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MCA Presents Teen Character Awards

From left, Teen Character Award winners Ben Wang, McLean Citizens Association President Sally Horn, Alex Soltany, William Davis, school board member Janie Strauss, Alex Riddell, Anna Pope, Charlotte Heffelmire, Jade Davis, Azeta Peters and Ben Wiles of Fairfax County. Not pictured are winners Bel Kelly-Russo, Cameron Thompson and Arjan Peters.

From left, Teen Character Award winners Ben Wang, McLean Citizens Association President Sally Horn, Alex Soltany, William Davis, school board member Janie Strauss, Alex Riddell, Anna Pope, Charlotte Heffelmire, Jade Davis, Azeta Peters and Ben Wiles of Fairfax County. Not pictured are winners Bel Kelly-Russo, Cameron Thompson and Arjan Peters. Photo by Alex McVeigh.

— The McLean Citizens Association presented 11 local teenagers with their Teen Character Awards during McLean Day Saturday.

"This is the 16th year we are presenting the award. It recognizes and show’s appreciation for teenagers who have contributed significantly to the welfare of a family or community member, and it intended to inspire other teenagers to demonstrate similarly exemplary behavior toward their family and neighbors," said Sally Horn, president of the MCA.

Eligible for award: Students who are in seventh-12th grade, and reside in McLean or Langley Districts and participate in an activity performed continually, voluntarily, initiated by the teen, which has not been previously recognized, is without compensation or unpaid internship, and is not school or church related. Not competitive award, recognize nominees who meet criteria.

The honorees were McLean High School sophomores Charlotte Heffelmire, Arjan Peters and freshmen Jade Davis and Azita Peters, along with Langley High School seniors Anna Pope, Cameron Thompson, junior William Davis, Bel Kelly-Russo and sophomore Alex Riddell, as well as St. Albans junior Alex Soltany and Cooper Middle School eighth grader Ben Wang.