Three local artists were recently named top winners of a League of Reston Artists exhibition.

The annual fine art exhibition featured 56 works by 30 artist members of the league. Betty Ganley, Sally Hall and Jan Sherfy received Equal Merit awards.

The league is a volunteer organization open to area artists, photographers and others who are interested in the visual arts.

Donna Coe, a math resource teacher at Timber Lane Elementary School in the Falls Church area, has been awarded the William C. Lowry Teacher of the Year Award by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Coe has worked for Fairfax schools since 1985 as a classroom teacher and a Title I math lead teacher. She has also been a member of Gov. Mark R. Warner's Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools initiative, working on math projects with an elementary school in Portsmouth.

Coe earned degrees from Mary Washington College and the University of Virginia.

Six county high school students recently won first-place awards at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.

They are: Ryan Comes, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, physics category; Justin Solomon, Thomas Jefferson High School, computer science category; Nina Huffman, Langley High School, earth and space sciences category; and Melissa Marazzi, Mary Patterson and Ashley Pyon, Robinson Secondary School, in the team projects category.

The Edison High School Forensics and Debate Team recently took first place in the Virginia High School League State Forensics Tournament.

All of the members of Edison's team placed in the top seven in their respective events. They are:

J.R. Amoah, first place in serious dramatic interpretation; Sam Freier, third place in storytelling; Chiraag Khemlani, fourth place in foreign extemporaneous speaking; Jason Kobielus, first place, original oratory; Taylor McFarland, third place, domestic extemporaneous speaking; Ben Schmitt, second in foreign extemporaneous speaking; Jay Terry, second place, humorous dramatic interpretation; Ashley Walker, fifth place, prose interpretation; and Brittney Walker, fourth place in humorous dramatic interpretation.

Foster parents Mary and Paul Filipowicz of Springfield were recently honored by the Fairfax Bar Association. They received the association's annual Dennis Duffy Citizenship Award in recognition of their 30 years of service as foster parents to 186 children through Catholic Charities.

Most of the children the couple fostered were newborns who stayed for as long as five months. The children came from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and some had medical problems or special needs.

The Filipowiczes have five children and 13 grandchildren of their own, yet Mary Filipowicz would take time to write notes to a birth mother or adoptive parents about a foster baby's habits and would be generous in giving advice to other foster parents who would call her with questions, Catholic Charities said in a news release.

Katrin Maslyn of Fairfax Station has won the 2004 Howard M. Wilhelm Scholarship in Economics at James Madison University.

The scholarship is awarded to a junior majoring in economics who demonstrates academic excellence and promise in continuing his or her studies.

Maslyn, who is majoring in economics and political science, will participate in the university's overseas study program while attending the University of Florence in the fall.

Four county school students won first-place prizes at the recent Virginia History Day competition in Williamsburg. They are Colleen Fisher and Annie Laib of Springfield Estates Elementary School and Wade Rice and Bora Nam of West Potomac High School.

Fisher and Laib took the junior group documentary prize for their project, "Anesthesia: The Exploration of Painless Civil War Amputation." Rice's winning project in the senior individual documentary division was "The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 1828-1858." Nam's winner in the senior individual exhibit was "The Silk Roads."

-- Compiled by C. WOODROW IRVIN


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Betty Ganley, whose "Gulls & Dinghies" appears above, won an Equal Merit Award in a fine art exhibition sponsored by the League of Reston Artists.Mary and Paul Filipowicz were honored by the Fairfax County Bar Association for their care of 186 children during their 30 years as foster parents.