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Centre View School Notes: Oct. 31, 2012

Through Saturday/Dec. 1

Artist Teacher Exhibition. The 5th annual Artist Teacher Exhibition, featuring works by art teachers in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), will be on display at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). The featured artists-teachers are Elaine Florimonte (Westfield High), Deirdre Forgione (Westfield High), Betty Simmons (Chantilly High), and Donna Sinclair (Chantilly High).

The Westfield High School marching band has been selected to march in the 2014 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif. Westfield High’s band is the first band from Fairfax County to be selected for the parade and is only the third high school band from Virginia to be chosen in the 125-year history of the parade.

Only 12 bands are invited each year to march in the Tournament of Roses parade. Bands go through an extensive application process, which includes videos, photos, and national letters of recommendation. More than 100 bands apply for the parade each year.

The band will appear in the Tournament of Roses parade on January 1, 2014.

Forty-One FCPS Students Selected for 2012 Virginia Honors Choir

Vocal musicians from 14 Fairfax County public schools have been named to the Virginia Honors Choir for 2012. Three students were named alternates. The students will perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association convention Nov. 17 at the Homestead in Hot Springs. The following Chantilly High School students were selected for the 2012 Virginia Honors Choir: James Baker, Wesley Coleman and alternate Henry Hutchinson.

Fairfax County Public Schools student publications earned high marks from the Virginia High School League’s publications evaluation services. Publications evaluated were from the 2011-12 school year. Earning top marks in the Trophy Class were (adviser’s names are in parentheses):

  • Newspaper Division: The Purple Tide, Chantilly High School (Bretton Zinger); and The Watchdog, Westfield High School (Anthony Whitten).

  • Yearbook Division: Odyssey, Chantilly High School (Mary Kay Downes); and The Guardian, Westfield High School (Anthony Whitten).

The following publications earned first place recognition:

  • Magazine Division: Andromeda, Chantilly High School (Bretton Zinger); Calliope, Westfield High School (Todd Kelly).

Michael Farris of Chantilly was recently inducted into James Madison University's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students. Farris is on track to graduate in May 2013 with a degree in accounting.