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"Progressions" is a visual arts exhibit that includes James Madison High School art department, as well as Thoreau Middle School and all the Elementary schools in Vienna. The exhibit runs through March 17 during school hours in the library and Warhawk Hall.

Green Hedges School is presenting its grade eight musical, "Guys and Dolls" March 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Green Hedges is located in Vienna at 415 Windover Avenue. This program is free, and no reservations are required.

The MAD 5K run and one-mile fun run-walk will be held Saturday, March 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at Madison High. The start and finish lines are near the track at the back of the school. The 5K course has gently rolling hills, and the one-mile fun run-walk is four laps around the school track. Awards will be presented to the top three males and females in the 5K run and to top performers in age groups. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and there is a charge to participate. Proceeds benefit the Madison track and field team and the all-night graduation celebration.

"Grease" at Kilmer Middle School. More than 50 Kilmer students will perform in a family-friendly version of the musical that set records as the longest-running show on Broadway. March 23-25 at 7 p.m. at the school, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna. Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased by students and families during lunch and by the public on March 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or at the door.

Science/Technology Career Day for seventh- and eighth-grade girls is being held Saturday, March 25 from 8:30-noon at James Madison High School in Vienna. Boys are also welcome. Students attend three 45-minute workshops presented by women working in a large variety of scientific and technical fields. For a registration form e-mail rubato12@aol.com, or call Olga Burns at 703-239-2876. Deadline is March 15. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women and Fairfax County Public Schools. Students from all the middle schools have been invited to attend.

The Oakton High School Varsity Dance Team will hold a dance team clinic on Saturday, March 25 at the school, located at 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. The clinic is open to all seventh- through 11th-grade students from any area school. Cost is $50 before March 15, $55 after and at the door. For information and a registration form go to www.ohsathleticboosters.org.

Eight students from James Madison High School's band and orchestra have won Virginia's top high school music honor, qualifying through competitive auditions against student musicians across the state to play in the All-Virginia Band and Orchestra. Three of the students won first-chair placement. The Madison students are Analicia Carpio, flute (making first chair); Max Friedfeld, trumpet; Kyle Green, violin; Colin Jones, clarinet; Kevin Kingsley, alto saxophone (making first chair); Sam Koff, trumpet; Brian Porter, tuba; and James Trichilo, bass trombone (making first chair). These students will join other Virginia musicians in Richmond for rehearsals April 6-8, followed by a concert directed by university conductors on April 8.

Two James Madison High School students were selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation to perform in Bands of America's two prestigious musical ensembles. Analicia Carpio, a flutist, has been selected to perform in the 2006 Honor Orchestra of America, and Caitlin Klimavicz, a bassoonist, has been selected to perform in the 2006 Honor Band of America. Both students placed first chair in their respective instruments in their local District XII All-District Band, and Analicia was recently ranked 1st in the state of Virginia in the 2006 All-Virginia auditions. The Honor Orchestra of America and Honor Band of America will perform in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 25. The two ensembles will also accompany guest soloists Christopher O'Riley, host of NPR's "From the Top," and saxophonist Otis Murphy.

The Vienna Optimist Club has announced the winners of its 2006 essay contest. This year's topic was "I am Unique Because," and students at James Madison, Oakton and George C. Marshall High Schools were eligible to enter. The winners were: First place, Sam Bear, Oakton; first runner-up, Catherine Nguyen, Marshall; second runner-up, Megan Waring, Madison; honorable mention, Karina Montgomery, Oakton. The winners presented their essays to the Optimist membership at their dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 7. All winning students are high school seniors and were awarded an Optimist scholarship to use toward their college tuition.

The Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls is accepting applications for two Alexander De Filippis Scholarships from college bound high school seniors in Great Falls, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Sterling and Potomac or students who are registered parishioners at the church. The selection process will place major emphasis on the student's development of Christian character and demonstrated service to others by involvement in school, church or community projects. The student must also have a 2.5 or higher overall high school grade point average. Two scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded. The application is available for download at st-catherines.net. The applications must be returned by May 15.

Club Phoenix Teen Center. Vienna Community Center features a big screen TV, jukebox and CD player, Dreamcast, pool and pingpong tables and more for Vienna-area middle-school students. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-5721.

Using the scientific method, students at Wolftrap Elementary demonstrated how to mummify a chicken, prove if dogs are colorblind and provide information about which sports drink works best at the school’s annual Science Fair on Tuesday, March 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Projects include experiments, inventions and demonstrations.