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Marymount Graduation: ‘Become Servant Leaders’

During Marymount University’s commencement exercises, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture Tony P. Hall encouraged Marymount University undergraduate degree candidates to “take the opportunity that is always around” to serve by “doing the thing that is in front of you,” as Mother Teresa advised him when he visited her in Calcutta. Todd Stottlemyer urged graduate degree recipients to “seek success with significance” as a servant leader, as his company chose to do when its employees were faced with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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Together in Music

German exchange students and the McLean High philharmonic orchestra play a joint concert honoring retiring conductor Udö Monks.

After 21 years of collaboration, Mclean High School and the Detmold Youth German Orchestra came together to celebrate their cultural exchange program Thursday, May 21.

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Springfield: St. Mark’s Program Supports Lynbrook Elementary

Several Lynbrook Elementary School students spent the first few weeks of May making “Hug Pillows” as part of a weekly after-school program run by members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield.

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Students with Special Needs Attend Day Prom

For more than 10 years, hundreds of students with special needs — those with physical, intellectual or mental disabilities — have been able to enjoy a prom of their own. The event takes place during the day and, this year, was held at the Waterford near Fair Oaks Mall.

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Mount Vernon High School Turns 75

The Michael M. Skinner Field House at Mount Vernon High School was transformed into a ballroom on Saturday evening, May 16, for the school’s 75th anniversary dinner and gala.

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New Playground at White Oaks Elementary

White Oaks Elementary School has a brand new playground for all the community to enjoy.

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Alexandria: Honored and Rewarded

Hispanic Leadership Alliance awards scholarships to exceptional students.

The Hispanic Leadership Alliance (HLA) presented scholarships to 14 graduating high school seniors, selected based on academic merit, letters of recommendation and personal essays. Each student is the first in his or her family to attend college, and received awards in the amount of $1,000 each.

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Nysmith ‘Know Brainers’ Keep on Competing

Eighth graders take “You Be the Chemist” and Odyssey of the Mind challenges.

The school year is coming to a close – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for the students at the Nysmith School in Herndon to squeeze in a few more competitions and maybe a trophy or two before that last bell rings.

Herndon Holds Technology and the Arts Reception

Award ceremony for winners of countywide art competition.

On May 13, the Council for the Arts of Herndon announced the winners of the 2015 Tech Arts Competition at a special reception, held in honor of student artists.

Two McLean Students Named Presidential Scholars

Thomas Jefferson High School seniors Joe Broom and Anna Venetianer receive honors.

Each year, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes 170 students selected from around the Country for their accomplishments in academics and in the arts.

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Chantilly High Presents 29th Jazz & Pizzazz

Annual extravaganza of singing and dancing.

Bright lights, colorful costumes and spectacular singing and dancing – that’s Chantilly High’s Jazz & Pizzazz. And this year’ extravaganza, the 29th annual, is slated for Wednesday-Saturday, May 27-30, at 7 p.m. each night.

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Chantilly Takes Virginia Economic Championship

Third state victory in a row and sixth altogether.

For the third year in a row, a team from Chantilly High has won the state championship in economics. The four students took first place in the Adam Smith Division (advanced economics) of the 2015 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Parents’ Role in Educating about Alcohol and Drugs

Suggestions for talking to teens about staying safe.

Graduation, prom and the summer before heading off to college are some of the highlights of a teen’s high school experience. While the season brings landmark events, it can be marred by the consequences of engaging in harmful activities.

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Arlington: Pre-schoolers Learn from Garden Therapy

The door swings open and 12 pre-schoolers skip to the corner and sit themselves in a circle. It is the monthly half-hour garden therapy session at Glebe Elementary in Arlington.

SFA Warns of Financial Offers

Some T.C. Williams High School students have been receiving letters from private companies offering to help determine college admission and financial aid eligibility.

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