Two Alexandria young women have received awards for outstanding service from the Alexandria chapter of the American Red Cross.

Veronica Dakita has been named Youth Services Volunteer of the Year and Soraya Sendi has received the Exceptional Service Citation for Youth Services.

Dakita, a junior at Georgetown Visitation, was presented with a plaque at the annual Red Cross recognition ceremony honoring youth, held Oct. 14. She has worked as a volunteer for four years in bloodmobiles, at the Tourist Council, at the Waterfront Festival and in the Red Cross offices.

Sendi is an adult supervisor for the Inter-School Council, which coordinates Red Cross projects in city schools. Sendi also teaches basic first aid to fourth-graders and is certified to teach CPR to adults.

Alexandria Transit Wins

The Alexandria Transit Company has received the 1987 Public Transportation System Outstanding Achievement Award.

General Manager David Van Sossen accepted the award from the American Public Transit Association, an international transit industry organization. The award is given annually to North American transit systems that show extraordinary achievement in efficiency and effectiveness. The Alexandria Transit Company was cited for its small bus system.

The plaque was presented during ceremonies at the association's annual meeting Sept. 29 in San Francisco.

Art Educatior of the Year

Diane McClaugherty, chairman of the T.C. Williams High School art department, has been selected as the Northern Virginia Art Educator of the Year by the Northern Virginia Art Educators Association.

McClaugherty has been teaching art to Alexandria students since 1973, at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, Cora Kelly Magnet School, George Washington Junior High School and now at T.C. Williams. She will be honored at the Virginia Art Educators Association luncheon on Nov. 14 in Washington.

Speech Teacher Honored

Flo West, a speech, drama and English teacher at T.C. Williams, has been selected as the Virginia Speech Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Speech Communication Association.

West, who received a plaque at the association's fall conference, has taught at T.C. Williams since 1980. She received an Excellence in Education Award by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in 1985 and was named Pennsylvania's outstanding teacher of the year in 1971-72 before moving to the Washington area.

School Advisers Picked

The Alexandria School Board has appointed the following people to its advisory committees: Bonnie Baxley and Eric L. Stowe to the talented and gifted advisory committee; Margaret Bailey to the budget advisory committee; and Curtis Goffe, Adreinne Seisler and Patricia Sugrue to the family life education advisory committee. The board also appointed T.C. Williams High School student Angela Fox to the substance abuse advisory committee.

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