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Green Hedges School, 415 Windover Ave. N.W., Vienna, will celebrate International Day, a long-standing school tradition, Friday, Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. The day is focused on promoting the children's vision of peace, where all faiths and cultures respect and understand one another. Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman will attend. Schedule of events:

8:30 a.m., Peace Tree Movie and discussion

10:15 a.m., Assembly.

11:15 a.m., Parade of Nations.

11:45 a.m., Peace Tree Ceremony.

12 p.m., Cultural foods, games and art projects

1:15 p.m., Coleman McCarthy speaks to grades 5 – 8.

2:15 p.m., Cultural assembly featuring Indian Dance

Friends of Vale Schoolhouse, 3124 Fox Mill Road, Oakton, is holding their next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Visitors and prospective new members are welcome. Visit www.valeschoolhouse.org.

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.

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 semester in the 2008-09 academic year. Students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive Dean's List recognition.

Alexander M. Gregory and Hannah K. Laws of Great Falls have been named to the fall semester Dean’s list at Radford University. Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Gregory of 10918 Woodland Falls, is a senior marketing major. Laws is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Laws and is a sophomore recreation, parks and tourism major. To be named to the Dean’s list, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.

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. Ouyang intends to pursue the humanities while maintaining her interest in science. Tatlonghari hopes to pursue a career in forensic science. Kelly plans to enter the field of medicine as a pediatric oncologist with a specialization in genetics.

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 will receive the holiday clothes along with gifts, foodstuffs, and gift certificates. Last year, more than 176 families benefited from the program. Contact principal Anita Blain at 703-319-7300 or anita.blain@fcps.edu.

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 (OCS) 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.