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Two South Lakes students have been selected to attend Virginia 's Governor 's Foreign Language Academies to be held from June 25 through July 17, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Jennifer Nolta is a junior who has been selected to attend the German Academy. Daniel Murphy is a sophomore who has been selected to attend the Russian Academy. A South Lakes junior, Alex Cline, was chosen as an alternate to the German Academy.

The Parent Resource Center and the Office of Special Education is offering three new events for parents in May and June.

May 18 — Supporting Your Child’s Reading Development: Part 2. This is a continuation of the well-received workshop that parents attended in January. It is not necessary to have attended Part 1 for Part 2. The presenters will further the discussion about the basics of early reading instruction, focusing on phonics as well as comprehension. Learn what teachers do to help children who are having difficulty in these areas and more ways that you can support your child's progress.

May 4 and June 1 — The PRC and the Oakton Pyramid will present two additional Mel Levine videos, "Attention" on May 4, and "Behavioral Complications" on June 1, at Waples Mill Elementary School. A discussion among parents and staff members will follow.

To learn more about these events, visit the Parent Resource Center Web site at www.fcps.edu/DSSSE/prc and go to ‘Workshops.’

Herndon High School classmates and teachers, from classes 1920-1964 will celebrate at the 14th annual all-class picnic and reunion, on June 5, at Pavilion No. 1 in Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, from noon-5 p.m. Rain or shine. Contact K. Farrar at kayfar@bigplanet.com or 703-430-3975.

South Lakes High School junior Mei Christensen has won a National Scholastic silver award for her mixed media artwork “Identity.” She will be recognized at the National Scholastic Award Ceremony June 2, at Carnegie Hall in New York. Selection process for the award is very competitive. About 500 individual works of art are chosen to receive awards on the national level from 15,000 works found eligible for national judging. National qualifiers, in turn, were selected from a field of 200,000 works of art submitted in regional competitions.

Council for the Arts of Herndon announces a new program sponsored by SAIC and Cox Communications. Additional support is being provided by Supervisor Joan DuBois, Dranesville District, Fairfax County BOS; Northern Virginia Technology Foundation; and the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce. The program will highlight and reward the artistic talent and technology skills of students from eight Fairfax County High Schools in the arts technology area. Students in grades nine-12 are asked to submit art created with technology in the following areas: original digital image; film editing; animation; and original digital music. Schools included in the pilot phase of this program are: Herndon High School; South Lakes High School; Oakton High School; Chantilly High School and Chantilly Center; Fairfax Academy; Chantilly Academy; Centreville High School; and Westfields High School.

Scholarships will be awarded for best in competition $500, and in each category, first place $300, second place $200, third place $100. Art will be displayed at a reception at the end of the program, site to be determined. To submit artwork, fill out an entry form that can be obtained from your school or download an entry form from www.herndonarts.org. Contact Vicky Dorman, program chair, Council for the Arts of Herndon, 703-471-6174; or e-mail at info@herndonarts.org.

The South Lakes High School Class of 1985, is looking for classmates for a 20-year reunion in October 2005. E-mail your name and mailing address to slhs1985@yahoo.com. Visit slhs1985.org. To volunteer to help with planning, indicate in your e-mail or contact Melanie Kirsch Colston at 703-476-0579.

The Reston community was treated to a performance of "Annie Jr." on April 28, 29, and 30 by The Panther Players of Langston Hughes Middle School. Lauren Whitley (Annie), Sarah Stanley (Mrs. Hannigan), Alex Burns (Oliver Warbucks), and Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood (Grace) along with an excellent cast and crew, sang and danced to standing ovations and a sold out house each night. This memorable show was directed by Bill Lambert and Musical Director/Choreographer, Margaux Bookbinder, both teachers at LHMS.