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Samantha Luffy of Centreville was selected to play Juliet for the University of Mary Washington production of "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)."

Ms. Luffy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Luffy of Centreville and is a 2007 graduate of Westfield High School.

A sophomore biology major, Ms. Luffy has performed in the UMW productions of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Elegies: A Song Cycle."

The comedy, written by Anne-Marie Macdonald, tells the story of Professor Constance Ledbelly, a Queen’s University academic working on a thesis. The professor has a theory that the Shakespeare tragedies "Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet" were originally comedies.

One day, the professor disappears into her wastebasket and finds herself in the worlds of the plays. She interferes with the plot and gets to know the characters while discovering her true identity.

Performances will be held Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 19-21 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Klein Theatre Box Office at 540-654-1124.

Pleasant Valley Preschool is a non-profit cooperative preschool that holds its classes in the Greenbriar Community Center. It offers programs for 3-5 year olds and is enrolling for the 2009-10 school year. Call the school at 703-378-6911 or visit the web site at www.pleasantvalleypreschool.com for more information. The Community Center is located at 4615 Stringfellow Rd. in Fairfax.

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School is holding an Open House Session on the following dates:

* Sunday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.

* Thursday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

* Sunday, March 15 from10 a.m. to noon.

* Sunday, April 26 from10 a.m. to noon.

* Tuesday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

St. Andrew the Apostle School is now accepting new student registrations to fill student vacancies for the 2009-2010 school year for Preschool thru Grade 8. A non-refundable application fee of $100 will be required at the time of registration. Please submit all applications and fees to St. Andrew the Apostle School, 6720B Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124, or you may drop off applications at the school office.

All registration forms and additional information about St. Andrew the Apostle School may be found on the school’s web site, www.standrew-clifton.org.

<lst>The Clifton Presbyterian Church Preschool is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. It offers classes for the 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Call the preschool office at 703-830-3175 or email: gretchen-cliftonpc@vacoxmail.com.

Virginia Run Elementary has received the2009 Board of Education Excellence Award. The award rewards schools that have met state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years, and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded education opportunities set by Gov. Kaine and the Virginia Board of Education.

A community dialogue meeting, "Say No to the Proposed Bell Schedule," about the early school start time will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. To see a list of start times, see: http://www.fcps.edu/news/start.htm

To see a list of some of the items that will be effected by the current proposed bell schedule, see: http://wakefairfax.googlepages.com/home and http://www.chantillysports.org/index.cfm?action=main.adnews&ID=84356

If you are opposed to the current bell schedule proposal, sign the petition (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/NLST2009/).

St. Timothy School Open House. Feb. 12 from 7-8 p.m. Family Open House for families interested in touring the Preschool, Elementary and Junior High. An art show and science fair projects will be on display. More information is available at www.sainttimothyschool.org or by calling Kim Kovac at 703- 378-6932. Address: 13809 Poplar Tree Rd., Chantilly.

Westfield High School International Night will be held on Friday, Feb. 13 from 7-9 p.m. in the auditorium. Intermission offers international food and henna designs as well as exposure to other clubs here at Westfield High.

Molly B. Bridenbaugh of Chantilly directed the one-act show "Ferryboat" by Anna Marie Barlow as part of the Lynchburg College Theater Department's One-Act Festival Dec. 11-13. This show was part of the requirements for a course in directing, and Bridenbaugh has been working on it since September.

She was also recently selected to perform in the musical, "The Sweet Smell of Success." The play follows the rise and fall of an ambitious press agent who yearns for success. Showings will be held at Lynchburg College on Feb. 26-28, and March 1.

Bridenbaugh was also elected official "rapporteur" of the European Parliament. She was part of the Lynchburg College team that participated in the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation in Washington, D.C. The simulation was a gathering of students from 13 universities and colleges that represented the various member states of the European Union. The students were involved in debates about the European Parliament, the European Council, the EU Commission and the Council of Ministers. All debates were about agriculture and the environment.

She also earned dean's list for the 2008 fall semester at Lynchburg College. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in order to qualify.

Victoria Lee Raabe of Centreville, a junior at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean's list status for the fall term. Dean's list status represents a term grade average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. She is the daughter of Mrs. Lyn Raabe of Centreville.

Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), a nonprofit student exchange organization, gives foreign exchange students the opportunity of a lifetime through their Academic Year Program. CCI places 1,000 foreign exchange students from more than 40 countries around the world each year.

All of the students placed by are 15 to 18 years old and are proficient in English. CCI does require a stringent review process for all potential host families. Requirements to host include a separate bed and a quiet place to study, daily meals with the family, some local transportation and treatment of the student as a member of the family. Foreign exchange students are required to bring their own spending money and are insured during their stay. Potential host families can go to http://www.cci-exchange.com/host.htm, e-mail at ayp@cci-exchange.com or call CCI’s toll-free information number at 800-634-4771. To place students for the 2009-10 school year, CCI has a deadline of Aug. 28, 2009, but the process is ongoing in the months before the deadline.

Two local students were named to the Dean's List at Coastal Carolina University for the fall 2008 semester. They are: Tammy R. Banton of Centreville and Bryan J. Nelsen of Chantilly. To qualify for the Dean's List, freshmen must earn a 3.25 GPA and upper classmen must earn a 3.5 GPA.

Te'osha Baker-Bunch of Centreville was named to Hofstra University's Dean's List for the fall of 2008.

St. Timothy School Registration. Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. New family registration for students in Preschool through Junior High. Applications and detailed information on necessary documentation is available at www.sainttimothyschool.org or by calling Kim Kovac at 703-378-6932. Address: 13809 Poplar Tree Rd., Chantilly.

Virginia Run Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration on Monday, March 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., forms will be available on-site. Children are eligible for the 2009-2010 kindergarten school year if they were born on or before Sept. 30, 2004. Call the school office at 703-988-8900.

St. Andrew the Apostle School is also accepting new student registrations to fill student vacancies for the 2009-2010 school year. A non-refundable application fee of $100 will be required at the time of application. Submit all applications and fees to St. Andrew the Apostle School, 6720B Union Mill Road, Clifton, or drop off applications at the school office. All registration forms and additional information about St. Andrew the Apostle School may be found on the school's Web site, www.standrew-clifton.org.

The Fresh Air Fund committee is currently preparing for summer 2009 and awaiting the arrival of their New York City visitors. To ensure that this summer is special for Fresh Air children, The Fund is seeking volunteer members and host families to sign up now. Each summer, close to 5,000 New York City children, ages six to 18, enjoy two week vacations with volunteer host families in suburban and rural communities across 13 Northeastern states and Canada. Local Fresh Air Fund volunteers recruit and interview host families, arrange travel and coordinate fun activities in their communities.

For more information on how you can join your local Fresh Air volunteer team, call Lisa Feller at 202-244-8994, or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also learn more about the Friendly Town program by visiting The Fund’s Web site at www.freshair.org.

The Centreville High Wildcat Music Department presents the following concerts:

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

* Choir — March 18, June 4, June 5;

* Orchestra — March 12, May 21;

* Guitar - 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.

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.

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.