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Cascades Blog: Top High School Scholars Honored

A total of 30 high school seniors representing Dominion and Potomac Falls high schools were recognized at the annual Excellence in Education Banquet held Dec. 10 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg. The banquet honored area high school students who ranked in the top five percent of their class academically during their first three years in high school, as well as those who were selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists or as National Hispanic Recognition Scholars.

The Dominion High School honorees are: Matthew Armstrong, Victor Corja, Nneka Ezera, Faduma Khalif, Kaitlyn Kutz, Allison Lane, Yanni Leondaridis, Pranavi Pallinti, Julia Pimentel, Catherine Renick, Kelvin Shen, Connor Smith, Daniel Soong, Emily Wajsgras, Brett Wells, Rebecca Williamson, Rena Wolinski and Emily Wong.

The Potomac Falls High School honorees are: Reem Al-Humadi, Shahira Ali, Ramin Avin, Christos Chen, Emily Clemm, Erica Collins, Kevin Cox, Tashfia Emdad, Lucy Greenman, Charlie Groscup, Sina Keramat, Isha Liu, Nicole Luz, Sanjay Parhi, Molly Pierro, Richard Robles, Joe Shangraw, Asha Silva, Smriti Simlot, Rohan Singh, Luc Teyssier and Claire Wang.

Innovative educator: Josh Ajima, Dominion High School instructional facilitator for technology, is the Virginia Society for Technology in Education 2017 Innovative Educator of the Year. Ajima received the award in recognition of his work in bringing makerspace technology into the classroom. His recent projects include designing a mobile makerspace cart for use in multiple classrooms, collaborating with a team of teachers on a successful grant application from the U.S. Department of Education for makerspace tools, and working in various capacities—fundraising, installing technology and providing training—on a project that helps students use real-world technology tools to solve challenging problems.

Holiday lights: The CountrySide Proprietary’s annual Holiday House-Decorating Contest takes place Dec. 18 and 19, offering some of the best nights to see the community’s holiday spirit. The first round of judging begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18, with final judging starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. One winner will be named for each type of home (single family, townhouse or condo) in each of the seven CountrySide neighborhoods. If you know of a home that deserves a spot in the winner’s circle—including your own—call Loretta deLamare at the CountrySide Proprietary office at 703-430-0715, ext. 3016, or contact her by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

‘Ugly’ attire: The After Hours Teen Center at the Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades hosts a make-your-own “Ugly/Tacky Holiday Shirt” party on Dec. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. Gaming, computers and art supplies also will be available.

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