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May 18, 2016 Media Tips

In honor of Earth Day, students at Colin Powell Elementary are taking part in a collection of plastic bottle caps through May 19.   This Earth Day initiative, launched by the PTA, is  supported by fifth grade student Victoria, who is a National American Miss Virginia State Ambassador. With a goal of collecting 400 pounds of plastic caps, the collection is designed to inspire people to make a change for a better planet by fighting pollution and recognizing the things people do that cause harm to the environment.  The caps will be exchanged for a bench made from plastic bottle caps for the school playground.  Students may also volunteer to be part of the quality control team to inspect the donations, ensuring that no metal caps are mixed in with the plastic caps. Contact principal Linda Clifford at 571-522-6000 or or event liaison Adel Felder at

Deer Park Elementary will hold its annual spring cleanup on Friday, May 20, beginning at 3:30 p.m. This annual event includes a number of beautification and maintenance projects for the school grounds and surrounding areas. Already this year, the school has received a new playground and there are plans for installation of a stone dust track. There will also be a number of native dogwood and redbud trees professionally planted around the playground. On the agenda for Friday are mulching, planting, weeding, bush and tree trimming, and trash removal. Volunteers from Stone Middle plan to pitch in to earn service hours alongside alumni, staff members, parents, and members of the community. Contact principal Carol Larsen at 703-802-5000 or or event liaison Robin Mentzer at

The Herndon High Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) held its spring awards ceremony and recognized a number of cadets for their hard work and accomplishments. Cadets Lana Truese and Gloria Lazo were awarded NJROTC Area 5 Cadet Achievement Awards. Truese was also awarded a medal from the Sons of the American Revolution and a medal from the Reserve Officer’s Association; Lazo was also awarded a medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Cadets Daniel Jones and Moran Qiu both received a certificate from the Surface Navy Association for demonstrating honor, courage, and commitment (Navy core values) during the year. The cadets executed a military-style change of command in which rising juniors relieved the current leadership of the Corps of Cadets of their responsibilities for the unit.  After the seniors were officially relieved, the cadets marched to military music and conducted a Pass in Review Salute to the outgoing seniors.   Finally, in the long tradition of the Navy, the outgoing leaders were piped ashore through a set of “Cadet Side Boys and Cadet Bosun” to symbolize their departure from the Corps of Cadets.   Contact principal William Bates at 703-810-2200 or or event liaison Dave Adler at


The cadet color guard from Herndon High Navy Junior ROTC presented and retired the colors at the reunion of the USS Gearing.   In October 1962 Gearing took part in the American naval blockade of Cuba in response to Cuban missile crisis, and was the first to intercept a Soviet vessel. After diplomatic negotiations ended this crisis, Gearing returned to port  and, through the remainder of 1962, she continued operations in the Atlantic.  The former crew of Gearing meet annually to renew old friendships and recall their days at sea.  Adm. Vern Clark, one of the former lieutenants went on to become a four-star admiral and the Chief of Naval Operations, was on hand for the reunion and spoke to the cadets about their service in JROTC.   Contact principal William Bates at 703-810-2200 or or event liaison Dave Adler at


Team Kosmos, a group of five students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) and Westfield High, placed first in the 2016 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, a multi-phase, business plan competition that promotes contextual learning, 21st century skills, education, innovation and entrepreneurship; and fosters students’ abilities to apply these skills to create a sustainable world for this and future generations. Team members Rahul Rajan, Kavya Kopparapu, Alex Peng, Justin Zhang of TJHSST and Naman Singh of Westfield High placed first in the secondary Cyber Technology and Security category for their project MediKey and were named Pete Conrad Scholars. Founded in 2008 by Nancy Conrad, the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge honors her late husband, naval aviator and astronaut, Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr.’s passion for education, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Team Kosmos has also been invited to present their project at the American Society for Engineering Education conference in New Orleans in June.  Contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.


Fairfax Academy students Daniel and Isaac Harris were recently interviewed for a weekly segment on The Prep Zone, a local TV show and product of Rebel Run Sports & Entertainment. These two young men are athletes at Fairfax High, twin brothers, students in the professional television production class at the Academy, and both have committed to playing college basketball together next year at Newberry College in South Carolina. Both Daniel and Isaac have developed career goals at Fairfax Academy of working in film and television and sports media after college graduation.  The Prep Zone features stories on local high school sports; interviews with athletes, coaches, and athletic directors; and film segments with local sport highlights and information.  The segment highlighting Daniel and Isaac is currently featured on Rebel Run’s website, and may air on the The Prep Zone in the near future. Contact academy administrator Diego Wilson at 703-219-2226 or or news liaison Erin Bloom at

Lake Braddock Secondary’s Robotics team, composed of sophomores Roger Clanton, David Desrochers, Paul Han, and Amanda Nguyen, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) sophomores Sam Bove and Antono Zaman, designed and built a competition robot that made it all the way to the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in St Louis.  The team, known as The Blockheads, won the overall best team award at their first Virginia qualifier in December 2015, then won best robot design at the Virginia state championships.  Team members followed those wins with a runner-up Control Award at the East Super Regionals, which earned them a slot at the World Championship in late April.  At the World Championship, they finished with a winning record and placed 18 of 64 teams in their division.  Their robot was unique in that it was almost entirely made of 3-D printed parts and was very colorful, like their team T-shirts. Of the more than 5,300 teams that started the season, only 128 qualified for Worlds. Contact principal Dave Thomas at 703-426-1000 or or news liaison Laura Waterman at

Silverbrook Elementary second grade student Violet won her own college savings account after participating in Reading Makes Cent$, a statewide reading program for students in grades K-3 that focuses on personal finance concepts. Through this program, students learned important SOL lessons regarding scarcity, choices, the value of work, and the importance of saving. In designated library sessions, students were read selected books and participated in discussions designed to teach a core concept. They were encouraged to supplement the library lessons by reading five books on their own. Each child who submitted a completed Reading Makes Cent$ challenge log was entered into a drawing for a Virginia529 inVEST college savings account. Violet now has a college account with $529 for winning the drawing. Contact principal Melaney Mackin at 703-690-5100 or or news liaison Mary Anne Haskins at



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May 18, 2016