Members of the Yorktown High School Marching Patriots Band and Color Guard received a Superior Rating at the 26th Annual Virginia State Marching Festival held recently at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia. A panel of judges rated the 80-member bands performance as Superior based upon a criteria that ranked their marching program in the areas of: musical performance, visual presentation and overall general effect. The bands marching program features musical selections from Earth, Wind and Fire. Drum Majors Amelia Mutter and Taylor Triggs lead the Yorktown High School Marching Patriots Band and Color Guard under the direction of Ben Williams, Director of Bands.

More than 350 Arlington students will participate in the 14th annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference which will take place on Nov. 17 from 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Arlington campus. The purpose of this one-day conference is to foster leadership among Latino students by involving the students in the coordination of the event; inspire Latino students and provide positive role models by bringing successful Latinos as keynote speakers and career/college presenters; expose students to a college campus by holding the conference in a local college or university; and provide college and career information. For more information contact 703-228-2582.

Oakridge Elementary School, 1414 24th Street South, Arlington, needs after-school tutors on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons. Call Malcolm Tronic at 703-228-8820.

Attention parents of children ages 3-5 years old, children may qualify to receive free quality child care through CDI Head Start at Arlington. Head Start is a national child development program which has standards that specifically meet the needs of each child. Call 703-465-1116.

Kristin T. Reiland has entered first year studies at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg, WV. Reiland, daughter, of Peter M. Reiland of Venice, Fla., and Marilyn M. Lenart of Syracuse, N.Y. received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. While at RIT, Reiland was a regular on the Dean’s List. She calls Arlington home and attended Liverpool High School in Liverpool, N.Y.

The National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized 14 Arlington students as semifinalists in the 52nd annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the nation's seniors. The 14 students attend the system's high schools and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The 12 National Merit semifinalists at Washington-Lee High School are: Patricia Sever, Sarah R. Weber, David G. Willard, Yorktown High School, Abbey Chung, Lauren A. Kuhlik, Anne K. Minoff, Jonathan O. Nardolilli, Elizabeth O’Neill, Chase R. Raines, Chelsea B. Sklar, Anna M. Sosdian and Chao Yin. The two students attending Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology are: Christian P. McGurik and Arjun Sreekumar

World-renowned violinist Midori recently presented a master class for orchestra students from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington. The participating students were Louis McCracken, a 16 year-old junior at T.C. Williams High School, and Thomas Moran, a 16 year-old junior in the H.B. Woodlawn program in the Arlington Public Schools district. They each received a private lesson in front of the audience. Each presented a movement of a concerto, prepared over the course of several months with their private teachers. McCracken, who pursues private violin studies with Michael Faulkner, is a member of the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and recently was selected, through competitive audition, to perform in the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. During the Master Class, he performed the first movement of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with T.C. Williams Choral Director Patricia Jarvis as his accompanist. Moran, the son of professional violinist Risa Browder, the Orchestra Director of H.B. Woodlawn, and John Moran, a professional cellist, performed the first movement of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, with Andrew Horowitz as his accompanist. Moran pursues private violin studies with Mary Ann Tortolano.

Washington Wizards’ all-star guard Gilbert Arenas and Chairman Abe Pollin are supporting local schools in the 2006-07 season. At each home game this season, Arenas will “shoot” for one designated school, which will receive $100 for every point. In turn, Pollin will match Arenas by giving schools $100 for each point he scores on the road. Eight APS school are among the 82 schools chosen to participate in the “Gilbert Scores for Schools” promotion. The Arlington schools include Drew Model, Glebe, Campbell, Abingdon, Jamestown and Patrick Henry elementary schools, Wakefield High School and the Stratford Program. The eight “Gilbert Scores for Schools” games are as follows:

* Dec. 4 vs. Dallas – Glebe

* Dec. 13 vs. Denver – Wakefield

* Dec. 15 vs. Miami – Campbell

* Dec. 26 vs. Memphis – Drew

* Jan. 10 vs. Chicago – Abingdon

* Feb. 25 vs. Minnesota – Jamestown

* March 20 vs. Portland – Stratford

* March 24 vs. L.A. Clippers – Patrick Henry

The Arlington Teen Network Board has reconvened for its fourth year to focus on a new set of issues: teen-parent communication, teen stress during high school and the need for county-wide teen events and activities in Arlington. A fourth committee will focus on communication and outreach. With these issues in mind, the Network will advocate for events as diverse as teen dances and parent-teen workshops.

* The High School Teen Stress Committee has decided to concentrate on the overwhelming pressures that Arlington teens face throughout the school year — specifically the pressure that comes from advanced courses, academic competition, college applications and time management challenges. They plan to examine the Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) homework policy, to explore the need for Advanced Placement (AP) support for new AP students and to consider the stress of homework schedules that often require students to work on multiple major assignments or to study for several tests at once.

* The Teen Events and Activities Committee plans to identify county-wide activities that would be fun and affordable for teens from all over Arlington. Ideas so far include concerts, dances, laser tag nights, movie nights and bowling. The committee will encourage and assist teen event organizers and help to spread the word about teen events via internet networking sites such as, Facebook and Myspace.

* The Parent-Teen Communication Committee will tackle the issue of parent-teen miscommunication and search for ways to help teens better understand their parents and their actions. The committee hopes to film interviews with parents and teens for use on local cable television. The committee also would like to host teen-parent workshops.

* New this year is the Communication and Outreach Committee, which will represent the Teen Network Board and facilitate internal and external communications.

The Arlington Teen Network Board is a County and School Board-appointed teen advocacy group comprised of Arlington high school students. The students, from all different backgrounds and parts of Arlington, provide a county-wide voice for teens. To find out more about the Network’s activities and how you can get involved, contact Judy Hadden, the adult coordinator of the Teen Network Board, at or 703-241-5999.

Twenty-four Kenmore Middle School students performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on Nov. 19. The performance is the culmination of a newly formed partnership between Bowen McCauley Dance, a professional contemporary dance company based in Arlington and Kenmore Middle School. Nearly 40 Kenmore students auditioned in late September for the opportunity to participate in a residency with BMD. Since early October students have received instruction once a week for an hour and a half after school from Lucy Bowen McCauley, founder and director of BMD. Kenmore students will also have the opportunity to perform with BMD in April 2007 at Kenmore and in June at Lubber Run amphitheatre.

Arlington Public Schools' Wakefield High School held its first orientation meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28 for the recently formed Red Cross Club. Red Cross school clubs are service groups that work to fulfill the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross. Working closely with Arlington County Chapter, Club members will participate in Red Cross service projects that help their school, the Arlington community and the world. The Club offers student members many opportunities for self-development, leadership experience and the ability to choose activities that will address their communities' greatest needs.