Betty A. Thompson has been selected by the Arlington County Bar Association to receive its 1987 Distinguished Service Award presented annually to an association member for distinguished service to the legal profession at the local, state, and national levels. Her selection was announced at a luncheon on June 25.

Thompson is a George Washington University Law School graduate who was once president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and who now serves on the board of governors of that organization and of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She was the first American woman to be admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, of which she is now a director. Her specialty is matrimonial and family law. Music Honors

Jennifer Haroutounian has been awarded the 60-point gold cup from the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs for piano-senior piano concerto performance in the junior festival. The honor is the eighth gold cup she has received from the festival over the years.

Haroutounian, who is a sophomore at both H.B. Woodlawn and Yorktown High Schools, also has received third place in the high school division of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association voice scholarship competition.

Media Recognition

The Woodbridge High School newspaper Valkyrie earned the Excellence in Photojournalism Award for the state.

JoAnn M. Anderson of Vienna won first place in the Television Interview/Talk Show category in the Virginia Press Women's Communications Contest. Award recipients were honored at the spring meeting of the Virginia Press Women in Richmond. Awards are based on accomplishments of Virginia Press Women during 1986. Anderson also earned second place in Television Special Programming: Public Affairs.