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Neighborhood notes: Winchester

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Festival princesses

Five local high school students have been named princesses in the court of the queen of the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival, April 24- May 3.

Amanda J. Reap will represent Clarke County High School. A senior, she is the daughter of Anne and Blair Lear of White Post and Thomas Reap of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the granddaughter of Gerry and John Chirayath of Buffalo, N.Y., and Barbara and Tom Reap of Scranton, Pa. She is a member of the high school track team where she holds the record for 100-meter hurdles and placed second in the state in 2008.

Representing Sherando High School is Gabrielle M. Robinson, daughter of Doresa and Rufus Robinson of Stephens City and granddaughter of Delores and James Tyson of Darlington, S.C. A senior, she is a member of the FBLA, National Honor Society and Business Honor Society and captain of the hip-hop dance team. She received a certificate of achievement from the FBLA and the Warrior Pride Award.

Millbrook High School's representative is Meghan C. Strosnyder, daughter of Dawn and Eric Strosnyder and granddaughter of Mary Jo and Eddie Strosnyder, all of Winchester. A senior, she is president of the SCA and Spanish Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of the Principal's Advisory Committee.

Representing Handley High School is C. Nichole "Nikki" Thompson, daughter of Carolina and Marvel Thompson II of Winchester and granddaughter of Benvinida and Tolintino Arado of the Philippines. A senior, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Theta Chi Omega and the Junior Classical League. She received the Maddex-Peery Athletic and Academic Excellence Award and was captain of the varsity cheerleading team.

James Wood High School's representative is Olivia D. Wymer, daughter of Regina and Ronnie Wymer and granddaughter of Douglas Pugh, all of Winchester. A senior, she is the captain of the indoor and outdoor track teams, Leo Club president and activities coordinator of Distributive Education Clubs. She is a member of the Varsity Club and cross country team. She was Miss Apple Blossom's Outstanding Teen 2008.

College news

Shawn Holley of Winchester was named to the dean's list at Morehead State University for the fall semester.

Michelle Thomas, an elementary education major at Grove City College, was named to the dean's list for the fall semester.

A 2006 graduate of Millbrook High School, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thomas of Winchester.

Stephens City

School news

The following seventh-graders at R. E. Aylor Middle School have been named to the A honor roll for the second marking period:

Brian Baker, Matthew Blaney, Pamela Boyer, Eric Christensen, Kaitlin Duley, Katherine Endre, Jessica Fielder, John Flanagan, Cherise Holmes, Tyler Jones and Noel Weber.

The following eighth-graders at R. E. Aylor Middle School have been named to the A honor roll for the second marking period:

Morgan Bianco, Mary Bonynge, Vanessa Clontz, Tylar Clowser, Ariel Desser, Amanda Dixon, Rachel Dixon, Emily Dowling, Celena Georgia, Lauren Haig, Megan Lorey, Ryan Magalis, Katherine Seymour and Loganne Strosnider.

College news

Joshua P. Miller, a junior at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the dean's list for the fall semester.

A graduate of Sherando High School, he is the son of Benton and Shelley Miller of Stephens City.


Card shower

A card shower is planned for Agnes Burns, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on Feb. 21.

Her address is P.O. Box 72, Millwood 22646.

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