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The 4th Annual Zebra Oscar Contest

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Oscar-public-domain-imageNow that the Oscar nominations have been revealed and the excitement is building toward Hollywood’s biggest night, “ZEBRA’s” “2015 Oscar Contest” lets readers get in on the action by submitting a ballot showing who they think will take home Hollywood’s most coveted awards. After all entries have been
received, one of the entrants with the highest number of correct answers will take home a swag bag of goodies!

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Bradley Cooper: Georgetown Grad Returns to Washington as ”American Sniper”

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By John Arundel

bradley cooper sniper.jogIt takes a lot to get a political-hardened warhorse like Joe Biden to be moved to tears, but the Washington premiere of Clint Eastwood’s new blockbuster American Sniper reportedly did just that for the Vice President in January at the U.S. Navy Memorial. “Intense, man,” he told a reporter as he left the VIP screening.

The Academy Awards has bestowed six nominations on the biographical war drama film, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, who skillfully plays the true life story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. After his fourth tour of Iraq, Kyle had notched 255 kills, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense. Read more

Foodie News February 2015

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by Debby Critchley

There is a lot going on in the ‘hood! On the short list of closings is Tres Hermanas in the West End. Mike Anderson didn’t give any reasons but the doors are now closed. Word on the street is another Aldi’s Grocery is opening in the location. At the Majestic Café in Old Town, Chef Shannon Overmiller is no longer overseeing the kitchen. Eat Good Food Group sent out this message to its customers: Eat Good Food Group who ran the café sent out the following message, “As of Monday, Jan. 19, Eat Good Food Group, and Chef Shannon Overmiller will no longer be involved or represent The Majestic Cafe. Chef Overmiller will be moving to Seasons Culinary Group and the EatGood Food group is working on [its] next project slated for the city and various outposts for the gastro-market, Society Fair. We look forward to delicious new ventures and partnering up with talented people. It’s a great start to the New Year!” I hope the new chef will continue the Sunday night family style dinners. Read more

Bishop Ireton Girl’s Basketball Slam Dunking

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Kate Stipano goes for the points. Photo courtesy of Bishop Ireton.

Alex Stipano goes for the points. Photo courtesy of Bishop Ireton.

The Bishop Ireton girl’s basketball team is off to an impressive start so far in the 2014-2015 basketball season. The Cardinals already have three wins in the competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, including wins over Archbishop Carroll and Holy Cross. This is already a major improvement from the previous season which saw the Cardinals go winless in conference play. Numerous factors have lead to this success, such as new Head Coach Jason Harris, who has brought a new culture to the team, and the leadership of several seniors. First year varsity player and Junior Maggie Loher agrees that a major part of their team’s success is the strong bond the team has on and off the court. When asked about the team this year Loher replied, “Our team was able to bond more this year than previous years because of the addition of our new coach and the new culture he brought, which gave us more chemistry on the court.” Loher also commented that even though it was her first year on the varsity team, she felt welcomed right away.“Coach Harris is trying to build a new program and change the way people look at Ireton basketball,” Loher continues. The bonds formed this season with the team have paved the way for the team to succeed. Senior Alex Stipano, has contributed significantly this season, leading the team in scoring and becoming the offensive threat that the Cardinals needed. Stipano, who was recently named Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Female Athlete of the Month, leads the Washington metropolitan area in three point field goals with a total of 64 this year. For comparison, the next best total for three point field goals in the area is just 45. Stipano has also one of the best free throw percentages in the conferences as well. The 2014-2015 new look Cardinals have been able to compete in every game this season, which is a major improvement from the team they were just a year ago. The Cardinals currently have a 12-11 record, and are poised for success as they continue their season.

Top Student Scientists Compete in George Washington Science Fair

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The George Washington Middle School Science Fair, held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, was a great success. Seventh- and eighth-grade students presented their projects to judges to qualify for a spot to compete in the ACPS Science and Engineering Fair that will be held on Monday, Feb. 2 at T.C. Williams High School.

School News--Science FairCongratulations to the following first-place winners in each category:
Behavioral Health and Social Science: Beatrice Campbell and Allesandra La Barbera
Biochemistry: Bridget Williams
Botany (Plant Sciences): Kelly Jones
Chemistry: Leslie Lytle and Abby Adams
Earth and Space Science: Jackie Canning
Engineering: Alison Bingman
Environmental Science: Ana Humphrey (pictured)
Physics: Martha Christino

Students Honor Martin Luther King’s Memory through Service

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School News--Martin Luther King 1Staff and students from two Alexandria City public schools volunteered their time on Monday to give back to their communities in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy delivered Meals on Wheels to Alexandria’s house-bound elderly, while Douglas MacArthur Elementary School students took part in a food drive, delivering two full carloads to the Carpenter’s Shelter by the end of the morning. Read more

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