Schools Notes

Schools Notes

Send your announcement to The Reston Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

Erin Anthony Wallace, 16, of Reston, has been awarded the Piano Guild USA Sonatina Medal. In the National Piano Playing Auditions 2004, Erin played five complete sonatinas from the Irl Allison Library, comprising 15 classical music pieces, all performed from memory. Erin has studied piano under the instruction of Richard Wilcox for three years. Erin is a rising junior at South Lakes High School, where he plays the melophone for the marching band and the French horn for the wind ensemble.

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has selected Genesis Ty, a graduating senior at South Lakes High School, as a winner of its 2004 Award of Achievement for academic excellence in accounting studies. Each year, the VSCPA recognizes top graduating accounting seniors from Virginia colleges, universities and high schools. The students are selected by accounting faculty at their respective schools. This year, 55 Virginia students were given the award.

The Department of Defense Education Activity office is accepting applications for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two high-school juniors or seniors from each state and the District of Columbia will be chosen to participate in a week-long immersion program, which introduces students to the functions of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate. Students will be selected for the program based solely on their outstanding ability and demonstrated qualities of leadership as elected or selected high-school student officers of the 2004-2005 school year. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is again making a $5,000 scholarship award available to each of the participating delegates. The foundation will also provide $1,000 to each state-level department of education to assist with the selection process. Interested students should contact their high school principal or Colleen Bryant at or 804-786-4640 by Sept. 22. Students may also visit the USSYP Web site at

Online and telephone registration is now open for the summer sessions at Northern Virginia Community College through the NovaConnect system. Classes begin June 28 for the second six-week session. To access NovaConnect, go to, and click on the NovaConnect icon. Call 703-257-6600 for more information.