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Hinson Peters of Chantilly, a junior at Paul VI Catholic High School, recently won third place in the 2008 Voice of Democracy speech contest. The theme of this year's contest was "Service and Sacrifice by America's veterans benefits today's youth by..."

Hinson also attended the 2008 Congressional Student Leadership Conference on Law & Trial Advocacy, sponsored by LeadAmerica. The CSLC is a college-accredited invitational leadership program for academically talented and promising young leaders from across the United States and internationally. Hinson joined other exceptional high school students with records of academic achievement and extracurricular or community involvement who were invited to participate.

The CSLC on Law & Trial Advocacy was held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and included lectures and discussions with prominent attorneys, judges, and legal experts. Students also participated in interactive leadership workshops.

The Centreville High School Choral Department will be performing its Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. All six choirs in the program will perform on the concert: Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Madrigal Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, Symphonic Choir, and Women’s Ensemble. The director of the Centreville High School Choral Program is Lynne Babcock. The piano accompanist for the concert will be Michael Maher. Cost of admission will be $3 for students and $5 for adults.

ABC-TV will air "Drama High — The Making of a High School Musical," which chronicles Westfield High's production of "The Wiz" in a two-hour special on Monday, Dec. 15 from 9-11 p.m. on Channel 7. The show followed the 12-week rehearsal process of last fall's production of "The Wiz." The crew taped 300 hours of footage, from Sept.-Dec. 2007. The promo reel on You Tube can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96mvOp5o2FE

Four Fairfax County high schools have been named to the list of top 100 high schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) was named the top high school in the country for the second consecutive year.

Ranked 55th on the list of America’s Best High Schools is McLean High School. Langley High School was ranked 76th, and Woodson High School was ranked at 90.

Schools recognized for meeting specific criteria were designated as Silver high schools, and additional schools were identified as Bronze schools based on their performance on state tests. Seven Fairfax County high schools received Silver recognition: Chantilly High School, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Madison High School, Marshall High School, Oakton High School, Robinson Secondary School, and Stuart High School.

Chantilly High School's SGA is working with Our Neighbor's Child to collect toys, supplies, sort holiday gifts, and by holding a wrapping paper drive. Donations of toys and wrapping paper may be dropped off at the main office. Or bring wrapping paper to the girls basketball games on Dec. 12, and 19th. Each roll is $1 off the ticket price.

A new Chipotle Mexican restaurant is opening at the Marketplace at Centre Ridge at 6317 Multiplex Dr., Centreville. Thursday, Dec. 11, the SYA is holding its fund-raiser there from 5-9 p.m. A $5 donation is good toward any meal. All proceeds (100 percent) will be given to the respective organizations. The Chipotle is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, Dec. 12.

TJHSST will perform "Oklahoma!" on Dec. 12, 13, 14. The show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. This is TJ's Cappies production.

The Centreville High School Wildcat Drama Boosters have the annual 2008 White House Christmas ornaments for sale. The price is $18.50, or just $18 if you buy five or more. Available by contacting Sandy Clingman at clingman05@cox.net.

Registration began Nov. 17 for the spring 2009 semester at Northern Virginia Community. People who register early may defer paying tuition until Dec. 19. Anyone who registers after Dec. 19 must pay tuition before 5 p.m. on the next business day. Classes in the 16-week semester begin Jan. 12. NOVA also offers two eight-week sessions which start Jan. 12 and March 16. The eight-week sessions cover the same material and award the same credits as 16-week courses. Call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

The Centreville High Wildcat Music Department presents the following concerts:

* Band /Jazz — Feb. 19, May 7, May 14;

* Choir — Dec. 18, March 18, June 4, June 5;

* Orchestra — Dec. 11, March 12, May 21;

* Guitar - Jan. 30, May 8;

To help keep the music playing, keep an eye out this fall for CVHS Wildcat Band Scrip cards, car washes and fruit sales. Be sure and join us for the Wildcats' home football games and the halftime entertainment your generous support provides.

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for local families to host inner-city children from New York City for two weeks next summer. Contact Susan Kennedy at 202-832-5366 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003 or visit The Fund’s Web site at www.freshair.org.

Andrew Barstow of Centreville, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, is the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alpha Company Executive Officer for the 2008-09 academic year.

Junior and senior corps of cadets interview for leadership positions in the spring semester and serve in their assigned position for the fall or spring semester of the following year. Cadet officers lead between 30 and 200 cadets.

Samantha Luffy of Centreville was selected to play a performer for University of Mary Washington production of "Elegies: A Song Cycle." Luffy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Luffy of Centreville and is a 2007 graduate of Westfield High School. Performances were held Sept. 25 through Oct. 5 in Klein Theatre.

Alexis Reyes of Centreville recently completed a training program at NOVA’s Manassas Campus. Working with Tire Kingdom, the Manassas Campus automotive program created a special, five-week course to teach basic automotive skills and provide employment opportunities.

Sigma Alpha Lambda announces that Caitlin Marie Meslar of Centreville is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the Montclair State University. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

Meslar is a sophomore and a guard on the MSU women’s basketball team and recently selected to represent the University at the NCAA Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.

Meslar graduated from Westfield High School and her parents Karen and Walter Meslar reside in Centreville.

The Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently held its fall induction at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. New inductees are, from Centreville: Rebecca Duncan and Philip Shapiro. From Chantilly: Tiffany Sanford.

Fairfax County Public Schools is searching for teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, and psychologists for the 2009-10 school year. A Secondary School Instructional Job Fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, (snow date Jan. 31) and an Elementary School Instructional Job Fair on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, (snow date Feb. 28), at Oakton High School. The job fair interviews are by invitation only. Candidates interested in being considered for an interview should follow the Job Fair Guidelines found at www.fcps/.edu/DHR. Candidates interested in the secondary school instructional fair must complete all steps by the close of business on Jan. 16, 2009, and candidates interested in the elementary school instructional fair must complete all steps by close of business on Feb. 13, 2009.

Applications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology are now available in all public middle schools and private schools. At each middle school, a designated counselor has applications, brochures, and newsletters about the admissions process. If a student cannot obtain an application from the middle school or private school, or if the student is home schooled, call the admissions office for an application at 703-876-5265. Applications will be due no later than Friday, Oct. 24.

Clifton Children's Academy is offering a new Accelerated Junior Kindergarten program. It is available to those children who may have just missed the cut-off date for public kindergarten, those children who may not have been quite ready to begin kindergarten this fall, or those children who are excelling on the academic front and are looking for even greater challenges. The program consists of language arts, early math, social studies and science, as well as foreign language and visual arts. The school is located on Compton Road in Centreville. Call the school at 703-968-8455 or visit it's Web site at www.childrensacademy.com.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean's list for the spring 2008 semester. To qualify for the dean's list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

* Carla J. Perez of Centreville is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Christopher J. Perry of Centreville is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Andrew D. Pittman of Centreville is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Kathryn A. Prociv of Centreville is a freshman majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources.

* Lauren M. Prociv of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in economics in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Sarah A. Reeves of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in physics in the College of Science.

* Mark P. Regan of Centreville is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Jillian N. Saltpaw of Centreville is a senior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Eunjung Shin of Centreville is a freshman majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Brendan P. Simpers of Centreville is a senior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Hannah J. Soh of Centreville is a junior majoring in art in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Erik J. Stange of Centreville is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Brian M. Stewart of Centreville is a senior majoring in building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Ji Hyun Sung of Centreville is a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Lan-Anh T. Tran of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Daniel Won of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Allison M. Woo of Centreville is a junior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Jieni Yao of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in chemistry in the College of Science.

* Lauren C. Young of Centreville is a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering.

* William M. Banick of Centreville is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Michelle E. Colandro of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech.

* Naveen Dhananjayan of Centreville is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Frank H. Grace of Centreville is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Rachel R. Islin of Centreville is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Ashleigh R. Joshua of Centreville is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Daniel D. Kim of Centreville is a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Divya R. Kumar of Centreville is a senior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Lindsay C. Martin of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science.

* Jaeho Oh of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Brent J. Riedel of Centreville is a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Dawit Tesfaye of Centreville is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Hai N. Thai of Centreville is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Jenkey Van of Centreville is a senior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Brian J. Wright of Centreville is a senior majoring in statistics in the College of Science.

* Sylvia D. You of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Traci M. Batla of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Priya Berry of Clifton is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Cameron D. Berthelsen of Clifton is a freshman majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech.

* Michael L. Blecker of Clifton is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* John H. Boatner of Clifton is a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Yoori Cho of Clifton is a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Michael E. Chorney of Clifton is a junior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Dana L. Comber of Clifton is a junior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Christina T. Conrad of Clifton is a senior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Kristen L. Garrett of Clifton is a junior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Elise N. Glaum of Clifton is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Amelia S. Grooms of Clifton is a freshman majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Alexandra M. Joachim of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Rachael M. Johnson of Clifton is a freshman majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Raymond J. King of Clifton is a senior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering.

* Paul D. Le Bel of Clifton is a senior majoring in environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Jennifer K. Libbares of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Stephanie K. Lizza of Clifton is a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Colleen A. McCabe of Clifton is a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Christine M. Munchak of Clifton is a junior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Aaron P. Myhr of Clifton is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Kunal Namballa of Clifton is a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Kimberly K. Nguyen of Clifton is a senior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Alyssa M. Peltier of Clifton is a junior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Tran P. Pham of Clifton is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Kenneth T. Pyo of Clifton is a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Bridget S. Ripa of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Samantha P. Schneck of Clifton is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Kelly A. Shaffrey of Clifton is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Laura S. Shapalis of Clifton is a junior majoring in wildlife science in the College of Natural Resources.

* Jeffrey J. Simmons of Clifton is a senior majoring in building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Sean P. Simmons of Clifton is a senior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Mary J. Swim of Clifton is a freshman majoring in biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Nicholas D. Tatalovich of Clifton is a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Bryan B. Tropeano of Clifton is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Thomas C. Whitehead of Clifton is a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Jeffrey A. Bennett of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Kathleen E. Berger of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Lauren E. Binford of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Briana N. Bishop of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Lauren A. Burbach of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Kristin D. Clarke of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Jon E. Crain of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Theresa E. Cutler of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Emily T. Dao of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Brendan B. Dillon of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Caroline M. Epley of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Katherine T. Gilbertson of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Ainsley M. Gutshall of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Richard R. Hardy of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Colin M. Harrell of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Lauren C. Howard of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Stephen J. Hurley of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Thomas C. Ivey of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Monica L. Judkins of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Daniel H. Kang of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Jason E. Klein of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Laura C. Klene of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Justin A. Lamont of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Rebecca L. Landau of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Zach W. Landau of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Kevin R. Larson of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Justin W. Lauffenburger of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Katherine L. Mason of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech.

* Justin A. Metcalf of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Stephanie H. Mitchell of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Kristen A. Palmisano of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Sarah A. Perich of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Alexander C. Purcell is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Andrew J. Rediger of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Kevin D. Robinson of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* John F. Roller of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Jon B. Russell of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Nicholas S. Saunders of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Michael D. Sorensen of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Shannon M. Steinberg of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Jason W. Vick of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Jason R. Weiskopf of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering.

* Lauren B. Wiley of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Megan E. Woodworth of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Chelsea J. Wright of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Chelsey L. Zacherl of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Leah N. Zacherl of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.