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Last Chance: Vote for a South County Middle School Name

Should it be named after a suffragist, poet, author or a local hero?

What should be the name of the South County Middle School? Fairfax County Public Schools recently sent a survey to parents in the South County Secondary pyramid, and that vote will help the School Board when they vote on the issue on Thursday. The survey closes at 12 noon on Tuesday.

The choices: 

Doris Stevens Middle School

Doris Stevens was a teacher, author, and women’s right-to-vote leader who, along with many other suffragists, was imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse. Their imprisonment and the historic “night of terror” in 1917 marked a widely recognized turning point in the suffrage movement. Stevens’ book "Jailed for Freedom" provided a firsthand account of that turning point and is considered an important historical reference. 

Harold J. Wilson Middle School 

Poet Harold J. Wilson helped start a church ball league that later became the Lorton Little League. He was involved in the Boy Scouts and the Sons of the American Legion. He started a garden project at the Lorton Prison that involved prisoners growing produce and distributing it to homeless shelters in Washington, D.C. He delivered excess milk from the prison dairy to the Lorton Community Action Center for several years.

South County Middle School 

This name maintains the connection with South County High School. For several years, the families in the community have referred to the middle school by this name. 

Nike Middle School 

Project Nike, an American anti-aircraft missile system, is named after the goddess Nike. This missile system historical site is located near the grounds of the new middle school. 

Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel Middle School 

Dr. Seuss wrote "The Cat in the Hat" and so many great stories for all readers. 

George A. Malcolm Middle School 

Deputy Sheriff George Malcolm served the Lorton Community for several years. He also served as the head of the Lorton Valley School and as Deputy Treasurer of the Mount Vernon and Lee Districts. He was killed in the line of duty and is interred in the Pohick Church Cemetery. 

You must vote through this recently sent survey for your vote to officially count, but we're curious, so answer our poll below, too!

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