Deadline is Tuesday
for NOVA STEM Academy

The deadline for Osbourn and Manassas Park high school sophomores and juniors to apply to the NOVA STEM Academy is Tuesday.

The program, an arrangement between Northern Virginia Community College and the Manassas and Manassas Park school systems, will allow 120 students to begin earning college credit toward a science, technology, engineering and math degree or certificate program.

Accepted students will take two college courses in the summer, fall and spring along with their regular high school classes.

The academy is free, and classes will be at NVCC’s Manassas campus, as well as Osbourn and Manassas Park high schools.

For information or to apply, visit

Bar association names essay contest winners

The Prince William County Bar Association recently announced the winners of its Character Counts! essay contest.

These middle school students took first place: Ashley Elliott of Potomac Middle for trustworthiness; Rod Smith of Rippon Middle for respect; Lillian Krajewski of Marsteller Middle for responsibility; Nicole Wallace of Rippon Middle for fairness; Ella Poole of Lake Ridge Middle for caring; and Danny Sovine of Potomac Middle for citizenship.

Women in IT group gives Gar-Field student award

Wei Low of Gar-Field High School was one of 14 students from across Virginia to win an award for aspirations in computing by the Virginia/Washington D.C. affiliate of the National Center for Women in IT.

The award recognizes high school girls for their computing-related achievements and interests.

Duck Splash Race will be June 15 in Occoquan

Tickets are available online to sponsor a rubber duck in the seventh annual Duck Splash Race. It costs $5 to adopt a duck.

At 12:30 p.m. June 15 in Occoquan, thousands of rubber ducks will be dropped into the Occoquan River. There will be cash prizes of $20 to $500 for the first 10 to cross the finish line. Proceeds will benefit the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition.

For information or to adopt a rubber duck, call 703-785-5785 or visit

— Compiled by Sarah Lane