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Eleven Fairfax County musicians are winners of the Washington Performing Arts Societyĺs 41st annual Joseph and Goldie Feder String Competition, which took place March 23 and 24 at the University of the District of Columbia.

The competition allows aspiring, local string musicians in grades six through 12 to earn cash scholarships, music lessons and tuition remission to prominent summer music festivals.

Seventy students from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. participated in this yearĺs competition. The judges for violin and viola were Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez. Vasily Popov judged cello and bass.

These are the Fairfax County winners:

čTutorial Study Winner, $600 to be used for instruction on her instrument: Linda Lin, violin, Floris Elementary School;

čAspiring, Violin/Viola, $175 first prize: Lin; $50 third prize: Grace Sambora, Flint Hill School;

čAspiring, Cello/Bass, $50 third prize: Gabrielle Li, Floris;

čIntermediate, Violin/Viola, $150 second prize: Mabelle Young-Eun Park, Westbriar Elementary; $50 honorable mention: Sarah Slate, Hunters Woods Elementary School for Arts and Sciences;

čIntermediate, Cello/Bass, $150 second prize: Seungha Lee, Lake Braddock Secondary School.

čAdvanced, Violin/Viola, $50 honorable mention: Shankar Balasubramanian, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Jackie Lin, Centreville High School; and Fedor Ouspensky, South Lakes High School;

čAdvanced, Cello/Bass, $350 first prize: Jungwook Choo, Thomas Jefferson; $150 third prize: Didi Park, Thomas Jefferson.

The winners will receive their awards April 13 at the Washington Conservatory of Music in Bethesda, Md.

The Feder competition has enriched the lives of young musicians more than 40 years. The awards are funded, in part, by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts.

Herndon Scouts tutor for Silver

Cadettes from Herndon Girl Scout Troop 1372, looking for ways to earn their Silver Award, developed a tutoring service — Rocket Learning — 18 months ago. The girls have been tutoring kindergarteners through fifth-graders in math and English, using educational games and worksheets.

The Cadettes — Becca Goughnour, Cassidy Thompson, Haley Disinger, Jasmine King, Katherine Kelly, Makayla Jackson, Rini Sarkhel and Sarah Otih — also help students with their homework. Most of the studentsĺ parents are enrolled in the English as a Second Language program at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

The girls have been tutoring their students for two hours on Mondays evenings, even during the summer. Scouts must devote 50 hours to a project to qualify for the Silver Award.

Military salutesAir Force Capt. Jason Jarecke has arrived for duty as a health facilities officer architect assigned to the Air Force Medical Support Agency at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Jarecke, son of Robert Jarecke of Alexandria and Linda Dewey of Eagle, Neb., received a bachelorĺs degree in 1992 from St. Johns University in Collegeville, Minn. He also earned a masterĺs degree in 2005 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Amos Yi has enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Virginia Military Institute. Upon graduation and completion of ROTC military science courses at VMI, he will receive a bachelor's degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Yi, son of John and Hee Yi of Springfield, is a 2010 graduate of West Springfield High School.

AYPO application deadline

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra accepts musicians as old as 21 on strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and harp. Applicants should have at least two years of experience on the instrument and be enrolled in private lessons. AYPO accepts applicants based on musical ability.

Full and partial scholarships are available.

Applicants should check the AYPO website for audition requirements, excerpts and schedule. Applicants will be notified by email 10 days prior to the audition date as to the specific time for his or her audition, as well as the location and directions.

Complete and submit the application with a nonrefundable $40 fee by Monday. For more, call 703-642-8052, email or visit

McLean teen award application deadline

Nominations are being accepted for the annual McLean Citizens Association Teen Character Awards. To be eligible to apply for these awards, students must live

čIn McLean ZIP codes 22101 or 22102, or

čIn a neighborhood that feeds into McLean or Langley high schools, or,

čIn an area served by the MCA.

This award recognizes ages 13 to 19 with exceptional ethical and compassionate character who have "contributed significantly to the welfare of a family or community member and who inspire other teenagers to demonstrate exemplary behavior toward their families and neighbors."

Nomination forms are available at the McLean Community Center and at McLean-area middle and high schools. They also can be downloaded at Nominations are due by April 21.

Herndon Fortnightly scholarship deadline

The Herndon Fortnightly Club is accepting applications for one-year scholarships to individuals living in the greater Herndon area. Past recipients of Fortnightly scholarships are not eligible.

Candidates should be accepted for entrance or enrolled in an educational institution before applying. Qualifying coursework includes under-graduate college level, post graduate, continuing education and coursework required for re-entering the work force.

Candidates should write a one-page letter, without attachments, explaining why the scholarship is needed; what career goals are being pursued; and what academic institution has or will provide acceptance. Also included should be comments relating to activities, community service and academic standing.

The letter with the applicantĺs name, address and phone number should be sent to Scholarships, c/o The Herndon Fortnightly Club, P.O. Box 55, Herndon, VA20172-0055. Application letters must be received by May 24.