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School News & Notes: December 17 – 23, 2009

McLean H.S. Orchestra Preps for Winter Concert

The award-winning McLean High School orchestra will present its winter concert on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean).


A SUPERB PERFORMANCE OF George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” featuring pianist Danielle Agress (right) highlighted the annual Winter Concert presented by the George Mason High School Performing Arts Department last Thursday. Shown to the left on the bass is Matt Abel. Tonight, the GMHS Choral Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. (Photo: News-Press)

Everyone is invited to celebrate the holiday season with the orchestra as they perform classical favorites from Handel’s “Messiah,” Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and Glinka’s “Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla.”
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-714-5700.

Stuart FBLA Sponsors International Night

Today, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) of J.E.B. Stuart High School will host the 2nd annual International Night.
Highlights will include food, music, performances and booths representing countries from all around the world. Families and community members are invited to come and immerse themselves in different cultures while supporting FBLA.
The event will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Stuart cafeteria (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church). Tickets are $3. For more information, call 703-824-3900.

Marshall H.S. Choir Presents Winter Concert

George C. Marshall High School invites the community to raise the holiday spirit at the choir concert today from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Marshall auditorium (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). For more information, call 703-714-5400.

TJHSST Student Wins $10,000 Scholarship

Andrew Swoboda, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology (TJHSST), and his teammate were awarded fifth place and a $10,000 scholarship in the 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology for their project, “Optimization of Platinum Nanoparticles for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Using Pulse Electrochemical Deposition.”

Longfellow Quiz Bowl Team Places First

The Quiz Bowl Team of Longfellow Middle School placed first in the country in the Winter Knowledge Master Open. This is Longfellow’s second consecutive national championship in the Knowledge Master Open.
The Longfellow team members include Nadege Aoki, Joe Downs, Ben Felstein, Jordan Goodson, Alex LeFloch, Jonathan Leidenheimer, Carrie Murton, Hannah Pho, Kate Salamido, Michael Sanders, Timothy Sheridan, Bobbie Sheng, Soobin Wang, Renee Wah, Hayley Wenk and Raymond Yang.

Area High Schools Receive Top Honors

Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology was named the top high school in the U.S. for the third consecutive year by the U.S. News and World Report. George C. Marshall High School was recognized as a silver medal recipient and a top International Baccalaureate school. McLean High School received an honorable mention.

G.M.H.S. Hosts IB Forum And Awards Ceremony

Parents of George Mason High School students are invited to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Forum on Monday, Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m. to hear from Mason alumni who have participated in the IB program.

George Mason High School graduates will answer questions about their experiences in the IB program and discuss how those experiences did or did not help them prepare for college or university life.

There will be an IB Awards Ceremony following the forum at 4 p.m. During the ceremony, all Mason IB graduates will be presented their IB certificates and diplomas.

Community members, family and friends are all invited to recognize the hard work and dedication of the IB graduates.

The IB Forum and Awards Ceremony will take place in the Mason auditorium (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). For more information, call 703-248-5500.

Marshall H.S. Hosts Bone Marrow Drive

Jordan Culbreath, a former Marshall High School student-athlete, was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia. In an effort to support Culbreath, Marshall High School will be hosting a bone marrow donor drive on Friday, Dec. 18 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the school (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The cost for one member to join the official donation outfit, Be The Match Registry, is $100. There is no charge to participate. For more information, call 703-714-5409.