School Notes

School Notes

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Najiba Alami has been selected as the September Student Volunteer of the Month by the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board. Najiba, a student at Loudoun Valley High School, was instrumental in coordinating with her peers a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for the downtown Purcellville group-home residents. For Christmas she crocheted scarves for the residents, allowing them to choose their own color and size, and personally delivered them with homemade cards. Najiba prepared Valentine cards for the soldiers in Iraq and continues to stay active in her community while successfully maintaining her academics. Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator of Loudoun Volunteer Services, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Najiba at her school Sept. 23.

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 or mail to P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, or fax to 703-771-5841. To learn more about Loudoun Volunteer Services visit

Loudoun County students attending the Virginia Governor's School program this summer nominated teachers to be honored. The following is a list of the students, their home school and the teacher they selected to be honored: from Broad Run: Bryce Nielsen, arts teacher Jason Bryant; from Dominion: Ashley Butland, life sciences teacher Denise Wingfield; Se Won Chung, humanities teacher Cynthia Norman; Matthew Menickelly, arts teacher Sean Hartmetz; from Park View: Colleen Kane, humanities teacher Jeffrey Rounsley; from Potomac Falls: Joseph Butler, arts teacher Fawn Phillips; Ali Soheilian, humanities teacher Stacie Leonard; from Stone Bridge: Paul Gottschling, humanities teacher Steve Norman; Steven Gottschling, humanities teacher Patricia Land; Lindsay Reigel, humanities teacher Robert Pannozzo; Eric Rigel, agriculture teacher Tim Lucas; and Allison Shearer, arts teacher David Keller.

Nine Park View High School students attended the 51st National Junior Classical League convention, along with 1,550 other delegations from 34 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, from July 25-Aug. 1, at the University of Richmond, and earned places in the top 10, 20 or 30 in a variety of national-level competitions. he event included academic, athletic, social and spirit activities related to the Latin language, Roman history, culture and literature and Greco-Roman mythology.

The results for the students are as follows: Richard Hang, class of 2004, ninth Latin vocabulary, 11th Greek derivatives, 13th advanced grammar, 13th reading comprehension advanced poetry, 14th mottoes and quotations, 16th Latin derivatives; Bethany Phillips, class of 2005, second sight Latin reading poetry girls, fifth classical arts, sixth impromptu art, eighth reading comprehension advanced poetry, 14th creative arts overall, 17th Latin derivatives, 18th Latin literature, 20th advance grammar, 20th heptathlon, 23rd Latin vocabulary, 23rd mottoes and quotations; Kevin Jefferson, class of 2007, 11th reading comprehension level II, 14th Latin derivatives, 18th grammar, 19th Latin vocabulary, 20th Greek derivatives, 24th mottoes and quotations, 32nd academic decathlon; Caitlin Steiner, class of 2007, fourth marathon junior girls, 14th reading comprehension level II, 19th Roman history, 20th Latin derivatives, 24th Latin vocabulary, 24th Olympika overall, 28th Hellenic history; Spencer Crawford, class of 2008, 20th reading comprehension levels 1/2 and I, 22nd Latin derivatives, 23rd Latin vocabulary; Maggie Marshall, class of 2008, 18th Latin derivatives, 22nd Latin vocabulary, 23rd grammar; Brandon Ninowski, class of 2008, 27th Latin derivatives, 29th reading comprehension level 1/2 and I; Phil Richter, class of 2008, eighth mosaics 6-8, 23rd Latin derivatives, 24th reading comprehension level 1/2 and I; and Carly Stuart, class of 2008, third 50-yard breaststroke junior girls, sixth 50-yard backstroke junior girls, 18th Latin derivatives, 21st grammar, 23rd Olympika overall, 27th vocabulary.

Sixteen Loudoun County Public Schools students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Eight of the students attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a governor's school located in Fairfax County. The semifinalists are: Jennifer Basel, TJHSST; Lucas Brown, TJHSST; Martha Brucato, TJHSST; Zachary Curtis, Loudoun Valley High; Matthew Fifer, TJHSST; Kurt Gallagher, TJHSST; Anna Gayek, Loudoun County High; Matthew Greeson, Loudoun County High; Kristin Hawkins, TJHST; Curtis Kobelski, TJHSST; John Maistros, Stone Bridge High; Allison Mullins, Park View High; Lindsay Reigel, Stone Bridge High; Brett Roberts, Potomac Falls High; Samuel Schlesinger, TJHSST; and Katherine Schmidt, Stone Bridge High.

The community is invited to join Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, as the school celebrates homecoming week: Tuesday, Oct. 5, powder puff football, 7 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 7, parade, 6 p.m. and bonfire 7 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 8, barbecue dinner 5-7 p.m. and football game, the Panthers vs. Loudoun County High, 7:30 p.m. The parade route will be from Algonkian Elementary School, 20196 Carter Court, Sterling, along the eastbound lane of Algonkian Parkway to Potomac Falls High School. Carolina Brothers BBQ Dinner will include barbecue sandwiches, sides, dessert and drinks. Dinner will be served in front of the school from 5-7 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $7. Dinner will still be held on Friday even if the game is canceled. Pizza will also be available for $1.50/slice.

The Park View High School Marching Patriots won first place in the Herndon Showcase of Bands on Saturday Sept. 18. The band also won first place in music, second place in marching, third place for percussion and third place for general effect. There were five bands in Class A.

The first Family Bingo Night of the school year will take place at Sterling Elementary School, 200 W. Church Road, Oct. 1, from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per 10-pack of games. Final game is a cash jackpot. Food for sale and prizes. Sponsored by the SES PTA. For more information, call Kim Griffin 703-404-9266.

Loudoun County Public Schools will administer the alternate version of the PSAT Saturday, Oct. 16, at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road SE, Leesburg. This test will be for LCPS students that missed PSAT testing Wednesday, Oct. 13, and for Loudoun County residents that are home schooled or attend private school. The test center will open at 8 a.m. with testing beginning at 8:30 and ending at approximately 11:30 a.m. To register for the PSAT, home school and private school students should contact the director of guidance at the high school or intermediate school closest to their home. Registration must be returned by Oct. 1.