School News & Notes

McLean H.S. Attends Invitational Jazz Festival

The McLean High School Jazz Ensemble will be participating in the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival on March 28, at the Chantilly High School.

The Jazz Ensemble is one of the dozens of schools from Maryland, Virginia and the District that will be competing in this Festival. The students have a chance to win scholarships, prizes and compete for the winning title of this festival. For more information, visit

Marshall High School Hosts Mystery Dinner Theatre

The George C. Marshall High School Theatre troupe (7731Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) will host its first-ever annual Mystery Dinner Theatre on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Marshall Theatre will be performing “Critical Review,” while guests enjoy dinner and dessert. Audience participation is a must. Tickets are $12 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit

Local Student Publications Awarded

Four Fairfax County Schools were awarded Crown Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) at its 85th annual Scholastic Convention.
The CSPA awarded 46 Gold Crown awards and 62 Silver Crown awards. Each student publication was judged on writing, editing, coverage, content, photography, art, graphics, and design. Annandale High School was awarded the Gold Crown award for their student newspaper, The A-Blast. Robinson Secondary School was also given the Gold Crown award for their yearbook, Sentry. Winning the Silver Crown award was Marshall High School for their newspaper, Rank and File and Oakton High School for their online newspaper, Oakton Outlook Online.

Falls Church H.S. Honored For Musical Talent

For the third time in the last four years, Falls Church High School has been awarded for their outstanding musical talent. Falls Church H.S. was awarded the Blue Ribbon for Superior Performance School Award by the Virginia Music Educators Association.
In early March, the Falls Church Orchestra and the Madrigal Choir received Superior ratings at their District Orchestra Festival. Last June, the Symphonic Band received Superior ratings at the District Band Festival. This award is only given to Virginia high schools whose top ensembles in band, orchestra and choir receive Superior ratings at their District Festival.

Springhill Students Awarded In WordMasters Challenge

Students from Spring Hill Elementary School were awarded high honors in the WordMasters Challenge. This national language arts competition is entered each year by around 230,000 students who compete in three separate meets held throughout the school year. The third grade students who competed in the Gold Division finished third in the nation in the second meet among 201 other teams.
Perfect scores were received by third grade students Owen Ricketts and Erin Villaronga and fifth grade student Jack Posey. Other students who did exceptionally well include Terry Keffer, Jennifer Saxenian, Sheza Baig, Bradley Kim, Sean Zechman, Jordan DeFay, William Furlong, Kelsey Dunn, Andrew Farnsworth, Jamie Goodson, Rayan Khosravi, Jenny Kim, Sneha Ravi, Olivia Shaw, Emma Zhang; Ellie Allison, Tyler Larkworthy, Jack Martin, Isabella Todaro, Nathan Bala, Bevy Daniel, Erin Wilkie, Sarah Falls, Katie Gurian, Lauren Meyer, Maddie Shaw and Renee Wah.
In the upcoming months students will compete in the final meet before awards, and certificates are given out in June to students who achieved or improved the most during the 2008-2009 school year.