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After a nationwide search, the Reston Association Board of Directors named Reston native and longtime Reston Association staff member Cate Fulkerson as chief executive officer.

Fulkerson has served as acting CEO since the departure of former CEO Milton Matthews earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to have Cate assume the role as CEO,” said Ken Knueven, president of the RA board. “She brings with her the combination of institutional history and commitment as well as the innovative thinking and creative energy we need to ensure the future success of Reston.”

Fulkerson began her tenure with Reston Association in 1991 as a tennis program assistant and has spent the last 22 years in various positions within the association, including executive officer for Board and Legislative Affairs, Parks and Recreation services manager and director of Administration, Member Services and IT. She is involved in numerous community and professional groups, including Leadership Fairfax, the Community Associations Institute, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones. She has been recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Reston Citizens Association and Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Reston Area Chamber of Commerce. She also received a Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Planning Committee.

Fulkerson earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University.

Vampire cartoonists want to draw your blood

Carolyn Belefski, a Fairfax County resident and co-chair of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, has organized 13 of the finest cartoonists in the area to draw blood Nov. 2.

But they won’t be swabbing arms or poking veins. The artists are devoting their time and talents to sketch for blood donors at the first-ever Cartoonists Draw Blood event with the American Red Cross.

Cartoonists participating along with Belefski are Steve Artley, Bill Brown, Michael Cavna, Eric Gordon, Art Hondros, Mal Jones, Teresa Roberts Logan, Steve Loya, Jay Payne, Joe Sutliff, Jake Warrenfeltz and JTW.

Belefski developed the idea, she said, because “it is a great opportunity for cartoonists to perform community service, showcase our talents and hopefully save lives.”

Blood donors may sign up for appointments scheduled in 15-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW in Washington. To make an appointment, email Belefski at with your preferred times.

On the day of donation, donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids, include iron-rich foods in their diet, and bring a list of medications they are taking and a photo ID. All donors will receive a complimentary cartoon sketch.

Candy donations support troops, save teeth

Dental Associates of Northern Virginia is hosting its first Halloween candy exchange to support U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude.

The dental practice chose to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program so parents can limit the amount of candy their children eat. The program also allows children, who are encouraged to write letters to the troops, the chance to experience giving to a great cause.

Every child – accompanied by an adult – who takes his or her unopened candy to one of Dental Associates’ six area offices during business hours Nov. 4 will receive a goody bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and more:

• 1500 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria (703-768-4777)

• 12011 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 105, Fairfax (703-273-5354)

• 9401 Lee Highway, Suite 200, Fairfax (703-273-8111)

• 5113 Leesburg Pike, Skyline Building 4, Suite 811, Falls Church (703-671-1020)

• 5417-D Backlick Road, Springfield (703-750-9404)

• 8100 Boone Blvd., Suite 100, Vienna (703-734-1095).

The dental group will match all candy gifts by donating additional dental supplies to the troops. For more, visit

Siemens names 8 as regional finalists

Eight students from Fairfax County high schools have been named regional finalists in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. The students are part of a group of 100 regional finalists who will compete in one of six events in November.

The Fairfax regional finalists are Timothy Cha, Jeffery Liu, Oliver Shi, Kevin Wan, Jessica Wu and Wilson Zhou, from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Sandy Cho from McLean High School; and Ben Wang from Oakton High School.

Eighteen students were named semifinalists in the competition: Naveen Ambati, Kabir Brar, Jesse Cai, Kunal Debroy, Fudong Fan, Akhil Gangu, Elizabeth Huang, Seong Jun Jang, Tina Ju, Kunal Khurana, Rena Liu, Alex Monahan, Christina Oh, Richard Oh, Nathan Ouyang, James Sullivan and Robert Wang, from TJHSST, and Jason Cui from Langley High School.

The Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students, is administered by the College Board. At each regional competition, one $3,000 prize is awarded to an individual and one $6,000 prize is awarded to a team. Winners of the regional events advance to the national finals at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in December. A total of 2,440 students registered to enter the competition.

White House Internship Program welcomes four

Four students who call Fairfax County home have been selected for the fall 2013 session of The White House Internship Program.

They are Roma Moradian of Great Falls, a student at the College of William and Mary; Fatema Munis, also of Great Falls, a student at the University of Richmond School of Law; Elizabeth Renda of McLean, a student at the University of Florida; and Emily Whitby of Alexandria, a student at Christopher Newport University.

The mission of the internship program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.

White House interns work in one of several White House departments, including the Office of the Chief of Staff, the Office of Communications, the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Presidential Correspondence, the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the White House Counsel and the Office of White House Fellows.

For more, visit

Finalists named in scholastic journalism contests

Student journalists from three Fairfax County high schools have been named finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association Picture of the Year, Design of the Year and Cartooning contests.

Dakota James Craig of Robinson Secondary School was named a finalist for Picture of the Year for a sports action photo that appeared in Above and Beyond.

Tara Gupta of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was named a finalist in the Cartooning contest for her editorial cartoon that appeared in tjToday.

Katelyn Rebelo of Centreville High School was named a finalist for Design of the Year for her infographic design that appeared in Legend.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted to the Picture of the Year contest, more than 600 to the Design of the Year contest and more than 190 entries to the Cartooning contest.

First through fifth places and honorable mentions will be announced at the Journalism Education Association/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 16 in Boston.

College, postgraduate scholarships available

American Legion Post 180 in Vienna is offering three scholarships ($1,000, $500 and $250) for currently enrolled full-time college students who are sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students.

Recipients will be chosen randomly from eligible applicants who apply no later than Nov. 30. Applications may be obtained at Post 180, 330 Center St. N., Vienna, or by visiting

For more, call 703-938-8535.