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Cascades Blog: Eastern Loudoun’s award-winning educators, students

Five eastern Loudoun teachers were named finalists in the Loudoun County Teacher of the Year award program: Denise Corbo (Horizon/Steuart Weller Elementary Schools), Karen Duvel (River Bend Middle School), Janette Johnson (Sterling Middle School), Darielle Timothy (Sugarland Elementary) and Melinda Windsor (Guilford Elementary). They were recognized at the Loudoun County Education Foundation Outstanding Teacher Recognition Dinner on April 28 at Belmont Country Club.

Silver medalist: Madelyn DeCarli, a sophomore at Potomac Falls High School, earned a silver medal in the photography category of the National Scholastic Art Competition. She received the recognition for a work titled “Nine Lives Under the Stars.” Her art teacher is Elizabeth Chodrow.

All-Virginia Chorus: Six eastern Loudoun high school students earned auditioned spots in the All-Virginia Chorus, a performing ensemble sponsored by the Virginia Music Educators Association. Five of the students are from Dominion High School: Kathryn Allen, Emma Karren, Eli Pafumi and Madeleine Shimazaki. Julia MacGoy represented Potomac Falls High School in the chorus. The ensemble performed in late April at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.

Middle school chorus: Four eastern Loudoun middle school students were selected for the American Choral Directors Association Middle School Honors Chorus. Three of the students are from River Bend Middle School: John Aslanes, Riley Freck and Trisha Thatai. Xavia Hahn of Seneca Ridge Middle School also was selected for the chorus. The ensemble performed recently at Blacksburg High School and the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.

Shred-a-thon: CountrySide, Cascades and Great Falls Chase are holding a free paper-shredding event at CountrySide’s Parkway Pool on May 20 from 9 a.m. until noon. A maximum of five boxes of material for shredding is permitted for each vehicle. Binder clips must be removed before shredding. Paper clips and staples can remain on the items to be shredded. Plastic materials, binders and x-rays cannot be shredded.
Bring the family: The Sterling Ballet Company presents “Wolves,” a family-friendly ballet, at Dominion High School on May 20. The show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or online at sterlingballet.com. For information, call 703-430-1001.

Help wanted: Titan Pool Service is hiring for all positions to staff the CountrySide pools. Lifeguard applicants must be at least 16 years old and must be, or must become, lifeguard certified. Assistant managers and managers must also have a pool operator’s license and at least three years of experience. Training is available. Information is online at titanpools.com.

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