McLean Citizens Association Selects Four Students as Winners of Teen Character Awards

School News
June 08, 2020

The McLean Citizens Association has selected four students as winners of its 2020 Teen Character Awards. Winners are Ryan Chou, Joshua Lian, Caroline Lucia, and Megan Markwart. 

Chou, a junior at McLean High, participated in efforts to help improve communication and develop a better general public understanding of the pandemic .He reviewed and edited guidelines for the public, including Essential Actions to #CrushtheCurve and guidelines for respiratory health, grocery shopping, and how to wear a mask.  Chou also built and updated dashboards with critical coronavirus-related information, such as statistics relative to population, maps of implemented government measures, and testing center statistics.  He also leads a Virginia outreach team to distribute educational materials to the general public.

Lian, a junior at TJHSST, made cloth masks that he helped distribute to local senior centers in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He also used his skills to 3D print personal protective equipment (PPE) faceshields that were distributed to area hospitals.

Lucia, a junior at McLean High sewed hundreds of face masks in support of PPE needs.   They were donated to hospitals in Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as for residents of Fairfax County’s homeless shelters. Lucia hosted multiple mask-making tutorials with the Quarantine Academy, a Ted Talk-like daily instructional presentation.

Marwart, a 2020 graduate of Langley High, was elected to the youth member seat of the McLean Community Center (MCC) governing board’s Langley District in 2018 and 2019.  She developed a video encouraging youth to run for a seat on the MCC board. Marwart proactively worked to increase youth input and perspective, helping to shape the activities and initiatives of MCC in support of the community.

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