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DECA Awardees, Directors Wanted, Arts Fest, Treasure Hunt, Book Signing, Farmers Market

Big Wins in Salt Lake City: DECA students from Dominion and Potomac Falls high schools brought back an impressive array of awards from the DECA International Career Development Conference held April 28 to May 1 in Salt Lake City. DECA is an association of marketing students; the awards honor student marketing programs.

Six students from Dominion High School were recognized for their achievements. Jake Backers and Kristen Angerome earned first place in the School-Based Enterprise category for their presentation on Dominion’s Titan’s Corner school store. Jason Eller, Rebecca Slatkin and Amanda Wong earned first place in the Financial Operations Research category with Access National Bank as their client. Jacob Stavos received a $1,000 Harry Applegate DECA Scholarship.

Eight students from Potomac Falls High School received recognition. Nicole Economu received a National Emerging Leader Award. Riley Jamison placed in the top 10 in one role play in Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing and made it to the finals in that category. Cari Lutkins placed in the top 10 in one role play in Business Services Marketing, received an Emerging Leader Award and is the Southern Region National Scholarship recipient. Patrick Middendorf, Lauren Sturman and Harrison Williams received Gold Certification for the PFHS school store, The Panther’s Den, and placed third in the nation for their presentation. Patricia Mook and Darby Pontius placed third in the nation for their Financial Literacy Promotion Project.

Directors wanted: The Sterling Playmakers theatre company is looking for directors for the 2012-2013 season. First-timers or veterans are welcome to apply. A long history in theatre is not required. For detailed information on the application process and a link to the director application form, go to http://sterlingplaymakers.com/. Keep in mind that the completed application paperwork must be received, via email or U.S. Postal Service, by May 25.

Arts festival: The Loudoun County Public Schools Arts Festival opens Friday, May 11, at Dulles Town Center. The show takes place May 11-14 and May 18-22 at the mall. Music performances are scheduled for Center Court on Friday, May 11, from 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Monday, May 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Plan to spend some extra time at the mall to get a good look at the wonderful work of Loudoun’s students.

Treasure hunting: CountrySide holds its annual spring yard sale on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing as long as the sellers feel like selling, rain or shine. Maps to yard sale locations will be available Thursday, May 10, at the CountrySide Proprietary or online at countryside-va.com. For information, call 703-430-0715, ext. 16.

A gift for Mom: Sterling-based brain researcher and author Don DuRousseau will be signing copies of his book, “Your Playlist Can Change Your Life,” at Books-A-Million in Dulles Town Center on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. The book, endorsed with a cover blurb from the rocker Sting, explains how music affects the brain and offers tips for creating musical playlists to help reach a desired mood, feeling or motivation level.

Farmers Market: The Cascades Farmers Market is back in business for the season. The market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cascades Senior Center. New vendors this year include Caprikorn Farm Goat Cheese and Hidden Creek Apiary. Later in the season, you’ll see newcomers Beechwood Orchards and Paynes Berries. If you can’t wait for the weekend, though, you can find some of the market’s goodies at the Whole Foods in Reston. Last week, I found a very tempting jar of Bigg Riggs’ apple pie filling on the shelf over there.

Learn about Lyme: The Cascades library hosts a showing of “Under Our Skin,” an Oscar-nominated documentary film on Lyme Disease, followed by a facilitated discussion, on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. The film tells the stories of patients and physicians dealing with one of the most serious and misunderstood illnesses of contemporary life. The event is free and open to the public. The film is not rated, but is recommended for adults. For information, call 703-444-3228.

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