School notes

School notes

Kerney Scott, a 2003 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School, was chosen as West Point's regimental commander for Plebe Parent Weekend. This is the highest position attainable for a freshman over plebe weekend and was won through a series of interviews, military and academic performance. The position allowed Scott to run the Corps for the three days when families were visiting and involved organizing the banquet, dance and other activities for parents.

The following Hayfield Secondary School students attended the State Leadership Conference for the DECA team for marketing: Steven Courtney, Neela Balkissoon, Ali Tryon, Kyle Myhre, Katie Hodges, Ray Malenich, Courtney Laster, Jessie Smith, Lucy Twimasi, Eric Williams, Ronald Barba, James Byrne, Charrissa Cumine, Ashley Gum and Maisha Hossain.

Ali Tryon and Kyle Myhre were runners-up in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making competition. Ashley Gum won at the Retail Merchandising Management Level. Katie Hodges placed in the top seven in the Written Entrepreneurship Event. Ray Malenich was also a runner-up in the event of Creative Marketing. Courtney Laster placed in the top seven in Retail Merchandising Associate Level. Ray Malenich, Katie Hodges, Ashley Gum, Steven Courtney, Courtney Laster, Charissa Cumine and Ronald Barba will be attending the National Conference in Nashville.

Hayfield Secondary School Teacher Cadets and their sponsor have been hard at work. Emily Barker, Erica Broome, Natasha Prince and sponsor Debbie Gordon, attended the Great VA Teach-In sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education held in Richmond. The Conference entitled "A Call to Teach" offered workshops for high school Teacher Cadets, Teacher Cadet Instructors and college student recruitment for future educators. While at the conference, Debbie Gordon represented Fairfax County's Teacher Cadet Program on a panel discussion, "Implementing the Teachers for Tomorrow's Curriculum."

Cadets Jessica Arms, Erica Broome, Lauren McKenna, Christina Leslie and Debbie Gordon presented the program "Roots Run Deep: Nurturing and Growing Through Learning" to the Mount Vernon Rotary Club as part of their joint partnership program which is allowing learning experiences to extend beyond the classroom and into the community.

The following students were selected to the 2004 All-Virginia Chorus. Hayfield Secondary School students won six of the available slots for our region: Kristen Garaffo, Claire Tozzi, Jillian Yoerges, Nathan Shropshire, Matt Scarborough and Daniel Paris.

Hayfield Secondary School Social Studies teacher Ken Halla has been selected among a national pool of applicants to take part in the National Endowment for the Humanities' Landmark of American History workshop titled "A View From Mount Vernon: Shaping the Constitution, 1783-1789."

Hayfield Secondary School's Teacher Cadets Jessica Arms, Erica Broome, Christina Leslie, Lauren McKenna and Teacher Cadet Instructor Debbie Gordon presented a program, "Roots Run Deep . . . Nurturing and Growing Through Learning," to the Mount Vernon Rotary Club. The presentation was the culminating activity in a joint partnership between Teacher Cadets and Mount Vernon Rotary in developing a children's publication about trees that incorporates lessons in different academic content areas. This publication, designed by Teacher Cadets, will be distributed to 50 clubs in Rotary District 7610 and utilized to promote the Rotarian Centennial Celebration 2005.

Mariya Patyukhina's art portfolio, consisting of figure paintings and still-life drawings, won a silver key in the National Scholastic Arts Competition and will be presented with her award at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also won a gold key at the regional competition. She is a student at Hayfield Secondary School.

Hayfield Secondary School ninth grader Molly Grose and her Rhythm and Cheer Dance Studio recently won the Grand National Championship for Dance in Florida.

The artwork of Hayfield Secondary School students Yong Hee (Ana) Kim, David Leclerc, Sang Hyub (Eric) Woo, David Halstead, and Angela McCorkle has been selected to be part of an exhibit, titled "Tapestry for Tomorrow-The Future is in Your Hands," to encourage creative expression through art. The work was displayed during April, in the South Atrium on the Lower Level, at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Hayfield Secondary School teacher Marsha Webster completed her doctorate in education.

Hayfield Secondary School recently hosted a middle school theater sports tournament. Hayfield, which fielded two teams, came in first and second in the competition. Students on the first place team were Claire Bridger, Allison Hughes, Drew Jenkinson, Megan Rea, Robert Shropshire and Ray Yankey. Members of the runners-up were Michael Cammarata, Erica Chicola, Mariah Kalil, Adam Scott, Emily Smith, Jake Wilkie. Scott and Jenkinson also received individual awards for outstanding creativity and characterization.

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.

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.