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Centre View School Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

Saturday/Oct. 13

Annual Manassas Park Fall Showcase of Bands. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Centreville High School Marching Band will participate in the 4th Annual Manassas Park Fall Showcase of Bands and performs at 2:55 p.m. At 8200 Euclid Avenue, Manassas Park. Visit http://cvhsband.org/.

Wednesday/Oct. 17

Rocky Run Middle School will hold its quarterly Parent/Teen Book Club meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. Students and parents who’ve read the same book will break into groups by book title and discuss those books. The school book fair will also be held that day, after school and from 6-9 p.m.

Friday/Oct. 19

Rocky Run’s annual pep rally is slated for Friday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., in the gym. The school’s newly elected SCA officers will be presented and the eight school teams will compete in fun games for the Rocky Run “Spirit Stick.” The school mascot, Rocky the Ram, will also participate.

Monday/Oct. 29

Paying for College, a program offered by the Centreville High School Student Services Department, will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Centreville HS theatre. Information on the different types of financial aid programs that are available, as well as how to apply for them, will be included. All high school and middle school families are invited to this program. Korean and Spanish translation will be available. Questions? Contact Mrs. Leftwich, Career Center Specialist: caleftwich@fcps.edu.

Benjamin D. Sando, of Centreville High School, is a semifinalist in the the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Centreville High School Wind Ensemble was awarded a State Level Recognition by the Foundation for Music Education in the “Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project.” The award is based on the Wind Ensemble’s playing at the 2012 Performance Assessment, which was held in March. The performance was one of 184 participating bands, orchestras and choirs.

Amanda Karstetter, from Centreville, will join the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Ambassador Program. Students are selected to join the team each spring through a competitive application process. Karstetter, a junior majoring in humanities, science and enviornment and English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, volunteers with a faculty member for a minimum of two hours a week and volunteers for other various events hosted by the college. Ambassadors work closely with faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to expand the college’s outreach.

Walter Ambrose, III of Centreville, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ambrose, III earned a BFA degree in Film.

Deborah Yoon, from Clifton, will join the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Ambassador Program. Students are selected to join the team each spring through a competitive application process. Yoon, a junior majoring in communication and human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, volunteers with a faculty member for a minimum of two hours a week and volunteers for other various events hosted by the college. Ambassadors work closely with faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to expand the college’s outreach.

Sai Thota, mechanical engineering major, from Centreville started as a freshman at Georgia Institute of Technology this fall.

Twenty-eight students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named 2013 National Achievement Scholarship program semifinalists in an academic competition for Black American high school students conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Centreville High semifinalists are: Hayley Harris and Warren Smith.

Nine doctoral students have been selected to receive the University of Kansas' Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship as they begin the 2012-2013 academic year, including Blair Benson, who is studying geology, has an innate curiosity for blending geophysics and archaeology to develop noninvasive techniques for identifying and excavating archeological sites. She spent three summers working for the National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Neb., and has worked at several National Parks across the Midwest, including Hopewell Culture National Park, Ohio; Knife River Indian Villages, North Dakota, and Fort Scott, Nicodemus National Historic Site and Fort Larned, all in Kansas. Benson is conducting her research at KU under the guidance of George Tsoflias, associate professor of geophysics, and Rolfe Mandel, executive director of the ODYSSEY research program at the Kansas Geological Survey and professor of anthropology. She received a Bachelor of Science in geology in 2009 from James Madison University and her master's degree in geology in 2012 from KU. She has received numerous awards including the Catherine-King Frazier Scholarship for outstanding achievement by the most promising new major and the Philip R. Cosminsky Award while at James Madison. In 2011 Benson received a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship. Benson is the president of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Osage Chapter, the south-central delegate for the AWG board, and co-founder and director of the KU Geology Mentor Program. Her professional goal is to advance near-surface geophysical imaging methods for private sector and government research. Benson is the daughter of Richard Benson and Lisa Enright and a graduate of Centreville High School.