Media Tips are listed in chronological order. May 22, 2013
Oakton High will offer sports physicals for student athletes on Wednesday, May 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A successfully-completed physical will be good for all sports and out-of-season practices, including weight room workouts, for the 2013-14 school year. Sports physical examinations are required for students who want to participate in athletic events, after-school athletic events, or team sports. This event is a fundraiser for the Oakton High athletic training program; funds will go to support the athletes at Oakton High. Registration, which can be completed online, is $50. A schedule for pre-participation athletic screenings at all FCPS high schools is also available online. There is a new Virginia High School League sports physical form for the 2013-14 school year that can be found online. Contact event liaison Paul Rupp at email@example.com.
Culture takes center stage at Rocky Run Middle on Friday, May 31, beginning at 4 p.m. as the school celebrates its third annual International Night. Members of the school community will participate in and watch performances, including dancing, vocal music, and instrumental music. The evening will offer an opportunity to sample special foods from other countries and watch a fashion show featuring an array of clothing from around the world. Contact principal Matt Eline at 703-802-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or event liaison Christianna Carreno at email@example.com.
Two teams of students from Halley Elementary, under the guidance of teacher Jennifer Weis, recently competed in the Virginia Future Problem Solvers competition. The sixth grade team—made up of Lauren Ardrey, Abbie Glaser, Zach Martin, and Tyler Phillips—won its division, earning a first place award for their skit and a second place award in the writing portion of the competition. Fifth grade team members Rachel Choi, An Lo, Edwin Olvera-Villatoro, and Bailey Phillips placed third in the skit competition and fourth in the writing portion. The sixth grade team has been invited to compete at the International Future Problem Solvers Bowl in June at Indiana University. Contact principal Jamey Chianetta at 703-551-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or news liaison Connie Bucci at email@example.com.
Herndon Elementary teachers Jaime Graham and Susie Doak have been named winners of the Herndon Optimist Award at their school by the Optimist Club of Herndon. Doak serves as lead mentor for new teachers and those transitioning to Herndon Elementary. She keeps in touch with former students to support them as they move through the grades. Graham sponsors the school’s Girls on the Run team, supports the GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) club, and has served as the teacher representative on the PTA executive board. During the 2013-14 school year, Graham will serve as PTA vice president of volunteers. Contact principal Ann Gwynn at 703-326-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org or news liaison Kelly Horne at email@example.com.
South Lakes High senior Suli Dainkeh has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year. The award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement, and exemplary character both on and off the field. Dainkeh, who plays on the South Lakes soccer team as a defensive midfielder, led his team to a 12-1 season record and the Liberty District championship. Dainkeh scored three goals and had one assist during the regular season and anchored a defense that allowed just six goals. He was a 2012 Washington Post first team All-Met selection and, as a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Men’s National Team, represented the U.S. during competition in the Netherlands this year. Dainkeh maintains a B average and has volunteered as a mentor and soccer coach for younger students. He will play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Maryland next year. Contact event liaison Linda Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mojib Ghaznawi, a senior at Stuart High, received a certificate of accomplishment from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations national awards program. Ghaznawi created Programa Cultura, an event to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and promote diversity through Latino poetry, dance, and other cultural activities. The program “gave him the opportunity to teach other students that race is not an obstacle to achieve our goals,” wrote teacher Maria Neag in her letter of support. Ghaznawi is an active member of the Afghan Academy at the Mustafa Center in Annandale through teaching, tutoring, and other events. He plans to attend George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs next year. Contact principal Prosperanta Calhoun at 703-824-3900 or email@example.com .
Twelve FCPS students have been named winners of scholarships by the Northern Virginia Athletic Directors, Administrators, and Coaches Association (NVADACA). Each of the recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship; awards will be presented at the organization’s annual scholarship awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. Winners are Drew Bonner of Fairfax High; Alyssa Harrison, Alexandra Hunter, and Megan Moody of Lake Braddock Secondary; Sophia Kim of Lee High; Kelsey Ross of Madison High; Caitlin Jaeckel and Elizabeth Lowery of Stuart High; Ji Kim and Patrick O’Connor of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; and Andrew Chang and Laura Dunn of Woodson High. Contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.
May 22, 2013