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Two small muses guided Oakton vocalist Sarah Jebian in the creation of her first album, “Love Songs and Lullabies.”

"My goal was to make an album that kids would enjoy listening to as well as their parents," said Jebian, mother of two young daughters. "While each song is so meaningful to me, I hope other moms and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles will connect as well. The music serves as a reminder to me about how much I love my daughters even on really bad days."

Jebian — a director, producer, choreographer and teacher of voice and dance — has a studio that serves performers ages 8 and older. She’s also the vocal coach and choreographer for the Dashboard Divas, a local singing trio.

Jebian overviewed hundreds of songs to select 10 that reflect her personal views of parenthood: love, fear, elation, exhaustion, and a bond that will last forever for the tiny people she has brought into this less-than-perfect world.

Selections include "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N’ Roses, "You Got It" by Roy Orbison, "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, "Baby Baby"/"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by Amy Grant, “Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder, and "I'll Stand By You"/"True Colors" by The Pretenders/Cyndi Lauper.

The album was produced by Marco Delmar, the Washington Area Music Association’s Producer of the Year for the past 12 years. The CD is available at, and

Jebian debuts “Love Songs and Lullabies” tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax.

Woodson student designs duck stamp

Ray Zhang of Fairfax, a senior at Woodson High School, was the Best of Show winner for Virginia in the Jr. Duck Stamp Art Competition, which took place in early April at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

The annual contest, designed for kindergarteners through high school students, is a program of the Federal Duck Stamp Office of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The winning artwork in the national competition will be made into a stamp, which will be sold for $5 to raise money for environment education and to support the stamp program.

Zhang, 17, has studied fine art for more than 12 years with Xing Art Studio. He previously took first place for his age group three times. To see his entry, visit

Trinity student wins Rotary essay contest

Ella Wood, a seventh-grader at Trinity School at Meadow View in Falls Church, received a $1,000 award as the first-place winner in an essay contest sponsored by District 7610 of Rotary Club International.

The essay topic was the Rotary Four-Way Test, created by Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. Now serving as the code of conduct among Rotarians worldwide, the test asks: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

District 7610 includes clubs in Charlottesville, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Fairfax Station museum gets new sign

A group of Boy Scouts led by Eagle Scout hopeful Edmund Sparrow replaced the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum's aging sign on the corner of Ox and Fairfax Station roads in March. Sparrow volunteered to replace the sign to fulfill his Eagle Scout requirement to carry out a community service project that would leave a lasting value.

A senior at Lake Braddock High School, Sparrow is a member of Troop 50, sponsored by the Men's Club of Holy Spirit Parish in Annandale. Tim Ryder is the Scoutmaster.

Scouts from the troop, Sparrow’s family and other volunteers, including Robinson High School shop teacher Steve Snyder, participated in the project. Snyder donated the baseboard material for the sign and carved it.

"We were delighted with Edmund Sparrow's choice of his Eagle project,” said Joan Rogers, Fairfax Station Museum Board president.

Student journalists write to win

Seven Fairfax students were cited for excellence in journalism in the 2012 Journalism Education Association Write-Off Contest, which took place recently at the JEA-National Scholastic Press Association spring convention in Seattle.

Earning a superior rating was Alexander Amico of West Potomac High School for Broadcast Commentary.

Earning excellent ratings were Anna Peck of West Potomac High School for Review Writing; Anna Jurkowski of West Potomac High School for Copy-Caption: Sports Yearbook; and Jack Wilson of West Potomac High School for Photo Story.

Earning honorable mentions were Samantha Cadd of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for Newswriting; Ellen Kan of TJ for Feature Writing; and Lily Chaw of TJ for Review Writing.

More than 1,400 students participated in the contest.

Teachers study art at Kennedy Center

Eighteen elementary school teachers with Fairfax County Public Schools have received certificates of study for their participation in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Changing Education Through the Arts program:

ŸBailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences: Catherine Giacomo, Megan McFadden, Stephen Miner, Indiana Obando, Rebecca Pietak, Christina Roehm and Marcela Zuniga

ŸBraddock: Deborah Loepere

ŸCanterbury Woods: Lisa Malcomb, Ashley Spalletta and Lauren Tredinnick

ŸFort Hunt: Gayla Kobialka

ŸGraham Road: Annie Infantino and Sima Patel

ŸHayfield: Phyllis Gron

ŸHybla Valley: Suzanne Parrish

ŸWaples Mill: Luann Hanley

ŸWoodburn Elementary School for the Fine and Communicative Arts: Heather Burt

Teachers in the CETA program participate in workshops led by artists and arts educators, learning how to integrate the arts in their teaching.

Military salutesAir Force Airmen Numan Rana, Alexander Konstantinov and Robert Lewis and Air Force Airmen 1st Class Joshua McDonald and Jose Luis Guerra graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Rana, son of Farah Rana of Alexandria, is a 2011 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School. Konstantinov, son of Elena Konstantinova Simpson of Alexandria, is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Lewis, son of Jill Lewis of Centreville, is a 2011 graduate of Westfield High School.

McDonald and Guerra earned distinction as an honor graduates. Son of Terri McDonald of Alexandria, McDonald is a 2006 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School.

Guerra, son of Luisito Guerra of Centreville, is a 2005 graduate of Potomac Senior High School in Dumfries. He earned an associate degree in 2008 from Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge.

Army Pvts. Collin Julian and Heather Vincent have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Julian, son of Arlow Julian of Clifton, is a 2011 graduate of Chantilly High School.

Vincent, granddaughter of Sulema Zerr of Grays River, Wash., is a 2011 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School.