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Rebecca Cousins has worked at West Springfield High School as the school’s employment and transition representative for six years. In this role, Cousins helps special education students prepare for the transition from high school to life after. She assists them with career and college explor…

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Sixteen-year-old Prasidha Padmanabhan is a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She recently founded the Women for Education, Advocacy and Rights (WEAR) organization which is a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for the rights, equality and representation …

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Lauren Kinne has been teaching AP and freshman biology at W.T. Woodson High School for six years and in Fairfax County for 15. Kinne is the Environmental Club sponsor and faculty advisor at Woodson, a club which allows students to get hands-on experience working in nature. 

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Rising eighth graders Veda Murthy of Rachel Carson Middle School and Varsha Gunda of Nysmith School knew that climate change was a critical issue. Armed with their passion about the environment and knowledge of biology, the students were ready to create a solution. 

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Every seventeen years, the Brood X cicadas emerge from underground in the billions to swarm across many Eastern states, including Virginia, of course. While many people may fear their beady red eyes or dread their loud songs, Fairfax County insect biologist Andy Lima is here to remind us of …

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Mohammed Saffouri loves film, but was expected to pursue a career in computer science. Halfway through his studies at George Mason University Saffouri decided to turn to that love in spite of a lack of support from family and friends. The results of that turn have gotten him experience direc…

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Gelila Reta is an Annandale native and current senior at Virginia Tech studying engineering--she’s a high achiever and never been very good at sitting still. So when she was quarantined in 2020, she began to consider starting a business, out of a desire to have something of her own.

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One day in 1999, a tiny Tibetan Spaniel mix named Rascal followed Jessica Sizemore’s older brother home from school. The family wasn’t looking for a dog, but he became a very well loved part of the family.

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Eleven-year-old Symphony Petrin-Randolph of Herndon, VA received a unique opportunity to interview former First Lady Michelle Obama about her new Netflix show, “Waffles and Mochi.” The show, which is aimed at early elementary school children, promotes healthy eating and creativity.

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Twenty five years ago, in a small Ohio farm town in Carroll County, a young Duane Abel looked at a piece of dryer lint, and thought--what if it came to life? In 2021, that piece of dryer lint will find a new home at the Fairfax Times, but the man behind the comic has had his own journey as well.

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NASA’s landing of the new Mars Rover ‘Perseverance’ is exciting for everyone, but has a special meaning to the Fairfax Community, and one Lake Braddock Secondary School student, Alexander Mather, in particular. 

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When eight year old Mache Leask watched the inauguration with her parents Jay and Antares, and saw the troops that were standing guard, she became inspired to do something to “make them feel special”. 

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It’s no secret that being the pandemic can have an impact on our relationships. Whether you are quarantined together with your significant other, or you’re dealing with a long distance situation, there are a number of things that couples can do this Valentine’s Day to celebrate the holiday a…

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Many people are familiar with the phrase “six degrees of Kevin Bacon”, which is a reference to a game in which people have to “find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific actor Kevin Bacon, linked by films they have appeared in together”. The game can be taken to a next le…

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When Westfield High Junior Naomi Tekola was six years old, she lived in Ethiopia, where her aunt would drive her to and from school every day. In the back seat, Naomi would look out at the Ethiopian children and wonder why they weren’t in school.

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1. Keep it SMART. Remember that the best goals are SMART — or, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. By setting a goal that follows these criteria, it will be easier to work towards and achieve that goal. For example, the New Year’s Resolution ‘I want to lose weight in …

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“I believe your business should be an extension of the principles by which you run your life,” says Northern Virginia mother and founder of OmMade Peanut Butter Radhika Murari.

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When Nellie Williams, a gifted education teacher at Haycock elementary school, heard that she would be teaching online for an indefinite amount of time, she knew that she needed a new environment in which to teach.

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Described as a “hidden surprise”, Cafe o’Clock serves bubble tea, smoothies, coffee, baked goods and more.

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Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights, starts this year on December 10*. Typical traditions include lighting the menorah and spinning a dreidel—but twenty-two years ago some Jewish families started a new Channukah tradition—eating pickles!

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Giving Tuesday, which annually follows Thanksgiving, is a national day of giving aimed at supporting nonprofits as we move into the holiday season. Due to the pandemic and subsequent financial struggles, these nonprofits are stretched thinner than ever. The following list is a guide to five …

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Nhan Lam is the son of immigrant parents from Vietnam. Growing up in Buffalo New York, Nhan Lam thought the key to success was to be smart. So, he went to school, got good grades, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Nhan ended up working for NASA. Moving to the…

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When Haewoon Kim’s twin brother served him his first cup of pour-over coffee twenty years ago, he immediately knew something was different about it. He’d had no previous exposure to specialty coffee, but this interaction would eventually lead him to establish Fairfax’s newest coffee shop, Fo…

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For history buffs in the Fairfax Area, Fairfax County History Commission presents the Sixteenth Annual History Conference. This year, the conference will be held virtually and will discuss the one-hundredth anniversary of female suffrage in the US. The topic will be “Votes for Women: The Res…

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Like most everything else this year, Halloween traditions will look different this year in response to the coronavirus. But keeping our community healthy doesn’t have to mean canceling all of the spooky festivities! There are a few different ways to enjoy the holiday while adhering to nation…

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Saaya Patel is a competitive dancer, a serious student, and a drummer. She also volunteers at a memory care facility and also has started a literacy program where children can read to their dogs with the goal of improving their reading skills and providing the dogs with loving attention. She…

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At Green Hedges school in Vienna, a young Claire Briggs took the stage for the first time in the annual first grade play. Every year, she would perform in those annual plays--she didn’t know that one day she would have the opportunity to study acting in California, study abroad in Germany, a…

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When eighth graders Remi Ladia, Advaith Gajulpally, Anish Paspuleti, and Saranya Gadwala entered the eCybermission competition, they were not expecting to win the competition at the eighth grade level and receive a five thousand dollar grant to make their prototype into a reality, but that’s…

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Don't jump to conclusions the next time you hear a nasty cough while standing in line at the supermarket. A hacking cough or a series of sneezes doesn't necessarily mean someone is sick. 

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Between July 29 and August 1, Pinehurst, North Carolina hosted the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. Local youngster Matthew Schreibman won first place in his age division. Schreibman has been learning to play since he was two years old with the guidance of his father, Jeff Schreibman. The …

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Remember the photo of a little girl in her wheelchair outside an Ulta Beauty store staring at an advertisement of a woman also in a wheelchair? Well, it has been a year since she stole our hearts. And guess what…