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Mount Vernon High School sent 19 qualifying students to the Region Science Fair, held at Robinson Secondary School. The first place winners will head to the state competition.

1st place: Sarah Valencia (chemistry) and Calista Skaggs (environmental analysis)

2nd place: Bailey Lustig (chemistry); Megan Cantwell (environmental analysis); Megan McKinney (environmental analysis); Gabrielle Ocker (microbiology); Adel Lahlou (physics/astronomy) and Megan Cole (plant science)

3rd place: Madison Pessel (biochemistry) and Mimi Zhang (physics/astronomy)

Honorable Mention: Maxwell Pessel (animal science); Helen Sudhoff (medicine/health science); Sonia Francone (medicine/health science); Carmina Galvez (microbiology)and Cassandra Pelky (plant science).

Twenty Fairfax County Public Schools students have received 21 national medals for their entries in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Silver Award winners are: Wake Coulter of West Potomac High School, digital art for art portfolio, with distinction. Jordan Klager of Mount Vernon High School, photography for art portfolio, with distinction.

Emma Wilson, of Alexandria, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wilson is pursuing a degree in communication disorders at Longwood University.

Five Fairfax County Public Schools Health and Medical Sciences students have earned the right to compete at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) National Leadership Conference in Nashville June 26-29 after finishing first, second, or third at the 33rd annual HOSA State Leadership Conference, held recently in Williamsburg.

At the state level in the Physical Therapy category, Nena Abernathy of Mount Vernon High School won first place. Marissa Cucinotta of West Potomac High School won second place in the Career Health Display event. Yona Lindenbaum of West Potomac High School won second place in the Clinical Specialty event. These students are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference.

The Barbara James Service Award for Community Service was awarded to the following students: Yona Lindenbaum, gold level; and Kelsie Whalen of West Potomac High School, recognition award. Lindenbaum also received the Virginia HOSA Scholarship award.

Lauren Elizabeth Pool graduated from Miami University with a master of arts in teaching degree.