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    The Job of a Lifetime, Odyssey of the Mind, Bocce, Big Band Music

    Many eastern Loudoun educators have made a life-long commitment to helping students, as the recent Loudoun County School Board Service Awards clearly illustrate. At the top of the list of honorees for long-time service to Loudoun Schools, with 40 years of service, was Sterling Elementary health and physical education teacher Loretta F. Hall. Also honored for 40 years in the classroom was Newton-Lee Elementary first grade teacher Gail Howland, who grew up in Sterling near Potomac View Road when that street was an unpaved two-lane byway.

    The educators recognized for 35 years of service included Janette Johnson, health and physical education at Sterling Middle School; Bennett Lacy, River Bend Middle School principal; Charles Null, Jr., special education teacher at Potomac Falls High School; Pamela Smith, family and consumer science teacher at Park View High School and Anita Spain, librarian at Seneca Ridge Middle School.

    Honored for 30 years of service were Judith Bartow, secretary at Sterling Middle School, and Kathryn Chrisman, marketing teacher and DECA coordinator at Potomac Falls High School.

    Those with 25 years of education service included Jean Bell, fifth grade teacher at Sterling Elementary School; Arthur Carpenter, Jr., social science teacher at Potomac Falls High School; Susan Denniston, third grade teacher at Rolling Ridge Elementary School; Beatriz Frapiccini, cafeteria worker at Lowes Island Elementary School; Barbara St. John, reading teacher at Countryside Elementary School and Teresa Wells-Jones, secretary at Park View High School.

    Odyssey of the Mind: Student teams representing three eastern Loudoun schools earned spots to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind world finals held at the end of May at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The problem-solvers from Dominion High School, Horizon Elementary School and Seneca Ridge Middle School won local and state competitions on the way to the world competition, where they met up with 815 teams from 40 states and 15 countries.

    In Division I, the Horizon team placed 21st on Problem 4, You Make the Call. The team members include Vikram Arunachalam, Rhea Agarwal, Ayush Desai, Max Desousa, Allie Feinberg, Eveline Mitchell and Andrew Zhang. Their coach is Geetha Arunachalam.

    In Division II, the team from Seneca Ridge finished in 16th place with team members Prathik Anand, Jordan Davis, Jason Kelly, Sneha Sudhakar, Justin Tandon, Matthew Traenkle and Dale Wilson. Sheila Traenkle is the coach.

    In Division III, Dominion finished in the 19th spot on Problem 2, Weird Science, with team members Katherine Armstrong, Conor Crotty, Sarah Joyner, Audrey Newman, Emily Saldanha, Daniel Sheaffer, Sarah Yang and coach Grace Saldanha.

    Bocce: The Cascades Bocce League is up and running with two-player teams playing two games a week, Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. at the bocce court near the Lowes Island pool. The games are scheduled to be completed within an hour. The team is sponsored by league member Bill Kreuger of RE/MAX Premier Ashburn. To join, contact Rob Holley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Big band music: The Falcons Landing retirement community presents the Ken and Trudy Lee Show, featuring the swinging sounds of the 30s and 40s Big Band era, on Monday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Falcons Landing Ballroom. The word is that Ken plays trombone tunes that will take you back to the days of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. No tickets are required. This is a free concert that is open to the public. Falcons Landing is located on Algonkian Parkway, between Cascades Parkway and Potomac View Road. For information, call 703-404-5130.

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