Jeffrey Kohn, automotive service manager, and Russell Thomason, automotive diagnostician for Alexandria's General Services/Motor Equipment Division, have received the designation "World-Class Technician" from the Automotive Service Industry Association.
Kohn and Thomason, who help maintain city vehicles including trash trucks and lawn mowers, have passed all 16 certification exams for automotive service excellence certification. They join 375 of 194,760 currently certified technicians who have reached this level. In addition to receiving certificates, Kohn and Tomason will have their names entered in a leather book kept at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Midland, Mich.
Sonna Moon and Alexandra Ponette, seventh-grade students at St. Agnes School and Madame Janine Lasowski's private Caveau des Legendes French language program in Alexandria, shared first place honors in the annual National French Contest at the elementary level. The awards are based on written and oral comprehension. For the written part, each student is asked to listen to a tape in French, then write answers to questions based on what he or she heard. For the oral part, each child is presented with four pictures and asked to describe the picture in French.
The competition, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, drew 82,650 students in the secondary and elementary levels. Moon and Ponette were awarded tuition-free places in the language program at the International Language Villages, sponsored by Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. The language villages, which the girls attended last summer, feature daily conversation sessions, dances and songs, celebrations of holidays and historical events, and exhibits of crafts native to the culture.
School Specialist Named
Charlotte Stokes, former head of the social studies department at T.C. Williams High School, has been appointed Alexandria City Public Schools' curriculum specialist for social studies. She will coordinate the social studies curriculum in city schools and help with staff development.
Stokes joined the Alexandria school system in 1978 as a social studies teacher at Parker-Gray Middle School. She then taught at George Washington Junior High, before moving on to T.C. Williams.
Before coming to Alexandria, Stokes taught in Illinois, Colorado, and Tennessee.
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