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Reston: Local Students Win National recognition at Junior Theater Festival

Students from Lopez Studios, Inc. in Reston won a Freddie G Award for Excellence in Ensemble Work and student Kendyl Florence earned a Freddie G Outstanding Student Director and Choreographer at the 2016 Junior Theater Festival, held Jan. 15, 16 and 17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga.

Reston: New Managing Director at Helios HR

Madelyne D’Angelo is the new managing director at Reston-based Helios HR, a human capital management and talent acquisition firm.

Alexandria: Tragedy and Charity For Deputy Sheriff

Hardships continue for deputy sheriff, while family and coworkers help.

People at the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department say good things about Sergeant Chris O’Dell, but one of the most telling stories about O’Dell is when he saved an inmate’s life in August 2014.

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People at Work: Keeping the City Safe in Snowstorm

Team works 24/7.

It is Thursday before the big snowstorm predicted to hit the D.C. area with up to two feet of snow.

Neighbors: Taylor Run

Forty-eight years ago was the first time a group of children from three families on Shuter’s Hill went caroling during the Christmas break. They needed something to do because so much Christmas activity happened before Christmas when youths were still in school.

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Alexandria Digs Out From Epic Snowstorm

"Obviously this was a historic event that pushed us to the brink."–Yon Lambert

After days of being at a standstill, Alexandria is slowly recovering after nearly two feet of snow paralyzed the city in the worst single storm to hit the area since the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922.

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Kilmer Middle School Student Writes Prize Winning Essay

Catherine Tadlock, an eighth-grader at the Joyce Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, won first place in the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA) Middle School Essay Contest.

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Centreville Snapshot: Annual Holiday Program

The children of Clifton Children’s Academy performed their annual Holiday Program for parents Dec. 15, at the Sully Government Center. The preschool students created holiday art projects to decorate the center. Clifton Children’s Academy, started in 1997, serves families in the Clifton, Chantilly and Centreville areas. Pictured is the Panda Class, with teacher Natalia Malley and Program Director / teacher Vanessa Kott, students from left are Charles Kurzinger, Lexi van de Graaff, Julia Young, Taylor Hoffman, Arjun Sinha, Penelope Pappas, Cristiano Marquez and Charleigh Kinnie.

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Centreville Snapshot: Cadet of the Month

Sophomore Jonathan Sison (left) of Centreville accepts the December 2015 Cadet of the Month award from Marine Military Academy Superintendent Col. R. Glenn Hill.

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Great Falls Girl Scout Troop 1991 Earns the Silver Award

The girls of Great Falls Girl Scout Cadette Troop 1991 earned the organization’s Silver Award—the highest award for a Girl Scout Cadette.

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Fairfax County Snapshot: Pajama Donations

On Dec. 17, preschool and elementary school students from eight Chesterbrook Academy locations in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fairfax and Herndon joined together at Chesterbrook Academy Kids Campus in Chantilly to sort toy and pajama donations they collected and pack them up for delivery. The toys were donated to children in the Northern Virginia area through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The 117 sets of pajamas collected were donated to the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, which assists families experiencing homelessness.

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Centreville Resident: ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’

“American Idol” sends Westfield’s Sara Sturm to Hollywood.

It’s too early to know whether Centreville resident Sara Sturm will be the next American Idol; but at least, she has a chance. That’s because, after auditioning on the singing-competition show that aired Jan. 13 on national TV, she received a golden ticket to Hollywood.

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Vienna Girl Scout Aids in Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Meghan Parmer, a 15–year-old Girl Scout from Vienna and member of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Council, completed Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Retreat Destination.

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New Eagle Scouts in Vienna and Oakton

Austin Allison, James Crowley, Cameron Farmer, of Oakton, and Tate Wilhelm (Vienna) received their Eagle Scout designation at a Troop 152 Court of Honor at the Vienna Presbyterian Church. Friends, family, community members and BSA leaders attended the celebration.

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Great Falls Makes the Best of the Blizzard

Great Falls takes a snow day.