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Schools April 9-15

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The following local students received honors at Emory College for the spring 2007 semester:

* Jeremy McKibben-Sanders of Arlington, son of Linda McKibben and Raymond A. Strikas, was named to the Honor List of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division

Arlington resident Stephanie C. Pitts has won first place recognition in both the local and regional divisions of the DAR's American History Essay Contest. The essay topic, "I Spy - Espionage During the American Revolution," was judged based on historical accuracy, organization of material, adherence to topic, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness. Stephanie's essay is now competing at the state level of the contest. She is an eighth grade student at the Congressional Schools of Virginia in Falls Church.

Williamsburg physical science teacher Gail Kreider, was recently published in this month’s issue of “Science Scope,” a monthly publication from the National Science Teachers Association. Her article entitled, “Going on a Science Trek!” shares with teachers across the country an investigation she did with her students that helped them find ways science is applicable to their daily lives.

Barcroft art specialist Marel Sitron had her article “Three- Dimensional Cubist Musicians” published in the March issue of “School Arts” Magazine.

Social studies specialist Mitch Pascal, appointed by the School Board in 2005 to serve as its liaison to the Arlington Committee on Jamestown 2007 Community Program, was honored for his service by the County Board on Feb. 26.

Tuckahoe first grade teacher Emily Foglesong and assistant principal Colin Brown presented workshops at the 5th annual Teachers of Promise Institute at James Madison University.

Dr. Katrina Eid, speech-language pathologist at Campbell, has been elected president-elect of the Speech Language and Hearing Association of Virginia. Dr. Eid presented a workshop at the annual conference March 6-8. The workshop was entitled “Career Pathways for the Speech Language Pathologist: Challenges, Hopes, and Dreams.”

Drew Model Elementary teacher Linda Massey was recently honored at the American Montessori Society Conference in Washington, D.C. with the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. Massey’s dissertation was titled “Pilgrims and Guides: The Lived Experience of Montessori Teachers in Public Schools Guiding and Being Guided by Children.”

Gunston Middle School’s band, under the direction of Matthew Rinker and Gunston’s orchestra, under the direction of Gene Pohl, earned superior ratings at the recent District 12 Band and Orchestra Festival. This is the first time both the band and orchestra earned superior ratings in the same year.

Fifteen Arlington students were among those honored at the Northern Virginia District PTA’s Reflections awards ceremony, held in the auditorium of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on Thursday, April 3. The following Arlington students competed in the Northern Virginia District program:

* Outstanding Interpretation (First Place): Film/Video Production, Primary Division: Jack Browne, Taylor Elementary School; Film/Video Production, Middle/Junior Division: Ryan Carroll, Swanson Middle School; Literature, Primary Division: Bess Golkin, Arlington Traditional School; Music Composition, Middle/Junior Division: Kinsey Scholl, Swanson Middle School; Visual Arts, Senior Division: Naomi Nakazato, Yorktown High School

* Award of Excellence (Second Place): Dance Choreography, Primary: Anna Guttman-McCabe, Jamestown; Dance Choreography, Middle Junior: Giselle MacDonald, Kenmore; Film/Video Production, Intermediate: Arianna Zoghi, Tuckahoe

* Award of Merit (Third Place): Literature, Intermediate: Ilan Davidowitz, Ashlawn; Literature, Middle/Junior: Kathryn Wirtz, Kenmore; Music Composition, Primary: Cory Dudka, Long Branch; Music Composition, Senior: Scott Phillips, Yorktown; Photography, Primary: William Senkus, Ashlawn; Visual Arts, Intermediate: Hannah Wilczek, Arlington Traditional; Visual Arts, Junior/Middle: Ashley Coleson, Swanson

* Participants: Dance Choreography, Intermediate: Lily Waldman, Science Focus; Literature, Senior: Sarah Leitner, Yorktown; Music, Intermediate: Claire Spaulding, McKinley; Photography, Intermediate: Shaiann Bennett, Taylor; Photography, Middle/Junior: Taylor Coddington, Williamsburg; Photography, Senior: Genesi H’Luz, Yorktown; Visual Arts, Primary: Delaney Christian, Taylor

Fifteen Arlington students will be among those honored at the Northern Virginia District PTA’s Reflections awards ceremony, to be held in the auditorium of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. The following Arlington students competed in the Northern Virginia District program:

* Outstanding Interpretation (First Place): Film/Video Production, Primary Division: Jack Browne, Taylor Elementary School; Film/Video Production, Middle/Junior Division: Ryan Carroll, Swanson Middle School; Literature, Primary Division: Bess Golkin, Arlington Traditional School; Music Composition, Middle/Junior Division: Kinsey Scholl, Swanson Middle School; Visual Arts, Senior Division: Naomi Nakazato, Yorktown High School

* Award of Excellence (Second Place): Dance Choreography, Primary: Anna Guttman-McCabe, Jamestown; Dance Choreography, Middle Junior: Giselle MacDonald, Kenmore; Film/Video Production, Intermediate: Arianna Zoghi, Tuckahoe

* Award of Merit (Third Place): Literature, Intermediate: Ilan Davidowitz, Ashlawn; Literature, Middle/Junior: Kathryn Wirtz, Kenmore; Music Composition, Primary: Cory Dudka, Long Branch; Music Composition, Senior: Scott Phillips, Yorktown; Photography, Primary: William Senkus, Ashlawn; Visual Arts, Intermediate: Hannah Wilczek, Arlington Traditional; Visual Arts, Junior/Middle: Ashley Coleson, Swanson

* Participants: Dance Choreography, Intermediate: Lily Waldman, Science Focus; Literature, Senior: Sarah Leitner, Yorktown; Music, Intermediate: Claire Spaulding, McKinley; Photography, Intermediate: Shaiann Bennett, Taylor; Photography, Middle/Junior: Taylor Coddington, Williamsburg; Photography, Senior: Genesi H’Luz, Yorktown; Visual Arts, Primary: Delaney Christian, Taylor

Toyota and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) awarded Arlington's Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School teacher Laurie Sullivan a $2,500 Toyota TAPESTRY grant for excellence and innovation in science education. Sullivan was honored on March 27 at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Mass.

Elizabeth Porter O'Neill, a sophomore at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2007 semester. A graduate of Yorktown High School, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Timothy O'Neill of Arlington.

The Washington-Lee High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Big Band, and Jazz Combo earned Superior ratings, and the Concert Band earned a high Excellent score from a panel of national adjudicators [judges] at the Fiesti-val Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 28-29. Awards for individual solos went to Will Angle (trumpet), Adrienne Kerr (tenor saxaphone), Nick Kodama (alto saxaphone), and Katie Olson (flute). Washington-Lee Director of Bands Alexander Robinson was awarded Outstanding Band Director at the event.

Frances B. Roberts-Gregory of Washington-Lee High School is Arlington’s 2008 National Merit Scholarship Corporation winner. The Arlington senior won a National Achievement Boule Foundation Scholarship.