Fourth County Youth Leadership Class Graduates; Fifth Class begins in February


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Jan. 27, 2005

Fourth County Youth Leadership Class Graduates;
Fifth Class Begins in February

Yesterday, 34 high school students graduated from the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and County Executive Anthony H. Griffin presented graduates with certificates of achievement during a ceremony at the Government Center.

These future leaders represented the fourth class to complete the year-long program. Established by the county’s Department of Management and Budget, the program prepares students to become the next generation of community leaders. Participants learn about public policy issues through seminars and a three-week internship with a county agency. Once a month, students attend three-hour classes conducted by different county agencies. Students explore topics such as homelessness, education, human services, budgeting, recreation and culture, public safety, and land use planning and development.

The program accepts high school juniors throughout the county, and applicants are chosen on the basis of their academic achievement and community involvement.

The class of 2004 graduates includes: Laela Shallal, Annandale High School; Kevin O’Malley and David Lewis, Chantilly High School; Jungin Ahn and Tien Truong, Edison High School; Priya Dandawate and Samantha Grill, Fairfax High School; Luis Contreras, Falls Church High School; Kelly McGraw and Laura Spurlock, Hayfield Secondary School; Stephanie Sourdillat, Herndon High School; Helen Chen, Lake Braddock Secondary School; Kirrin Hough and John Pappas, Langley High School; Luana Jang, James Madison High School; Cynthia Wu, George C. Marshall High School; Salar Mohandesi, McLean High School; Al Sherkia and Phillip Deneault, Mount Vernon High School; Amanda Goodman and Deborah Perl, Oakton High School; Sophia Aziz and Rebecca Jugo, Robert E. Lee High School; Danielle Park, Robinson Secondary School; Zeh Hale and Kenneth Andersen II, South Lakes High School; Sarah Khasawinah and Jenna Cook, J.E.B. Stuart High School; Taurin Barrera, West Potomac High School; Janice Wong and Elizabeth Cole, West Springfield High School; Frank Hagan-Brown and Edward Blunt, Westfield High School; and Lauren Spratt, Woodson High School.

The class of 2005 meets for the first time on Feb. 23 at the Government Center. The 41 students selected for this year’s class include: Elizabeth Do and Elizabeth Eckert, Annandale High School; Stephanie Shin and Brandon Stoy, Centreville High School; Gurdeep Bal, Chantilly High School; JeeIn Ahn, Edison High School; Joseph Levy and Lynn Huang, Fairfax High School; Amanda Yannopoulos, Falls Church High School; Brendan Gilmartin, Hayfield Secondary; Amanda Karim, Herndon High School; Jennifer Garrott and Haige Zhou, Lake Braddock Secondary; Katherine Miller and Julia Lanzara, Langley High School; Stephen Surbey, James Madison High School; Svetlona Macarov and Larissa Flores, George C. Marshall High School; Iman Fahimi, Joanna Berg and Brendan McCook, McLean High School; Omar Shairzay, Mount Vernon High School; Katie Schelhorn and Eliot Toy, Oakton High School; Berhana Ibrahim and Lindsey Gera, Robert E. Lee High School; Agatha Kang and Rachel Wolffe, Robinson Secondary; Spencer Atkinson and Christopher Cox, South Lakes High School; Viann Nguyen, J.E.B. Stuart High School; Nicole Gates and Ravi Udeshi, Thomas Jefferson High School; Thao Do, Christopher Kelly and Kate McFarland, West Potomac High School; Aisha Toor and Deborah Lee, West Springfield High School, Joanne Tu and Bailee Barfield, Westfield High School; and Caitlin Halpern, Woodson High School.

For further information about the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program, please contact Susan Datta, Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget, at 703-324-4068, TTY 711.

 

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