NOVA Chief Honored

Fairfax County resident Richard J. Ernst, president of Northern Virginia Community College, was recently presented the 1986-87 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award. The annual award, sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees, is the highest honor given to a president or chief executive officer of a community or junior college in the United States. at the college, Ernst has overseen the establishment of the Extended Learning Institute, the Telecommunications Center and the Center for Business and Government.END NOTES

3 in 4-H Speech Finals

Three Fairfax County 4-H youths qualified for the finals in the Fairfax County 4-H Public Speaking Contest. The finalists in the three age divisions spanning ages 6 to 17 are Edda Chuang of Great Falls, in the junior division; Andy Wallo of Sterling, in the intermediate division; and Susan Wenberg of Fairfax Station, in the senior division. The finals will be held in April at the District 4-H Presentation Day.

Henry Lodge Gives Award

Henry Lodge 57 in Fairfax presented its Community Builder's Award to Herman Franklin of Vienna. Franklin was recognized by the masonic lodge for his assistance to the youth of Northern Virginia and his role in furthering Alcoholics Anonymous.

Woman of Year Named

Arlington revenue commissioner Geraldine Whiting was recently named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Arlington. Whiting, an Arlington resident, was recognized for her outstanding service to the community and to women's organizations.

Shopping Trips Donated

Students at West Springfield High School have taken about 40 underprivileged children to a department store for Christmas shopping using money from a trust fund donated by parents of Kristi Brown, a recent graduate of the high school who was killed in a car accident in June.

Members of Distributive Education Clubs of America, a merchandising club at the school to which Brown belonged, took kindergarten and first grade students from Alexandria to department stores to choose about $45 worth of clothing and other presents, according to club president Charles Ruoff. -- Michael Cannizzaro Send People Column items to People Column, Virginia Desk, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Please include the home town of the subject of the item. A black-and-white photo may be included, but materials cannot be returned.