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Keenan Temin of Reston, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, spent his summer conducting scientific research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Temin, 17, who has a passion for robots, won the competitive Dr. Istvan Madaras SciTech Scholarship, which is awarded annually to three D.C.-area students. The scholarships made it possible for the students to attend the SciTech program at the Technion along with 34 other youths from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Serbia and Israel.

Now in its 19th year, the SciTech program is designed for high school juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest and ability in science and technology. SciTech students carry out research in a broad range of fields alongside Israel’s top scientific researchers, while experiencing dorm living and befriending peers from all over the world.

“I enjoyed the balance of research and time to just explore,” said Temin, who worked in the faculty of Civil Engineering on a project called “Damage Identification Testing.”

At TJ, Temin has taken courses in robotics, alternative energy systems, digital electronics and computer-aided design; and he was a member of his school’s team in the 2012 First Robotics Competition. He also built the fastest robot in his freshman Design and Technology class and placed second for an attack-and-defend robot in his sophomore robotics class.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology — a major source of innovation and brainpower in Israel — makes contributions in medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology.

SciTech was founded by the late Harry J. Stern of Sands Point, N.Y., a supporter of the Technion. Madaras, an accomplished cellist and pediatrician, died in a concentration camp during World War II. His daughter, also a supporter of the Technion, awards the scholarships in her father’s memory.

Leadership Fairfax to honor five

Leadership Fairfax has announced this year’s Northern Virginia Leadership Awards recipients: Terrence “Terre” Jones; John Mason; Final Salute Inc. and its founder, Jaspen Boothe; Excella Consulting; and Sean Duffy.

A panel of community and business leaders selected the award winners, whose service and commitment to the Northern Virginia community meet the leadership criteria of vision, innovation, courage and inspiration.

Jones, president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation, will receive the Regional Leadership Award. He was selected for his 40-year career in theater and the performing arts, and his work during 26 years at the Wolf Trap Foundation. There he positioned the organization as a premier center for integrating the performing arts, education, technology and environmental sustainability.

Mason, president and CEO of The Workhouse Arts Center, will receive the Trustee Leadership Award. He was selected for his efforts over the past 30 years in civic leadership as former mayor of the city of Fairfax; in transportation as a member of the Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Board; in environment as chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee; and in the arts as chair of the Arts Council of Fairfax County Board and Fairfax Symphony Orchestra board, and president of Spotlight on the Arts board.

Final Salute Inc. and its founder, Boothe, will receive the Nonprofit Leadership Award. Final Salute and Boothe were chosen for providing safe, suitable housing and services — such as employment assistance, transitional housing and workshops, counseling, mentorship and child care assistance — to homeless female veterans.

Excella Consulting will receive the Corporate Leadership Award. The company was chosen for its commitment to the nonprofit Homestretch, which helps homeless families gain self-sufficiency and stability and secure permanent affordable housing. Excella has contributed time, money, expertise and leadership through its high-impact community investment program, “ImpaX.”

Duffy, a teacher at Waples Mill Elementary School, will receive the Educational Leadership Award, sponsored by Northrup Grumman. Duffy was selected for inspiring students through the Children’s Conservation Science Program, which he founded at Waples Mill. His program led to Waples Mill being named a “Center of Excellence” school for environmental science.

LFI will honor all award recipients Nov. 8 at the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards at Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit community leadership organization that identifies current and emerging leaders and brings them together to study issues and effect positive change.

McLean school is home to national scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. and the College Board have recognized 21 members of The Potomac School’s Class of 2013 for achieving October 2011 PSAT/NMSQT scores that are among the top 50,000. About 1.5 million juniors took the test last year.

Nick Kensinger was recognized as both a National Merit Semifinalist and a National Hispanic Scholar.

Stacey Chiu, Charlotte Ferenbach, Julia Keller and Caroline Resor were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists.

Anthony Correia and Gabriel Corrochano were recognized as National Hispanic Scholars.

Rachel Chason, Randy Frank, Mary Kate Hall, Sam Jones, Jason Lerner, Michael Parent, Tommy Peele, Grant Pemberton, Cutler Reynolds, Tyler Smallwood, Sean Spasoff, Daniel Wasserman, Cope Whitney and Emma Wright were recognized as National Merit Commended Students.

Call for 2013 Best of Reston nominations

The Best of Reston honors businesses, organizations and individuals who have put forth tremendous effort in their commitment to community service and improving the lives of others in the greater Reston area. The annual event is produced in partnership by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith.

Nominations for the 2013 awards are now being accepted in five award categories: Individual Community Member, Civic/Community Organization, Small Business Leader (two to 100 employees), Corporate Business Leader (101 employees or more), and new this year, the Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Young Leaders — Entrusting Our Community’s Future Award.

Nominations may be submitted by individuals and organizations. Nomination forms and a list of previous award winners can be found online at or The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Nov. 19.

For more information, visit or call 571-323-9572.