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Irish Fun. Club Phoenix Teen Center hosts "Luck 'o the Irish" contests on Friday, March 18, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna. Event included games and a pie-eating contest. Free and open to Vienna sixth graders. 703-255-6360.

Mercedes-Benz supports local students who are first from their family to attend college or vocational school by inviting them to apply for the "Drive Your Future: The Mercedes-Benz USA Scholarship Program." Visit www.mbusa.com/drivefuture to access an application. Deadline is March 31. Winners will be announced in May.

The Vienna Woman’s Club offers two college scholarships for rising college freshmen living within the Vienna zip codes 22180-22183:

* The Joanne Craig Cook Memorial Scholarship, a $4,000 scholarship for a student pursuing a degree in education. This one-time scholarship has been donated by the Cook Family in her memory.

* A $1,000 annual scholarship presented by the Vienna Woman’s Club. These scholarships are awarded in May, and applications are available in the career centers of James Madison, Oakton, George Marshall, Thomas Jefferson, Paul VI and Flint Hill High Schools. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 8. For more information, 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.

Madison High School student Lizzy Bonfield was honored recently as the winning designer of the new logo for the school's All-Night Graduation Celebration. Her design, representing this year's theme, "Warhawk Roadtrip 2005," was chosen from more than 50 creative entries submitted.

James Madison High School students in Kay Mikula's class recently studied the spread of diseases, with help from Virginia Tech's Fralin Biotechnology Center. The equipment and material were loaned to the school by the Center’s Biotech-in-a-Box program, which allows the students to “diagnose” themselves using technology similar to that used in diagnostic kits in hospitals and in many home detection kits.

Oakton High School students in Jackie Curley's class recently studied the spread of diseases, with help from Virginia Tech's Fralin Biotechnology Center. The equipment and material were loaned to the school by the Center’s Biotech-in-a-Box program, which allows the students to “diagnose” themselves using technology similar to that used in diagnostic kits in hospitals and in many home detection kits.