Optimist Election

William S. Howe Jr., of Fairfax County, recently was elected governor of the Capital-Virginia District of Optimist International. A member of the Optimist Club of Chantilly since its founding in 1970, the retired army officer also was administrator in the Fairfax County public schools from 1971 to 1988.

Boy's Name for Robot Wins

Eleven-year-old Bryan Esteas, of Chantilly, recently was presented the New Life Safety Education Tool by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Bryan received the award for naming the new remote-control robotic dalmatian, which will be used to provide life-safety information to young children. The name "K-911" was selected from more than 50 suggestions submitted to Fire Station 15 in Chantilly.

Two Teachers Honored

JoAnn E. DeMaria, a sixth-grade teacher at Hutchinson Elementary School, and George T. Dewey III, a physics teacher at 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 each will receive a $7,500 grant to be used to improve their schools' science programs.

Planetary Scholarship

Douglas F. Acton, a 1990 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, recently was awarded a $450 scholarship by the Planetary Society. Acton is enrolled at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he majors in physics.

Troop 1537 Eagle Scouts

David Taxson and Randy Orndorff of Boy Scout Troup 1537 have been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. 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 volunteers' time. Taxson's project was to organize volunteers to work with homeless people in Washington, providing ground covers, toiletries and food for 100 people.

Helicopter Scholarship

Daniel Kerchner, of Falls Church, a 1990 graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and now a freshman at Cornell University, recently was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the American Helicopter Society Federal City Chapter.

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