Falls Church Summertime News

MBC Student Achieves Academic Excellence

Rachel W. Reich of Falls Church earned a place on the honors list at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., for maintaining a grade point average of 3.75-4.0.

Student Scholar Ready to Travel to Japan

Meredith Kerrigan, a 2008 graduate of George Mason High School, is one of 20 students nationwide to receive a High School Diplomats Scholarship. The scholarship provides for a 3-week cultural exchange with 20 Japanese students in Japan this summer. It is underwritten by AIG Insurance Company.

FC Local Preps for National Competition

Katie Yensen, 14, was selected for the third time as a member of the Region 1 Olympic Development Program soccer pool. Region 1 consists of players from states as far north as Maine to Virginia and as far west as West Virginia. Selection for the soccer pool took place at the University of Rhode Island during a week-long camp held July 5-10. Throughout the week, more than 300 players competed in several tournament games for a spot in the pool. Yensen is one of the 30 players chosen that will participate in the national competition. Yensen, a rising sophomore at McLean High School, lives in Falls Church. She plays for the McLean Strikers U-15, Division 1 WAGS.

MICA Announces Fairfax Resident Named to Dean’s List

Alexandra Arocho of Fairfax has been named to the spring 2008 dean’s list at Maryland Institute College of Art. Arocho is a member of the class of 2010 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in general fine arts.


FASHIONABLE CAMPERS FLAUNT ACCESSORIES at Fashion Camp, a summer program of the Fairfax County Public Schools Marketing Advisory Board. Fashion Camp students
participate in activity sessions that allow campers to explore fashion trends and create their own personally-styled outfits and jewelry. (Photo: Courtesy Kathryn Walters)

Annandale High Teacher Named State Team Leader for Summer Congressional Meetings

Mary Ann Richardson, social studies teacher at Annandale High School, has been selected by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to lead Virginia’s delegation of NBPTS-certified teachers who will meet with members of the United States Congress and their staff members to discuss education reform as part of Capitol Hill Day 2008 on Thursday, July 17. The Virginia delegation will be joined by several hundred teachers from across the country. Teachers plan to talk to their congressional representatives about how certification by the NBPTS is refining the standards for teacher effectiveness and high-quality student learning in the 21st century. Capitol Hill Day 2008 is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.

McDaniel College Names Locals to Dean’s List

The academic achievements of students at McDaniel College were recognized on the recently announced spring 2008 dean’s list. Owen Cason Baird of Arlington and Julie Christine Hill of Fairfax received honors for 3.5 – 3.69 grade point averages.

TIC Summer Camp Surpasses 1000 Camper Enrollment

Technology Instruction Corporation Summer Camp has reached a new enrollment record this summer: over 1,000 campers are placed in its two sites, McLean and Bethesda. In its 26th year of operations in the metropolitan area, TIC offers a balanced day: 3 hours of technology and 3 hours of active sports. Robotics is the flavor of the week this year, but TIC campers also do their own projects in programming, video, animation, web design, newspaper, digital photography, graphics, and digital music. Athletic participants play soccer, basketball, lots of other sports, plus tennis and drama options. Registration is still open for the July 28-August 8 session. For more information visit:

Leaders Target Future Generations

Focused on developing youth leadership within the county, the Youth Leadership Program has motivated high school juniors by engaging them in a three-week internship each summer for nearly ten years. Student participants attend monthly meetings that focus on a different aspect of Fairfax County – such as the school board, the health department, government and other civic departments. On July 24, youth leadership participants will create a PowerPoint presentation to inspire fellow students to develop solutions to issues communities will face in the next century. Each participating student presents what they have learned to100 middle school students and teachers, as well as 100 – 300 high school students.

SN2.jpgA JUNIOR CAMPER tests his robotic car at TIC Summer Camp, a technology and sports camp for children ages 7 -16. Campers learn to collaborate in problem solving with the use of LEGO Mindstorms, a programming language. (Photo: Courtesy Dr. Karen Rosenbaum)