Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Dance studio with locations in Brambleton and Leesburg offers scholarships for students in the arts at Broad Run and Dominion.
During dance studio Bella Ballerina’s spring recital at Broad Run High School, owner Natalie Perkins awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Loudoun students for their work in the arts. The following information was provided by Bella Ballerina about the recipients: Katherine Cowan is a senior at Broad Run High School, where her main interest is theater. She’s the stage manager and head of tech theater for her school plays, and has been assistant director, set designer and actor. Kiki is an elected member of the Theater Council and is captain of the improvisation troupe Humorous Diversion. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been recognized as Student of the Month. For the past seven years, Kiki has been a member of the …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Show your appreciation for teachers on Patch.
Most adults can credit their work ethic and career choices to teachers who inspired them. Tuesday marks National Teacher Day, which is sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage people to recognize and thank their favorite teachers, past and present. Nonprofit organiztion Kars4Kids recently surveyed 1,000 American adults to measure how teachers impacted adults and ways adults have expressed their appreciation. The survey found the following: In recognition of National Teacher Day, we want to know about your favorite educator. Whether it was your band teacher who encouraged you to continue studying the trombone, or a literature professor who fostered your love for Jane Austen, tell us about your favorite teacher in the …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Several students from Ashburn and Leesburg high schools were among those who performed at event in Harrisonburg.
Twenty-three Loudoun County Public School band students were selected for the 2013 Virginia All-State Band and Orchestra, a group of top band students across the state. Students recently performed at an event in Harrisonburg, VA, hosted by the Virginia Music Educators Association. Students were selected through auditions held at James Madison University, according to a press release from LCPS. Students selected from LCPS:
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The NBA center’s announcement that he’s gay gets nods from Loudoun to White House.
Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has won much praise for his decision to publicly acknowledge that he’s gay, including from President Barack Obama and Equality Loudoun, a local LGBT advocacy group. “I was very impressed with Jason Collins' story in SI, really thoughtful and articulate,” said David Weintraub, a spokesman for Equality Loudoun. “I always think primarily about what these things mean for young people who feel they need to hide who they are, and who aren't sure they can have a future as that person. This is an enormously significant message for those kids.” Weintraub said he particularly like a line from the story, written by Collins with Franz Lidz, in which Collins wrote, "I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 16. Mark Wahlberg Visits: Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it." 15. Runner Pledges 30 Races: Arlington resident Lauren Bailey is halfway through a personal challenge that has been daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Plus, Iguana models, cell towers in disguise, a Ladybug exodus and two birds ask, "Who cooks for you?"
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Drivers at the Lake Ridge commuter lot near Interstate 95 saw more than the road crews and heavy machinery that have become standard commute scenery. Prince William County Police arrested a man April 19 when they found him dancing naked on the hood of his car. Without question, you should surrender to authorities when police have identified you as the suspect in a grand-larceny case. But we feel compelled to caution suspects about checking their pockets after a 27-year-old Annandale man turned himself in. Police in Falls Church say they …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Sophomore Austin Wright’s insight on tackling income disparity proved worthy of the prize.
Stone Bridge High School sophomore Austin Wright’s essay on income disparity has landed him a $10,000 scholarship and his school a $6,000 grant. Wright was selected as the prize winner by Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. Additionally, Stone Bridge High School won the Virginia award for having the most eligible applicants for a fourth time. The essay competition has been part of the Business and Information Technology classes at Stone Bridge for the past five years. “Our department has worked very hard to coordinate this project and challenge all of our business students as well as to teach them how to utilize their parents for support,” said business teacher David Palanzi in a press release. “I am very proud of the hard work and …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Brambleton appears to be primary community that will be split between high schools; most kept whole.
The Loudoun County School Board voted 7-2 Tuesday night to adopt a slightly altered version of one of several boundary maps under consideration for Ashburn and Dulles North. The final plan kept most communities together at one high school, with the exception of Brambleton, which will be divided at Ryan Road. School board members said the plan moved the fewest students of the plans under consideration. Brambleton students living north of Ryan Road will continue to attend Briar Woods along with students from Broadlands, while those south of Ryan Road will attend the as-yet-unnamed high school planned in Loudoun Valley Estates. The board did not decide whether to permit a grandfathering clause for current students. Board members Jill Turgeon…
The Broad Run performers excelled in their respective classes to take the top prizes.
Wednesday, April 24
The Broad Run Indoor Drum Line and Winter Guard grabbed two gold medals at the Atlantic Indoor Association Championships in Raleigh, NC, earlier this month. Competing against units from Virginia and North Carolina, each won First Place Champions in their respective classes. The IDL vied against 20 other schools in the Percussion Scholastic A Group and won its gold medal for its “Ballistic” show with a score of 90.1. The Guard, meanwhile, won its gold medal with its “Hope” show, topping 29 other units in the Scholastic 2 A Group with a score of 77.945. Broad Run Band Director Bram Smith called it an “amazing” and “incredible” experience for both groups, according to information provided from the band boosters. Smith said the students …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The National Conference Center entertained students with animals and botanical lessons.
Tuesday, April 23
The National Conference Center provided Earth Day entertainment for Belmont Ridge Middle School students Monday. NCC’s farm partner, David Lay, of Linda’s Mercantile & Farm Market, helped students from Belmont Ridge plant vegetables in the school’s garden. David furnishes NCC’s Executive Chef Craig Mason with fresh produce throughout the year as part of NCC’s fresh and local initiative and sustainability program. In turn, NCC furnishes Farmer Dave with cooking oil to run his tractors and greenhouses. Blue Ridge Wildlife Center also showcased some of the animals they have rescued including an owl, a skunk and a hawk. Loudoun County’s Green Business Challenge award winners, Southland Industries showed off cars that have the cleanest …