School notes

Prince William County school notes

Sunday, July 18, 2010

School supply tax holiday in Virginia set for Aug. 6-8

School supplies selling for $20 or less per item and articles of clothing, including footwear, selling for $100 or less will be exempt from sales tax during a Virginia tax holiday scheduled for Aug. 6 to 8.

Parents should check the Web site of their child's school or call the school for a copy of the 2010-11 supply list.

For a directory of Prince William County public schools, go to and mouse over "schools," then select the directory by grade level.

For information about the sales tax holiday, go to

County school system wins national video awards

Prince William County schools' Office of Media Productions Services has received national awards for videography, including for public service and distance learning productions, from two organizations.

The Videographer Awards recognize excellence by network news operations, cable access channels, freelancers, advertising agencies and student producers.

Winners included:

-- Award of Excellence, Informational: "Bachman's Basement -- Fossil Coprolite."

-- Award of Excellence, News/Documentary: "The Virginia Indians: Reclaiming Our Heritage."

-- Award of Distinction, Informational: "School Focus -- Elementary Cheerleading."

-- Award of Distinction, Public Service Announcement: "Partners for Safe Teen Driving: Role Model for the Road."

The Telly Awards receive more than 13,000 submissions annually from ad agencies, production companies, television stations, cable companies, interactive agencies and corporations around the world.

The following entries were recognized in the 31st Telly Awards program:

-- Bronze Award, Education: "Reading Is a Gift and Is Rewarding."

-- Bronze Award, Education: "A Library for Educators."

-- Bronze Award, Public Service Announcement: "Being a Role Model for the Road."

For information about the Office of Media Production Services and its productions, visit and

Hylton High graduate wins National Merit Scholarship

Rachel A. Markley, a graduate this year of C.D. Hylton Senior High School in Woodbridge, has won a University of Chicago-sponsored National Merit Scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

This year, 201 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,900 such awards, the Prince William County school system said in a news release.

Officials of each sponsoring college selected winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program for awards of $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

-- Compiled by Mari-Jane Williams

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