New Madeira Chief

Elisabeth Griffith has been selected to head the Madeira School in McLean. Griffith, a historian, graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 and received a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from American University. On July 1, she will succeed Charles Saltzman as head of the 81-year-old college preparatory school for girls.

Optimists Honor Student

The Optimist Club of Arlington has honored Sarah Vasaly, 12, of Arlington, who was named by Nottingham Elementary School as its most outstanding student. Vasaly, a sixth grade student, was selected by Nottingham Principal Ed Reynolds and the faculty on the basis of her leadership, citizenship, academics and talent. The Optimist Club honored her accomplishments at a luncheon and presented a certificate to her.

Architectural Award

Bojan Boric of Falls Church recently finished in third place in the 1987 annual competition of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture. Boric, who emigrated with his parents and sister to the United States from Yugoslavia last year, is a senior at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church.

Business School Awards

The Washington Business School in Vienna has named the recipients of the school's Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Teacher Award. Joyce A. Kennedy received the Distinguished Service Award on the basis of her leadership. Kennedy, a longtime McLean resident who now lives in Bethesda, joined the school's administrative staff in 1980. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in education in 1971. Manassas resident Deborah L. Morris, Outstanding Teacher for 1987, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor's degree in business education in 1975 and joined the Washington Business School faculty in 1979.

Optimists Recognize 4

The Noonday Optimist Club of Fairfax recently honored four local students as part of the club's Youth Appreciation Week. Recognized for their academic and extracurricular achievements were Fairfax residents Tania Cabell, Gwen Hawley and Robert McGough Jr., seniors at Fairfax High School, and Maria Blaeuer, an eighth grader at Lanier Intermediate School.

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