2 Teachers Honored
JoAnn E. DeMaria, a sixth-grade teacher at Hutchinson Elementary School, and George T. Dewey III, a physics teacher from Chantilly High School, have been selected by the National Science Foundation to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. DeMaria and Dewey will each receive a $7,500 grant to be used to improve science programs at their schools.
Douglas F. Acton, a 1990 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, was recently awarded a $450 scholarship by the Planetary Society. Acton is a physics major at the University of Virginia.
2 Make Eagle Scouts
David Taxson and Randy Orndorff, of Boy Scout Troop 1537, were awarded Eagle ranks this week at the Women's Club of Falls Church. Both will graduate from G.C. Marshall High School in Fairfax in June. Orndorff's project was to paint and refurbish the Madison High School gymnasium, accumulating almost 800 hours of time by volunteers. Taxson's project was organizing volunteers to work with the homeless of Washington, providing ground covers, toiletries and food for 100 street people.
Daniel Kerchner, of Falls Church, a 1990 graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and a freshman at Cornell University, was recently awarded the American Helicopter Society Federal City Chapter Scholarship for $1,000.
Faith Cinquegrana, a sophomore at Langley High School, was recently named Virginia's Youth Conservationist of the Year by the Virginia Wildlife Federation. A volunteer at the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District office, Cinquegrana presented two science projects about the effect of construction on nearby trees that helped urge the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to strengthen erosion and sediment regulations.
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