School Notes

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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

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.

Three students from Langley High School - Paige Einstein, Kristin Kopp and Lauren Woods - won a third place award for their international business plan at the recent annual DECA Career Development Conference. Also from Langley, Courtney Smooth placed in the top 10 in food marketing; Paige Raynsford placed in the top 25 in retail marketing; Sasha Kapadia won a medal in apparel and accessories; and Lauren Williams won a medal in retail marketing and role playing.

From Marshall High School, Sean O'Grady and Shaw Miseyko placed in the top 10 in the sports and entertainment team event; Shara Gibson, Megan McCrory and Kathleen McCrory placed in the top 10 in general marketing research; Melissa Cohen and Michael Burns placed in the top 16 for his business and financial services manual; Lindsey McCormick placed in the top 16 in retail merchandising management role playing; Nicole Harris and Thomas Grattan placed in the top 16 in e-commerce team; Teresa Meoni, Vanessa Arandia and Christine Hongnapa placed in the top 16 in international business planning; James Gordon was a finalist in apparel and accessories role playing; and Neta Pennylegion was a finalist in food marketing management role playing.

From Oakton High School, Lisa Jeffers, Meghan Van Arsdale and Amanda Zark placed in the top 10 in food marketing research; and Katie Sparks and Jessica McHie were finalists in hospitality management decision making.

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.

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.

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.

The Alden Theatre is looking for rising fourth- and fifth-grade students with an interest in performing arts to participate in this year's McLean Kids Summer Theater Workshop. The workshop will take place Monday through Friday, June 23- July 11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. The workshop costs $455 for McLean residents, $525 for non-residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit

Natasha Touron Levy and Laura Rodriguez of Oakton High School are recipients of the Ronald McDonald House "Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources" Scholarship. The $2,000 awards will be presented on Thursday, June 5, at a ceremony at the O'Byrne Gallery of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

After 43 years of teaching, 27 of them dedicated to Flint Hill Elementary in Vienna, fifth-grade teacher Ginnie Sullivan is retiring. In appreciation for her service to Flint Hill, the PTA is hosting a reception on Wednesday, June 18, 7-9 p.m., in the Flint Hill Elementary School gymnasium. Desserts and refreshments will be served. All students, both former and present, parents, faculty and friends are welcome. Photographs and written tributes are needed for the memory book being created for the occasion. Entries can be placed in the box marked "Retirement" on the PTA credenza in the main office no later than June 4.

McLean High School will host a boys lacrosse camp, June 23-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., for students currently in seventh through eleventh grades. Both beginners and experienced players are welcome. The camp will be led by McLean High School coaches and college players. Each camper should provide his own equipment, lunch and water. For more information and registration forms, contact Bill Triplett at or 703-893-3062.

Nominees for the annual Cappies theater awards include these students and groups from neighboring schools:

Best Male Critic: Ryan Fischer, Langley High School; Best Critic Team: Langley High School; Best Sound Design: Mike Greene, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Lighting Design: Taylor Haight and Kevin Powell, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Set Design: Laura Bacon, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Costume Design: Christine Ryan, Denise Spain and Audrey Waple, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Makeup: Sammi Ashwell, Laura Kviklys and Lisa Kviklys, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Props and Effects: Nick Brown and Heather Mella, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Stage Crew: Cayley Carroll, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Orchestra: Jazz Band, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Female Dancer: Elena Coyle, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Comic Actor in a Play: Paul Baumbusch, McLean High School, "The Man Who Came to Dinner"; Best Comic Actress in a Play: Gillian Horvat, McLean High School, "The Man Who Came to Dinner"; Best Comic Actor in a Musical: Adam Clark, Flint Hill Secondary School, "My Fair Lady"; Best Lead Actor in a Play, Marshall Finch, McLean High School, "The Man Who Came to Dinner"; Best Lead Actress in a Play: Erin Hallagan, McLean High School, "The Man Who Came to Dinner"; Best Lead Actor in a Musical: A.J. Cook, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Lead Actress in a Musical: Kasey Dailey, Madison High School, "Chicago"; Best Song: "We Both Reached for the Gun," Madison High School, "Chicago."

The final results for the Cappies Awards will be announced at a ceremony on June 8.

So Yeong Park of Oakton High School in Vienna won the grand prize in the Virginia high-school division of Metro's annual student poster contest. The transit agency announced the winners of the contest at a reception for the student artists and their parents and teachers on Friday, May 16, at Metro Headquarters. This year's theme was "Metro 2020: Vision of the Future Metrobus and Metrorail."

The Northern Virginia Friends School (NVFS) has chosen Barbara Wile of Vienna as its director. Wile has spent three years on the NVFS board and holds degrees in both education and communication from Northwestern University. She has more than 20 years of experience in education, including previous employment at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and at Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C. The Northern Virginia Friends School is located on the campus of the Unity of Fairfax Church of the Daily Word. The school will open in September 2003 and hopes to have 30 students in pre-K through third grade, eventually growing through sixth grade. Open houses for NVFS will continue throughout the spring and summer. The Northern Virginia Friends School information line is 703-281-NVFS, and the Web site can be found on

Glories Happy Hats, an organization that organizes community service programs in which young people make hats for hospitalized children who have lost their hair due to illness, has 32 area children to thank for their contributions. These children received the President's Student Service Award at a ceremony on May 20 at the Old Firehouse Teen Center, McLean. To qualify for a gold pin, students donated at least 100 hours of service to the project in a 12-month period. To qualify for a silver pin, students donated at least 50 hours of service.

Gold pin recipients include Mantua Elementary School student Aurelia Khorsand; Oakton High School students Juangjoo Rabec and Huangjoo Rabec.

Silver pin recipients include Longfellow Middle School students Monica Augustenborg, Nataya Cadogen, Maria Cambone, Sara Fischer, Claire Garbak, Nader Gheblayi, Douglas Goldstein, Michelle Lavenuta, Ashley Moy, Neha Raparla, Rapee Sancho, Thomas Vari and Kelly Wroblewski; Cooper Middle School students Sal Capitano, John Endean, Alex Mitchell, Claude Murphy, Dan Segal and Yuko Shannon; Luther Jackson Middle School student Daniel Livengood; and Pine Spring Elementary School students David Livengood and Gregory Fleck.

The Great Falls Woman's Club, in partnership with Great Falls Elementary School, recently celebrated its 21st Poetry Awards Contest to demonstrate the mutual support of a commitment to poetry and the language arts while enhancing the children's creative process. Joanna Schilling, the school's reading specialist, coordinated the contest. All students in third through sixth grades were eligible to enter and compete for the cash prizes and grand prize. Winners were invited to receive their awards at a luncheon at the Riverbend Country Club.

Award-winners in attendance included Alexis Unwalla, grade three, first place; Max Mullen, grade three, second place; Jamie Mulligan, grade three, third place; Grace Fremuth, grade four, first place; Casey Malone, grade four, second place; Virginia Lee, grade five, first place; Lillian Chreky, grade five, second place; J.P. Buterbaugh, grade five, third place; Jackie Hugger, grade six, first place. Elain Xu, grade six, second place; and Armin Muhbanoozadeh, grade six, third place. Jackie Hugger also won the grand prize.

The Langley School Summer Studio and Starshine Theater Drama Camp will present "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn." Written and directed by Patricia Budwig, this completely new adaptation will be produced as a two-week drama camp for a cast of boys and girls 7-15. The camp will begin on July 7 and run through July 18 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Langley School, 1411 Balls Hill Road in McLean, with performances on Saturday, July 19.

Members of the cast will also have the unique opportunity to record their vocals onto the professional musical CD soundtrack. Those with dance/action interests will be included in a variety of choreographed scenes. The script also provides a speaking character role for each student in the play. For more information, call Patricia Budwig, director, at 703-790-9050, or e-mail