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Emily Donaldson, a junior at McLean High School, has been selected to attend this summer’s Governor’s School for Humanities at the University of Richmond, an intensive four-week program of classes, workshops, field trips and special events designed to encourage students’ individual growth as well as challenge them to personal excellence in their fields.

Emily, the daughter of Beth and Evan Donaldson of McLean, has also been selected to attend Girls State this summer. Hosted by the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies, the school will be held June 30-July 27 and is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and participating schools.

Five Fairfax County students received awards at the Fairfax County School Board meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m., at Jackson Middle School in Falls Church. Michael Heiner of Centreville received the Laura Piper Scholarship Award; Nicholas Cofer Black of Langley High School, Kate Marie Haffey of McLean High School, Paloma Marina Guzman of Marshall High School and Lauren K. Vessey of Madison High School all received the School Board Character Award.

Green Hedges School, a Vienna school for children age 3 years through eighth grade, congratulates members of the Class of 2002 on their graduation and matriculation into high school.

Congratulations to Justin Michael Biggs, Michael Raymond Borrelli, Paul Christopher Hanna, Avital Sarah Isaacs, Anthony Charles Johnson, John Anthony Kerivan, Edward Harrison Korth, Andrew Michael Kulak, Daniel Thomas Levick, Abbey Leigh Miller, Jason Jerone Moran, Elizabeth Jane Nagy, Gabriela Cynthia Parker, Alexandra Araxi Perez, James Omer Satterfield, Alexander Wyatt Smith and Gwendolyn Giuliva Vito.

Cyndi Zaino, a junior at Langley High School, has been selected to participate in the NYLF Forum on Medicine. This is a 10-day, career-development program for high-school students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in medicine. Cyndi will join 350 students from Fairfax County to engage in a problem-based learning simulation in which they will be presented with a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan. The program includes site visits to cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities (including Johns Hopkins). They will also interact with leaders in the medical field and have up-close personal contact with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as they go behind the scenes.

Cyndi was selected for her academic standing and demonstration of confidence and leadership, including involvement in the Science Honor Society, National Honor Society, French Honor Society and French Club. She also interns weekly at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital and coaches an under-14 girl’s soccer team (in addition to playing on the U-17 soccer team, the Reston Rage).

Jennifer Lucas of Vienna, daughter of Roger and Rosalie Lucas, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Mount St. Mary’s College. She achieved this honor by maintaining a 3.4 or higher GPA.

Caroline Berson, Emily Collins, Morgan Ferguson, Claire Wallace and Maria Micocci of McLean High School’s Women’s Senior Quad rowing team have been invited to row at the Henley Women’s Regatta June 21-23 on the Thames River in England

Eric Smith of McLean High School has been named a winner of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Cunningham Park and Marshall Road elementary schools have been selected to participate in the first phase of the LEAD Fairfax program, a Fairfax County Public Schools leadership development program.