Sixty-six students from Fairfax County public high schools have been chosen for the Virginia All-State Chorus for 2013.
Another 42 students were named as alternates to the chorus.
The singers, selected through statewide auditions, will perform as a group April 27 at Hanover High School in Mechanicsburg. The Virginia Choral Directors Association sponsors the weekend, which allows students to study and perform under the direction of master teachers and conductors.
The following students are members, or alternates, of the 2013 Virginia All-State Chorus.
Annandale High School: Katerina Magiafas, Katherine Mock, Paula Naanou, Stephen Oakes and Andy Riddle, and alternates Sarah Hatch, Susan Lin, Corey Snedgen, Mark Slough and Leila Soulen.
Centreville High School: Taylor DaCosta, Hailey Knapp, Lexi Moles and Luke Wilbur, and alternates Angel Seo and Nathanael Kim.
Chantilly High School: Amanda Mason.
Edison High School: McKenzie Sterner and alternates Caroline Caplen and Jimmy Portocarrero.
Fairfax High School: Alternates Emily Ennis and Howard Kim.
Falls Church High School: Rachel Murphy and alternate Alan Tao.
Hayfield Secondary School: Kelly Budge, Sonia Dermer, Erik Kovatch, Surya Srirangarajan, Gabi Stapula and Erica West, and alternates Jonathan Garcia and Sarah Labriny.
Herndon High School: Jessica Homet and Molly Nuss, and alternates Colin Curtis, Paul Morgan and Evelyn Powell.
Lake Braddock Secondary School: Georgia Cotter, Chrissy Hayden, Justus Johnson, Craig Moman, Aaron Reynolds, Jordan Rothwell and Bronte Thurgood.
Langley High School: Kathryn Bailey, Madeleine Chalk, Jack Flatley, Andrew Jones, Jesse Levine, Kushali Marwaha, Craig McKenzie, Alicia Melendez and Kathleen Welch, and alternates John Higgins, Ivy Kenton, Alfred Lam, Brian Niu and Ariana Tayebi.
Lee High School: Christie Cameron, Dominick Gilbert, Rayna Osorio and Preston Taylor, and alternate Brian Nguyen.
Madison High School: David Eaton, Erin Niklas and Jenna Robinson, and alternates Kate Fowler, Marissa Patrick and Elizabeth Peters.
Marshall High School: Isabel Gross.
Mount Vernon High School: Hannah Blanco and alternate Emily Whitworth.
Oakton High School: Thomas Hinds and Hailey Yook, and alternate Spencer Waters.
Robinson Secondary School: Austin Chang and Kayla Garcia-Neal, and alternates Brian Bui, Renee Colligan, Daniel Katleman and Grayson Kilgo.
South County High School: Katherine Spellman and alternate Angelique Gordon.
South Lakes High School: William Meinert and Amy Shomberg.
Stuart High School: Lilianna Harrison and alternates Raine Aide and Amine Mohcine.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: Hannah Pho.
West Potomac High School: Freddie Perez, Kathleen Poulin and Hans Carlo Riviera, and alternate James Nugent.
West Springfield High School: Carrie Wogaman and alternate Cindy Sparlin.
Westfield High School: Alternates James McAdoo and Emma Seiber.
Woodson High School: Rosalie Barry, Natalie Cardillo, Sarah Donnelly, Claire Everett, Josh Frakes, Nicholas Salvi, Isabella Valdes and Sanjana Venkatraman, and alternates Anne Guidry, Michael Niemann and Caitlin Taylor.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) invited 40 students from across the commonwealth to compete in Netwars — a hands-on, interactive learning environment used by the U.S. military — at the first-ever Virginia Governor’s Cup Cyber Challenge. The event took place March 2 and 3 at George Mason University in Fairfax.
Arlan Jaska, 17, from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, took first place. He won a $5,000 scholarship.
Chantilly Academy’s Anirudh Bagde, 16, took second place, winning at $3,000 scholarship.
Collin Berman, 18, also from TJHSST, placed third and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
The Cyber Aces Foundation, a Bethesda, Md.-based nonprofit working to develop a talented cybersecurity workforce, organized the state championship.
According to the foundation, a cybersecurity workforce is already in demand. Cyberattacks are increasing faster than technologists can counter them, with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warning of a “Cyber Pearl Harbor.”
“Similar to our shortage of fighter pilots at the start of World War II, now we have a critical shortage of skilled cyber defenders,” said Cyber Aces founder Alan Paller. “And like the pilot training programs of that era, Cyber Aces initiatives like this state championship are how we will create the specialists we need.”
More than 700 Virginia students completed a qualifying series of online tutorials and quizzes. The 40 participants were the top performers. The championship tested them in system hardening, packet analysis, digital forensics and vulnerability assessment.
After learning that merchants at the Vienna Shopping Center would be donating $1,000 to Kilmer Middle School, Principal Douglas Tyson challenged students to match the amount and give the funds to a local food bank.
The students raised $1,200. Kilmer plans to give $2,200 to the Vienna food bank.
“If we are really to impact our local communities, it is incumbent upon us to implant seeds of generosity, of thinking of others before self and of caring for those who have less,” Tyson said. “This donation gave us the perfect opportunity to encourage our students to match the generosity of Vienna Shopping Center and give back to our community.”
The original $1,000 was part of the shopping center’s Holiday Shopping Spree promotion, which included a $500 shopping spree drawing and a donation to a local school. Shopping spree winner Kim Engman of Vienna chose Kilmer as the recipient of the donation because her daughter had been a student there.
This is the 10th year the merchants of Vienna Shopping Center have donated funds to a local school. Previous recipients include James Madison High School, Thoreau Middle School, and Flint Hill, Wolftrap, Westbriar and Vienna elementary schools.
Vienna Shopping Center, at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Courthouse Road, is owned by The Vienna Shopping Center Limited Partnership and managed by The Rappaport Cos. of McLean.
A team from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has won the Group AAA Virginia High School League Scholastic Bowl Championship for 2013.
Team members Nadedge Aoiki, Sarah Eltinge, Raynor Kuang and Sid Verma defeated Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies in the finals, 245-175. This was the eleventh Scholastic Bowl championship for TJHSST.
The team from Robinson Secondary School finished in third place.
The late Louise Reeve Archer, a highly respected teacher and principal from Vienna, is one of eight women being recognized by the Library of Virginia as part of its 2013 Virginia Women in History program.
The annual program includes materials and learning activities tied to the Virginia Standards of Learning, as well as a traveling exhibition.
Archer inspired students through her dedication and commitment to their education at a Vienna school established in 1939 to serve black children. When Archer died in 1948, the school was named for her.
The 2013 Virginia Women in History program culminates March 28 with an evening program at the library in Richmond to recognize the honorees. Dominion is the program’s signature sponsor. To learn about the other honorees, visit www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/.