Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Walter Johnson senior helps prom dreams come true

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When Walter Johnson High School senior Becca Diamond was thinking about her senior project, one idea kept popping into her head: prom dresses.

As part of Once Upon a Prom, a Washington nonprofit, Diamond has collected more than 50 dresses, which she will donate to high school girls throughout the District who can’t afford their own prom dresses.

‘‘I really love doing stuff that helps the community, plus I love fashion, so this seemed like a great idea,” said the 17-year-old Rockville resident.

Her mother, a Walt Whitman art teacher, inspired Diamond after she helped a group of Walt Whitman students with a similar project last year. In addition to exceeding her expectation of ‘‘30 to 40 dresses,” Diamond has also collected purses and other accessories to go along with the gowns.

The gowns were collected at Walter Johnson, and Diamond will transport them to a public school in the District later this week.

‘‘I really just wanted to help some other girls go to prom,” she said.

County students recognized in string competition

Eighty students from around the region competed in the Washington Performing Arts Society’s 37th annual Feder String Competition, held on March 20-21 at the University of the District of Columbia. The annual competition provides the opportunity for aspiring local string musicians in grades six through 12 to earn cash scholarships, free music lessons, and tuition remission to prominent summer music festivals. The 2008 judges were Joel Becktell (cello⁄bass), Marc Ramierz (violin⁄viola) and Olivia Hajioff (violin⁄viola).

The following Bethesda area students were recognized:

*Teresa Lewandowski, viola, Robert Frost Middle School

*Natalia Merezhuk, violin, Thomas S. Wootton High School

*Cristina Carnie, violin, Walt Whitman High School

*Kai Kight, violin, Landon School

*Kelsye Little, violin, Washington Episcopal School

*Isabella Nogues, violin, French International School

*Andrei Romanov, cello, Richard Montgomery High School

*Max Li, violin, Thomas S. Wootton High School

*Teresa Lewandowski, viola, Robert Frost Middle School

*Justin Cho, cello, Cabin John Middle School

*Francis Kang, cello, Earle B. Wood Middle School

*Theodore Furchtgott, cello, French International School

*Rhea Chung, violin, Holton Arms School

*William Yu, violin, Takoma Park Middle School

*Clara Hollander McCreery, violin, Walt Whitman High School

*Nathan Kim, cello, Landon School

*Judy Wang, cello, Robert Frost Middle School

*Kevin Yang, cello, Thomas S. Wootton High School

*Hoorig Poochikian, violin, Winston Churchill High School

*Natalia Merezhuk, violin, Thomas S. Wootton High School

*Kenneth Liao, violin, Winston Churchill High School

*Lauren Song, violin, Walt Whitman High School

*Tianheng (Tim) Wang, cello, Thomas S. Wootton High School

*Andrew Yu, cello, Richard Montgomery High School

B-CC hostsproject fair

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School hosts its International Baccalaureate Middle Years Project Fair tonight at 6 p.m.

Projects created by 10th-graders at the school will be on display. During the event, a fundraiser will also be held to help the Invisible Children relief effort, which benefits children in war-torn Uganda.

For more information, contact Martha Cohen at 301-951-6647. B-CC High School is located at 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda.

Wild Dash sprintsback to Westland

The Westland Wild Dash, a 5k run⁄walk sponsored by Westland Middle School’s PTA, will take place at 8 a.m. April 12, at the Bethesda school.

Registration is $15 for adults through Friday, and $20 after. Kids 18 and under can run for $10, and registration for both includes a t-shirt.

Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers.

Westland Middle School is located at 5511 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda.

For more information, contact Alysa Emden at 301-652-3721.

Jewish Community Center presents college fair

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington will present the CollegeQuest College Fair at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Registration is $20 at the door.

Workshops will be given in college funding, studying abroad in Israel, and the college application process.

Representatives from colleges, including Duke University, Syracuse University and Northwestern University, will be on hand to speak with students about their schools.

For more information, call the Center at 301-881-0100.

The Center is located at 6125 Montrose Ave., Rockville.

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