School Notes Feb. 5-11

School Notes Feb. 5-11

West Potomac High School is holding a Teens for Jeans Drive through Feb. 20 with a drop-off at the high school, 6500 Quander Road. The jeans will be distributed to local shelters. Visit for more information.

Students entering grades nine through 12 are invited to spend a day with a student host at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Upper School campus, 1000 St. Stephen’s Road, Alexandria. Call for reservations: 703-212-2706. Visiting day is Feb. 9.

West Potomac Academy Fashion Design and graphics students teamed up with several local sponsors, to host Fashion Night at ZooLights, an evening at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo to explore the intersection of fashion and wildlife.

The West Potomac High School Orchestra musicians have been selected to participate in the District X Honors Orchestra event at T. C. Williams High School. They are senior violinists: Emily Rapavi, Sarah Chaney, AJ Jones, Marisa Lewis, Allegra Chilstrom, Sara Slichter, Becky Campbell, Ethan Chaney, Yoon Ji Ha, Julia Pei; senior violists: Kevin Prescott (first chair), Ned Klein (2nd chair), Alexander Snider, Michal Harmata; junior violinists: Russell Bradley, Sarah Jane Underwood, Nicole Campbell, Sarah Woodward; junior cellist: Andrew Kahn.

Christina Wendel, a 2001 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and a 2005 graduate of Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, has just received a master of science degree in biology, with highest distinction, from Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi. Wendel's area of concentration was marine biology. She has moved back to Mount Vernon and will be starting work at the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs in Crystal City in January.

Will Kreger, a senior at West Potomac High, has been named FCPS Mentor of the Month by the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach. Kreger is in his second year as a mentor for a student at Bucknell Elementary, where he helps the younger student work on homework and provides support for other activities.

West Potomac High students Wes Beale and Leighton Good recently video-recorded an interview in Washington, D.C., pertaining to the recent presidential election. Their interview with Mike Gillis, Ohio’s political communications specialist for the AFL-CIO, will be used for a national spot on how President-elect Barack Obama won the votes of blue collar workers during the election.

A team of students from Bishop Ireton High School of Alexandria competed with teams from Stonewall Jackson High School of Manassas and Walt Whitman High School of Bethesda on It's Academic, the high school quiz program. The competition was spirited, and Walt Whitman won the match. The program will air Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10:30 a.m. on NBC4, Channel 4. The Bishop Ireton team consists of Captain Ben Dahljelm, Emily Conron, and David Bernier. Their faculty coach is Ron Umbeck.

Two Fairfax County Public Schools students have each designed a possible inaugural gown for Michelle Obama, wife of President-Elect Barack Obama, as part of a contest sponsored by Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce (GWFCC). These contest winners are Phenita Gomes, a senior at Bryant High School, and Dominique Oostdyk, a junior at West Potomac High School. Both students are Fashion Design Level One students at West Potomac Academy. The two design contest winners will receive gift cards and have their winning fashion illustrations published on sponsored by GWFCC.

Lawrence R. Leggett, son of Lawrence and Jeanne Leggett of Mount Vernon, and a 2008 graduate of St Stephens & St Agnes School, was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University.

Alexander Slippen, a member of the class of 2012 was named to the dean’s list at Muhlenberg College. He is the son of Mr. Richard I. Slippen and is a graduate of West Potomac High School.