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Mothers, daughters graduate from Marymount together

Two sets of mothers and daughters – Elizabeth and Katherine Cramp of Clifton, and Teryl and Kimberly Baker of Fairfax – donned caps and gowns May 19 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., to receive degrees from Marymount University.

Liz and Katie Cramp earned master’s degrees in elementary education. They were enrolled in the Professional Development School, a university partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools.

Mother and daughter did their student teaching at Hutchinson Elementary School in Herndon and Sunrise Valley Elementary in Reston. According to Liz Cramp, the students got a kick out of having two teachers named “Ms. Cramp.” “They were very excited and curious to see the other half of the Cramp team,” she said.

Katie Cramp says she knew going to college with her mother “was something we could handle.” That doesn’t mean it was easy.

“It was hard to compromise,” she said. “We became less mom and daughter and more roomies.”

Still, the Cramps worked it out. “It’s been a joy seeing what a wonderful person and teacher my daughter has become,” Liz said.

Meanwhile, Kimberly Baker was working toward a bachelor’s degree in finance, and her mom, Teryl Baker, was earning a master’s degree in pastoral counseling. The pair say they supported and encouraged each other during late nights studying and writing papers.

Teryl enrolled at Marymount first, and then Kimberly transferred from Florida A&M. Kimberly became active in the Students in Free Enterprise club, the Black Student Alliance and Ladies Inspiring Strength for Tomorrow. A dean’s list student, she worked at the Center for Career Services on campus.

“Being in school with Kimberly was a very special experience,” Teryl said. “I hoped to inspire her, as well as meet some of her friends, who are all smart young people.” “It was very nice to spend time with my mother one on one,” Kimberly said. “Our relationship grew stronger. We’ve encouraged each other to keep pushing forward because we both knew the goals that we were trying to accomplish.”

Kimberly has a job with AFLAC insurance company and plans to pursue a master’s degree in organizational development. Teryl is continuing at Marymount as a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program.

Community hosts first Fragile X Walk

The Fragile X Families of Northern Virginia is hosting its first walk June 1 to help change the future for the group’s children.

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known genetic cause of autism or autism spectrum disorders. Fragile X can cause mild to severe learning and behavioral challenges. More than 1 million individuals nationwide have, or are at risk of developing, a Fragile X disorder. As many as 1 out of 130 women are carriers of the Fragile X gene.

Recent groundbreaking research and clinical trials are offering hope to individuals with Fragile X. Money raised from the walk will help fund the search for a cure and will make Fragile X experts available to the group’s families, teachers and therapists.

The 2-mile family walk starts at 8:30 a.m. at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station. Registration is $35 per person; each additional family member is $15. Ages 3 and under 4 are free. The park’s entrance fee is waived before 9 a.m.

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Reston native in Mariinsky Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

More than 100 U.S. movie theaters – including Regal Fairfax Towne Center 10 – will screen the debut of the Mariinsky Ballet’s reinterpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, “Swan Lake,” June 6 at 6:30 p.m. For the first time ever, this classic ballet will be broadcast around the globe live and in 3D.

Keenan Kampa, originally from Reston, performs with the company. She was the first American ballerina to join the Mariinsky Ballet in its 285-year history. She is also the first American to receive a degree from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg.

Kampa was discovered during a master class at the Kennedy Center and invited to study at the academy. She won leading roles in ballets such as “The Nutcracker” before graduating from Vaganova in 2010.

This cinematic version of “Swan Lake” is led by multi-award winning Artistic Director Valery Gergiev. For more, visit or

20 FCPS seniors awarded Greenspring scholarships

Greenspring retirement community in Springfield recognized 19 Fairfax County high school seniors with scholarships worth $10,000 each, and awarded a new $5,000 scholarship to a future journalist.

The Annual Scholars Awards Ceremony took place May 29 in Greenspring’s Village Square Theater. Candidates, dressed in cap and gown, listened to speakers, including Del. Vivian Watts of Virginia’s 39th House District and Mark Greenfelder, principal at West Springfield High School.

These students received $10,000 scholarships: Heran Beniam, Sudhanshu Patyal and Saurabh Verma from Hayfield Secondary School; Jessica Oo and Zhou Zhou from Lake Braddock High School; Junaid Ahmed, Mariam Bayat, Mayra Cruz, Michelle Jose, Brett Nelson, Kenneth Roland, Salem Solomon and Meley Woldetatios from Robert E. Lee High School; Jesle Choi and Alex Pinto from South County High School; and Shaniqua Burhans, Meronne Teklu, Tracy Tranchi and Mercedes Zettlemayer from West Springfield High School.

Greenspring established its Scholars’ Fund in 1999 for high school students who worked in dining services capacities at the community. Students must have worked at least 1,000 hours during their junior and senior years of high school, and must be planning to attend college or trade school full time.

Residents, resident clubs and staff members at Greenspring donated $200,000 to the fund this year. Since 1999, the community has raised nearly $1.5 million for the scholarships.

Also this year, Greenspring resident Steve Guback, former award-winning sportswriter with The Washington Evening Star, donated $100,000 to establish the community’s first endowed scholarship: The Steve and Renie Guback Scholarship. The $100,000 endowment results in an annual $5,000 scholarship.

The Guback scholarship is awarded to a student in a field of study focusing on a communications, including journalism and public relations.

This year’s recipient is Matthew Kaufax, a senior at Thomas A. Edison High School. He plans to attend the SI Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University this fall.

Four Vienna teachers to retire

Vienna Elementary School and its PTA will host a reception June 3 to honor four teachers who are retiring at the end of the school year.

Sandy Hyland is retiring after 31 years of teaching, Vicky Hodges after 24 years, Trina Yaqub after 29 years and Pat Williams after 24 years. The PTA plans to place a bench in the school courtyard along with a stepping stone for each retiree.

The community is invited to the reception in the school gym from 3 to 4 p.m. for scrapbook signing, a short presentation, a slideshow and refreshments.