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Alexandria School Notes

An evening of magic for family audiences will be presented Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria.

Featured performers include: Eric Henning, former Ring 50 president and two-time presidential inaugural entertainer; Noland Montgomery, two-time Ring 50 “Magician of the Year;” Dwight Redman, president of Assembly 23; and long-time magicians Mike Taggert, Bob Carnathan and Laurie Curry.

Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults and $20 families. Call 703-212-5166.

Bishop Ireton High School will hold its 16th annual auction and dinner gala Nov. 12, at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church. This year's theme will be Havana Nights. Silent bidding begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The seated dinner at 8 p.m. will include a live auction with veteran auctioneer Chris Rasmus. Proceeds benefit Bishop Ireton High School, including the financial aid program. Tickets are $75. Call 703-212-5182.

St. Rita School in Alexandria participated in a mini-walk for the homeless last Friday as part of the Fannie Mae Foundation Help the Homeless Program. Schools and other organizations can hold mini-walks to help raise money and awareness of homelessness in conjunction with the Help the Homeless Program, culminating with the Walk for the Homeless on the mall in Washington, D.C. in November. St. Rita School has held mini-walks for the past five years.

As has been the case in years past, St. Rita School chose the Carpenter's Shelter and ALIVE! House as the beneficiaries of their mini-walk. The efforts of the 100 walkers raised over $3,500 for these shelters. Representatives from the shelters spoke to the children about homelessness and how the shelters provide assistance to homeless individuals and families. The children walked with posters for 15 minutes on the grounds of St. Rita Catholic School in Alexandria.

Craft making and beautiful displays of students' artwork were the highlight of the St. Rita School booth at Del Ray's "Art on the Avenue" festival Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

While parents came to the booth for information about the school, their children made masks and hats, baskets and wall decorations.

Sarah Clay-Mendez, daughter of Deborah Clay-Mendez and William Mendez of Alexandria, has enrolled at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

Adrienne Leadon, daughter of Thomas and Victoria Leadon of Alexandria, earned dean's list honors for the 2005 spring semester at Lynchburg College. Leadon is a 2005 graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.S. in exercise physiology and a graduate of Bishop Ireton High School.

Wesley Schmidt III, son of Wesley and Catherine Schmidt of Alexandria, earned dean's list honors for the 2005 spring semester at Lynchburg College. Schmidt is a graduate of Christchurch School, and a sophomore at Lynchburg College.

Ben Sprague, son of Steven and Brenda Sprague of Alexandria, earned dean's list honors for the 2005 spring semester at Lynchburg College. Sprague is a graduate of Bishop Ireton High School, and is a sophomore economics and political science major.

Myrna Zohni, of Alexandria, graduated from Virginia Tech on May 13 and received a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Elizabeth Langer, of Alexandria, graduated from Virginia Tech May 13 and received a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Maggie Milatzo, of Alexandria, graduated from Virginia Tech May 13 and received a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

Jaime Tomkins, of Alexandria, graduated from Virginia Tech May 13 and received a bachelor of science degree in apparel, housing, and resource management.