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Belmont Ridge Middle School presents its second annual sixth- and seventh-grade spring chorus concert, Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., in the school's auditorium. Free. 19045 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg.

Potomac Falls High School presents "South Pacific" June 2, 3, 4, at 7:30 p.m. and June 5, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for $7. Contact the drama department at 703-444-7542. Potomac Falls is located at 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling.

Belmont Ridge Middle School presents its eighth-grade music extravaganza, Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m., in the school's gym. Free. 19045 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg.

Sterling Middle School collected almost 6,000 items Ñ including hand lotion, soap, facial tissues, compact discs, paperback books, shampoo, and toothbrushes Ñ to send to the U.S. troops overseas. Mr. Ivory's sixth-grade and Ms. Lauterbach's seventh-grade homerooms lead the individual homerooms, each collected 893 items, while the entire seventh grade had the highest overall total by contributing a combined 2,548 items.

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), on May 14, honored the more than 880 in-state fifth- through eighth-grade students who distinguished themselves among the brightest academically gifted youth in the country. They earned their opportunity for recognition by participation in the academic Talent Search organized by CTY, where young people who score at the 97th percentile or higher on school standardized tests are invited by CTY to participate in a rigorous set of above-grade-level exams.

They include David Coy, Sterling, Trinity Christian School; Samuel Dooman, Leesburg, Evergreen Mill Elementary School; Jonathan Gladish, Leesburg, Leesburg Elementary School; Michael Lopresti, Sterling, River Bend Middle School; Kevin McCandless, Leesburg, Cool Spring Elementary School; Jordan Myers, Sterling, Sugarland Elementary School; Patrick Penderville, Purcellville, Loudoun Country Day School; Christopher Peters, Leesburg, Harper Park Middle School; Hannah Saeger, Potomac Falls, Seneca Ridge Middle School; Michael Schwinabart, Sterling, Sterling Middle School; Shahbaz Singh, Leesburg, Cool Spring Elementary School; Madeleine Vanden Heuvel, Leesburg, Harper Park Middle School; Thomas Vento, Leesburg, Loudoun Country Day School; Jared Daubenspeck, Ashburn, Sanders Corner Elementary School; Yardley Albarracin, Sterling, Sterling Middle School; Kathleen Bechtold, Ashburn, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Brittany Borman, Sterling, River Bend Middle School; Von Botteicher, South Riding, Mercer Middle School; Nicholas Burton, Ashburn, Eagle Ridge Middle School; William Callahan, Ashburn, Nysmith School; Matthew Chamberlain, Leesburg, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Victoria Chwalowski, Leesburg, Smarts Mill Middle School; Emily Dewoolfson, Potomac Falls, River Bend Middle School; Temple Douglas, Leesburg, Smarts Mill Middle School; Dustin Drewyer, Leesburg, Harmony Intermediate School; Kang Guo, Leesburg, Harper Park Middle School; Ashleigh Harvey, Sterling, River Bend Middle School; Aubrey Higginson, Leesburg, Belmont Ridge Middle School; Joseph Jezior, Potomac Falls, Seneca Ridge Middle School; Puneet Lall, Leesburg, Smarts Mill Middle School; Rodney Lee, Purcellville, Home School; Ashley Lewis, Ashburn, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Peter Nguyen, Ashburn, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Andrew Runge, Ashburn, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Peter Satagaj, Leesburg, J. L. Simpson Middle School; Thomas Schmidt, Leesburg, Harper Park Middle School; Jessica Shartouny, Potomac Falls, River Bend Middle School; Joshua Smith, Leesburg, Harper Park Middle School; Joshua Snyder, Leesburg, Smarts Mill Middle School; Ross Svenson, Ashburn, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Brian Tubergen, Ashburn, Farmwell Station Middle School; Jeremy Vercillo, Ashburn, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Cheng Xu, Ashburn, Rachel Carson Middle School; Sharon Yin, Ashburn, Farmwell Station Middle School; Jenny Yung, Ashburn, Farmwell Station Middle School; Kevin Zigadlo, Ashburn, Saint Theresa School; and Layla Malati, Sterling, Christian Fellowship School.

The Ashburn Ruritan Club recently honored students

from 14 Ashburn area schools with Outstanding Student

Citizenship Awards at the 10th annual awards ceremony May 10 at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn. The awards consisted of United States Savings Bonds for elementary- and middle-school student winners, cash scholarships for high school winners, and plaques engraved with the winning

student's name for display in each school.

The elementary-school award winners were Hannah

Wilson, Ashburn; Zachary Bokulic, Belmont Station;

Alexandra Moore, Cedar Lane; Lauren Mines, Dominion

Trail; Kaitlin Oberg, Hillside; Abby Floyd, Mill Run;

Ashley Ferguson, Sanders Corner; and Lindsay

Krystofik, Selden's Landing. The middle-school winners were Valerie Odell, Belmont Ridge; Quinlan Mitchell, Eagle Ridge; Kelly Giltner, Farmwell Station; and Kathleen Ferraren, St. Theresa.

The high-school winners were Christina Robinson, Broad Run, and Erica Detrick, Stone Bridge. The Ruritan Civic Service Award went to Amanda Jenkins, a senior at Stone Bridge High School.

The Ruritans also made cash donations to assist with

the purchase of books for the school libraries of the

new Briar Woods High School, and the Legacy and

Newton-Lee elementary school opening in Ashburn in

fall 2005.Ê

The students of EDAnywhere Private High School in Sterling have created and are serving the organization ÒFrom Me To You with Love.Ó The students are enrolled in a class for leadership, and will receive credit for community involvement and demonstration of leadership habits. The project for this spring semester is to create care packages for Iraqi children residing just outside of Bahgdad. The students are accepting donations of new or gently used childrenÕs shoes, socks and small care-package items Ñ toys, treats, hygiene essentials. To donate or for more information contact Stephanie Havener, coordinator, 703-433-0805.

Thanks to the support of the residents, participants, volunteers and local businesses the Sugarland Run's First Annual Fun/Run Walk was a success. A total of three seniors were awarded prizes. First place went to Kristen Claeys of Dominion High School, who was awarded $500 to use as she will be attending Virginia Tech this fall. Second place winner was Martha Brucato of Thomas Jefferson, she received $100 to use towards her future plans at Duke University. Third place winner was Thomas Shirey of Dominion High school; he was awarded with a file box full of supplies to use as he attends Liberty University in the fall. The 2005 5K sponsors were Re/Max Realtor, Donna McKenna, Cheers Sports, Sterling Silver Scuba, Nike Factory Store, Staples and Giant.

Eight students from the degree completion program at Shenandoah UniversityÕs Northern Virginia Campus in Leesburg, recently completed an international research project for the World ChildrenÕs Choir, based in McLean. Under the guidance of Giles Jackson, associate professor of marketing at the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business, the students built a database of childrenÕs choirs from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, which lays the foundation for a new and ambitious international program for the World ChildrenÕs Choir.