The McLean Chamber of Commerce has announced its Community Award winners for 2013, offering special recognition to James R. Makely, recipient of the first Mark C. Lowham Community Engagement Excellence Award.
The other winners are Ann Seaman, Community Leadership Award; Del. James Scott, Community Leadership Award; Pamela Danner and Tom Mangan, Mary Kingman Pillar of McLean Recognition Award; Sally Horn, MCA president, Community Impact Award; and Glenn Yarborough, Greater McLean Chamber and McLean Rotary Citizen of the Year.
Awards also will be presented to the fire and police departments: Ana Mittal, Administrative Volunteer of the Year; Lt. Antonio Trammell, Firefighter of the Year; Pfc. Chris Barr, Police Officer of the Year; and Robert Moseley, Auxiliary Police Officer of the Year.
Those individuals as well as winnersof the 2013 Business Awards will be recognized Oct. 1 at the Chamber’s fourth annual Suits and Sneakers event. For more, visit www.mcleanchamber.org.
• Army 2nd Lt. Michael Hawkinson has graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He received a medical degree and was commissioned to the rank of captain, with a minimum seven-year active duty service commitment.
Hawkinson has served in the military for four years. The son of Brian and Deb Hawkinson of Alexandria, Hawkinson graduated in 2004 from West Potomac High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 from the University of Virginia.
The university is a tuition-free institution with a medical school that trains men and women for careers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Public Health Service as health care practitioners, physicians and scientists.
• Army Cadet Patrick Smith has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course.
Smith, son of Thomas and Kelly Smith of Springfield, is a student at Clemson University in South Carolina.
• Army Cadets Remso Martinez, William Conley, William Austin, Eugine Youn, Julia Gehrke and Joseph Esteva have graduated from the Army ROTC Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.
During the four-week internship, college students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.
Martinez, son of Kimberly and Remso Martinez of Clifton, graduated in 2013 from Centreville High School. He will be attending Marion Military Institute in Alabama.
Conley, son of William Conley of Springfield and Lowry Book of Garner, N.C., graduated in 2013 from Wakefield High School in Arlington. He will be attending New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell.
Austin, son of Edward and Christine Austin of Vienna, graduated in 2013 from George C. Marshall High School. He will be attending Wentworth Military College in Lexington, Mo.
Youn, daughter of Sugkee and Kyungyae Youn of Centreville, graduated in 2010 from Chantilly High School. She is a student at the University of Virginia.
Gehrke, daughter of Darlene and Clifford Gehrke of Fort Belvoir, is a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Esteva, son of Jaime and Lisa Esteva of Alexandria, graduated in 2011 from Thomas Edison High School. He is a student at the University of Virginia.
• Army Specs. Andrew Heard and Kevin Carter, Army National Guard Spec. Ethan Selleck, Army Pfcs. Courtney Hess, Tasheion Christie, Elizabeth Ramirez and Jesse Grigsby, and Army Reserve Pfc. Emperor Williams have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Heard, son of Jonathan and Judy Heard of Alexandria, is a 2004 graduate of Hayfield Secondary School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from DeSales University in Allentown, Pa.
Carter, son of Kim and Anthony Carter of Alexandria, is a 2008 graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y.
Selleck, son of Philip Selleck and Deborah Nordeen, both of Falls Church, is a 2008 graduate of East Stroudsburg Area High School South in Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia.
Hess is the daughter of Jodie and James Mason of Fort Belvoir.
Christie is the daughter of Paige Heber and Patricia Hagnet, and niece of Alfred Heber, all of Reston.
Ramirez is a 2009 graduate of South County Secondary School.
Grigsby, son of John and Jennifer Grigsby of Alexandria, is a 2011 graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School.
Williams, brother of Nefertiti Williams of Alexandria, earned an associate degree in 2010 from Everest College in Arlington.
• 2nd Lt. Stephanie Marris has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in engineering. She is training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., to work as a Cyber Operations Officer. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
AB Alexander Marris has graduated from the Air Force Basic Training in the top 10 percent of his class, earning distinction as an honor graduate. He enlisted in the Air Force last April and is in Air Traffic Control School at Keesler Air Force Base. He graduated from Robinson Secondary School.
Stephanie and Alexander Marris are the daughter and son of Randy and Maria Marris of Fairfax.
Catherine “Catey” Susco and Christopher Susco of Clifton received Scouting’s highest awards Sept. 21 at a joint Court of Honor at St. Timothy’s Church in Chantilly.
Catey, a junior, earned her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts, and Christopher, a freshman, earned his Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts. Both are students at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.
“Concussion Awareness: Getting your head back in the game,” a research project that culminated in production of a video and posters, was Catey’s Gold Award project. Catey had suffered a concussion as a freshman varsity softball player at Paul VI, which motivated her to learn more about the injury. Her posters will be displayed at local schools, hospitals and doctors’ offices. She also met with high school athletic advisers, athletes and hospital personnel to present her research and video.
For his Eagle Award project, Christopher designed and executed a landscaping and beautification plan at the Grotto to the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Timothy’s School in Chantilly. He installed nearly 50 individual plants and a garden trellis, and cleaned and power-washed a marble statue, concrete benches and a brick walkway.
Catey and Christopher are the children of Joel and Michelle Susco of Clifton.