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Local High Schools Named Newsweek’s Best

Newsweek released its Top High Schools Ratings this week, many of which where local and made the top 100 including rating number 16- H-B Wooten in Arlington, number 55- Langley in McLean, number 58- George Mason in Falls Church, number 64- Washington-Lee in Arlington, number 74- Yorktown in Arlington and number 97- McLean in Mclean.

UVA Graduate

Nathaniel B Cram received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia.

FC Communications Director Named

City Manager Wyatt Shields has appointed Hyun June Lee as the Acting Communications Director for the City of Falls Church, effective Mat 19, 2008. She fills the position following the resignation of Communications Director Nicole Gobbo. Lee has served as the city Communication’s Specialist since April 2006.

Veterans Celebrate Memorial Day

Join Veterans Leonard “Len” Michalowski and others at the Veterans Common Ceremony at the intersection of Little Falls Street and the WO&D trail in Falls Church. The ceremony’s purpose is to educate the younger generation about the sacrifices made by those that came before them and inspire a spirit of volunteering. The ceremony will take place on May, 26 at 2 p.m.

Local’s Make SCAD Dean’s List

The Savannah College of Art and Design announces the Dean’s List for their winter quarter 2008. Students must be full-time undergraduate, earning a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list. These students include Celia Chadwick of Arlington an Illustration major, Bart Johnson of Arlington a Film and Television major, Sarah Schmidt of Arlington an Illustration major, Carl Andersen of Falls Church an Industrial Design major, Alexandra Schultz of Falls Church a Photography major, Eric Willenson of Falls Church a Graphic Design major and Jennifer Kaplan of Falls Church a Photography major.

Duke Graduate

Falls Church resident Alice Zimmerman graduated from Duke University on May 11, 2008 earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with distinction and Psychology. Zimmerman was a Robertson Scholar during her four years at Duke. She will be moving to San Francisco to work for ComScore, a global internet information provider.

Mendenhall Named First-Team

Randolph-Macon College right-hander Byron Mendenhall was one of four Yellow Jackets named First-Team All-ODAC and named the league Co-Rookie and Co-Pitcher of the Year. Mendenhall, a resident of Falls Church, shares both individual awards with Virginia Wesleyan rookie Gary Bulman and the duo becomes the first freshmen in league history to win pitcher of the year honors. He is currently 7-0 on the season with a 1.68 ERA, which is second best among ODAC hurlers. Mendenhall has struck out 68 batters in just 64.1 innings of work on the bump, while walking just 17. He has allowed just one run in his last 28 innings of work and was named to the ODAC All-Tournament team after punching out 12 over seven innings against Bridgewater College in the opening round.

AIDS Awareness Fashion Show

The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) in partnership with the Youth-led group Youth Education for AIDS Awareness (YEAA) will be putting on a free Fashion Show on Saturday, May 24 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at the Johnson Cinema in the George W. Johnson Center of George Mason University, Fairfax Campus (4400 University Dr., Fairfax) to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in Northern Virginia.

Rotary Essay Contest Winners

Three eighth graders from Trinity School at Meadow View received awards at The Falls Church Rotary Club’s meeting at the Harvest Moon Restaurant for their essays in the Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Contest. Winners include Julia DeCelles-Zwerneman, third place, Sharon Lee, second place and Molly Earner, first place. Molly Earner also won third place in the finals of northern Virginia Rotary District 7610. She will receive a $250 District award. The Falls Church Rotary Club awarded $50 for first place, $35 for second place and $25 for third place.

Earlham Graduate

Nora McCulla, the daughter of William and Cheryl McCulla of Falls Church, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 3, 2008. McCulla majored in Classical Studies and received college honors.

Music Panel Discussion

A Music Panel Discussion, hosted by Fairfax County Association of the Gifted (FCAG), will be held on Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School (3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church) For more information, contact Louise Epstein, FCAG President at 703-917-7960 or email [email protected]

Needed: Used Soccer Cleats!

On Monday, May 26 bring your used soccer cleats to the Lion’s Club stand at the Falls Church Memorial Day celebration. Sam Hoehn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 681 and goalkeeper for MPS Thunder U-16 soccer team, is working with Physicians for Peace (www.physiciansforpeace.org) to collect used soccer cleats as part of his Eagle Scout service project. The goal is to collect 2,000 pairs of cleats for youth soccer players in Asmara, Eritrea (Africa). Eritrea is a poor country and most of the youth players have no shoes. Cleats will be included in a shipment of medical supplies donated by Physicians for Peace that is destined for Eritrea.

Ahlborn Recognized by Liberty League

The Liberty League announced its weekly men’s and women’s track & field awards and honored three Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes including Connor Ahlborn who earned Rookie of the Week. Ahlborn, a freshman from Falls Church, posted top-five marks in each of the events she competed in. She was second in the shot put with a throw of 12.29 meters and fifth in both the hammer throw (42.29m) and the discus (34.06m).

Closing Time”

The Keegan Theatre new island project presents “Closing Time” at Theatre on the Run (3700 Four Mile Dr., Arlington). Showing Thursday, May 15 – Saturday, June 7, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 general admission and $15 seniors and students. For more information, call 703-892-0202.