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School News: June 3 – 9, 2010

Longfellow M.S. Places 10th at National Science Olympiad

SNlongfellowLongfellow Middle School won 10th place at the 2010 National Science Olympiad Tournament on May 22, the best finish ever by a Virginia team. The tournament brought students from over 60 middle and 60 high schools from across the country to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to compete.

 

Longfellow M.S. Places 10th at National Science Olympiad

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LONGFELLOWS MIDDING SCHOOL students celebrate their victory. (Photo: Eric Males)

 

Longfellow Middle School won 10th place at the 2010 National Science Olympiad Tournament on May 22, the best finish ever by a Virginia team. The tournament brought students from over 60 middle and 60 high schools from across the country to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to compete.

Many team members earned individual medals: Owen Gray and Kunal Khurana placed second in Disease Detectives; Munyong Jang and Avand Lakmazaheri placed fourth in Junkyard Challenge; Avand Lakmazaheri and John Wilkes placed fifth in Elevated Bridge; and Owen Gray and Munyong Jan placed sixth in Ecology. The team is coached by Longfellow teacher Susan Boomer and parent Ann Gray.

The Longfellow effort was a team effort, with strong performances by team members Joe Downs, James Eagle, Daniel Fontenot, Owen Gray, Munyong Jang, Kunal Khurana, Julie Kim, Alex Kwon, Billie Malès, Avand Lakmazaheri, Nick Mariam, Roshan Sajjad, Daniel Suzuki, Nisha Swarup, John Wilkes and trial event competitors Michael Anthony and Alex Wendt.

Team members devoted at least two to three afternoons per week beginning in the fall to prepare for Science Olympiad’s 23 different events. Competitions range from study events such as ornithology and fossils to lab events to building events including bridge design and rubber-band propelled model airplanes.

This is the ninth-consecutive year that Virginia schools have participated in Science Olympiad. Since 2002, Longfellow has represented Virginia at Nationals six times; their previous best finish was 16th place.

 

Area High Schools Receive ‘Giant’ Awards

Through the A+ Bonus Bucks program, where Giant shoppers link their Giant Food cards to up to three schools, Giant Food of Landover, Md. donated nearly $2 million to local schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Deleware in May.

McLean High School was awarded the seventh largest amount in Virginia from the program, receiving a total of $7,869.22. In addition, George C. Marshall High School received $5,309.88; George Mason High School received $4,855.41; J.E.B. Stuart High School received $1,528.18; and Falls Church High School received $1,038.14.

 

Marshall, McLean H.S. Ready to Host Annual Proms

George C. Marshall High School is having its prom this Friday, June 4 at the Tysons Corner Westin Hotel. McLean High School’s prom is June 5, 9 p.m. at the Army Navy Country Club.

 

F.C. Schools Honor Recent Retirees with Reception

Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) employees retiring at the end of the 2010 school year were recently recognized with a reception in their honor.

Retirees include Jose Bedoya after 15 years at George Mason High School, Michele Feuerstein after 14 years in the FCCPS division, Jean Lewis following 22 years at Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) Elementary School, Janet Kremer after 37 years at Mount Daniel Elementary School, Dottie Salvatierra after 23 years at T.J. Elementary, Kathy Poff following 23 years at T.J. and Helen Albader after serving 13 years at George Mason High.