Elixir of Jade, a band featuring seniors Adam Zuckerman (lead guitar) and Anthony Phillips (guitar) and junior Ben Spear (drums) of Potomac Falls High School in Sterling won the All-Star Battle of the Bands contest Friday that wrapped up Loudoun's first youth week.
Second place went to the Josh Estrada Project, a band featuring sophomore Josh Estrada, freshman Jordan Estrada and senior Josh Short of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Eight high school bands competed. Elixir of Jade won the opportunity to be the opening act for Little Feat, which will perform at the Loudoun Summer Music Fest concert July 24.
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) has selected 14 Loudoun County public school students as among the most academically gifted youth in the United States.
The CTY talent search identifies students in second through eighth grades who score in the 97th percentile or higher on standardized tests and invites them to participate in above-grade-level exams.
More than 925 students in Virginia received the honor, including: Jared Daubenspeck, Sanders Corner Elementary School; Catherine Cleveland, Blue Ridge Middle School; Samuel Dooman, Evergreen Mill Elementary School; Jonathan Gladish, Leesburg Elementary School; Robert Jezior, Lowes Island Elementary School; Michael Lopresti, River Bend Middle School; Kevin McCandless and Shahbaz Singh, Cool Spring Elementary School; Jordan Myers, Sugarland Elementary School; Christopher Peters and Madeline VandenHeuvel, Harper Park Middle School; Hannah Saeger, Seneca Ridge Middle School; and Michael Schwinabart, Sterling Middle School.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD