Volunteers from BB&T Bank spent a recent morning decorating a brand-new library — The Wes Spraul Children's Library — at the Easter Seals Child Development Center in Falls Church.
They installed books, shelves and furniture — all donations from the bank to Easter Seals – and read to the children, helped with arts and crafts, and even showed off their best aerobic dance moves.
The library was dedicated to Spraul, a Fleet Marine Force Navy corpsman and wounded warrior, who died in February. He was the husband of Angela Spraul of Annandale and father of Alana and Ava Spraul. Both girls attend the Falls Church center and participate in the Easter Seals Military Family Respite Program.
“Easter Seals truly appreciates the assistance of BB&T in creating a new library for our children and honoring the memory of Wes Spraul,” said Center Director Sophia Berry. “Wes was a wonderful father to his two girls, who continue to carry on his joyful spirit every day and make the center a happier place.”
The books and furnishings eventually will be transferred to a new center, scheduled to open in November on Hunton Avenue in Falls Church.
“We are very fortunate to partner with Easter Seals and observe the direct impact that the organization has on the daily lives of these children,” said BB&T Bank volunteer Kelley Redfern.
Easter Seals Child Development Centers serve children with and without disabilities, from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The centers provide early childhood education, child care, early intervention and parental support.
Easter Seals provides services to ensure that all people with disabilities and other special needs, including wounded warriors, veterans and their families, have equal opportunities to lead full and productive lives.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named these 15 Fairfax County Public Schools graduates from the class of 2013 as winners of its college-sponsored scholarships.
• Langley High School: Christie Goddard, Virginia Tech; and Praveena Mylvaganam, University of Maryland.
• Madison High School: Faith Tetlow, University of Southern California.
• Marshall High School: Nicholas Kemp, Northwestern University.
• McLean High School: Joshua Higbee, Brigham Young University.
• Robinson Secondary School: Anagha Srikanth, American University.
• Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: Kirsten Cardinal, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; David Gao, University of Chicago; Genevieve Gural, Virginia Tech; Thomas Hay, Northeastern University; Karina Hemmendinger, Case Western Reserve University; Amanda Nelson, Denison University; and Vaughn Varma, Rochester Institute of Technology.
• Woodson High School: Christian Burruss, Virginia Tech; and Minyeop Lee, University of Chicago.
College-sponsored merit scholarships provide $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Nationwide, about 7,800 students have won Merit Scholarship awards in 2013.
Hannah Chartoff of Fairfax and Kathryn Stolp of Vienna are participating in The White House Internship Program this summer.
Chartoff is a student at Duke University. Stolp attends James Madison University. In all, 147 students from colleges and universities all over the country were accepted for this summer's session.
The program is designed to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership roles. Interns gain professional experience in one of several White House departments.
Students interested in applying for the spring 2014 program can visit www.whitehouse.gov/internships.
A new copper roof made of 95-percent recycled material atop the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna has earned the outdoor concert pavilion a North American Copper in Architecture Award.
After 30 years, weather had taken a toll on the original copper roof, causing it to leak. Copper was chosen for this project because the architect, Gauthier Alvarado Associates, wanted to stick with the original design and preserve the roof using the same long-lasting material.
Also participating in the reroofing project were the sheet metal contractor, The James Myers Co. Inc., and the general contractor, MarChuk Construction Co. Inc.
Established in 2008, the copper industry's NACIA awards promote projects that display innovation and excellence in architectural copper applications. Wolf Trap is one of 14 projects, among a mix of government buildings, academic facilities, houses of worship and others, receiving a 2013 NACIA award.
• Connor Murphy and Victoria Jane Nelson are attending the second annual Marine Corps Recruiting Command Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy this week at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Murphy is a rising senior at Westfield High School. Nelson is a rising junior at Centreville High School.
Ninety-two rising juniors and seniors from across the United States are participating in activities intended to introduce youth into the military life.
The academy will educate high school leaders about Marine Corps officer programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.
• Army 2nd Lt. Robert Rhein has graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Rhein has served in the military for one year. He is a 2006 graduate of W.T. Woodson High School.
• Air Force Airmen Kevin McGee and Jeffrey White, Air National Guard Airmen 1st Class Joshua Lewis and Sarah Sanderson, and Air Force Reserve Airman Allison Queen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
McGee, son of Tasha and Kevin McGee of Fresno, Calif., is a 2011 graduate of Centreville High School.
White, son of Sheila White of Alexandria, is a 2012 graduate of Thomas Edison High School.
Lewis, son of Richard Lewis of Alexandria, is a 2012 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.
Sanderson earned distinction as an honor graduate. The daughter of Wendy Liebl of Alexandria, Sanderson is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.
Queen, daughter of Bob and Windy Queen of Springfield, is a 2012 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.
• Army Pfc. Maceo Blount III and Army Reserve Pvt. Bumki Sohn have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Blount is a 2010 graduate of Thomas Edison High School.
Sohn, son of Songkyun and Youngsoon Sohn of Springfield, is a 2012 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School.