James Dawes, valedictorian of the graduating class of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, has followed in the footsteps of his brother Donald Dawes, who was valedictorian of the class of 1985. This is the first time in the 22-year existence of the school that two valedictorians have come from the same family.

James Dawes achieved a 4.0 grade-point average during his four years at T.C. Williams. He also was a member of the National Honor Society, the math and Latin honor societies, the varsity track team and the Key Club, and was a referee for the Alexandria Soccer Association. He will attend the University of Pennsylvania on an NROTC scholarship in the fall.

3 Win Byrd Scholarships

Three Alexandria students are among the 109 Virginia high school graduates this year who have won a $1,500 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. They are Toni A. Friess of St. Mary's Academy, Michael P. Morrissey of Bishop Ireton High School and Michele P. Romani of T.C. Williams High School. These national scholarhips, named in honor of Senate Majority Leader Byrd (D-W. Va.), are being awarded for the first time this year to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

Presidential Awards Given

Several students of Cora Kelly Magnet School and Lyles-Crouch Elementary School in Alexandria have received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award in the elementary school category.

From Cora Kelly they are Anika Buster, Nicole Harrington and Vera Zlatarska . From Lyles-Crouch they are Sibel Aremel, Jane Bolin, Katie Crahan, Helen French, Marnie Geurin , Aaron Isaacson, Marieke Lewis, John MacNeil, Paul Ottinger, Joy Reafs, Ansley Shackleford, Matt Strachan , Andrew Tiedt and Robby Williams.

The students achieved B-plus or better average and scored 80 percent or better on all standardized tests. They each received a certificate signed by Secretary of Education William Bennett and President Reagan. A congratulatory letter from the president also was sent to the schools.

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