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"Under the Sea," the McKinley Elementary School Fun Fair, features games, prizes, pony rides, moon bounces, a climbing wall, face painting, a silent auction, a cafe, a bake sale and more. All games, activities and food require tickets, which will be available in advance for three for $1 or at the door for two for $1. Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The school is located at 1030 N. McKinley Road. Call Lisa Harkins at 703-241-2353.

Arlington Traditional School holds its annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school, 855 N. Edison St. Festivities include face painting, an obstacle course, a multitude of games, a bake sale and cash raffle. The entire community is invited to attend. Contact the chairman, Kathi Driggs, at 703-299-4284.

The “It’s Academic” team at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology recently won the Virginia state competition for the second consecutive year. Team members included two Arlington residents, Evan Silberman and Nick Stroup, as well as Samuel Lederer, Jacob Oppenheim, Alexandra Levy, Dan Wright, Tim Stanonik, Charlotte Seid, Scott Ylinen and Neal Kotra.

Five Arlington Public Schools students won top prizes in the 49th annual Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair, which was held from March 4–6 at Wakefield High School. Approximately 300 students from Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church competed for cash awards as well as category prizes.

Two Arlington high school projects tied for the Grand Prize. Kathleen Fleming, a junior at Yorktown, received the Grand Prize for her project, “The Effect of Varying Phosphate Concentrations in Mediums on N. Europa Nitrification Activity." Seniors Colin Applegate, Anna Chan and Daniel Caughran, also from Yorktown, won the Grand Prize Award for their team project, "The Effect of Network Interruption on the Effectiveness of Bundling vs. TCP/IP Data Transmission Protocols." All four students will compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on May 8-14, 2005, in Phoenix, Ariz., which is open only to high-school students.

Swanson Middle School seventh-grader Tom Mosher won the Grand Prize Award in the Grade 7-8 category for his project, "Subliminal Science," tied with Maddie Whittle, a Falls Church student.

Arlington Public Schools parents who were unable to attend Montessori Information Night on Feb. 9, can now watch the program on Arlington Cable Channel 70 through April 15. The program will be broadcast in English as follows: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. until April 12, Thursdays at 1 p.m. until April 14, and Saturdays at 6 p.m. until April 15. The program will be broadcast in Spanish on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. until April 12, Thursdays at 1 p.m. until April 14, and Saturdays at 7 p.m. until April 15.

Additionally, Kindergarten Information Night, which was held on Jan. 31, is also being broadcast on Channel 70 through April 1, only in English, as follows: Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and Fridays at 6 p.m.

Benjamin H. Doggett of Arlington is one of 46 students at the University of Mary Washington to be named to the president's list for the fall semester. The president's list recognizes full-time students who attain a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Doggett is a sophomore.

Daniel M. Grantham, Sydney A. McClure, Larisa C. Mount, Nina M. Deboeck, Russell F. Evans, Andrew J. Flynn, Darby G. Hull, Hallie B. Rasmussen and Melina M. Lesner, all of Arlington, were named to the dean's list at the University of Mary Washington for the fall semester. The dean's list recognizes full-time students who attain at least a 3.5 grade point average.

The Society of Recovering Sorority Girls (RSG), through its founders, Kristina “Morgan” Rose and Deandra “Brooksie” Brooks, announce the start of Arlington's “Project Cinderella” for the 2005 prom season. “Project Cinderella” is a formal dress donation drive that will provide high school girls in need with a dress to wear to their prom. Dresses will be collected through mid-May. The organization requests that donated dresses be in good condition and dry-cleaned. Gently used prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and formal wear are all acceptable donations. All donors will receive income tax receipts from the Arlington County School District. To participate, contact Morgan and Brooksie at info@recoveringsororitygirls.com.

The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications to the Virginia Sheriff’s Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Arlington resident students planning to attend or currently attending a Virginia college or university and majoring in the criminal justice field. Application forms can be found at www.virginiasheriffs.org/vsi/scholarship/index.htm. For more information call Major Karen Albert, Director of Administration, at 703-228-4461. The applications must be submitted to the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office by April 1.

The following Virginia Tech undergraduate students, all residents of Arlington, were among those honored at the university's Fall Commencement Ceremony held Friday, Dec. 17, in Cassell Coliseum:

Pauline Tran received a bachelor of science in business degree in marketing management from the Pamplin College of Business.

Aaron Armstrong received a bachelor of science in civil engineering degree from the College of Engineering.

David Cylke received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the College of Science.

Ryan Gold received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Nina Greenblatt received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the College of Science.

Daniel Anderson received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the College of Engineering.

Melat Tafesse received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree from the College of Engineering.

Evan Close received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

David Gnugnoli received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the College of Science.

Stephanie Powers received a bachelor of arts degree in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Alyssa Yount received a bachelor of science degree (cum laude) in psychology from the College of Science.

Samantha H. Dorsey of Arlington recently finished filming "Founding Mothers." A 2002 graduate of Washington-Lee High School, Samantha is a junior at James Madison University majoring in history. In Cokie Robert's "Founding Mothers," she portrays Peggy Shippen, the wife of Benedict Arnold. Founding Mothers wass to air on the History Channel on March 6 at 7 p.m.