News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
** Toby Howard of McLean, a student at James Madison University, and Victoria Heidt of Vienna, a student at the College of William and Mary, have been inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society.
They were among 350 new initiates from 17 universities in October.
** Jaime Arbesfeld of Oakton recently was initiative into the Clemson University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.
** Kaavya Radhakrishnan, a junior at Langley High School, earned the highest possible composite score – 36 – on the ACT college-entrance exam conducted this summer.
Less than one-half of 1 percent of students taking the test – which measures competencies in English, math, reading and science – score at the top.
“A student’s exceptional score of 36 will provide any college or university with ample evidence of their readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead,” said ACT CEO Janet Goodwin.
** Susan Weinhardt of Vienna recently participated in Emerson College’s production of “Baltimore,” which ran from Oct. 28-31 at the Semel Theater in Boston.
Weinhardt is majoring in stage and production management.
Piper Phillips of McLean participated in the Emerson College production of “Marie Antoinette,” which ran from Nov. 18-21 at the Greene Theater in Boston.
Phillips is majoring in design/technology.
** Anton Kopti of McLean performed with the chorale and concert choirs in Bridgewater College’s Holiday Extravaganza Concerts.
** For the second year in a row, Flint Hill Elementary School has been named a “Purple Star School” for its support of military families.
The annual recognition is presented by the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Eleven Fairfax County Public Schools received the designation this year.
To qualify, schools must meet several criteria establishing their commitment to meeting the needs of students in military families.
The recognition program was established in 2019.
** The Fairfax County Park Foundation recently presented Northrop Grumman representatives with a 2021 award for Distinguished Private-Sector Service from the Virginia Recreational & Park Society, saluting its efforts connecting local students to the environment.
Northrop Grumman was named a winner on Oct. 26 at the state organization’s annual conference, held in Harrisonburg.
Since 2001, Northrop Grumman has provided more than $169,000 to support environmental education in Fairfax County parks. Much of the funding supported the Meaningful Watershed Environmental Education (MWEE) programs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, which engage fourth- and seventh-grade students in hands-on, educational field trips focusing on the importance of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
In 2020, when COVID shuttered schools and parks, the aerospace and defense company allowed Hidden Oaks to modify its in-person, hands-on MWEE field trips and use the $10,000 donation to provide online programming to students in county elementary and middle schools.
The videos, in English and Spanish, taught students about oceans, stream monitoring, phases of the moon, turtles and other environmental topics.
The Virginia Recreational & Park Society is a private, nonprofit professional organization founded in 1953. Its purpose is to unite all professionals, students and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in Virginia into one body. The Fairfax County Parks Foundation serves as the fund-raising arm to help the Fairfax County Park Authority.