Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bullis celebrates Women’s History Month

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Chris Rossi⁄The Gazette
Patrice Starck, a senior at the Bullis School in Potomac,performs during the Women in Arts assembly at the schoolon Monday.
Throughout the school year, students at Bullis School have dozens of assemblies. Every few months or so, however, those assemblies come to life with student performances.

Monday was one of those days.

The school hosted its annual ‘‘Women’s History Month” assembly, full of student dance, music and spoken word performances all about the contributions women have made to American life.

‘‘I think this gives the students a perspective they wouldn’t get from one class,” said Laura Blades, the school’s communications director. ‘‘Here they get to see the whole scope.”

Upper and lower school students came to together to read pieces of women’s literature and perform pieces of music written by Lili Boulanger, a female composer.

While the event was a learning experience for the students, Blades said it also instills school pride.

‘‘Students are proud of their peers when they perform during the assembly,” she said.” It also shows a side of them that is different than the side they see in the classroom.”

Blades said the school also hosts similar assemblies in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month.

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

‘‘Grease” slidesinto Quince Orchard

Quince Orchard High School will present the Tony Award-winning musical ‘‘Grease” Friday and Saturday, and April 11 and 12 at the school’s Gaithersburg campus.

All performances are at 7 p.m., and an additional matinee on Saturday will take place at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for students and senior citizens, and Montgomery County Public Schools teachers are admitted free of charge. The box office opens 30 minutes before each performance.

Quince Orchard High School is located at 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg.

For more information, call 301-840-4591.

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