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The Orange Hunt Elementary School PTA invites alumni, families and friends to a community–wide celebration to honor Janet Trout Barbee. Barbee is retiring after 14 years as the Principal of Orange Hunt Elementary School and 34 years with the Fairfax County Public School System. The reception is on Wednesday, June 9, at 6 p.m., at Orange Hunt Elementary School, 6820 Sydenstricker Road, Springfield. Must RSVP by Saturday, June 5. To RSVP or for more information, send an e-mail to retirementparty@att.net.

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.

The Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is hosting College for Kids, with day camps for all ages and interests.

* Theater Camp. Pick either the four-week session, which will produce "Annie," or the six-week camp, where "Little Shop of Horrors" is brought to the stage. Both camps start Monday, June 21, and meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. (While there are no restrictions on enrollment, "Annie" is suggested for actors between the ages of 8 and 12; campers 13 to 17 years old are encouraged to sign up for "Little Shop of Horrors."

* Cyber Camp. Children will take apart a computer to see how it works, construct a working robot with Legos, create a Web page and design a computer game. Cyber Camp, for ages 10 through 17, features four modules: PC construction, Web page design, computer gaming, and Legos and robotics. Each camp is two weeks long. Sessions start Monday, July 12, Monday, July 26, and Monday, Aug. 9. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

* Academic Camps. Power Academy, for grades 1 through 8, focuses on developing English and math skills, but finds time for cultural history, art, basketball and soccer instruction as well. The four-week sessions are offered twice: From Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 23, and Monday, July 26 to Friday, Aug. 20. Students attend Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon. Academic Enrichment, for high school students, is a Standards of Learning prep camp concentrating on the core subject areas: English, science, foreign language and history. (The Virginia Department of Education requires that high school seniors must pass all parts of the SOL test in order to graduate.) Classes run from Monday, July 5, through Friday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Sports Camps. Soccer. NVCC and partner The Corner Kick Company bring "Circle of Masters" coaches and electronic learning techniques to these soccer camps for ages 8 to 16. Children can attend for either a half-day (9 a.m.-noon) or full-day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) session. The dates: from Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 9, and from Monday, Aug. 9 to Friday, Aug. 13. Basketball. Five-Star Basketball presents a girl's (ages 10 to 18) camp Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For boys ages 10 to 15, the camp starts Monday, July 19 and runs through Friday, July 23. Five-Star uses high school coaches and works with campers individually to help them improve their game.

To register or for more information visit www.nvcc.edu/annandale/continuing/kids.htm or call 703-323-3102. The Annandale Campus is located at 8333 Little River Turnpike.

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.

The West Springfield Class of 1994 celebrate its 10-year reunion on Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Springfield Hilton. Friday evening is "Meet and Mingle." On Saturday, a Family Picnic at WSHS, and in the evening, a dinner reception at the Springfield Hilton. For more information, contact Bill Gibson, 703-913-3924 or Preston Parker, prparker@deloitte.com.

Kathryn Marie Minshew, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School Science and Technology, has been recognized as one of the country's most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Minshew was awarded a $4,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholarship for college. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, merit scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities.

Michael Lachel of Fairfax, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan R. Lachel, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Michael will graduate from Paul VI Catholic High School, where he is vice president of the gaming club, and active in soccer and orchestra. He plans to major in business. Recipients of a Xavier University Presidential Scholarship must rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class. They must also have a score of 1,200 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or 27 or higher on the American College Test (ACT).

Wyatt Chandler, a freshman at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va. has been awarded the Tuskegee Airman Award. Wyatt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Chandler of Fairfax. Wyatt received the award during the recent Family Weekend parade ceremonies. Sponsored by Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, this award recognizes a cadet who has demonstrated a strong work ethic, patriotism, consistent and aggressive support of the Air Force JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) program, leadership, and military bearing and appearance. The cadet must rank in the top 25 percent of both his or her aerospace and high school class. This award is presented in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame.

Youkeun Chang was awarded Metro's student Poster of the Year honors and third-place honors in the Virginia Senior Division for her entry in the 2004 Metro Student Poster Contest. Winners were honored at a May 14 reception at Metro headquarters. Youkeun is a student at Fairfax High School and the Young Art Studio, Fairfax.

Angela Oh, a West Springfield High School student, recently received the Metro Employee Choice Award for her entry in the 2004 Metro Student Poster Contest.

Soomin Kwon won second-place honors in the Virginia Junior Division of the 2004 Metro Student Poster Contest. Winners were honored at a May 14 reception at Metro headquarters. Soomin is a student at Robinson Secondary School and J Art Studio, Burke.

Heesung Kim won second place honors in the Virginia Senior Division of the 2004 Metro Student Poster Contest. Winners were honored at a May 14 reception at Metro headquarters. Heesung is a student at Chantilly High School and Young Art Studio, Fairfax.

West Springfield High School students studying biology and Japanese have worked together for the last three school years to transform a school courtyard into a Japanese-style garden. Biology teacher Beth Jewell traveled to Japan in October 2001 as part of the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teachers program. As part of Jewell's follow-up plan, her biology classes and Adam Podell's Japanese classes began planning and working on the courtyard. The students received several West Springfield PTA minigrants, conducted fund-raisers and accepted donations for materials used in the garden. Students worked in groups of four, each serving as landscape designer, a horticulturalist, an accountant and a groundskeeper.

Stephanie Holmes of Lake Braddock Secondary School is a recipient of a 2003 Wolf Trap Scholarship award. She teaches orchestral music.

Girl Scouts, families, and troop leaders of Association 54, Central Fairfax Girl Scout Council of the Nations Capital attended the inaugural 2004 Precious Metals Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 22, at the Fairfax County Government Center. The event recognized the girls who have earned Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. Keynote Speakers included Supervisor Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock) and Debbie Pearce, second vice president, GSCNC. Eight Gold awards, 23 Silver awards and 12 Bronze awards were awarded.

Art created by W.T. Woodson High School seniors Caroline Bickley, Anna Czaplicki, Izi Eljaiek, Mackenzie Fawcett, Jessica Honan, Clare MacPherson, Dina Mazina, Whitney Lyle, Whitney Stanton, Sarah Stollar, Charis Tuazon, Miri Yim, JuYoung Yoo and juniors Laura Adams, Grant Cobb, Alina Efford, Kim Feeney, Kiyomi Hall, Meredith Hertel, Lindsay Hixson, Mindy Koo, Rachael Long, Nicole Louie, SeLieh Park, Ashley Peck, Alison Smith, Jessie Thurston, Megan Wagner, Sara Wassel was recently featured at the Atrium Gallery, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Women and Children’s Center.

Katherine Moore Philpott of Fairfax has received an Effective Leader Scholarship from Cedarville University (Ohio). Cedarville University awards Effective Leader Scholarships to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores, a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher, outstanding character and extensive leadership and service involvements. This one-time scholarship ranges from $1,000-$1,500. Philpott, a senior at Robinson Secondary School, plans to major in nursing. She is the daughter of Jay and Linda Philpott of Fairfax.

Eva Jeannette Stark of Burke has received an Effective Leader Scholarship and a Faculty Scholarship from Cedarville University (Ohio). Effective Leader Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores, a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher, outstanding character and extensive leadership and service involvements. This one-time scholarship ranges from $1,000-$1,500. Faculty Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have high ACT/SAT scores and a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This renewable scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $2,200. Stark, a senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School, is a member of the National Honor Society. The daughter of Jeffrey and Lisa Stark of Burke, she plans to major in nursing.

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.