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March 5, 2001




by Helene Steinberg/Staff Photographer


Soaring with diversity: Falconers introduce schoolchildren to Saudi



Lucy Chumbley



   HERNDON Four falconers from the Virginia Falcons

Association visited Herndon’s Nysmith School for the Gifted on Friday with

their feathered friends in tow.

They were invited to the school by parent Nassmah Brooks, a Manassas

resident whose four children attend the school.

Brooks organized a recent International Festival at the school to celebrate

its cultural diversity. She has been introducing the children to the culture

of her own country, Saudi Arabia, where falconry is a traditional sport.



Street project report due soon


Chris Newman



   MANASSAS The Center Street sewer and water project,

originally scheduled to begin this summer, may be delayed until next year

so it won’t coincide with construction of the City Square project and final

linkage of the Va. 234 bypass.

A clearer picture of how the sewer and water project will unfold is expected

to emerge this month.

“We’re on schedule. We’re in the preliminary engineering phase,”

said Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Johnston. He said a preliminary

set of plans due in mid-March will be reviewed by city staff and the utility

commission, and City Council will be briefed in early April.[more]


His Own Words


by Tiffany Schwab

   Jim Amaral is a fifth-grade teacher at Bennett Elementary

School and was a participant in the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program

to Japan in November:

How I found out about the program was an announcement was sent to me

from the local Prince William Education Association.

I saw it and I said, “Well it looks interesting. It looks like something

I had not done before to find out about another culture.” [more]


Osbourn’s Garner earns All-State



head coach Matt Wilburn called it an “off-day” for his girls’

4×800 relay team at the Group AAA championships this weekend at George Mason


The team, which had claimed titles in the Cardinal District and the Northwest

Region, didn’t make the top eight needed for All-State recognition.

The Eagles’ Steven Garner, however, did make All-State. He placed fifth

in the 55-meter hurdles, making him Osbourn’s first-ever All-State performer

since the school has been AAA.[more]


wins state wrestling title

Brentsville made history before the VHSL Group A finals even began Saturday.

Brentsville set a Group A school record by capturing its seventh state

title Saturday at the Salem Civic Center. Six Tigers finished in the top

three of their respective weight classes, including two state champions:

freshman Luke Siler (119) and senior Zak Thompson (145).

The Tigers led from start to finish. All nine Tigers won their first-round

bouts Friday, and seven advanced to the semifinals Saturday morning.


Seton takes fifth in state


– Seton’s girls basketball team clinched fifth place in the VIS State Basketball

Tournament Saturday night after their 53-52 victory over Lynchburg Christian.

Lynchburg Christian went up 52-51 late in the fouth quarter, but Seton’s

Lauren Sewell answered with a last-second jumper, giving the Conquistadors

the win.

Katy Hadro led Seton with 19 points while Jessica Spicer scored 14 and

Elena Jones had 11.

Seton went 3-4 in the state tournament to finish 25-9 overall.

Lynchburg Christian posed a threat, as they played tough against Bishop

O’Connell, who eventually won the state title. Lynchburg Christian led Bishop

O’Connell by 10 points during the second half of their playoff game before

O’Connell pulled out the win. –from staff reports



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