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Sterling’s Latin Scholars, Top Debaters, Pool Safety Picnic, PFHS Musical, Princess Camilla

Latin Lives: At River Bend Middle School, at least, any report of the death of the Latin language may be considered an exaggeration. This year, 31 River Bend students scored at the top of the charts on the National Latin Exam.

Gold medal and summa cum laude honors for Latin I were awarded to Amanda Geyer and Alexandria Soccio-Mallon. Silver medal and maxima cum laude honors were awarded to Latin I students Douglas Bradley, Mackenzie Dorsey, Aditya Jayanti, Katrina Schmid and Christian Tessman. Magna cum laude honors went to Latin I students David Hansberger, Kiersten Margulies, Saloni Mittal, John Thai and Anna Wang. Cum laude honors were awarded to Latin I students Joshua Blair, Nathalie Groot, Ruchi Kakkad, Trent Koerner and Kevin Roll.

Jack Shangraw earned a perfect score in Level II. The gold medal and summa cum laude honors in level II went to Chantal Groot, Alison Hau, Meg Helein, Deven Macgoy, Wyatt Pontius and Michael Xu. Silver medal and maxima cum laude honors were awarded to Logan Rice and Ryan Wells. Magna cum laude honors went to Daniel Kim, Marisa Lemma and Matthew Schultheis. Cum laude honors were awarded to Mela Coffey and Arthur Wang.

Andrea Weiskopf, the school’s Latin teacher, should get a great deal of credit for making the language come alive in Sterling. Or maybe that credit should go to her mother.

“Although my mother told me that I would enjoy Latin, I took Spanish through high school,” she said in a message posted on the River Bend web site. “It was not until college that I fell under the spell of things classical.”

It looks like this is one more time that mother knew best.

Top Debaters: The Dominion High School Debate Team topped off a great competitive year with a second place finish at the Virginia High School League State Debate April 21 and 22. In addition, AK Komanduri was awarded first place, or state champion, in Student Congress, and Jay Daniel Gusman earned second place in Student Congress.

Pool picnic: CountrySide holds its 12th annual Pool Safety Picnic on Saturday, May 19, at the Lindenwood Pool from 1 until 4 p.m. The event includes pool safety demonstrations and free pizza, drinks and ice cream. For admission, bring your 2012 CountrySide amenities pass to enter the pool. The rain date is Sunday, May 20, same time at the same location.

7 of everything: Potomac Falls High School presents the musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” on Thursday, May 17, through Sunday, May 20. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10, or $7 for students and seniors.

Princess Camilla: Eastern Loudoun’s StageCoach Theatre Company presents “The Three Quests of Princess Camilla,” an original show for children produced as an outdoor performance at the Oatlands historic site in Leesbug on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20. The show features Sterling residents Donald O’Brien as the King and Herbert DuVall as the Wandering Peasant. The cast also includes Kathleen and Sean Donovan, of Waterford; Herb Fuller, of Reston; Matthew Hammrich, of Ashburn; Angela Hepola, of Leesburg; Emily King, of York, Pa.; Sam McRae of Reston; and Ashburn residents Elizabeth Mykietyn, Zach Wold and Tristan Woodruff.

The grounds open at noon, with carnival concessions available. The show begins at 1 p.m. both days. Sunday’s performance includes interpretive signing for the hearing impaired. Tickets at the door are $8 for children ages 2-11 and $12 for adults. For information, go to stagecoachtc.com.

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