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School Notes March 19-25

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Students who are enrolled in grades K-12 for fall 2008 are eligible to attend APS summer school programs. Classes run from July 7 through Aug. 7 for elementary and middle school students and from July 7 through Aug. 15 for high school students. A registration fee of $56 and tuition (if applicable) are due at the time of registration. Fees are explained in the Summer School Catalog which is available online at www.apsva.us. Registration forms are included in the course catalog. Students who are not residents of Arlington County are eligible to attend some but not all classes. Out-of-county tuition rates apply (see catalog for details). For more information, contact the Summer School office at 703-228-7645, or by e-mail at summerschool@arlington.k12.va.us.

Maria Breeskin of Arlington has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2007 semester at Dean College, a private residential college in Franklin, Mass.

Heather Downie, a senior at the University of Virginia, won a scholarship from The Nancy Larson Foundation. Downie won a $1,000 scholarship to use for education expenses. An Arlington native, she often volunteers her time to tutor children.

Four APS seniors were selected as Posse Scholarship recipients this year. Each student will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to college, worth more than $100,000 each for their leadership. The students are:

* Soraya Letournal (Wakefield High School) – Bucknell University

* Hiba Elnour (Washington-Lee High School) – Grinnell College

* Bianca Vassare (Washington-Lee High School) – Lafayette College

* Khadija Abdel Hafiz-Sokaria (Yorktown High School) – Lafayette College

Arlington resident Charles Schaffer graduated with a Master of Science degree in national security and public safety from the University of New Haven.

Alison E. Foley of Arlington, has been named to second honors on the Clark University Dean's List. She is a member of Clark University's Class of 2010 and also attended Washington Lee High School.

* Judy Anderson of Arlington graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University.

Washington-Lee High School senior Emily Yancey placed third in the 2008 Virginia Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest on March 6. Yancey competed against 31 other Virginia high school students including three APS students. The competition was held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Yancey’s recitation included “Fever 103” by Sylvia Plath “Fierce Girl Playing Hopscotch” by Alice Fulton, and “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood.

The Washington-Lee High School Symphonic and Concert Bands had outstanding performances at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors' Association District XII Festival on March 8. The Symphonic Band earned a "Superior" rating, and the Concert Band earned a rating of "Excellent." VBODA recognizes Washington-Lee as a "Blue-Ribbon" Music Department.