Top Scholar at St. Stephen's

Michael Puri, a 1990 graduate of St. Stephen's School, was selected by a panel of judges from the National Education Association and the Association of Secondary School Principals as one of the 20 "Top Scholars in the Nation." After nomination by his teachers, Puri was selected from 1,315 nominees from public and private high schools across the United States and U.S. school districts overseas. Candidates were judged on academic performance, honors, awards, rigors of academic pursuits, the ability to express themselves in writing, and leadership roles in activities on or off campus. The awards are sponsored by USA Today, the National Education Association and the Association of Secondary School Principals.

Puri was president of the National Latin Honor Society; captain of the St. Stephen's Latin Certamen team, which participates in Latin competitions; a member of the debate team and the Cum Laude Society; was a 1989 piano soloist at the Kennedy Center; performs benefit concerts in Alexandria; and is a volunteer at Goodwin House, a retirement home. Puri will attend Harvard University in the fall.

Service to Young People

Alexandrians Eunice Wright Jones and Gerald File were honored by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington at its fifth annual Congressional Dinner last month for their outstanding service to the needs of young people.

Jones, a vocational education teacher, is director of the Office of Sex Equity in Vocational Education for the D.C. public schools. Her office provides funding to help reduce unemployment among teenage parents, single parents and displaced homemakers.

File has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club since 1986 and is president of its board of directors. He has been active in fund-raising to help secure rental housing for the elderly and the disabled and low- and moderate-income residents. He serves as director of the Financial Services Department of Johnson Lemon & Company.

High-Achieving Scholar

Kevin M. Alston, a 1990 graduate of T.C. Williams High School, has been selected to receive a renewable $1,000 Achievement Scholarship for Outstanding Negro Students sponsored by the Dow Chemical Co. He was also one of 50 black students in Virginia to receive a full tuition, four-year achievement scholarship to the University of Virginia.

Alston participated in the 1987 Lufthansa German Student Exchange Program and lived in a German household for two weeks; is a member of the National Junior Honor Society; an academic all-American in football; and participates in the Francis Hammond Junior High School tutorial program.

Honors for Swim Team

The members of the Alexandria YMCA Flying Fish swim team captured two team titles and seven gold medals in the YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championships held last month in Orlando, Fla. The members of the team are Stephanie Bowers, Jenny Bracken, Nathalie Breszytensky, Jennifer Clarkson, Kate Conway, Alison Gallagher, Jack Heath, Andy Hollywood, Janney Hooff, Maremi Hooff, Bill Jarrett, Hayley Lattus, Kelly McCullough, Ted Pierson, Doug Salazar, Christie Secrest, Darin Van Tassell and Rodney Van Tassell. The team is composed of 13- to 18-year-olds.

Flying Fish coach John Flanagan was named 1990 YMCA Coach of the Year by coaches of the other 280 YMCA teams in the national championships. He has been coaching the Alexandria YMCA team for three years.

Va. State Bar Honorees

Five Alexandria lawyers have been honored for serving 50 years as members of the Virginia State Bar: Norman Bernheimer, Newell Blair, John S. Forsythe, Alfred A. Greenwood and William A. Royall. The Virginia State Bar, the administrative arm of the Virginia Supreme Court, regulates the legal profession, maintains standards among Virginia lawyers and sponsors public service events.

Coalition for Homeless

The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless Inc. (AACH) recently announced the election of officers for the 1990-91 year. The board is made up of Alexandrians Jim Hoben, president; Melinda Selden, first vice-president; Don Bradley, vice president for Alexandria programs; and Barbara Brenman Newman, recording secretary, and four Arlington members.

AACH is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and counseling for homeless families in Arlington and Alexandria. It operates Sullivan House in Arlington and a scattered site transitional housing program in Alexandria that currently serves eight families.

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