Roxanne A. Bauland
National Safety Patrol Lifesaver Award
When Roxanne A. Bauland, 11, reported for safety patrol duty one day in February, she thought it would be another routine morning of making sure the children in her Fairfax County neighborhood got on the bus safely. But routine turned to heroism when a 6-year-old girl running across the street toward the bus began choking on a piece of hard candy.
The American Automobile Association has honored Roxanne's actions with the 1999 National Safety Patrol Lifesaver Award.
"She started getting pale and she was like coughing rapidly so that's basically a hint that she was choking," Roxanne said.
Roxanne ran to the girl and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which she said she learned in the Girl Scouts when she was in first grade, and from a chart that hangs at home. She then walked the girl back to her house to get a drink of water.
"I didn't want to scare her and tell her that she was choking on the piece of candy. I told her that something bad could have happened, and she now understands that she shouldn't eat candy while going down hill," Roxanne said.
When Roxanne got to school, she told her teacher and went about her day as if nothing had happened. Only weeks after, when her teacher nominated her for the award, did her mother find out.
"I didn't think it was that important. Saving a life is important, but that doesn't mean you have to get an award, you can keep the memory with you," said the fifth-grader at Fairhill Elementary School.
Roxanne will complete her first year in the safety patrol this month and plans to continue monitoring her bus stop next school year. When she's not "on duty" or at school, Roxanne keeps busy on the dance, soccer and basketball teams. She enjoys singing, likes to talk on the phone and has begun baby-sitting.
She is one of seven students across the country to receive the safety patrol award.
1999 Distinguished Principal
The Fairfax County School Board recently honored Mantua Elementary School Principal Ellen Schoetzau for her selection as a 1999 National Distinguished Principal.
Schoetzau was nominated and selected to be Virginia's National Distinguished Principal by her fellow principals for achievements above and beyond those expected. She was chosen through a statewide search process conducted by the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. The national award is given by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education.
Earth Day Design Winner
Steve Powell, a software engineer from Fairfax, created the winning design selected for the Alexandria Earth Day '99 festival held last month. His design incorporates the Old Town waterfront and features three of the city's historic landmarks: City Hall, the Friendship Firehouse and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. The design was used on Alexandria Earth Day promotional materials such as T-shirts and the cover of the 1999 Alexandria Earth Day Almanac. Powell also received a $1,000 cash award from the Alexandria Earth Day Committee, which sponsored the competition.
Recipe Contest Winner
Manuel Albright, a senior at Annandale High School, was the state winner at the 10th annual National High School Recipe Contest sponsored by Johnson and Wales University. Albright, of the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, received a $1,000 renewable tuition scholarship for his creation of Mexican-style Grilled Fish with Mango Salsa.
Teachers to Attend Ecology Camps
Four Fairfax County teachers were awarded scholarships by the Fairfax Audubon Society to attend week-long National Audubon Society Ecology camps. Alice C. Carpenter and Harold S. Williamson, both second-grade teachers at North Springfield Elementary School, will attend the camp in Connecticut; Julia Taylor Greer, a fifth-grade teacher at Flint Hill School in Vienna, and Arlene Rosenbusch, a third-grade teacher at Little Run Elementary School in Fairfax, both will attend the camp in Maine.
John Edward Niles
Elizabeth Campbell Award
John Edward Niles, the artistic director of the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, has been given the Elizabeth Campbell Award for his contribution to the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington.
He received the award from the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources.
Under Niles's leadership, the Opera Theatre has presented critically acclaimed productions of lesser-known works by well-known composers. He also has provided a showcase for young artists, and through the annual children's opera--also under his domain--he has brought the art form to thousands of area children.
John T. McCracken
Spirit of Community Award
Arlington resident John T. McCracken received the 1999 Spirit of Community Award from the Arlington Community Foundation.
He was recognized for the many leadership positions he has held in Arlington groups for the past 25 years. Some of these organizations include the Planning Commission, Friends of George Mason University Committee, Economic Development Commission, Arlington Sister City Association, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington Sports Commission and the Arlington Soccer Association.
Along with the award, the Arlington Community Foundation has established the John T. McCracken Fund, which will provide support for foster children and others with special needs.
Walter L. Mess
Honored by the Regional Park Authority
Falls Church resident Walter L. Mess was honored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Board for his 40 years of service. To commemorate his 40th year with the authority--which just turned 40--and his 23rd year as board chairman, the agency named its headquarters building at 5400 Ox Rd. in Fairfax, as the Walter L. Mess Building. Mess is the original representative from Falls Church to the authority.
Alexandria Awards for Successful Aging
Senior Citizens Honored
Two Alexandria senior citizens were honored last month for their contributions to the community at the City of Alexandria's Successful Aging Luncheon.
Lois Van Valkenburgh received the Annie B. Rose Lifetime Achievement Award. Valkenburgh, the chairman of the Alexandria Commission on Aging, has served on the Alexandria Community Services Board and on the board of directors for the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau. She was also recognized for her lead role in the organization of the 1998 Successful Aging Expo and the annual Alexandria Walk to Fight Breast Cancer.
Morton B. Moyer Jr., a standing member and past chairman of the city's Social Services Advisory Board, received the Excellence in Aging Award for his outstanding contributions to elevating the quality of life for older Alexandria residents. He is also the past chair of the Alexandria Commission on Aging.
Marilyn Dicke and Katie Ross
Two Northern Virginia hot-line volunteers, Marilyn Dicke, of Reston, and Katie Ross, of Arlington, received Citizen Awards from the Fairfax County Police Deparment at a ceremony in April for their actions and assistance to officers on March 7 in calming a distraught individual who had called the hot line and was threatening suicide.
Catholic Charities Awards
The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington recently presented several awards to volunteers. Pat Cunningham, of Reston, received the Dorothy Bird Daly Award for Social Services for her work in the Children's Services program at Catholic Charities; Dafne Murgia, of Alexandria, received the Monsignor Joseph Wingler Award for her dedication to providing and ensuring basic necessities for people in the community in crisis or in chronic need; and Pat Seiler, of Fairfax County, received the Monsignor Geno Baroni Award for Social Justice. She coordinates and organizes outreach at St. Mary of Sorrow parish in Fairfax.
Also awarded at the ceremony was the St. Francis of Assisi Award for Community Action, presented to 26 foster families and family homes. The St. Martin de Porres Award of Outstanding Volunteers was presented to The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and to 17 volunteers at the second language program at Hogar Hispano, both of Northern Virginia.
The Virginia State Bar awarded the Freddie Mac Legal Division the 1999 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. Since 1991, the division staff has worked many hours assisting Legal Services of Northern Virginia--an organization that provides free legal services in civil matters to residents who have low incomes, mental or physical disabilities or HIV/AIDS or are elderly.
The City of Alexandria was recognized as a "Tree City USA" community by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The city will receive a plaque, a Tree City USA flag and community entrance signs to denote the award.
CAPTION: Safety patrol guard Roxanne A. Bauland, center, practices the patrol pledge with a couple of friends while waiting for the bus. Roxanne, 11, received a national award from the American Automobile Association for saving another child from choking.