Neighborhood Awards

Vivian Lawson helped keep a senior citizen group called "Recycled Teen-agers" together after the city stopped financing the program and then worked with the group to, among other things, transform second-hand clothes into fashion statements and sell them for charity. She was one of several residents in upper Northwest who recently received community service awards from the Shepherd Park-Brightwood Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

Other recipients include Ann Watkins and Shirley Watkins , both block captains for the community watch program in the East Colonial Village Neighborhood; Ronald Flowers, who started drug patrols along the Georgia Avenue corridor; Edith Smith, principal of Shepherd Elementary School; Juanita Thorton, a senior citizen advocate; and the Rev. David Shreeves, pastor of Shepherd Park Christian Church, who makes his church available for large community meetings and anti-drug rallies.

For general support and work in the community, the ANC also paid tribute to the following: James (Brad) Blackwell, Thersea Crawford, Ramona Greene, Vivian Lawson, Mary Lindsey, Evelyn Gray, Mark Aspinwall, Bessie R. Dickens, Herman Marshall, Raymond C. Fay, Rochelle V. Rowlette, David Swerdloff, Lorraine Swerdloff, Sandra K. Pearlman, Eugene L. Meyer and Stanford R. Hicks.

Congressional Fellows

The American Political Science Association recently announced that three District federal executives have received fellowships to work on Capitol Hill for nine months beginning in November.

Pamela L. Stephens, who is a program director specializing in meteorology at the National Science Foundation, was named a Federal Fellow, and Karen Henderson, a policy analyst at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Douglas E. Paradis, a U.S. Foreign Service officer, were named Foreign Affairs Fellows.

The three are among 22 federal executives and 49 people nationwide selected to the Congressional Fellows program, which is also open to journalists, political scientists and university teachers.

Government fellows receive full salaries from the employers of their regular jobs and are given nine months to explore specific fields of government by working on Capitol Hill.

Foreign Affairs Fellows start the program by attending a two-month seminar on Congress and foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on Congress.

Now in its 37th year, the nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational association is financed by grants from private corporations.

Inmate Wins Writing Award

Priscilla Ronzitti recently won first place in a writing contest sponsored by the District of Columbia Sociological Society for a paper titled "Birth Order as Applied to the Life of the Author."

Competing with other sociology students from the metropolitan area, Ronzitti is the first Lorton inmate ever to participate in the contest. Judged on the degree of sophistication of sociological theory, her paper focused on characteristics in children that appear related to their order of birth in a family and how those characteristics have manifested themselves in her life.

Ronzitti received a bachelor's degree in sociology and English from Old Dominion College and a paralegal certificate from George Washington University. She also has studied accounting for three years at various institutions, and hopes now to continue her education and pursue a career as a sociologist.

Ronzitti, who turned 50 last week, has served eight months in the Minimum Facility Annex at Lorton for embezzlement and theft. She is employed in a work program as a secretary at the facility and is expected to be released by the end of summer.