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Matthew Fifer of Ashburn, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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.

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.

Kindergarten and elementary students at The Boyd School, Broadlands Campus will perform a musical of Little Red Riding Hood by Ron Fink and John Heath this week on stage in the campus Great Room. Performances are this Wednesday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m. All Boyd School families and area communities are welcome to attend. Contact 703-723-3364.

On Sunday, June 5, the Park View PTSA will be having an open house reception honoring Anne Brooks and Kathleen Dugger on their retirement. Brooks, principal, has been at Park View for 25 years of her 34-year career. Dugger has spent 37 years in education with the last 29 years at Park View. Both helped open Park View in 1976 as teachers and coaches. All parents, students and the Sterling community are welcome to come by the school lobby anytime, from 2-4 p.m., to pass along good wishes.

Calling all current Lowes Island Elementary School students and LIES graduates. Come join the school for an old-fashioned picnic to bid farewell to principal Laurie McDonald, Sunday, June 12, from 3-5 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided. Family names that begin with letters A-L please bring a side dish, and family names that begin will letters M-Z please bring a dessert. Don't forget to bring a blanket and lawn chairs. RSVP to Barbara Wong at 703-406-0788 or president@lowesislandPTO.org by June 3.

William R. Mook of Sterling, a student majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, was recently awarded the

Alpha Zeta Outstanding Senior Award, presented to a senior in each department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for their high standards of scholarship character, and leadership.

For the second year in a row, The Bullet, the University of Mary WashingtonÕs student-run newspaper, received first prize in the category of Best All Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 Mark of Excellence competition. The 2004-05 academic staff includes Katy Hershberger of Sterling, scene editor.

The senior class of Leesburg Christian School announces its baccalaureate service, Friday evening, June 3, at 8 p.m. and commencement exercises, Saturday afternoon, June 4, at 2 p.m. Featured graduation speaker will be Marty Kilgore, wife of former attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, Jerry Kilgore. There are 17 candidates for diplomas, Robyn Marie Baird, Deborah Janette Barillas, Benjamin Bruce Beall, Noelle Christine Bravo, John Michael Breithaupt, James Cho, Leonardo Hauyon, Joanne Ko, Christopher Andrew Lehman, Rebecca Marie Llewellyn, Michael David Mills, Samuel Brown Porter, Hannah Megeath Rogers, Sarah Jane Sandberg, Lara Elizabeth Schumacher, Kessinee Suwannikom, Stephanie Carol Teates and Deborah Esther Withnell.

Eight area college-bound high-school seniors received a financial boost after being named winners of the 2005 Legacy of Life Scholarship, endowed by the Leslie Ebert Memorial Fund including Catherine Crecraft from Potomac Falls High School. The scholarships were awarded by Washington Regional Transplant Consortium (WRTC), the federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organization for the metropolitan D.C. area that is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation and medical research. Crecraft will receive $1,000.