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Mount Vernon High School has been awarded a state grant titled the 21st Century Learning Community Grant which will enable the school to begin an after-school program benefiting many students. The program will operate Tuesday – Thursday from 2:15-5:15 p.m. A light snack and transportation will be provided to all participants. Students can report to the cafeteria at the beginning of the after-school program and get an application from Ms. Clarke, program manager. Contact Alicia Clarke at alclarke@fcps.edu or 703-619-3100.

Brendan T. Reilly was awarded a scholarship by The Catholic University of America’s Architecture of Foreign Studies Program and is in the process of completing the graduate program in Barcelona, Spain, Spring of 2013. Brendan graduated Catholic University in 2012, where he was a four-year varsity swimmer and captain. Brendan graduated from Bishop Ireton High School. He Is the son of Pete and Crissy Reilly of Alexandria.

Hampden-Sydney College senior George Forrest Allen was initiated into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa on Monday, April 8. A Venable Scholar, Forrest serves as a resident advisor. He is a member of the College Republicans, the Fly Fishing Club, and the Beta Theta Pi social fraternity. A foreign affairs major, Forrest is a graduate of West Potomac High School and is the son of George and Susan Allen.

On Sunday, April 7, the Washington D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters recognized four West Potomac High School juniors for their accomplishments in the fine arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Eliza Lore received an Award for Excellence in the Arts for Drama. Eduardo Perez-Reyes, drama; Patrick Rhoads, music; and Emma Schmidt, art, each received Certificates of Merit.

The NSAL is a non-profit, volunteer organization of men and women who are professionally engaged in the fine arts. Its mission is to support the development of talented young Americans in the fields of art, dance, drama, literature, music, and musical theater through grants, scholarships, and competitions.

Queen Martin has been initiated into the Laurel Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national honor society in leadership at Mary Baldwin College.