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The National Association of Elementary School Principals hosts its 16th annual Ask-a-Principal hot line, a toll-free phone and e-mail service in English and Spanish for anyone with a question about schools, children and education. Call 1-800-944-1601 with inquires on April 17, from 1-7 p.m.; April 18, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and April 19, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Environmental Quality Advisory Council of Fairfax County is seeking a high school student interested in serving on the council from July 2005 through June 2006. As a member of the council, the student will be involved in the process of making decisions and recommendations that impact the environment in the county. High school sophomores or juniors in good standing who are residents of Fairfax County, Clifton, Herndon or Vienna may apply. Homeschooled students may also apply. Applications are available from the science department chair, guidance counselor, social studies chair or principal of each public, private or parochial school in Fairfax County. Interested students may also contact Noel Kaplan of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1210, TTY 711, or via e-mail at eqac@fairfaxcounty.gov. For information about the council and the student member position, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eqac. Applications must be postmarked by May 6.

The Vienna Woman's Club presents its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna. Scholarship awards are presented by event's guest speakers. Public is welcome to attend. For more, call 703-281-9747.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens offers Discovery Creek's Summer Nature Adventure, a day camp for boys and girls ages 4 to 11, from June 13 to Aug. 19. For more information or to register, call 202-337-5111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Volunteer Fairfax hosts its fourth annual Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, at the Mason District Government Center. PYLI is a five-day institute open to high school students that teaches students an array of leadership skills including team building, project leadership, decision making and diversity training. For more, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org or contact Emily Swenson at 703-246-3460 or eswenson@volunteerfairfax.org.

Erin Steele, a student at Cuppett Performing Arts Center in Vienna and an eighth grader at Our Lady of Good Counsel School, recently won the title of Teen Miss Dance 2005 for Chapter 17 of Dance Masters of America. The competition took place at the Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. Scoring was based on a set of interviews, scholarship classes and a solo performance. Erin will represent Chapter 17 at the national level during the Dance Masters of America Annual Convention, which will be held this summer in Nashville, Tenn.

Jennifer Doo of Vienna was recently awarded the "McDonald's Celebrating Diversity Scholars" scholarship, where she received a $1,500 scholarship, an award certificate and a special gift. She is a student at Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology.

Jun Ki Min of Vienna was recently awarded the "McDonald's Celebrating Diversity Scholars" scholarship. Jun, a student at James Madison High School, received a $1,500 scholarship, an award certificate and a special gift.

Daniel Wang of Vienna was recently awarded the "McDonald's Celebrating Diversity Scholars" scholarship. Daniel, a student at Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology, received a $1,500 scholarship, an award certificate and a special gift.

Christian Harris of Oakton has been selected as winners of a National Achievement Scholarship. The National Achievement Scholarship Program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is a nationwide competition.

Girl Scouts. Two age groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17, with activities/events planned 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.

Club Phoenix Teen Center. Vienna Community Center features a big screen TV, jukebox and CD player, Dreamcast, pool and pingpong tables and more for Vienna-area middle-school students. Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m., Friday from 3-10 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-6360.