2024-07-19 6:16 AM

School News and Notes

GMHS Alum Awarded Special Room at UVA

George Mason High School alumni of the 2005 graduating class Chad O’Hara was recently chosen by a select committee of faculty and students to be the recipient of the Gus Bladgen Room on the Lawn at the University of Virginia, where O’Hara is currently a junior. The room, nicknamed the “Good Guy Room,” was endowed to honor Blagden, a University graduate, who was beloved and admired throughout the University community. A criterion for selection was based upon such characteristics as good moral character and selfless commitment to serving the University community. O’Hara won this honor up against 100 other nominees.

Young Writers Excel in DuPont Essay Contest

Local high school-aged writers competed and succeeded recently in the DuPont Essay Contest. Emily Goldfein, a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), has been named a finalist in the junior division for her essay, “The Sea Cucumber: The Key to Human Limb and Organ Regeneration.” Goldfein wasn’t the only one to shine. Receiving honorable mentions for the junior division were Brent Baumgartner and Kyungwoo Chae of Liberty Middle School. Winning honorable mentions in the senior division were Joe Dolan and Kelly Snow of West Springfield High School, and Elena Roeva of TJHSST. More than 11,000 entries were received for the DuPont Essay Challenge for 2008.

Big Local Wins at State Science & Engineering Fair

Sappho Gilbert, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), was awarded Best of Fair in the 2008 Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. Gilbert’s entry, “Survivin: Anti-Apoptotic Prognostic Tool in ESFT,” also won first place in the Medicine and Health Sciences category. Also from TJHSST, Varun Bansal took first place in Environmental Sciences for “Atomic absorption spectrometric analysis of arsenic contamination in Microstegium vimineum from the Potomac River (U.S.) and the Gomti River (India).”

Wins for TJHSST didn’t end there. Joy Lee and Sumit Malik continued to represent for the science and tech school, winning first place in the Team Category for “Optimization of Sustained Power Generation in Marine Sediment Microbial Photovoltaic Cells.” Westfield also made a splash. Zoe Tippi of Westfield High School took home first place in Animal Sciences for her “Geographical Location Effects on Tyto alba Pellets” presentation. Tippi’s Westfield High peer Anthony Mehalic won first place in Behavioral and Social Sciences for “Formulae of Formulation.”

Only one student placed first in Environmental Management from Hayfield Secondary School, making Samantha Dodbele the star for her work on “The Microbial Bioconversion of Soy Isoflavone through Varying Strains of Saprophytic Bacteria.”

Angels’ Fly on Marshall Stage

“City of Angels” will be performed by the Marshall High School theater department on May 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m., and on May 4 at 3 p.m. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Score, the story follows a screenwriter as he attempts to write a screenplay about a private detective. As he writes, the scenes come alive in black and white, accompanied by jazz and swing music. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.theatreatmarshall.org or at the door.

Nursery Rhymes Come Alive at Hayfield

The musical fairytale comedy “Lemonade” will be performed by first grade students at Hayfield Elementary School on Friday, May 2, at 1:45 p.m. “Chicken Little,” the “Three Little Pigs,” “Humpty Dumpty,” the “Cat with a fiddle,” “Little Bo Peep,” “Little Boy Blue,” and a host of other characters are having a bad day. With the help of cheerful Mother Goose, they learn how to make the best out of life’s ups and downs.

Gates Family Sees Potential in HS Student

Local minority students have been honored by a foundation sponsored by one of America’s richest families. Annandale High School senior Rahiba Noor has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar through a program sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This foundation promotes academic excellence and provides an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Noor is among 1,000 students in the country to receive the award. Winners are chosen based on leadership, community service and academic achievements. Another Annandale senior, Daniel Kwon, was recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar finalist.

Kilmer Has Winning Counseling Program

An annual conference in late June will recognize Kilmer Middle School, alongside 59 other schools, for its exemplary commitment to their comprehensive school counseling program. Kilmer will be given the Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program honor. The school was commended for its efforts to serve all students and for demonstrating how effective school counseling programs can make a difference in students’ lives.

Young Poet Takes the State

Wolftrap Elementary School student Cia Markrigiorgos is already making her mark in the literary world with her poetry. Markrigiorgos won the state competition for poetry in her age group in the 13th annual River of Words Environmental Poetry and Art Contest, sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The contest is a nature-based science, art and poetry program created to promote watershed awareness, literacy and the arts. Approximately 20,000 students from the U.S. and nine foreign countries entered the competition.

Edison and Belle Haven Team Up

Edison Academy and Belle Haven Country Club have signed a Partners in Education agreement. Students from Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, and Landscape Design and Turf Management took a behind-the-scenes tour of the club’s facilities after the partnership was formalized. Students from Edison Academy’s career and technical education programs will be job shadowing and interning with staff members at the country club as part of the partnership agreement.

Smart Kids’ Play it Safe at Mount Vernon

The Smart Kids-Safe Choices program came to Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School last Saturday. The program aimed to help students in grades 4-6 learn skills to avoid gang activity, peacefully resolve conflicts, and become aware of the consequences of their choices while encouraging them to get involved in special interest hobbies and other healthy activities. Included in the workshop was a presentation by the Fairfax County Police Department on avoiding gangs, preventing bullying and cyber bullying, building skills and promoting self-discipline and self-confidence, and holding a mock court on teens and the law. Parents were also able to attend the workshop with their children.





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