Five local high-school students recently received the McLean Citizens Association’s 2019 Outstanding Teen Character Awards for their dedication to the community.

Langley High School sophomores Emma Kim and Maddie Koenig and freshman Selina Al-Shihabi and McLean High School senior Lauren Herzberg received their awards May 18 on McLean Day at Lewinsville Park. The fifth recipient, Sidwell Friends School junior Ashkay Krishnan, was attending a friend’s graduation that day and received his award at MCA’s July 3 board meeting.

Kim, who is a volleyball coach for fourth-graders, raised $1,300 as a teen ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House 5K event and serves as a Best Buddies mentor to five younger girls at her church.

Koenig also coaches a fourth-grade volleyball team, as well as fifth- and sixth-grade basketball teams, and also serves as Best Buddies mentor and a teen ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, she plays two sports at Langley High and writes for the student newspaper, the Saxon Scope.

Al-Shihabi is involved with Helping Inner City Kids, where she has put together four science fairs to help economically disadvantaged students at Stanton Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Herzberg has served as a youth member on the McLean Community Center Governing Board. She also works at Jill’s House with students who have disabilities, leads her Young Life chapter and plays varsity field hockey.

Krishnan has been active with the Inova High School Summer Volunteer Program, Martha’s Table, LearnServe International and H.O.P.E. SEE Youth Board. He also went on a week-long service trip to Haiti in June 2018, recently earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is involved in school clubs, athletics and orchestra.

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