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TOT Preschool, a ministry of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, is accepting registrations for three- and four-year-old children. For more, call 703-644-6384 or send an e-mail to tot@sumcdisciples.org. The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church is located at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield.

West Springfield High School’s Class of 1980 celebrates its 25-year reunion on June 25, at the Hyatt Arlington. For more information, visit www.greatreunions.com.

Springfield’s Hidden Pond Nature Center offers various summer camps for youngsters. For more, call 703-451-9588.

* Pond Pals, open to ages 4-5; children explore Hidden Pond Park’s forest and wetlands through hands-on activities, nature crafts and games. The session takes place from July 6 to July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $60 per child.

* Pohick Peepers Camp, open to ages 5-6; children take part in field study, crafts, games and stories. Session takes place Aug. 1 to Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost per child is $60 for the three-day session.

* At the five-day Junior Naturalist camp, open to ages 9 to 11, children can participate in a variety of outdoor activities designed to stimulate their interest in the natural world and breathe life into history. The camp takes place July 11 to July 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per child.

* Pohick Ranger camp allows children ages 9 -12 to explore the park’s wetlands and forests in search of all that lives there. This will be an active, hands-on program, with the emphasis on outdoor field study. This camp takes place from July 25 to July 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per child.

St. John's Center for Early Childhood Education is taking registrations for the 2005-06 school year. St. John's offers classes for 2,3 and Pre-K 4 year olds, and before and after school care for K-5. St. John's is located at 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-256-7748.

Hayfield Secondary student Courtney Donnell recently won an Achievement Scholarships from the National Achievement Scholarship program (NASP). The Achievement Scholarships are awarded to Black American high school seniors to be used for undergraduate study at any regionally accredited United States college or university.

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

Students in Lois Sinclair's science class at Lake Braddock High School are using equipment and materials provided by Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biotechnology Center to study how scientists isolate molecules to generate pharmaceuticals and to understand the compounds that make up the world.

Ramandeep Singh of Springfield recently competed in the 2005 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) poster contest and received an honorable mention. The goal for each student was to create a poster to portray the CVC campaign theme of "Lend a Helping Hand." Ramandeep is the son of Hartej Singh of Springfield.

Margaret Couture of Hayfield Secondary recently won a $500 Fort Belvoir Grant in history.

Hayfield Secondary teacher cadets Whitney Howell and Molly McHarg were both awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Sallie Mae Foundation. Both students plan to pursue a career in education after graduation.

Hayfield Secondary's band, choir and orchestra students recently returned from Orlando, Fla., where they competed in Music Fest Orlando, a national music contest with groups from throughout the United States. Hayfield's String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Carrie New-McDaniel, each won first place in their categories. The Men's Ensemble and Madrigals, conducted by Ann Stahmer, also placed first in their categories. The Women's Chorale and Concert Choir were awarded second place in their divisions. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Patrick Burke, and the Concert Band, conducted by Stephanie Lewis, placed third.

Hayfield seventh grader Brittany Sanders had her story published in the Fresh Voices column in the April 3 issue of Parade Magazine in the Washington Post. The story was titled “The Tale of the $20,000 Dog,” and it was accompanied by a photo of Brittany and her dog, Cassy.