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Reston: The Art of Community,” an exhibit coordinated by the Initiative for Public Art-Reston, is on display through May 31 at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The exhibit, a series of panels, traces the planned community’s public art history and its continued dedication to the arts after 50 years. Also showcased is Reston’s inventory of close to 50 existing and temporary public art works.

Margaret Bishop, community relations manager for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said this is the first time Dulles has welcomed this kind of extensive, freestanding exhibition. The work has resonated not only with the traveling public, she said, but also with airport employees.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce Reston’s public art and Reston as a cultural destination to visitors who may have heard of the community but have not yet had the chance to visit it,” said Anne Delaney, IPAR’s executive director.

Award-winning exhibition designer Jeanne Krohn and urban planner and former National Building Museum curator Mary Konsoulis created the overall design and content of the IPAR exhibit. Sean Bahrami, Reston Association’s media manager, took photos used in the backdrop.

The exhibit features a companion video, a three-minute clip of a longer documentary, “Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston’s Public Art,” made by Peabody-Award winning filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. Brian Scarbrough composed the video clip’s music, “The Reston Story.” Both are Reston residents.

A full-color booklet also is available.

IPAR and the Reston Historic Trust, which operates the Reston Museum, collaborated on the original exhibit. The idea to install it temporarily at Dulles grew out of a conversation between Bishop and Delaney. Delaney drew Bishop’s attention to the way public art reflects a community.

“We loved the name ‘The Art of Community’ and how it captured what Reston is about and what we’re about,” Bishop said.

MWAA adopted its airport program to feature works by local and regional artists in 2008.

Washington Dulles International Airport serves more than 21 million passengers, including 7 million international travelers, annually. “Reston: The Art of Community” is on display in an area between baggage claims Nos. 9 and 10. For more, visit or

Record number of students place at conference

Fairfax County Public Schools was well represented and duly recognized at the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference, which took place March 1 and 2 in Virginia Beach.

All told, 412 students from 20 county high schools and the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall were recognized.

DECA, an international association, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Its members include high school marketing students and teachers. DECA’s high school division membership exceeds 200,000.

Three FCPS students were elected as state officers: Virginia Bulger of South Lakes High School, president; Alexandra Patrick of Fairfax High School, secretary; and Andrew De Leon of Chantilly High School, Region 2 Vice President.

Two FCPS students received scholarships: Brian Carl of Robinson Secondary won the Louis Spillman Scholarship; and Julia Gurdak of Marshall High School won the Lucy Crawford Scholarship.

Thirty-four FCPS students placed first in 20 events, and 163 were recognized as alternates. Altogether, 249 are eligible to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference, scheduled for May 3-6 in Atlanta.

These are the first-place winners by high school.

Chantilly: Jeremy Smith, sports and entertainment.

Fairfax: Neddie Byron, Chris Jeong and Christopher Miller, financial operations research.

Marshall: Daniel Young, business finance; Julia Gurdak, food marketing; Conor Boyle and Emma Heiden, marketing communications; Jennifer Tran, restaurant and food service; Sina Shahcheraghi, retail merchandising; Claire Fogarty and Sachi Soni, travel and tourism.

McLean: Isabel Cooper, job interview; Matthew Pilsch, principles of finance; Viraj Sunderam, social media.

Oakton: Robbie Arnold and William Rixman, business law and ethics; Brooke Mustain and Claire Weisskopf, fashion merchandising; Pasha Mohsenin, Daniel Vogel and William Winter, sports and entertainment.

Robinson: Bailey Hubacher and Sarah Walters, community service.

South County: Shane Hulse, business services operations; Rupali Patel, selling.

South Lakes: Hans Baussus, Joe Li and Alison Willebeek-Lemair, buying and merchandising; Nicky Kandola, Tadeusz Mich and Dania Rivas, creative marketing.

West Springfield: Laura Wolinsky and Michelle Yeboah, hospitality services.

For a complete list of FCPS winners, visit

Longfellow, TJHSST win regional science bowls

Teams from Longfellow Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology won first place in the regional Science Bowl in Newport News, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Longfellow team placed first in a field of 16 middle school teams, winning a $750 prize to support science programs at the school. Team members are Nicholas Begotka, Aditya Sarkar, Franklyn Wang, Wenbo Wu and Fred Zhang. Longfellow science teacher Jim Bradford coaches the team.

The team from TJHSST competed against 22 other high schools in the regional competition to win the $750 prize. Team members are Matthew Barbano, Ross Dempsey, Janice Ong, Victoria Xia and Tiger Zhang.

Both teams are set to compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 24-28.

Science Bowl is an academic competition for middle and high school students that tests their knowledge, via a question-and-answer format, in biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math.

Local volunteers at work in Philippines, Senegal

Peace Corps volunteer Christopher Dolce, 28, of Springfield, is working with his community in the Philippines, in an area hit by Typhoon Haiyan, to build a permanent, functioning library and audio-visual room to give students access to essential learning materials.

Dolce, who graduated from Hayfield Secondary School in 2004, is working to improve learning conditions for hundreds of young adults.

“The goal of the project is to increase the language proficiency and promote the practice of language skills to better prepare students for end-of-the-year standardized exams, preparation for college studies, and to provide citizens with the English skills necessary for employment,” Dolce said.

A University of Virginia graduate, Dolce has served as an English teaching volunteer in the Philippines since July 2012. He also is working with book-donation organizations to fill the library.

A portion of the funds for the project will be raised through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. To support projects like Dolce’s, visit

Margaret Streeten, 22, of Vienna, was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Senegal March 3 to begin training as a health education volunteer. She will live and work in the community, teaching HIV and malaria prevention and awareness.

Streeten, a graduate of McLean High School, has been interested in overseas service since a returned Peace Corps volunteer spoke to her seventh-grade history class. Streeten earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison and worked as an intern at the World Health Organization.

She joins 267 Virginia residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 7,241 Virginia residents have served in the Peace Corps since it was established in 1961.