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School bells back to normal on Friday

The long days of school are over for Alexandria City Public School students starting tomorrow. 

The extra 30 minutes of class time, added back in March to make up for time lost during the historicly snowy winter, come to an end tomorrow. It was an unprecedented measure taken rather than tacking days on to the end of the school year or cutting vacation time to account for an unprecedented amount of snowfall and related school closures.

Now, back to normal, elementary schools will convene at 8 a.m. and let out at 2:35 p.m. Middle schools begin again at 8:30 a.m. and end the day at 3:15 p.m. and T.C. Williams High School will start the day at 8:35 a.m. and close at 3:15 p.m.


Stevenson picked for state education project
Kyle Stevenson, a T.C. Williams junior, has been selected to take part in the Virginia Department of Educations Im Determined project. The project includes a three-day Youth Summer Summit, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, in Washington from July 31 through August 2.
At the summit, youth with disabilities from across the state meet to identify ways to be better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. In addition, the delegates will visit Capitol Hill, meet with legislators and network with each other.


T.C. alum named VCU scholar 

Benjamin Cohen, a T.C. Williams alumnus and Virginia Commonwealth University senior majoring in mass communications, has been awarded the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship, a grant that allows students to spend a year abroad studying the languages and cultures of a foreign country.
Cohen said he plans to use the Boren scholarship to study in China during the upcoming academic year. The time in Asia will allow him to improve his reading, writing and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese. He was one of two VCU Honors College students to earn the scholarship this year.
The Boren scholarships are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and provide up to $20,000 of support for each student.


T.C. junior earns youth service award

Last week, T.C. Williams junior Nora Elnahas won the Bill Perkins Outstanding Youth Service Award, presented on behalf of the Alexandria Regional Council of the United Way. 

Volunteer Alexandria nominated Elnahas for her continued work and dedication to their youth program initiatives, which included organizing a donation effort that produced close to 50 bicycles to Bikes for the World.

Elnahas also took on the challenge of serving as vice president of Volunteer Alexandrias Big Event Youth Committee. Under her leadership, more than 100 young people logged more than 600 hours of work at 16 nonprofits during the 2009 Big Event. She also helped write a grant application for funds to support the effort. 

Elnahas received her award on Wednesday at the Alexandria Regional Council of the United Way of the Capital Area annual breakfast and community awards celebration. The Perkins award goes to an individual, age 18 or younger, who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service to the community in the fields of health, welfare or recreation.