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James Madison High School is producing a set of eight student-directed one-act plays, nicknamed "bite-sized plays." These plays, eight in all, are completely produced, directed and acted by students, with minimal-to-no involvement by the adult supporters of the program. The plays run Feb. 5-7, with four plays running on the nights of the 5th and 7th at 7 p.m. and four other plays running at 7 p.m. on the 6th and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday the 7th. $5 for all shows.

Marshall High School is hosting Curriculum Night Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7-9 p.m. The event is a showcase of course opportunities designed for students in grades 8-11 and prospective students and their families.

The McLean High School Orchestra will perform with a member of the Mark Woods Music Productions Friday, Feb. 13 at McLean High School. Mark Woods is an award-winning composer, international recording artist, and electric violinist who is an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Three McLean residents were named to the 2008 dean’s list at Washington and Lee University: Brendon Charles Ellis, sophomore, son of Daniel Ellis and Colleen Sanford, Benjamin Kenney Belair, sophomore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Belair, and Jody Thomas Davis, freshman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Davis.

Three students were named to the 2008 dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Me.: Tamar H. Hassan, sophomore, son of Hany and Deborah Hassan of Great Falls. Duncan H. Hardock, sophomore, son of Randolf and Anne Hardock of McLean. Sally H. Klose, freshman, daughter of Thomas Klose and Elizabeth Hull of McLean.

George C. Marshall High School has been designated a "Silver Medal School" by US News & World Report. Silver Medal high schools meet specific criteria, which include college readiness, proficiency on standardized state tests, as well as student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. Marshall High School has also placed as the highest ranked IB school in the Washington Metropolitan region. Students at Marshall High School took the highest number of IB exams in the history of their school, 927, an increase from 751 exams in 2007. 70 students earned the IB Diploma.

The 6th graders of Colvin Run’s Character Education program will be doing a project to clean up and beautify Wolf Trap on March 23 and 30. Three classes will participate each day. Fifth graders will lead sneaker recycling Saturday, May 16. Sneakers in good condition will be donated to charity. Sneakers that are no longer usable will be donated to NIKE Grind, to be ground up and used to make sports courts around the world. The Kindergarten will hold a book drive March 23-27. Second grade will be making art kits to donate to Georgetown University Hospital; the fourth grade team applied for a grant to start a recycling program at CRES. Details of the recycling are beginning to be discussed.

Cat Gardiner of Great Falls was named to the dean's list at Beloit College for the fall semester. Gardiner, a freshman, is the daughter of Kent and Linda Sue Gardiner.

Alaura Rose Magilo of McLean was named to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s dean’s list for the fall semester in the 2008-2009 academic year. Magilo is currently in the College of Letters and Science.

Erin Glennon of Great Falls, graduate of Thomas Jefferson

High School for Science and Technology and daughter of Sarah and Jim Glennon, was named in her freshman year to Columbia University's Dean's List for the fall 2008 semester.

Alexander M. Gregory and Hannah K. Laws of Great Falls have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at Radford University. Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Gregory of Woodland Falls, is a senior marketing major. Laws, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Laws, is a sophomore recreation, parks and tourism major.

Oakcrest School seniors Kathleen Ouyang, Grace Tatlonghari and Mollie Kelly attended the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Holiday Lecture with Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, M.D., and Thomas Jessell, Ph.D. "Making of Your Mind: Molecules, Motion, and Memory" was a two-day conference for students inclined towards medical or science careers. The conference was divided into four lectures as well as question and answer sessions. The first lecture described the history of brain research, the second covered cell differentiation, the third explained brain functions, and the fourth described memory.

Mudit Mathur of Vienna has been named to the fall honors list at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mathur is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Joel Holland and Andrew Timbers, both of Vienna, have been named to the dean’s list at Babson College of Wellesley, Mass.

The Sugar and Spice Project at Wolftrap Elementary is in its eighth year of donating fancy holiday clothing to the school's Committee for Helping Others. Brownie Troop 3735, made up of third grade students at Wolftrap, makes hand-made embellishments for the donated clothing. Adopted families receive the holiday clothes along with gifts, food, and gift certificates. Last year, more than 176 families benefited from the program.

Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Brian C. Jones, son of Michelle B. Krocker of Oakton and Michael R. Jones of McLean, has received his commission as an officer in the Marine Corps after completing Officer Candidate School in Quantico. Jones is a 2004 graduate of St. Johns College High School of Washington, D. C., and is a 2008 graduate of University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa with a BA degree.

Kelsey Dunn of McLean has graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Erin Ellis and Bennett Silverman have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Ct. Ellis is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mervyn I. Ellis of McLean, and Silverman is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Alan Silverman of McLean.

Michael Boren and Lauren Frankiewicz, both of Vienna, have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill.

Three McLean residents, Olivia Houck, Matthew Kern and Tyne Sebastian, have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

Great Falls residents Mahsa Kazemifar and Ryan Link, have graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

McLean residents Seth Formal, Mohamed Hafez and Meghan Melrose-Smith have graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg. Formal graduated Magna Cum Laude,

Kevin Cashman of Oakton has graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Vienna residents Matthew Couture, Michael Hamilton, Andrew Mills, Nader Pishdadazar and Courtney Trowbridge, have graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Kirsten Gamotis of Great Falls has been named to the fall 2008 president’s list at James Madison University.

McLean residents Grace Barth, Bernard Newman and D'Arcy Steiner have been named to the fall 2008 president’s list at James Madison University.

Oakton residents Andrew Isidoridy, Bradley Kurtzman, Allegra Smith and Julia Solow have been named to the fall 2008 president’s list at James Madison University.

Vienna residents Laura Burch, Murphy Cummins, Johnson Hunt, Andrew Manfredi, Christopher Nee, Michelle Newhouse, Elisabeth Pegnato, Michael Salim, Bridget Vaughn and Kathryn Warhurst have been named to the fall 2008 president’s list at James Madison University.

Great Falls residents Alexander Alarif, Michelle Bovee, Thomas Bridges, Chien Jen Chen, Valerie Chiang, Cornelia Herman, Jessica Hsu, Ashley Iaconetti, Mahsa Kazemifar, John Marsh, Amanda O'Hear, Christina Saris, Tara Searight, Mark Waugh, Kimberly Winters and Christopher Yi have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at James Madison University.

McLean residents Sasha Amini, Wendy Chang, Brian Ellenberger, Henry Ensher, Seth Formal, Kimberly Germain, Daniel Gorin, Emily Haines, Anne Hong, Tyler Jerrell, Andrew Lardy, Lauren Rajabi, Simon Revo, Nooshin Rezazad, Emily Swedo, Y-Van Truong and Laura Wheat have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at James Madison University.

Oakton residents Jeremy Benjamin, Matthew Butler, Joseph Craft, Anna Fronzaglia, Cameron Kelton, Kyle Kubin, Kirsten Lee, David Lonnquest, Ryan Mahony, Lauren O'Brien, Colin Smith, Corinne Thurman and Leigh Williams have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at James Madison University.

Vienna residents Michael Beaman, Paula Bellini, Adrienne Blevins, Marianne Bradshaw, Christopher Brause, Alicia Breig, Caitlin Burgess, Taylor Callsen, Kristen Davis, Elizabeth Duda, Heather Elliott, Sean Hallett, Michael Hamilton, John Heffern, Anne Huber, Wan-Ju Hui, Sean Jenkins, Meredith Karny, Grant Kidwell, Matthew Lawless, Dane Leighty, Daniel Levitt, Erin Lewis, Rachael McClain, Katherine McGowan, Alyssa Mesich, Alicia Sharon, Courtney Stevens, Michael Stickney, Melissa Swaringen, Tatiana Vargas, Kelly Weber, Gina Whang, Kimberly Wheeler, Amy Willis and Anna Zukowski have been named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at James Madison University.