Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


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McLean High Seniors Face, Discuss Real-life Ethical Issues

Summing up the experiences of Ethics Day.

A swarm of students in blazers, slacks and dress shoes funneled into McLean High School’s auditorium on Nov. 18 as the senior class congregated for the annual Ethics Day.

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CyberPatriots Meet FireEye Experts

Most school field trips take in a museum, maybe a visit to a historic house or possibly a kid-centric performance of some kind.

Cappies Review: Finding Treasure on ‘Treasure Island’

It's the 1700s, pirates are sailing the high seas, and there's treasure to be found.

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Alexandria: IMParting Hope For Veterans

Art therapy helps veterans recover from PTSD.

“I was messed up,” said Tor Peery. “I still am. I have some bad days, but this helped me to use another medium to express myself without having to use words. It’s amazing what art can do.”

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Serving Those Who Served: Chantilly High Honors Veterans

Each year, Chantilly High and members of its National Honor Society (NHS) honor area veterans, and it’s something both the hosts and guests eagerly anticipate.

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Opera for Arlington Children

Nonprofit exposes students to opera.

From the children’s reaction, you’d think it was a cartoon show. Or a puppet show. Maybe a circus? But no, it was … an opera.

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Mount Vernon High School U.S. Marine Corps JROTC hosts Veterans Day program

Mount Vernon High School senior Elisa Solomon is a Cadet Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at her school. She’s also a poet. The young officer stood at the podium in the center of the school’s Michael M. Skinner Field House on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 and read her original work “The Superheroes.”

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Fairfax County Updates Teacher Safety Training In Wake of Woodson Fire

Science teachers across Fairfax County Public Schools have begun mandatory updated safety training in the wake of an Oct. 30 fire at Woodson High School that injured five students and a teacher, and caused $7,500 in damage.

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Alexandria Teenager Awarded Scholarship for Sonar Research.

Local student receives national science honor.

When Michael You was 3 years old, he would flip through the pages of science picture books. He was particularly drawn to those with illustrations or photographs of ocean animals.

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Robinson Theater Presents “Noises Off”

The Rambunctious Theater Company – in partnership with the Robinson Secondary Drama Department – presents Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” on Nov. 19-21 at Robinson's Russell Theater.

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Lewis: Civil Rights Fight Not Over

Civil Rights icon addresses students for TC’s 50th anniversary.

In the middle of Civil Rights movement, young Americans turned towards civil rights leaders like John Lewis for leadership and advice.

Alexandria: New Faces on School Board Face Old Problems

Newcomers brace for coming budget and redistricting battles.

While incumbents held onto the City Council, the 2015 Alexandria election is bringing some new faces to the Alexandria School Board.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Veterans Day at Waynewood Elementary

Macy Lindbloom, SCA president, leads the Pledge of Allegiance with Principal James Meier at her side during Waynewood Elementary School’s celebration of Veterans Day.

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Centreville Snapshot: National Merit Breakfast

Twenty-two seniors were awarded National Merit Scholar certificates on Friday, Oct. 23 at Centreville High School. Two of the recipients are also National Merit Semifinalists. The National Merit Semifinalists are Emily Angelotti and Grace Chu. The commended students are (in alphabetical order) Brent Bailey, David Bennett, Elizabeth Earls, Christian Gehman, William Holincheck, Christopher Hurt, Michael Kastanowski, Jedrick Kim, Joseph Kim, Yevin Kim, Seung Joo Lee, Michelle Nguyen, Rafael Olivas, Patrick Pankratz, Jarod Raedels, Katherine Ryan, Elizabeth Vanyan, Adam Waldmiller, Rebecca Yoo, and Daniel Zhang.

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Ad Fontes: ‘A Blessing to Be In Our Own Building’

Ad Fontes Academy now united on one campus.

It’s been a long time coming, but Ad Fontes Academy can finally be described as a school united.