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Nora Belkhayat, a seventh-grader from Francis C. Hammond Middle School, won first place in the middle-school division of the 2009 Imagine That! Engineering Innovation Essay Contest for an essay that described a magnetic-levitation type of transportation that she called the spit-baller.
After more than three months of debate, numerous revisions and an influx of millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding, the School Board has approved the city schools budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Shannon Gerlach, a fifth grade student at Mt. Vernon Community School became the new Alexandria City Public Schools Poet Laureate April 29. Gerlach earned the title after reading her poem, All Is Well, which is about abrupt changes in weather while on a hike, as part of an ACPS-wide poetry contest for students grades three through five.
The fifth and sixth grade students on the Odyssey of the Mind teams at Belle View and Stratford Landing Elementary Schools probably thought that solving the problems put forth in the regional competition were tough enough.