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On Thursday, April 20, the Youth and Government Club of Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, will hold its 8th annual blood drive, from 8 a.m. until about 3 p.m. Students from the school will be participating with students who are 17 need parental consent. Adults do not need to make an appointment in advance in order to participate; they are put at the front of the line when they arrive.

The Youth and Government Club also solicits donations from area businesses. Pizza, doughnuts, sandwiches, and drinks are provided for the Red Cross workers, club members and especially the donors for them to eat after they have given blood. Several years ago the Red Cross selected Potomac Falls High School as its High School Blood Drive of the Year. Contact James Chrisman or Ed Brosh at Potomac Falls High School, 703-444-7542.

Briar Woods High School Drama Department presents its spring musical, "The Wizard of Oz." Performances will be in the Briar Woods Auditorium, 22525 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, April 20-22, at 7 p.m. and April 23, at 3 p.m. Adults, $6 and children under 13, $3. Contact Marina Levi at Briar Woods High School 703-957-4400.

Potomac Falls High School will open its doors to the community Saturday, April 22, 6-11 p.m., for its second annual "A Night at the Falls." This family-oriented event will highlight the many dimensions of PFHS and will support academic programs that directly benefit its students.

Features a donated dinner from Outback Steakhouse and a silent auction, Texas Hold ÔEm tournament, 3x3 basketball, drama and music performances by students, cake walk and the Mr. Potomac Falls pageant. A medieval theme this year brings new activities, including tricycle jousting, tug-of-war, a KnightÕs Quest and more.

Admission to the dinner and all evening activities is $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and children 5 and older. General admission, which does not include dinner, is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children age 5 and older.

The ticket request form will be on the Web site. To contribute or make a donation to the silent auction, contact Cheryl Marin at or Doreen Hinnant at 703-450-9212. Visit the event Web site at

The Dominion High School Drama Department will be presents the musical "Godspell." With a score by the acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz, the music, dance and storytelling will entertain people of all ages. The show is filled with a wide variety of music ranging from a Vaudevillian number to the famous "Day by Day." Set in an urban alleyway, the play relies solely on the performers and musicians as they work together to form a community. Performances April 27-29 at, 7:30 p.m. and April 30, at 3 p.m., at Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Drive, Sterling. Tickets are available at the door for $7. Call 703-444-8025.

Stone Bridge High SchoolÕs Running Dog Productions brings ÒSeussicalÓ to life Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Children can meet their favorite characters after the 12:30 p.m. matinee Saturday, May 6. Tickets are $6 at the door. Glen Hochkeppel directs and Debbie Settle music directs, with Dave KellerÕs award-winning musicians in the pit band blending up their Broadway-style rhythm and melody. Stone Bridge is located at 43100 Ht Road, Ashburn, 703-779-8900.

Dates for SAT and ACT testing for 2005-2006 have been established for Loudoun County Public Schools. The tests are administered on nationally standardized dates and require advanced registration.

Students may register online or may obtain paper registration materials from the guidance office of each high school. Registration and study information is available at for the SAT and at for the ACT. Students should register at least six weeks in advance of the tests.

Most colleges require SAT or ACT for college admissions. Some colleges also require certain SAT II subject tests for admissions or placement. Students should check with all of the colleges to which they plan to apply to determine which tests are required and preferred.

Students usually register for the SAT or ACT in their junior year and repeat the test in the senior year. Some students elect to take both the SAT and ACT.

The SAT test dates are:

* May 6: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Broad Run High School.

* June 3: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Park View High School.

In recognition of student volunteerism in Loudoun County, the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board has established scholarships for graduating seniors from each Loudoun County public and private high school and from the home-school community.

In support of the Student Volunteer Program, the scholarships recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Loudoun County community through their volunteer efforts. Different from traditional scholarships, the Loudoun Volunteer Services' Student Scholarships place more emphasis on a demonstrated interest in and service to the community than on academic or athletic excellence.

It is the goal of the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board to provide opportunities and to encourage students to become active in their community through volunteer service. The Loudoun Volunteer Services' Student Scholarships are funded each year through contributions from county businesses and civic groups.

Students should submit the scholarship applications to Loudoun Volunteer Services, 1 Harrison St., S.E., P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, by the close of business May 1. Applications are available at each school, by visiting or by calling 703-777-0113.

Sponsorship opportunities and tee times remain for the inaugural Dominion Titan Golf Classic, May 17, at Lowe's Island Country Club. The fund-raising event, presented by ATLAS (Association of Titan Leaders Assisting Students) to support student and faculty activities at Dominion High School, will tee off on the River Course, at 9:30 a.m.

The tournament field will be limited to 84 golfers. Participants will receive a tournament gift bag and will have access to practice facilities prior to the shotgun start. There will be a continental breakfast, boxed lunch and post-tournament awards reception.

To register for the tournament or to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, contact Eric Holmberg at 703-720-8058 or

The board of directors of Virginia Smiles, a nonprofit organization that provides a link between families affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate and the medical community that serves these patients, announces the 2006 Virginia Smiles Scholarship Program, which will award a $1,000 college scholarship to a high-school senior or college student in Virginia who was born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, and who is registered to attend a Virginia college in the fall of 2006.

Requirements for the scholarship include a completed Virginia Smiles College Scholarship Application, which is available at; a 500-word essay describing why he/she is deserving of the $1,000 scholarship from Virginia Smiles; and attendance and participation at the Virginia SmilesÕ Family Picnic July 9, located at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Recipient will receive the award, and must give a 10-minute speech to families of children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, and other guests. The speech must highlight the accomplishments of his/her life and how he/she overcame the challenges of being born with a cleft lip/cleft palate.

All entries must be postmarked on or before May 31. Candidates should mail their application and essay to Virginia Smiles, P.O. Box 2891, Fairfax, VA 22031-2891.


Dominion High School's second annual Project Graduation, a night-long celebration of the Class of 2006, will take place June 17, at the high school from 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

This alcohol- and drug-free event, following that morning's graduation exercises, is sponsored by ATLAS and being organized by the parents of underclassmen to provide an exciting, fun-filled, and safe celebration.

The theme will be "A Day at the Beach" and will feature a disc jockey, dancing, games and giveaways. Food is expected to include submarines sandwiches, ice slushies and a chocolate fountain. Door prizes will be drawn all night. A grand prize will be awarded at breakfast.

Many businesses and community organizations have already contributed to make this a truly memorable night for students. Businesses, organizations or individuals that would like to donate items or make a monetary donation are encouraged to contact Jane Lettmann at 703-444-5139 or e-mail

The 1976 gradating class of Broad Run High School in Ashburn is holding its 30-year reunion July 22, at the Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall in Leesburg. The class is looking for classmates and need help from friends and family of alumni. Call Ana Mallory (Miranda) at 847-797-9043 or e-mail