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People Notes

Aug. 21, 2002

<lst>Send announcements to The Reston Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to reston@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Questions? Call Michael O'Connell at 703-917-6449.

Alfred and Emilse Wolff announce the engagement of their son Andrew Wolff to Janna Short. Andrew Wolff is a 1988 graduate of South Lakes High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Virginia Tech in 1993. He is the director of strategic alliances at Aether Systems in Baltimore, Md.

The bride-to-be is from Ocean Pines, Md. In 1995, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park. In 1998, she earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Texas. Short is an associate with Jiranek, Goldman & Minton, PC. The couple plans a March wedding.

Jodie Monger Gray of Herndon has been appointed as the alumni trustee on the board of trustees of Juniata College in Huntingdon, Penn. Gray's term of service will run from September 2002 through August 2005. A native of Lancaster, Penn., Gray is the president of Customer Relationship Metrics LC, a firm specializing in customer service consulting. She is a 1988 graduate of Juniata College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1988. Gray is a member of the Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce and served on the Reston Community Center board of governors from 1996 to 1999. She is also a member of the Women President's Organization.

James Tyler Hickman was selected for the Dean's list with high honors at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Penn. High honors are awarded to students who achieve a QPA of at least 3.75. James, 2000 Herndon High School graduate, is a junior majoring in economics in Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is the son of Randy and Evi Hickman of Herndon.

<sh>Roberts Interns at Kennedy Center

<bt>Becky Roberts of Herndon is serving as a summer internship by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as part of the Vilar Center for Arts Management. Roberts works in the advertising department with Wendi Thomas, the Kennedy Center's media and promotion manager.

A 1999 graduate of Herndon High School, Roberts is a rising senior at Penn State University in State College, Penn., where she will receive a B.A. in advertising in May 2003. At Penn State, she was a recipient of the Edward R. Hintz Music Scholarship and is a member of the National Collegiate Honor Society.

While at Herndon High, Roberts played the oboe in the Herndon band and traveled nationwide with the Wind Ensemble. She also played bass drum in the Herndon marching band. At Penn State, she studies the oboe under the instruction of Timothy Hurtz and is a member of the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra. Roberts does advertising sales for the Daily Collegian, the school's student-run newspaper, and is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority.

After receiving her undergraduate degree, Roberts will be seeking a job in advertising with a focus on media planning.

<sh>Smith Third in Model Kit Competition

<bt>Aaron Smith of Reston won third place in the "science fiction and fantasy scratchbuild" category of the International Plastic Modeler's Society. Smith, who is a senior at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., has been building models for ten years but only recently became interested in scratchbuilding.

Scratchbuilding is a term that hobbyists use to describe models that are built from scratch. It is the same method that Hollywood special effects experts use to create spaceships or fantasy vehicles.

Smith used a medicine bottle, the foot of a computer stand, and backpacks from old action figures to create his prize-winning model.

Although Smith is new to IPMS, he plans to join the chapter in Bloomington.