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Lee High School students Johnee Wilson, Latavia Randolph, Aliki Pappas and Darek Baczewski won the school Poetry Slam contest. They are going to the competition at Hayfield March 31.

Springfield’s Hidden Pond Nature Center offers various summer camps for youngsters. Registration opens on April 13, at 9 a.m. 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.

Both Model Judiciary teams at Lee High School have advanced to the Supreme Court level of competition. Anne Brodfuehrer, Valeria Admana, Stephanie Dunstan and Nidhi Tewari will argue before the justices of the Virginia Supreme Court on April 7. Anne and Valerie received the honor citation as the best team in the competition. As a result they will work with Judge O'Flaherty in preparation for the Model Supreme Court presentation.

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.

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.

Lake Braddock High School students in Lois Sinclair's science 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.

Hayfield Secondary students Janetta Saul, Jonathan Tadross and Lauren Hanchin all won a "Silver Key Scholastic Art Award" from the Fairfax County Fine Arts office. Two hundred fifty thousand students nationally participated in the program and 50,000 earned regional awards. The student work was shown at the Northern Virginia Community College's Ernst Cultural Community Center.

Hayfield Secondary teacher Lynn Winterbottom recently completed her master's degree in curriculum and instructional technology at George Mason University.

Rick Kelly, Hayfield Secondary's technology support specialist, has recently been promoted to the senior TSSPEC for Cluster III.