School Notes

School Notes

Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail to Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit

Potomac Falls High School Project Graduation will be held Thursday, June 21, from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Project Graduation is an all night alcohol/drug/smoke free celebration, providing a safe place for the entire senior class to celebrate its graduation. Tickets are $40. Visit PFHS Web site for the order form. Contact Bonnie Besserer at

Stone Bridge High School students won awards at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Shenandoah Region Competition Friday, March 9, at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

Capturing first-place awards were Jodi Davis, Introduction to Business Communications; Colby Caldwell, Tiffany Levy, Alyssa Jensen and Brooke Martin, Parliamentary Procedure Team.

Taking home second-place awards were Bryan Reilly, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure; Korrin Allen-Cervantes and Catherine Christensen, American Enterprise Report.

Placing third were Maggie Hinson, Siatta Merchant, Kristen Pascale, Entrepreneurship Team; Randyl Fabian, Samantha Greenwood, Management Decision Making Team and Joshua Buckingham, Public Speaking I.

Two students were installed as Shenandoah Region FBLA officers; Colby Caldwell, Reporter, and Brooke Martin, Parliamentarian.

Stone Bridge adviser, David Palanzi, was recognized for his service as the Shenandoah Region Adviser.

Eagle Ridge has been recognized as the 105th middle school in the nation, the eighth middle school in the state of Virginia, and the first of two middle schools in Loudoun County to receive the Schools to Watch honor. Schools to Watch is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999 to identify schools that are on their way to meeting the forum's criteria for high performance. The National Forum is an alliance of more than 60 educators, researchers and officers of national associations and foundations dedicated to improving schools for young adolescents across the country.

Faculty and graduate students from The George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science will lead approximately 120 high-school students from Loudoun County Public High School through nine workshops at the GW Virginia Campus to illustrate different engineering careers. The workshops include building a 20-foot modular bridge, digitizing a crash test dummy, creating an electrical circuit, testing driving skills and tracking computer hackers. Participants also may experiment with computer animation and digital media, experience a simulated earthquake, learn how technology contributes to crisis management, and learn how to separate fact from fabrication in accident investigation.