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ArlingtonSchools & Military, 7/28/22 edition

Schools & Military, 7/28/22 edition

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News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.

•• Jacobi Stalica of Arlington earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, Andrew McLennan of Arlington earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and Julianna Apicella of Arlington earned a bachelor of science degree in game design and development during recent commencement exercises at Rochester Institute of Technology.

•• Lucinda Rissmeyer and Rwail Sirmed of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Ithaca College.

•• Ruoxin Tang of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at St. Lawrence University.

•• Lee Smith, Lucy Nguyen, Oran Betz, Zane London and Jack Goodwin of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.

•• A graveside service for William Sharbaugh Jr., who served as principal of what was then Washington-Lee High School from 1976 to 1999, will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Kane, Pa., on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.
Sharbaugh, who in retirement lived in Cathedral City, Calif., died July 4 at age 82.

During Sharbaugh’s tenure at Washington-Lee (since renamed Washington-Liberty High School), the International Baccalaureate program was introduced and the school received national recognition for excellence.

Sharbaugh “valued the profession of education and took pleasure in mentoring young teachers and administrators throughout his career,” family members said. “He was a kind man at heart and made a positive impact in his community and on those around him.”

A graduate of Lock Haven University (bachelor’s degree in education, 1961) and the University of Maryland (doctorate in secondary education, 1970), Sharbaugh served for 13 years as a teacher and assistant principal in Montgomery, County, Md., before taking the helm of Washington-Lee.

Sharbaugh and his wife, the former Jacqueline Gustafson, were married for 48 years prior to her death. He is survived by two sons and a large number of extended family.

•• The Traveling Players will present William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at Tysons Corner Center.

“This gleefully ridiculous farce follows two pairs of identical twins separated in a great storm,” producers said. “Twenty years later, they are on a mission to reunite. But they must act quickly or their father will be executed for a ‘heinous’ crime. Chaos abounds as the two sets of twins dodge mistaken identities, weighty women and the forces of the law in Shakespeare’s ludicrous four-way identity crisis.”

The production, designed for ages 8 to adult, features the company’s advanced-student performance company, Shakespeare Troupe. The unique program offers high-school students the opportunity to professionally tour a full-length Shakespearean play.

The cast includes the talents of Virginia Durgavich (Arlington), Eli Haslett (Rockville), Brooke Howard (McLean), Milo Jones (Bethesda), Lexi Miller (Arlington), Marcos O’Connor (Arlington), Ana Schneider (Silver Spring), Betty Shanefelter (Silver Spring,), and Cary Tran-Trong (Arlington). The show is directed and choreographed by Traveling Players’ artistic director Jeanne E. Harrison.

The six-week Shakespeare Troupe is just one of several residential summer programs offered by the theatre company. In residence at the Freedom Center, Traveling Players summer camps and conservatories train students in grades 4-12 in theatre while giving them a meaningful connection with nature. At camp, students spend their days in classes and rehearsals and their evenings hiking in the woods, canoeing in the lake and making s’mores under the stars.

For more information, see the Website at http://travelingplayers.org.

•• The AAAS STEM Volunteers Program is seeking volunteer professionals in STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] fields to assist K-12 teachers across the local area during the 2022-23 school year.

The effort is designed for those who “care about K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge,” organizers said.

All lessons will be in the classroom; it is anticipated that masking and COVID testing will be optional.

For information on the program, see the Website at stemvolunteers.org. For inquiries about participating, e-mail bcalinge@aaas.org.

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