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McLean HS Theatre Students Traveling to Scotland

The McLean HS Theatre Department has been selected to perform in the world’s largest arts festival as part of the American High School Theatre Festival. McLean students will travel to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2009. There will be over 1,800 different performances over the course of the three-week festival. Over the next year, these students will be involved in various fundraising activities. For more information or to make a contribution, contact Denise Perrino at [email protected]

Local Graduates from Lehigh University

Michael Ghali of Fairfax graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in behavioral neuroscience. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, Penn.	KATE POTRYKUS AND JACKIE PACELLA, rising seniors at GMHS, prepare to leave for China. Ten students and eleven chaperones departed on June 24 and will return July 2, during which they will visit Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. GMHS Chinese teacher Tina Kao is hopeful this trip will create an exchange program for Chinese students. (Photo: Courtesy Shelbi Taylor).

American Soccer Academy to Hold Summer Camp

American Soccer Academy will host a community soccer camp from August 18 – 22 at Idylwood Park (7713 Virginia La., Falls Church). The camp is open to both boys and girls ages 3 – 14, and it will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day that week. To register for the camp, visit www.americansocceracademy.net or contact 301-695-GOAL (4625) or [email protected]

Resident Graduates from James Madison University

Falls Church resident Kristin Gale Sommers graduated from James Madison University in May with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Sommers gradated from George Mason HS in 2003.

Falls Church HS Basketball Team Holds Summer Camp

Falls Church HS basketball head coach T.C. Papageorge, his coaching staff and current and former players will host a basketball skills camp for rising 4th – 9th grade boys this summer. The first session will be July 14-18 and the second session will run July 28-August 1. Both sessions will take place at Falls Church HS (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church). The camp will feature a slam dunk contest on the Friday of each session with categories for campers, counselors and coaches, as well as “regular season” and “post-season tournament” games.. Spaces are still available for registration. For more information on the camp or to register, contact Ryan Healy at [email protected]

Local Named to Dean’s List at the College of Wooster

Nicholas Knodt, a resident of Falls Church, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Knodt is a sophomore studio art major, and he achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Falls Church Student Receives Scholarship

Eric D. Brooks of Falls Church received a scholarship from the Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies (WAEPA).This is the second year of the WAEPA Scholarship Program, which awarded 65 scholarships for between $1000 and $4000. WAEPA is a Virginia-based association that provides life insurance to government employees and their families.

Arlington Residents Graduate from UArts

Henry Jessup of Arlington graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Master of Teaching in music education. Stephanie Chang, also of Arlington, graduated with a Master of Teaching in visual arts.

Locals Named to SCAD Dean’s List

Three local students were named to the Dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average in the spring 2008 quarter. Lisa Lorang of Fairfax is an historic preservation major, Carl Anderson of Falls Church is an industrial design major and Eric Willenson of Falls Church is a graphic design major.	WESTLAWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students perform in “Westlawn Presents.” (Photo: Courtesy Catherine Keefe).

New GMHS IB Coordinator Begins in July

Earlier this month, Asheesh Misra was announced as the new International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator at George Mason HS. Misra is currently in a similar role at George C. Marshall HS in Fairfax County. Misra was an IB history teacher at the International School of Curitiba in Brazil from 2000-2003. He was an IB history teacher at Marshall before becoming the co-coordinator of their program last year. Misra has a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a Master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University. He will begin at GMHS in July.

GMHS Becomes Solar Powered

Eighteen solar panels were installed on the roof of George Mason HS earlier this month, which will deliver nearly three kilowatts of power directly to the school. The project was led by recent graduate James Peterson. The project also includes a computer system that tracks power production data. Teachers will incorporate the data into the school’s science and math programs. The project was funded by donations from local businesses, organizations and citizens, and it was installed by SWITCH, a renewable energy development firm.