Arlingtonian Honored For Service to HMO

Abraham Raizen, of Arlington, was recently honored by Group Health Association for "outstanding cooperative service" to the HMO. Raizen, a group health member who has served on various committees since 1948, is a semi-retired development consultant to the World Bank and several governments.

Gift to School

Ralph and Cassandra Bradley presented a $50,000 check to the Alexandria School Board last month in memory of their daughter, Staci Carol Lumpkin Bradley. The money will be used to renovate the lobby of T.C. Williams High School. Staci Bradley, who attended T.C. from 1985 to 1988, died of a congenital heart problem while a senior. She had earned an academic letter in a program that honors students with a grade point average of 3.25 (B+) or higher.

The donation, one of the largest private donations received by the city's public school system, will be used for new carpeting, lighting and display cases.

Swimming Scholarships

Scholarships were recently awarded to five graduating seniors of the Solotar Swim Team. Scholarship winners include Jessica Paul, of Reston, who will attend Brown University; Jennifer Bouch, of Chantilly, who will attend North Carolina State; Amy Tom, of Dumfries, who will attend Providence College; Shelly Bennett, of McLean, who will attend Miami University; and Karen Backhofen, of Herndon, who will attend Virginia Tech. The scholarships were sponsored by the Society of Professional Engineers, the Alumni Association and the Northern Virginia Music Teachers' Association.

Eagle Scout

Colin McCormick, of Vienna, has been awarded the Eagle Scout rank. A member of Troop 1539, McCormick planned and built a hiking trail connecting the Northern Virginia Bicycle Trail to Northside Park in Vienna to earn the rank.

Top Teacher-Historian

Carlyn Elder, history teacher and department chairman at Falls Church High School, has been selected as one of two Outstanding Teacher-Historians by the United States Capitol Historical Society. Elder, chosen from candidates representing 19 school districts in Washington, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, has published articles on creative and technological teaching techniques in national and international publications.

Science Project Winner

Andrew Yaphe, an eighth-grader at Longfellow Intermediate School in Falls Church, was recently awarded $500 by the Historians of Science Society for his project "Galileo's Astronomy and the Undermining of the Church" in a national competition.

March of Dimes Award

Kathleen A. Sheeran, executive director of the National Organization of Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting in Reston, recently was awarded a $20,000 grant from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. She plans to use the award to help local communities evaluate their adolescent pregnancy prevention programs.

Woman of the Year

Gloria Bohan, of Falls Church, recently won the Woman of the Year Award given by the Network of Entrepreneurial Women. Bohan, president and founder of Omega Travel, was chosen for turning a modest travel agency into a successful business.

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