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Ten-Star All-Star Basketball Camp. Final Applications are now being evaluated. The Camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls ages 10-19 are eligible to apply. Players from 50 states and 17 foreign countries attended the 2004 camp. College basketball scholarships are possible for players selected to the All-American Team. The nearest camp location is in Blacksburg, Va. For a free brochure call 704-373-0873.

Washington Redskins, Art Monk Offers Summer Youth Football Camp. For boys ages 7-18 to have the rare opportunity to learn football from some of the best players and coaches in the NFL. 10-15 of the Baltimore Ravens and Redskin offer this camp in two locations this summer. June 26-30 at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. July 12-16 at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD. Boys can stay overnight or commute daily. Enrollment is limited! For more info visit www.footballcamps.com or call toll free 1-800-555-0801.

Two seniors at Yorktown High School in Arlington have each won a $2,500 scholarship in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students, Alex W. Cook and Andrew T. Raines, are among 2,500 finalists nationwide to receive scholarships. Winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on the students’ academic records including the difficulty of subjects studied and grades, their scores on two standardized tests including the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, an essay about their goals and interests and a recommendation written by a high school official. Cook had expressed interest in a possible career in economics, while Raines expressed an interest in psychology.

Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School has been named one of 50 schools in the nation to join the NASA Explorer Schools program in 2005. The program, sponsored by NASA’s Education Office and the National Science Teachers Association, establishes a three-year partnership between NASA and the selected schools to develop innovative math and science “action plans” for the classroom. The schools also will receive $17,500 agency grants.

The school partnerships were announced in a ceremony at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The ceremony was attended by NASA Explorer School team leaders including Laurie Sullivan of Barrett Elementary. Sullivan is the former Teacher of the Year for Virginia (2004) and Arlington (2003), and she spearheaded Barrett’s effort to apply for the NASA program. At Barrett, Sullivan coordinates Project Discovery, a program to assist teachers in developing inventive activities in science, math and technology.

One of the first activities for the Barrett NASA Explorer instructional team this summer will be to attend a summer workshop July 10-15 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. The team will work with NASA education specialists to incorporate new teaching resources and technology tools into math and science instruction.

Students in grades two through five at Key Elementary School are working with local artist Claudia Olivos to paint a mural in the school's cafeteria. The project was started last year with Olivos' idea to do a mural focusing on Mexico and South America. The children have researched the work of Mexican muralists, as well as images of flora and fauna of the Americas.

Laura Wegner, a junior at Washington Lee High School, was accepted into the People to People Future Leaders Summit on Medicine at Johns Hopkins this summer. Wegner was nominated and accepted based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. Students at the summit will work on an action plan to make a difference in their communities, develop skills to help them lead tomorrow's world, and build their college resumes, while earning academic or service-learning credit.

William A. Albright, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Albright of North Arlington was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, VA. Phi Beta Kappa recognizes the highest academic achievement, moral character, responsible citizenship, and broad intellectual curiosity. William Albright is in the 2005 class in mathematical economics and history. He is a Madison Scholar, and participated in the study-abroad Virginia Program at Oxford in England and serves as Vice President of th PI Kappa Alpha social fraternity. He is a defenseman and team captain for varsity lacrosse and was named to the First team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference in 2004. He is a member of the honor society Phi Alpha Theta (history), the Student Development Commitee, and Habitat for Humanity.