Hot Line Hires Assistant Chief

Judith Balsanek of West Springfield has been named assistant director of training for Northern Virginia Hotline, director Bobbie Schanzenbach announced. Balsanek will be responsible for coordinating the 40-hour training of new volunteers as well as ongoing training for the hot line's 175 volunteers who staff the operation 24 hours a day. Balsanek is also a therapist with the Northern Virginia Women's Information and Counseling Center and a lecturer at Mary Washington College.

Literary Magazines Honored

Two Fairfax County student literary magazines, Franklin Intermediate School's Pearls and Diamonds and Fairfax High School's Matrix, have won the highest award in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 1985 Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.

English department chairwoman Joyce Stoneham of Fairfax is the editor of the magazine at Franklin Intermediate. The other teachers involved with the magazine are Marya Andreen of Springfield and Lynne Helvie of Fairfax. Eighteen seventh- and eighth-grade students submitted articles.

Carol Lange of Reston is the editor of Matrix. Lange teaches English, creative writing and journalism at Fairfax High and has sponsored the magazine for 12 years. The following graduates of Fairfax High assisted with the award-winning publication: Jami Monnett, Bill Kirkpatrick, Kris Reynolds and Gladys Valentin, all of Fairfax.

The competition was entered by 974 high schools and intermediate schools in the United States and Canada, plus American schools abroad. Of those, only 13 were selected for the highest award, and Franklin was the only intermediate school to be honored.

Soroptimists Present Grants

Soroptimist International of Fairfax County has presented the following high school seniors cash awards to further their education: first-place winner, Karen Jean Tarlano of Springfield, a student at Lake Braddock Secondary; second-place winner, James Russel Gray of Mount Vernon, a student at West Potomac High School; third-place winner, Kathryn Mitchell Engelbrecht of Falls Church, a student at Jeb Stuart High School.

Soroptimist International of Fairfax County is a service organization for business and professional women.

Chamber Officers Installed

The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce recently installed the following officers for 1986-87: president, Michael Fitzwater; chairman of the board, Ralph Charlton; president-elect, Jack Kelso; treasurer, Douglas Brown and secretary, James Brevard.

Assisting these officers on the board of directors for a three-year term are: Sallie Clarke, Mack Harris, John McAllorum, Gail Sanders and Al Terry.

All the officers and members of the board live in the Mount Vernon-Lee area.

Student Wins Scholarship

The Zonta Club of Arlington, a service organization of executive women, recently awarded Rhonda Roberts of Fairfax, a student at Northern Virginia Community College, a $500 scholarship. Roberts is a dietetic technology student at the Annandale campus. The award was presented by Zonta president Lucy B. Nicholas of Arlington.