Fay Slotnick

Received volunteer award

When Fay Slotnick moved from New Jersey to Alexandria three years ago, she turned to volunteering was a way to find a place in her new surroundings.

"I needed a way to put down some roots and get connected to the community," said the retired lawyer. "Volunteering was the way to do it." She signed up with the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau, an organization that finds jobs for volunteers, and soon was involved in a handful of activities, most of them involving children. For her work, Slotnick won the 1999 Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer. It was presented by the Governor's Commission on National and Community Service.

Tutoring is Slotnick's passion, and for the past three years she has been working with fourth-graders at Jefferson Houston Elementary School. For several hours each week she focuses on reading and language-arts skills with two students. "Children love having that special time," Slotnick said. "I've become a little bit of a class mother. I sometimes go on class trips and show up at class parties."

For the past two years, Slotnick, 52, has also been mentoring a teenager through the Alexandria Department of Human Services' My Pal program. They get together every week or so and go shopping or to the movies, or the teenager has dinner at Slotnick's house.

She also coordinates volunteers for Food and Friends, an organization that delivers meals to homebound people with AIDS and acts as a court-appointed special advocate for juveniles in the court system. In addition, Slotnick serves on the boards of the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau and the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. Slotnick uses her home computer to keep track of her busy schedule. She says she enjoys being so busy and feels lucky that she can use her time to help others. "I'm not a very structured person," she said. "I do need to make commitments so that I feel I am doing something in this world that I can make a difference in."

Slotnick and her husband have three grown children.

Tracy S. Williams

Won scholarship

Tracy S. Williams, of Springfield, received a $3,000 scholarship from the Siemens Foundation for her performance on the College Board Advanced Placement examinations in science, mathematics and technology. She is one of 24 students nationwide to win the award. Tracy is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Ralph Schobitz

Recognized for excellence in food service

Ralph Schobitz, of Fairfax County, was recognized recently with a 2000 Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence Silver Rising Star Award. He is the Alexandria school system's food service director. Schobitz was one of nine professionals honored nationwide last month in Seattle.

Lin Noyes

Received scholarship award

Lin Noyes, of Falls Church, received the 1999 Outstanding Gerontology Student Scholarship Award from the Virginia Association on Aging. Noyes is the director of the Family Respite Center in Falls Church and is a doctoral candidate at the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University.

James Pohlman

Honored for community work

James Pohlman, of Alexandria, was selected as a National Point of Light for his work in the Library of Congress Talking Books program. The program provides recorded cassettes and players free of charge to the elderly, the homebound and those with special needs, particularly the blind, visually impaired and reading disabled.

Pohlman has logged more than 600 hours repairing machines and narrating books. The Points of Light Foundation honors individuals and organizations who have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet needs in their communities.

Andrew Rankin

Selected to attend photography summit

Andrew Rankin, of Alexandria, has been granted a scholarship by the North American Nature Photography Association to attend their sixth annual summit in Austin this month. Andrew was among 10 students selected nationwide for their interest and demonstrated aptitude in advancing environmental awareness through photography. Andrew is a senior at T.C. Williams High School.

Cintia Z. Johnson

Named Arlington's principal of the year

Cintia Z. Johnson, of Oak Hill, was named Arlington's Principal of the Year. A 12-year veteran of Arlington's public schools with 21 years of experience as an educator, Johnson has headed Patrick Henry Elementary since 1994. The School Board will host a reception in Johnson's honor tonight at 7:30 at Arlington Educational Center, 1426 N. Quincy St. The reception is free and open to the public.

Judith Bell

Won film award

Judith Bell, of Arlington, was one of three winners of the 1999 Governor's Screenwriting Competition, sponsored by the Virginia Film Office. The competition is designed to promote the accomplishments of Virginia writers, to promote the future of the filmmaking in the state. Bell's entry is called "Going Places." She won $1,000.

Allison Miller

Finalist for inventor award

Allison Miller, of Arlington, was one of 40 finalists in Amazon.com Toy Quest, a contest for youngsters to design and create their dream toys. Children 12 and under were asked to submit their dream toy ideas. Allison, 8, traveled to New York last month with the other finalists to submit her idea, the Trouble Doll. She was not among the two winners.

Walter Mess

Receives humanitarian award

Walter Mess, of Falls Church, received the Lions of Virginia Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Falls Church Lions Club. Award recipients are individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to the ideal of rendering humanitarian services to the less fortunate.

Four Virginia students selected as UPN 20 Kids

Nolan Brownlee of Alexandria, Adam Robbins of Reston, Hannah Burlingame of Springfield and Karen Valasquez of Falls Church have been chosen as this year's UPN 20 Kids. UPN 20 Kids host on-air public service announcements focusing on issues important to young people, provide voice-overs during youth programming and appear at UPN 20 events. In August they competed in an open audition with 300 students; eight were selected.

Hannah attends Saratoga Elementary, Karen attends George Mason Middle School, Adam attends Langston Hughes Middle School and Nolan attends James K. Polk Elementary.


The Freddie Mac Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Literary Council of Northern Virginia to support the council's Family Learning Project, a partnership with Fairfax County Head Start. The Family Learning Project provides a supportive environment for families to work together to promote mutual learning through activities that develop English language and reading skills.

CAPTION: Fay Slotnick won the 1999 Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer for her various endeavors.