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GMHS Winner Advances in Shakespeare Competition

Miles Butler, a junior at George Mason High School, won his school’s competition to advance to the English-Speaking Union (ESU) Washington’s 20th annual Shakespeare Competition at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington D.C. Monday.

In front of a panel of judges, he and students from all over the region will deliver a brief dramatic monologue and a Shakespearean sonnet. The winners will proceed to the National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center, New York, in April.


MHS Students Participate in Tech Challenge

Four McLean High School (MHS) students returned home with the “Think Award” from the Virginia First Tech Challenge Championship held at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Team TIKIHeather Harper, Linda Kim, Meryem Ok and Colleen Widmaier – battled 48 other teams, and was also one of three teams awarded for team spirit.

J.E.B. Stuart High School Holds 17th Annual Taste of The Town

J.E.B. Stuart High School’s 17th annual Taste of the Town begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the school (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church). Dishes from over 30 local restaurants will be available for tasting and an auction will also be held.

For more information about participating restaurants, auction items, or to purchase tickets, visit www.stuartptsa.org. Tickets may be purchased from student teams and clubs by calling 703-824-3904.

Robotics Interest Video Aimed at K-12 Students

Six Fairfax County Public School students, all members of Team TIKI, a robotics team made up of students from various Fairfax County Schools, were featured in a video to generate interest in robotics in grades K-12.

Heather Harper, Meryem Ok and Linda Kim of McLean High; Amelia Gonzalez and Leah Gonzalez of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; and Gene Gonzalez of Longfellow Middle were featured in the video, which aired in February on Cox Cable and Verizon FiOS. The video was sponsored by the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program, founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen.

McLean Students Perform in All-District Chorus Workshop and Concert

Several students from McLean High School’s choruses took part in the District XII Workshop and Concert two weekends ago at Marshall High School, as part of the program devised by the Virginia Music Educators Association and the Virginia Choral Directors Association.

The students included: Women’s Chorus members Katerina Cronmiller, Mary Eveleigh and Maddie Lord and Mixed Chorus members Brian Comey, Emily Hunt, Jeila Irmusa Henry Jimenez, Laura Landes, Jackson Langevoort, Emma Lord, Caryl Merten, Raha Mirzadegan, Danielle Murphy, Andrew Rampy, Michael Robinson, Katrina Ross, Paul Ruess, Corbin Rugh, Eve Spelberg and Elizabeth R. Sullivan.

MHS Students Participate in Writing Competition

Jennifer Dunn, Maryam Kanna and Erica North of McLean High School (MHS) were chosen to represent the high school for the National Council of Teachers annual writing competition. For more information about the competition, visit www.teachingwithcontests.com.

Oakcrest School Stages ‘Stuart Little’ Musical

The Upper School of Oakcrest School, an independent girls Catholic school in McLean, is staging “Stuart Little,” E.B. White’s classic tale about a mouse born into a typical New York family, featuring cheerful songs such as “Paddle Your Own Canoe” and “Nighttime in New York.”

The musical adventure is suited for children ages six and older as well as for adults. “Stuart Little” is directed by Brittney K. Sweeney, with musical direction provided by Anne Miller and choreography by Oakcrest junior Caroline Livaudais.

The musical event comes to life on stage at the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre at Oakcrest (850 Balls Hills Rd., McLean). For more information, call 703-790-5450 or visit www.oakcrest.org.

George Mason H.S. Academic Team 2nd in State Academic Bowl

The George Mason High School Academic Team finished a successful run at the State Academic Bowl competition, finishing second in the A Classification. They went undefeated through the season, but came up short against Rappahannock High School, losing in both matchups, including the finals. In scoring, the team was led by sophomore Asher Morse, who won 27 tossup questions in the five games, followed by senior captain Amelia Nemitz, with 17, and fellow starters sophomore Anuraag Sensharma with 11 and junior Katie Buenneke with 10.

George Mason H.S. Boosters Mulch Sale Underway, Supporting Athletic Programs

George Mason High School’s Athletic Boosters Association is holding its 16th Annual Mulch Sale to raise funds for the sports teams. The Boosters are selling top quality mulch available for $5 per three cubic-feet bag, with free delivery to most Falls Church locations.

The deadline for ordering mulch is March 21, with a delivery date of March 28. For more information or to purchase mulch, visit masonathletics.org or contact [email protected]