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The Metropolitan School of the Arts of Lorton has named Cheryl Wilhoyte of Falls Church as its new head of school. Wilhoyte will develop and guide academic and school programming for the Washington, D.C., area’s first private, secondary performing arts/academic school, which serves seventh- through 12th-graders.

Wilhoyte earned a doctorate, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees, from the University of Maryland. She earned her executive certificate in business administration from Georgetown University.

She has served as superintendent of schools in Madison, Wis., and as executive vice president for school operations for Edison Schools in New York. She taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Johns Hopkins University in Annapolis, Md., Trinity College in D.C., and the University of Maryland in College Park.

“Metropolitan School of the Arts is fortunate to be led by Dr. Wilhoyte, whose combined experience in leadership, education and results-driven school programming will help steer our school in the path of excellence that we’re committed to,” said Melissa Dobbs, president and founder of Metropolitan School of the Arts.

Lions get behind vision screening

Six Fairfax Host Lions participated in PediaVision “Spot” screenings Feb. 22 at the grand opening of the Wings to Fly Therapy and Play Center, a new facility in Chantilly for children with special needs.

Davida Luehrs, a Reston resident and Northern Virginia Lions Sight Conservation chair, coordinated the efforts of volunteer Lions Stephen Bilowus, Tom Edick, Carl Enix, Jeff Root, Jack Turner and Gordon Tillery. The Fairfax Lions took the lead on the screenings with an assist from the Reston, Sterling and Lovettsville clubs.

The Lions examined about 40 people, most of whom were children with autism. According to Jeff Root, secretary of the Fairfax Host Lions Club, a 14-year-old nonverbal girl with autism received her first eye examination ever. She had never been examined before because traditional eye exams require that the client be able to speak, Root said.

The PediaVision Spot screening device creates an image of the eyes and provides an immediate assessment of possible vision problems. Among issues that can be detected are astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia and strabismus, or misalignment of the eyes, and amblyopia, or lazy eye. Examinees receive a printout of the assessment.

The cost of a PediaVision Spot device is about $6,700. According to Luehrs, the Lions are working hard to spread the word about the availability of the screening service. At present, 11 PediaVision devices are in use by the 61 Lions clubs in Northern Virginia.

For more, call Davida Luehrs at 703-742-8043.

Vienna church to distribute Lenten devotional

The Church of the Good Shepherd, a United Methodist church in Vienna, has published its 15th-annual Devotions for Lent booklet. The booklet of daily devotionals written by members and friends of the congregation will be available at the church’s Ash Wednesday service, scheduled for March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at 2351 Hunter Mill Road.

More than 19,000 booklets will be mailed to church neighbors. The booklet also will be available on the church’s website. The community is invited to sign up via the website to receive daily devotionals electronically.

The Rev. Mark Burgess, pastor at Good Shepherd, said he continues to be amazed at the reach of the booklet, which includes drawings by the congregation’s children. This year a church in Atlanta requested copies, he said.

“Lent is a time of year to step back from our busy lives so that we may more thoughtfully focus on what God has done for us,” Burgess said.

To receive a copy of the booklet, visit

McLean Scouts observe 90th year

Former Scoutmasters and Eagle Scouts along with current Scouts, families and friends celebrated the 90th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 128 on Feb. 24. The troop — the oldest in McLean — was founded exactly 90 years ago, according to the group’s original charter, dated Feb. 24, 1924.

The celebration in Shears Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church in McLean featured memories and stories from previous Scoutmasters and Scouts. For example, in 1924, Troop 128’s first major project and outing was a camping trip to Annapolis to see the sights. The Scouts built a cart to hold their gear, and they took turns pulling it on foot all the way to Annapolis and back.

The festivities were held in conjunction with a Court of Honor recognizing the achievements and rank advancements of various Scouts.

Military salutes

Air Force Airmen 1st Class Megan Drechsler, Sebastian Forster and Casey Gray, Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Charles Geyer and Air Force Airman Brandon Daniel have 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.

Drechsler, Forster and Gray earned distinction as honor graduates, finishing in the top 10 percent of the graduating class.

Drechsler, daughter of Robert and Pamela Drechsler of Centreville and granddaughter of Robert and Janice Cooke of Fairfax, is a 2013 graduate of Westfield High School.

Forster, son of Silvia Forster of Falls Church, is a 2007 graduate of George Mason High School.

Gray, son of Cyndi and DeLain Gray of McLean, is a 2005 graduate of Langley High School.

Geyer, son of Rhonda and Charles Geyer of Fairfax Station, is a 2003 graduate of West Springfield High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from Marietta College in Ohio.

Daniel, son of Emmeth and Barbara Daniel of Alexandria, is a 2008 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Four receive Fire Service Awards

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs has announced the Governor’s Fire Service Award recipients for 2013. Four of the eight recipients are from Fairfax County.

For Excellence in Virginia Public Fire and Life Safety Education: Renee Stilwell, Public Affairs and Life Safety Education Division, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

For Excellence in Virginia Fire Prevention: Capt. George Hollingsworth, Fire Marshal’s Office, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

For Excellence in Virginia Fire Service Support (Private Sector): Philip Rosenthal, Nationwide Credit Corp. (submitted by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department).

For Civilian Life Saving: Hassibullah Wais (submitted by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department).

Recipients were honored Feb. 22 during the opening ceremonies of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Fire & Rescue Conference at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.