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Grammy Foundation awards go to local music teachers

The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation are honoring two local music teachers March 28: Mary Jo West of George Mason High School and Glen McCarthy of George Mason University. Both are finalists for this year’s inaugural Music Educator Award.

Scott Goldman, vice president of the Grammy Foundation, will present a $1,000 honorarium to West and McCarthy at their respective schools. Each school also will receive a matching grant.

The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant, lasting contribution to the field of music education and who are committed to maintaining music education in the schools. The award honors public and private school teachers from kindergarten through college.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Foundation, Grammy Foundation Honorary Chair Ryan Seacrest and six-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake announced the award last year on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Nine music teachers from seven states were finalists, chosen from more than 30,000 nominations from all 50 states.

The honorariums and grants are made possible by the Grammy Foundation’s Education Champions Box Tops For Education, Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys, Microsoft Surface and Universal Music Group.

Applications for the second annual Music Educator Award are available online. To nominate a teacher, visit Deadline is March 31.

Realtor ready to help military families

David Adams, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Reston, has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional Certification, the first agent in his office to do so.

The National Association of Realtors confers the MRP certification to Realtors who want to help military personnel and veterans find housing that meets their needs and allows them to use their military benefits. Certified agents are equipped to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.

“Having grown up in a military family, I understand when military staff and their families receive their PCS [Permanent Change of Station] orders, the clock starts,” Adams said. “I want to give back and thank those who bravely serve our country every day.”

Military salutes

Brian Maffei, a student at McLean High School, has been selected to participate in the 2014 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program in Annapolis, Md.

Brian, son of Don and Laura Maffei of McLean, is a McLean High School peer mentor and member of the National Honor Society. He plays on the varsity soccer team and is the quarterback for the varsity football team. Brian was recently promoted to second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, where he is the cadet commander of the Arlington Composite Squadron.

The fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school helps educate, motivate and prepare students who are considering applying for admission to USNA.

• Army 2nd Lt. Ross Boston has graduated from the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

Boston, son of Stephen Boston of Springfield and Debra Scott of Panama City, Fla., is a 2005 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

• Army Reserve Pvt. Danny Trinidad, Army Reserve Spec. Lucious Fludd Jr., and Army National Guard Specs. Jonathan Kashinsky and Scott Price have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

Trinidad, brother of Fredy Trinidad and Maria Mieszczanski of Alexandria, is a 2013 graduate of West Potomac High School.

Fludd, son of Sheva and Lucious Fludd of Alexandria, is a 2008 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Old Dominion University.

Kashinsky, son of Alan and Sheree Kashinsky of Vienna, earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Price, son of Anne and Myron Price of Springfield, is a 2005 graduate of West Springfield High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro.

• Air Force Airmen Brian Cabrera, Jeremy Fleming, Joshua Gratz, Luis Martinez Ramirez, Zwe Mun, Daniel Portillaromero and Noelle Reeves, and Air Force Airmen 1st Class Jasper Howard, Julie Jones and Anthony Morgan 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.

Cabrera, son of Brittney Bodmer of Annandale and Esperanza Cabrera of East Orange, N.J., is a 2012 graduate of Fairfax High School.

Fleming, son of Jerry and Leoda Fleming of Chantilly, is a 2010 graduate of Chantilly High School.

Gratz earned distinction as an honor graduate. The son of Mary and Richard Gratz of Springfield is a 2007 graduate of West Springfield High School.

Martinez Ramirez, son of Eduardo Martinez Villaluazo and stepson of Athena Howell of Springfield, is a 2013 graduate of Thomas Edison High School.

Mun, son of Zin Aung and Ye Than of Olney, is a 2010 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Portillaromero, son of Mario Portilla and Marlen Romero-Portilla of Centreville, is a 2012 graduate of Centreville High School.

Reeves, daughter of Matthew Reeves of Burke and Stacy Reeves of Poquoson, is a 2011 graduate of Poquoson High School. She earned an associate degree in 2013 from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach.

Howard, son of Jasper Howard and stepson of Natasha Howard of Fort Belvoir, is a 2013 graduate of Catalina Magnet High School in Tucson, Ariz.

Jones earned distinction as an honor graduate. The daughter of Sharon and David Jones of Great Falls is a 2013 graduate of Langley High School.

Morgan, son of Amy Calderon of Centreville, is a 2013 graduate of Westfield High School.

Wolf to host academy day

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) is set to host the 10th District Academy Day for high school students interested in attending one of the nation’s service academies. Students can meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5.

The 2019 Academy nomination season is now open for inquiries from students considering academy training. Because Wolf will be retiring from Congress at the end of year, the deadline to submit nomination applications through his office has been moved up to Sept. 15.

Academy Day takes place at the Loudoun County School Board Office, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn. For more, call Mary Ann Cannon in Wolf’s Herndon office at 703-709-5800 or visit

Looking for women’s rights advocates

The Silent Sentinel Award honors those who have been instrumental in advocating for women’s rights in the United States.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association will honor a recipient of the non-cash award at an event this fall. Event proceeds support construction of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, honoring suffragists imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton in 1917, after picketing the White House for the right to vote.

The association welcomes nominations of women who exemplify suffragist ideals and principals. For forms, email or visit Deadline is April 8.