<lst>G.C. Marshall had one of the largest contingents of high-school marketing students to attend and the second largest number of overall finalists at the Annual International Career Development Conference, which took place April 25-30, in Orlando, Fla.

Five Marshall students were top-10 finalists: Shawn Miseyko and Sean O'Grady in the Sports and Entertainment category and Shara Gibson, Kathleen McCrory and Megan McCrory in General Marketing Research. Eight other Marshall students were overall finalists: Lindsay McCormick, role play, Retail Management; Thomas Grattan and Nicole Harris, E Commerce team; Missy Cohen and Mike Burns, Business Services Marketing project; and Teresa Meoni, Vanessa Arandia and Christine Hongnapa, the International Business Plan team.

Over 14,000 students overall attended the conference.

The Cunningham Park Elementary School chorus will perform at the Vienna AARP meeting on Monday, May 19, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. For more information, call Emilie Larson at 703-938-1379.

The Parent Networking Committee of McLean High School (MHS) is presenting its Saturday Night in the Suburbs program on Wednesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the MHS cafeteria. This program is a candid panel discussion led by seniors and moderated by principal Dr. Donald Weinheimer. Parents who attend will be able to ask candid questions of these graduating seniors about their views on this year’s topic, “Your Child and Drinking, Drugs, Sex, Stress and Depression.”

The McLean High School Boys Basketball Team will host two sessions of Highlander Basketball Camp this summer, at Longfellow Middle School, July 7-11 and July 14-18. Camp tuition is $110 per session. Camp times are 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact coach Drew Murphy at 703-714-5774 or

Graduating seniors residing in or near Great Falls are invited to apply for two Alexander DeFilippis scholarships being offered this Spring, sponsored by the Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Great Falls. The selection process places major emphasis on good character and demonstrated service to others through involvement in school, church or community projects. The students must also have a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Membership in St. Catherine of Siena Parish is not required.

Scholarship packages are available in the St. Catherine of Siena parish office at 1020 Springvale Road, Great Falls. Applications must be returned by May 15.

Great Reunions announces these confirmed dates for local high-school 2003 reunions:

McLean High School, Class of 1992, June 28 at the Doubletree Tysons Corner, Leesburg Pike;

Oakton High School, Class of 1983, July 26 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna.

The Flint Hill School Summer Programs, "Summer on the Hill," offer workshops, camps, trips and activities to both Flint Hill students and non-students, 5-18. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and Summer Programs run from June 23 to Aug. 1. Call 703-584-2392 to apply. Flint Hill School is located at 3320 Jermantown Road, Oakton.

Louise Garcia, arts coordinator at Churchill Road Elementary School, earned a certificate of study from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her participation in the Kennedy Center's professional development opportunities for teachers program. The program teaches teachers to weave the arts through their lessons and helps them develop the skills to do so. The teachers will receive their awards at a special dinner on May 16 at the Watergate Hotel.

Actress Mary Ann Jung appeared as Clara Barton on May 6 at Spring Hill Elementary in a performance for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students. Jung recreates history's most fascinating women in authentic costume, accent and attitude. Jung's performance takes students on a journey back to the Civil War to dramatize how Barton overcame personal obstacles and society's prejudices to become a battlefield nurse and her role with the Red Cross. On Thursday, May 8, Billy B. Brennan will perform his show "Geology Rocks!" at Spring Hill Elementary for students in kindergarten through third grade, introducing concepts such as the rock cycle, volcanoes and earthquakes.

Timothy Abbott of McLean, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is one of 24 students and members of the U.S. Physics team that will begin a week-long "boot camp" at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Students will vie for a place on the U.S. Physics Olympiad Traveling Team, which will compete this year in the International Physics Olympiad being held in Taipei, Taiwan, in July. At the training camp, students will conduct laboratory experiments, take exams and hear lectures by prominent scientists. On May 20, a reception will be held in their honor on Capitol Hill, hosted by Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich., and Rush Holt, D-N.J., both physicists by training. The 24 members of the U.S. Physics team were selected from a pool of 1,400 students nominated by their high-school physics teachers to take the Olympiad physics exams.

As a part of the Combating Intolerance class, James Brady, former Reagan administration press secretary, will speak about disabilities awareness, On May 14, 1-3 p.m., at James Madison High School. Brady was injured in the assassination attempt on the former president. He will discuss his adjustment to having a disability and how he feels the U.S. government and other countries have changed their laws to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The Combating Intolerance class is sponsoring activities for disabilities awareness at the school. This is the fourth awareness session organized by the class this year.

On Tuesday, April 29, the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) held a Relay Carnival for the 13 schools that comprise the high school athletic conference. With a time of 15 minutes, 15.2 seconds, the four-member team for Oakcrest School in McLean broke the standing PVAC record of 15:24.0 set by Field School in 2001. The Oakcrest team members are Elizabeth Kuzma, Bridget Kuzma, Phillipa Maroney and Marina Falcone.

Nine area high-school students will compete for three $1,000 scholarships on Wednesday, May 14, at 8 p.m., when the Alden Theatre presents the 2003 James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship Finals. The performance is free and open to the public. Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. A reception will follow the competition.

This year’s finalists are McLean High School students In-Kyung Chae (music), Maria Dickson (music), and Sung Eun Choi (visual art); Langley High School students Seth Cassell (theater), Dylan Fawcett (theater) and Bizzy Tysse (theater); Landon School student Brendan Shea (music); and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology student Sam Willmott (visual art).

For more information, call 703-790-9223 or visit

Flint Hill School selected Michael Wright as the head football coach of the newly formed Upper School football team.

A graduate of Kent School in Kent, Conn., Wright was inducted into the school’s first Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. He went on to play football, basketball and track at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Wright joins Flint Hill School from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., where he served as an assistant coach for football, basketball and track as well as associate dean of admission. In addition to his position as head football coach, Wright will be the associate director of admission for the Upper School.

Valerie Cardinal of McLean, an eighth-grader at Longfellow Middle School, and Ben Cooper of Falls Church, an 11th-grader at JEB Stewart High School, will receive "star awards" from the Children's Theater, an Arlington-based nonprofit, on June 7, before the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse." The award is given to children who have participated in at least six Children's Theater productions with at least two performances on stage and at least two positions on the backstage crew. It takes years of work and dedication to become eligible for this award.

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" will be performed June 6-15, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Glebe Road, Arlington. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for children, students and seniors. Call 703-548-1154, Ext. 1.

Counselor and county mediator Marge Beiweis and her Churchill Manor crew won this year's Video Fairfax award, an annual event sponsored by the Fairfax Arts Council and Cox Communications. The winning entry, titled "Nothing Personal," was produced by parent Mollie Wise with Churchill Road Elementary School alumni Megan Shifflet, Kim McMasters, Maddie Wise, Roshan Alemi, Rohan Siddhanti, Jonathan Hofgard, Meg Starcher and Tim McNeil and Churchill Road sixth-graders Josh Sellars, Razi Shaban and Sophia Spivak. Another entry, "Just Say No," produced by Churchill Road alumni Samantha Duberstein, Yasmin Atefi and Kim McMasters and filmed by Tim McNeil and Hannah Saperstein, received an honorable mention.

The winning entry won $500 and a trophy, which is currently on display in the school's library.

The vocal faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory and New York vocal coach Jeanette LoVetri will host a graduate-level Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy training program this summer, July 7-11, at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. The class aims to bridge the gap between contemporary commercial music and more traditional classical vocal techniques for music teachers, students, coaches and choral directors. The intensive course is a part of the graduate degree curriculum at Shenandoah University. Highlights include LoVetri's Somatic Voicework, a body-based approach to voice training, vocal health techniques, diagnostic and corrective tools, practical applications, cross-training and problem-solving studies of the larynx.

Registration is required and space is limited to 20 participants and 30 observers. Program costs are $450 for participants with a Somatic Voicework certificate and two graduate academic credits; $350 for participants with a Somatic Voicework certificate; $300 for observers with one graduate academic credit and $250 for observers.

For more information, contact Kathryn Green at or call Shenandoah Conservatory at 540-665-4600 or view an online brochure at

Local host families are sought for French high-school students studying in the United States this summer. The International Center for Language Studies in Washington, D.C., will have 15-20 students. Families will be asked to provide room and board, help facilitate the students’ use of public transportation, and include them in weekend activities that will enhance their American experience. Incidental costs will be paid. A stipend will be given to each host family. Call 202-639-8800 to apply.