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Centreville High School and the CVHS Drama Boosters will present The Laramie Project on March 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roy A. "Skip" Maiden Theater at Centreville High School. The play, by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project interviewed the people of Laramie and created this work. Tickets are $8.

Centreville High School Orchestra's spring fund-raiser will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie Café, 14220-A Centreville Square (near Ruby Tuesday). Let the cashier know that you are there in support of Centreville High School Orchestra, and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the orchestra.

Chantilly High School's SGA is holding a Spirit Night on Thursday, March 5 from 4-10 p.m. It will be held at the new Jason's Deli in Fair Lakes Shopping Center. A portion of the night's sales will be donated back to the school for use in student programs.

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

* 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.

The Chantilly High Choral Showcase and Spaghetti Dinner will take place Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 in the cafeteria and auditorium. The $8 ticket pays for the dinner and show. Concert Choirs and Show Choirs from Franklin Middle, Rocky Run Middle, and Chantilly High School join forces to present an evening of vocal performance. In addition to the many school choirs and festival performances presented, other special guests will include the Chantilly Pyramid Area Elementary Honor Choir. Tickets available on-line at http://chantillychoral.org/ConcertsandEvents.htm.

Chantilly High School All-Night Grad Party presents the third annual Basket Bingo Fund-Raiser featuring Longaberger on Friday, March 13 from 6-10 p.m. in the Chantilly High Cafeteria (Doors close at 6:30 p.m.) There will be loaded baskets, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food and refreshments. Advance tickets are $12 each; $15 at the door. Call or email Kimberly McDonald 703-362-8942; kmbrlymcd@cox.net; Dannette Wolfe 571-213-6869; dannette@bookkeepingbydesign.net

The Greenbriar West Elementary School Carnival will be held Saturday, March 14 from 12-4 p.m. There will be XBOX ROCK BAND, moon bounces, a huge inflatable obstacle course, games, food, a bake sale, pie and cake decorating contests, a cake walk, two prize wheels, stuffed animal walk, 50/50 raffle, music, a professional face painter and more. Contact Carnival Chair, Beth Margarida at msgrida@aol.com or 703-830-5670.

Poplar Tree Elementary will hold its Kindergarten orientation on Thursday, April 30 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Call 703-633-7400 to add your child's name to the orientation list.

Fairfax County School Board member Kathy L. Smith (Sully District) will hold an informational meeting about the Fairfax County Public Schools FY 2010 budget on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the little theater at Rocky Run Middle School. Smith and FCPS Assistant Superintendent for Financial Services Susan Quinn will present highlights of the budget, examine budget issues facing the county and the schools, outline the budget process and calendar, and discuss how individual schools will be affected. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to learn how citizens can impact the budget process. Rocky Run Middle School is located at 4400 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. Contact Joann Kinney at 571-423-1065 or joann.kinney@fcps.edu.

Registration is taking place now for an eight-week session that begins March 16 at Northern Virginia Community College. Students may enroll 24 hours a day at www.nvcc.edu or by telephone at 703-323-3770. In-person registration is available during normal office hours at NOVA’s campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge. Call 703-323-3000 or visit www.nvcc.edu.

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.

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.

Cub Run Elementary will conduct a kindergarten orientation/registration for parents and rising kindergarteners on Monday, April 27 in the school cafeteria. Parents will receive an overview of the curriculum and meet the teachers. Last names beginning with A-L are from 1-2 p.m. and M-Z are from 2-3 p.m. Kindergarten students will visit the classrooms while parents are registering. Bring an original birth certificate, proof of residency (lease or deed) and physical/immunization records. Call the school office at 703-633-7500 for registration forms.

NVTA (formerly Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance) is offering a theatre scholarship for high school seniors. NVTA is a non-profit organization of community theaters in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. A $1,000 performance scholarship in drama or musical theatre will be given based on an audition and interview. An application can be downloaded from the NVTA Web site at www.nvtaweb.org. The deadline for filing the application is March 2. Call Anne Ridgway at 703-330-2787 ext. 13.

Christopher Liotta, son of Alan and Katy Liotta of Oak Hill, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2008 Fall semester at Elon University. Christopher, a 2008 graduate of Chantilly High School, is majoring in Communications—Film. At Chantilly, he held roles in numerous Theater Department musicals and comedies, was a member of the award-winning Theater Sports Team, and was chosen as the Outstanding Member of the Department for the graduating class of 2008.

Jay Robert Liotta, son of Alan and Katy Liotta of Oak Hill, has been named to the President’s List for the 2008 Fall semester at Elon University. Jay, a 2005 graduate of Chantilly High School, is majoring in Communications—Broadcast Television, with minors in Political Science and Sociology. While at Elon, Jay has held a variety of positions, including Director, with the University’s award winning student-produced game show "Win Stuff." During the summer of 2008, he worked with Boone Oakley advertising, and his accomplishments can be seen in the latest CarMax and Ruby Tuesday commercials airing on television.

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.