul VI High School in Fairfax were winning contestants in the annual Oratorical Contest hosted by the Noonday Optimist Club of the City of Fairfax on Thursday, April 22. The students gave talks on "Expect Only the Best." First-place winner was C.J. Bergin, second place went to Danielle Periera and third-place honors went to Silke Mounts. The other contestants included Kelly Maddigan, Hillary Dennison and Caitlin Nichols. The top three winners received medals presented by club president Bob Wicks and Noonday contest manager Patrice Winter. The top two winners will present their talks at the next higher Optimist level, Zone 5 of the Capital-Virginia District.

The following Fairfax County Public Schools students received first-place honors at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair: Justin Solomon of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the Computer Science category, “The Use of Threads to Simulate Parallel Supersampled Stochastic Antin Ray Tracers;" Nina Huffman of Langley High School in the Earth and Space Sciences category, “Detecting Extrasolar Planets by Photometry;” Melissa Marazzi, Mary Patterson and Ashley Pyon of Robinson Secondary School in the Team Projects category, “The Effect of Aspect Ratio on the Flight of a Glider.”

The following Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were selected as recipients of corporate sponsored merit scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation:

Katherine Aull, Lockheed Martin merit scholarship; Daniel Carmody, SAIC merit scholarship; Meera Fickling, Northrop Grumman merit scholarship; Elizabeth Horner, Marsh and McLennan Companies merit scholarship; William Qian, SAIC merit scholarship; Jonathan Schwank, Northrop Grumman merit scholarship; and Christopher Stone, United Defense merit scholarship.

Lake Braddock Secondary School team of freshmen are the state champions in the Envirover problem for Odyssey of the Mind. Challenged to build and drive a human-powered vehicle, the team was also expected to present a humorous sales pitch for their product. As their solution, the girls built a replica of a fully stocked teen closet, on casters, which opened out on hinges to display a store setting to sell their product. This ambition was matched by their vehicle, which team members drove around the gym at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania at the State championship. Of the seven team members only three were able to attend the state competition, as the other four were in Atlanta for a LBSS band trip. Team members include: Lizzie Terrell, Ashley Jordan, Cherie Barba, Vicky Duong, Jennifer Shunfenthal, Rachel Martin and Hillary Clark. They will compete for the world championship in May at the University of Maryland.

The Lake Braddock Secondary School High School Bands, Orchestras and Color Guard participated in an Invitational Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 23 and 24, and were honored in several divisions. The Color Guard, Symphonic Band, Concert Band I, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra all received first place in their divisions. The String Ensemble and Concert II both received second place in their divisions. Additionally, Grand Champion Trophies were given out for the outstanding band and Orchestra, and both Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band won the Grand Champion Trophy in their divisions. Individual soloist awards were given at the judges discretion, and two students from Lake Braddock received the awards: from Symphony, Soyoung Kim received a soloist award on the violin; and from the Concert Band, Nick Stolzfus received a soloist award for alto-saxophone.

Eleven students of Paul VI Catholic High School who took the National Latin Exam in March have achieved award recognition. Over 130,000 Latin students from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries participated in this competitive examination. Silver Medal recipients, achieving the Maxima Cum Laude level, are senior Andrew James and juniors Brian Carome, Lauren Guiffre, Allison Heaney and freshman Laura Moynihan. Magna Cum Laude certificate recipients are junior Sarah Borgatti and freshmen Brian Beirne and Lia Konieczny. Cum Laude certificate recipients are juniors Marisa Behan and Maggie Bridges and sophomore Catherine Perez.

Thomas Knight of Burke, a 12th grader at Randolph-Macon Academy, was named to Upper School dean's list for the third quarter. Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Va.

Charles Fowler of Springfield, an 11th grader at Randolph-Macon Academy, was named to Upper School dean's list for the third quarter. Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Va.

The following students from Fairfax have been named to Upper School dean's list at Randolph-Macon Academy for the third quarter: Jason Bhuller, 12th grade; Dustin Johnston, 9th grade; Vincent Cao, 11th grade; Stephen Blyskal, 12th grade; Jonathan Conard, 10th grade; and Michael Dempsey, 11th grade. Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Va.

Thomas Knight of Burke, a 12th grader at Randolph-Macon Academy, was named to Upper School dean's list for the third quarter. Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Va.

Charles Fowler of Springfield, an 11th grader at Randolph-Macon Academy, was named to Upper School dean's list for the third quarter. Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Va.

Awards Ceremony. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will award 17 Washington metropolitan area teachers with a Certificate of Study for participating in the Kennedy Center's Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers Program at an awards ceremony and dinner on Friday, May 21.

Registration is open for "Summer Art Camp 2004" in Burke. Camp meets at the Woods Community, Burke Centre 1100 Wards Grove Circle and at Accotink Unitarian Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke. Art Camp is open to children 8 years old and older. Campers explore clay, sculpey, needlepoint, weaving, mat board designs, decorating T-shirts, drawing, watercolor and Chinese brush painting from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crafts & Drawing Fun Camp for 5-8 year olds: Campers explore crafts as decoupage, mixed media flower pot, yarn bottle, tie-dye shirts, paper maché tree as well as draw and watercolor paint. Monday through Friday, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Drawing Camp for 8 year olds and older: Campers extend their drawing abilities with varied media: pencil, charcoal, oil pastel, color pencil and explore different subjects as faces, still life, landscape, cartooning, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Four sessions available: June 28-July 2; July 12-July 16; July 26-30 (no 5-8 year olds); and Aug. 2-6. To register or for information call Carol Zeitlin at 703-250-6930 or visit www.geocities.com/czeitlinschneier.

Rolling Valley Elementary School hosts its annual Kindergarten Orientation for the 2004-05 school year on Monday, May 24, at 2 p.m. Prospective kindergartners and their parents are invited to come and learn about the kindergarten program and to make an appointment for registration. According to Virginia law, children are eligible to attend school if his or her birthday falls on or before Sept. 30, 2004. Call the school at 703-923-2700 for more information.

The University of Virginia hosts an accounting information session on Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church. Participants receive an overview of the certificate program and meet course instructors. In addition, online course demonstrations are offered for certificate programs available in an online format. Free. To attend, participants are encouraged to RSVP online at www.scps.virginia.edu/northern/forms/bt.htm

Lake Braddock Secondary High School orchestra presents a Festival Concert, at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, in the school's Little Theater. Performance is on Wednesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call Stephanie Holmes at 703-426-1074.

Lake Braddock Secondary Middle School orchestra presents a Festival Concert, at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, in the school's Little Theater. Performance is Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m., The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more information call, Stephanie Holmes at 703-426-1074.

Girl Scouts. Two groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17 years old, all year round. Activities include high-adventure outings such as rock climbing, white water rafting and back packing, international and national travel, internship opportunities on capitol hill, theater, art, science, technology and making friends. For more information call Betsy Kiger at 1-800-523-7898, ext. 578, Sharon Fontanella at 703-451-4680 or Dale Hook at 703-866-1840. Visit www.studio2B.org or www.gscnc.org.

Fairfax County Public Schools has established a new, toll-free telephone hotline for emergency messages, with information in three languages. The new number allows more people to use the hotline at the same time, reducing delays and busy signals.

The new number, 1-800-839-FCPS (3277) is effective immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of school closings or delays or other emergency situations, information can be obtained by dialing the toll-free number from anywhere in the region. Messages are available in English, Korean and Spanish.

Fairfax County Public Schools has expanded support services for families of students with disabilities. Parents can now access the services of a special education ombudsman for guidance and support. The eight ombudsmen are part of a network that provides assistance to parents who are navigating the special education process and feel they could benefit from the advice and knowledge of a more experienced and specially trained parent. Parent ombudsmen can provide information about the special education process and services provided by Fairfax County Public Schools, as well as information about special education regulations, procedures, and policies. They may collaborate with parents to assist them in resolving problems. They may also attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) or school-based meetings to help parents and staff members reach consensus regarding the special education process. For more information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941. For a listing of the eight ombudsmen

visit www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/ombudsmen/index.htm.

Need the help of a reliable teenager? West Springfield High School maintains a job and volunteer opportunity board. Students come to the Career Center at school to obtain information about part-time jobs and volunteer needs. From baby-sitting to yard work to word processing, there is a student to help. Contact the Career Center at 703-913-3828 with a description of the job, hours and contact information.

The West Springfield Class of 1994 has its 10-year reunion on Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14. For more information, e-mail Bill Gibson at wrgibson@fcps.edu or call 703-913-3924. Classmate information can be sent to WS Class of 1994, P.O. Box 2238, Springfield, VA 22152.