Test for Thomas Jefferson

Fairfax County school officials said the admissions test for eighth-grade students who have applied to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be given from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at 15 sites.

The 21/2-hour test includes 70 verbal items covering vocabulary, logical reasoning and reading comprehension and 50 math questions, including regular problems and quantitative comparison. Two essay questions are also included.

A test preparation handbook is available at http://information.tjhsst.edu/admissions. Middle schools also have handbooks available for those who do not have access to a computer.

Black Teen Cotillion Set

Forty African American high school students from Virginia, Maryland and the District will participate Nov. 27 in the biannual cotillion and "beautillion" sponsored by the Reston chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc.

The 6 p.m. rites of passage ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Reston honors the achievements and promise of the young women and men as they pass into adulthood. In preparation for the event, the debutantes and the beaus have participated in a series of workshops and activities focusing on developing leadership skills and promoting personal growth.

The theme this year is "Tomorrow's Leaders . . . Today." Debbi Jarvis, manager of media relations at Pepco and a former reporter at WRC-TV, will present the debutantes. Del Walters, a former anchor and investigative reporter at WJLA-TV, will present the beaus.

JoAnn Jenkins, president of the Reston Jack and Jill chapter, said the cotillion and beautillion are a major fundraising event to support the National Jack and Jill Foundation and local scholarships for college-bound youth.

Jack and Jill of America, founded in 1938, is a national organization of African American mothers, with more than 200 chapters. It provides educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social programs for their children.