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Summer Art Camp 2006. The Great Falls Art Center is now taking registration for classes which will be held through July and August for ages 6 to teen. Campers attend Monday -Friday from 10-3 p.m. For applications call 703 759-3867 or email greatfallsart@yahoo.com.

Village Green Day School, 790 Walker Road in Great Falls, has openings in their Kinder Club enrichment program. Structured to challenge young minds, this program is for morning kindergarten-age students who are looking to extend their half-day public school experience. The Kinder Club meets from noon- 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with transportation offered from local elementary schools. Subjects include: mathmatics, science, geography, reading, art and Spanish. Call 703-759-4049 or visit www.villagegreendayschool.com.

Starshine Theater of Great Falls is now enrolling students for its Winter/Spring session of performing arts workshops. A variety of programs are offered for ages 1-17, including: "The Odyssey," a full-production musical drama based on Homer's ancient epic and open to ages 7-17, "The Adventures of Chicken Little," a new play open to young actors, ages 4.5- 9 years, Beginning and Intermediate Guitar for ages 9 and up, Voice and Singing Techniques for ages 8- 17, Creative Dance/Pre-Ballet for ages 3-5 years, and "Music 'n Motion for Mommy 'n Me," for ages 1-5 years (siblings welcome). Rehearsals and Classes are held at The School of Theatrical Dance in the Great Falls Village Centre. Contact Patricia Budwig, Creative Director, at 703-790-9050 or StarshineTheater@aol.com.

McDonald's Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., will honor high school seniors throughout D.C. and outlying areas, who have demonstrated leadership within their schools and communities, through the McDonald's Celebrating Diversity Scholars Program. Student honorees will each receive a $1,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice and be recognized at an event in March.

Recipients are chosen based on an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community service leader. Students also submit two short essays detailing lessons they have learned through community service and the importance of education in relation to cultural diversity. Call 703-741-7515 or visit www.McDonaldsCollegeExpo.com for an application and for details. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 17. The scholarship winners will be announced in March.

A recent visit to Spring Hill Elementary by the former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Stuart Bernstein, inspired the school’s fifth-grade students to establish pen pal relationships with Danish elementary school students. Bernstein told the students about life in Denmark and what it is like to be an ambassador. He also provided the students with information from the Danish embassy. The 25 fifth-grade students now exchange information about their school and country with their Danish counterparts from Holte and have even communicated in Danish.

Auditions for the McLean Youth Orchestra 2005-06 season are open to serious music students ages 12-18. The orchestra includes cultural exchanges and an annual scholarship competition. To schedule, call the MYO Director Tina Anderson at 703-451-2399. Visit www.mclean-orchestra.org/myo/index.html.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has scheduled two teacher job fairs to recruit teachers for the 2006-07 school year and is searching for teachers and counselors with strong academic backgrounds and the passion to make a difference in the lives of their students. To meet the growing need for excellent teachers, especially in the field of special education, separate job fairs for elementary-level and secondary-level teachers are planned. The job fair for elementary school teachers will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006. Both job fairs are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna.

Registration for the elementary-level job fair runs from Feb. 7 through Feb. 21. Online preregistration is required; go to www.fcps.edu/DHR to register.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, over 1,100 marketing students from Fairfax County gathered to compete at the annual Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) leadership Conference at Springfield Mall. Seventy-five George C. Marshall High School marketing students were selected to represent their DECA chapter at the competition. Marshall students compete in District 11, including West Springfield, Edison, Lee and Classroom-on-the Mall. The competition encompassed 15 competitive role play events in total.

Marshall had 10 first-place overall winners, and 11 second-place overall winners. These students will represent Fairfax County at the DECA State Competition in Norfolk on March 10-12.

First-place winners were Marvin Aylor, Sarah Cleer, Samuel Crumpton, Diana Fleeter, Patrick Findaro, Adam Fisher, Alena Golovchenko, Bryan Herbert, Alyssa Katz and the team of Lilly Ware Dunn and Phil Tuttle. Second-place winners were Najuma Abdullah, Michael Beaman, Rick Bellamy, John Carmichael, Kate Daniels, Allyse Golden, Victoria Montano, Katherine Morrison, Gopal Nath, Sunjay Sethi and Beth Turner. Third-place winners, who will serve as alternates for the state competition are Amanda Hodson, Marisa Howlette, Casey Kirwin, Ahmed Kodouda, Apule Osika, Pat Roddy and Andrew Schroth.

Forty-six Marshall DECA students were recognized as finalists in one of their three events.