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A new head of school, Falls Church native Elinor Scully, is helping The Langley School in McLean launch the 2013-2014 academic year.

Scully assumed her role July 1, following the retirement of Doris Cottam, who served as head of school for 13 years.

With more than 20 years of classroom and administrative experience in independent schools — and a national reputation in the field of childhood and adolescent development — Scully brings a wealth of knowledge to what she calls “the school’s powerful sense of community and its clearly defined mission.”

“Many schools will say they are committed to educating the whole child … but they don’t always put the concept into practice,” she said. “At Langley, the core values and the mission are centrally integrated in a way that’s very genuine and palpable.”

For the past three years, Scully served as associate head of National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. For five years prior to that appointment, she served as NCS’ Upper School director and assistant head.

Scully began her education career in 1991 at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria as a health and human sexuality teacher. During her 13-year tenure at the school, she moved into administration as the associate head of the Upper School.

Scully attended Falls Church City public schools and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with more than 40 independent schools on a range of topics, including gender issues, health and sexuality, adolescent development and parent education.

“Elinor’s credentials are impressive; however, the board was most impressed by her passion, her vision and her adaptability as an educator,” says Jamie Baker, Langley’s Board chair. “She is … a trendsetter, but not a trend-chaser.”

Founded in 1942, The Langley School is an independent coed day school educating more than 490 students in preschool through eighth grade.

220 in running for prestigious scholarships

Fairfax County’s 17 public high schools have produced 220 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2014, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $35 million, to be awarded in the spring.

• Centreville: Connor Mitchell

• Chantilly: Prudvi Arabandi, Julie Estrada, Kays Ishaq, Megan Lieu, Pragati Rohra and Andrew Wang

• Fairfax: Thomas Burke and Bryce Gentry

• Herndon: Michael Chen, Emily Schaal, Jefferson Sheron and Tae-Jung Yang

• Langley: John Baird, Anna Cox, Jason Cui, Benjamin Espey, Jessica Ji, Olivia Lynch, Harrison Nam, Rebecca Oh, Nathaniel Speiser, Catherine Sununu, Leah Surratt, Katherine Tan and Stephen Tung

• Madison: Nicholas Brady, Kelly Briggs, Matthew Cohen, Timothy Davison, Dominick Giovanniello, Kelsey Reardon, Ethan Rogers, Prateesh Sharma and Timothy Sheridan

• Marshall: Annika Dirkse, William Ferrer, Sophia Fleshman, Celia Islam, Jonathan Leidenheimer, Peter Marr and Stephen Mills

• McLean: Adam Barth, Samuel Clayton and Elena Kagan

• Oakton: Paul Burke, Monica Hanratty, Taseen Haque, Ankit Jain, Shinar Jain, Ian Johnson, Hannah Kang, Victoria Marquis, Ajay Mehta, Aditya Narayan, Hayes Parker-Kepchar, Rhea Singh, Christopher Suh, Grace Wagner and Evelyn Wang

• Robinson: Megan Pearson

• South County: Rebecca Martin

• South Lakes: Laura Ferraro, Madeleine King, Yatian Li, Abigail Reinhold and Chiara Sauvage

• Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: Sooraj Achar, Kyle Alexander, You Na An, Nadege Aoki, Sreenath Are, William Ashe, Rohan Banerjee, Ashwin Basana, Eric Bo, William Bradbury, Andreas Butler, Daniel Carballo, Anthony Carrington, Arno Chang, Aditya Chaudhry, Christopher Chen, Edward Chung, Brian Clark, Jonathan Colen, Niharika Dar, Kunal Debroy, Jayanth Devanathan, Christian Doan, Cameron Ewell, Adam Friedman, Nikhil Garg, Emma Gee, Caleb Goertel, Jordan Goodson, Nikhil Gopalan, Owen Gray, Lily Gu, Arvind Gupta, Nikhil Gupta, Kenneth Hau, Bryan Higgins, Owen Hoffman, Mira Holford, Elizabeth Huang, Jocelyn Huang, Shayna Hume, Iris Hyon, Rachel Iwicki, Arjun Iyer, Liesl Jaeger, Aseem Jain, Varun Jain, Krishnaprasa Jayaraj, Ryan Jian, Nicholas Jones, Tina Ju, Abraham Kang, Anand Kapadia, Yana Kaplun, Ah Hyun Kim, Caitlin Kim, Daven Kim, Ellen Kim, Julie Kim, Sindhura Kolachana, Luke Kuprenas, Rachel Laveson, Jonathan Lee, Ryan Lee, Veronica Lee, Eric Levonian, Alexander Li, Andrea Li, Anne Li, Victoria Li, Rena Liu, Sienna Lotenberg, Thomas Lunn, Rahul Majumdar, Sayed Malawi, Soumya Mishra, Kinsey Moser, Caroline Murton, Meena Nayagam, Christine Nguyen, Anwar Omeish, Everi Osofsky, Carolyn Ours, Nathan Ouyang, Andrew Pan, Christin Park, Connor Phillips, Hannah Pho, Rohan Punnoose, Sarah Quettawala, Erika Rashka, Madeline Reinsel, Adam Reiss, Ivy Ren, Cheyanne Rivera, Simran Rohatgi, Samuel Rohrer, Bradley Rosenblum, Timothy Ruiter, Daniel Sainati, Emily Schnieder, Ji Sung Seo, Priya Shankar, Somya Shankar, Jessica Shen, Tyler Shepherd, Martha Shields, Michelle Shiu, James Simon, Chandan Singh, David Soukup, Snigdha Srivastava, Jonathan Stewart, James Sullivan, Wen Sun, Nisha Swarup, Vishal Talasani, Lucia Tian, Jonathan Towne, Joseph Valery, Robert Wang, Alexander Wood-Thomas, William Woodruff, Karen Xia, Victoria Xia, Tony Xiao, Haitian Xie, Alexander Xu, Jennifer Yin, Robert Young, Emily Zhou and Rachel Zoll

• Westfield: Gregory Colella, Benjamin Potts, Brandon Sanchez, Michael Sander and Elise Yang

• West Potomac: Eric Hardee and James Nugent

• West Springfield: Thomas Garcia, Kelly Giddens and John Lakwijk

• Woodson: Isabella Brahm, Dylan Burke, Bryan Chen, Elli Cryan, Chia Lee, Nikhil Mathur, Jared McFarlane, Ryan McKeown, Elizabeth Planert, Peter Wilson and Chloe Yun.

About 16,000 students were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2014, representing less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors.

Three types of awards will be offered: National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships.

Container Store opens in Reston

The Container Store, a leading retailer of storage and organization products, opens in Reston Sept. 21 at 1851 Fountain Drive, north of Reston Town Center.

The grand opening is set for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, with prizes given away every hour on the hour. The Container Store also will donate 10 percent of the weekend’s sales to Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith).

The retailer, ranked as one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” has two other stores in Virginia: one in Arlington, and one in Tysons Corner. The Reston store will employ about 35 workers.

Curry Mantra 3 now serving Vienna

Asad Sheikh, owner of Zagat-rated Indian restaurants Curry Mantra 1 and Curry Mantra 2, has opened Curry Mantra 3, at 262H Cedar Lane SE in Vienna.

“The Seven Wonders of Curry Mantra 3” is the new restaurant’s theme, with a menu and décor that highlight seven different Festivals of India, according to Sheikh, who was born and raised in Bombay. Each of his three restaurants has its own décor and dishes to offer patrons a variety of dining experiences.

Curry Mantra 3 is open daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Weekend brunch is offered from noon to 3 p.m. For more, visit www.currymantra3.com.

High school reunions

Langley High School Class of 1993 celebrates its 20th Annual Reunion Weekend Oct. 11-13, with a homecoming game, all-alumni party at The Old Brogue in Great Falls, dinner at George of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and family brunch. For information, visit www.langley1993.com/3/events.htm or sign onto www.facebook.com/groups/LHS9320yrReunion. For tickets, visit www.langley1993.com/3/online_payment.htm.

The Northwood High School Class of 1963 in Silver Spring, Md., celebrates its 50th Reunion Oct. 11-13 at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel and Resort. Contact Maureen Osheroff Novak at 302-388-4404 or grammymo13@comcast.net.