Viewfinder: Youth And Education Luncheon

We are always on the prowl in our communities for great photos and local stories. This week we captured the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce annual Youth And Education Luncheon.

When you look around town, what do you see?

Every week, we'll highlight people, places and events around Vienna in this spot.

This week:

The Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Youth and Education Committee needed a new logo. But instead of looking in-house or to a design firm, it reached out to a place with an abundance of eager talent: James Madison High School.

"There's an amazing amount of talent in this community. Students are looking for the experience and opportunity, and we want to encourage businesses to give it to them," said Le-Ha Anderson, a spokesperson for Dominion Power and chair of the committee.

Last week, the committee debuted its logo, designed by Catherine Babalek, a junior at James Madison High School, at its annual Youth And Education Luncheon at the Westin Tysons Corner. The event gave students a chance to showcase their talents, and gave businesses a chance to network with schools and explore partnerships.

"I encourage you to think about how you can give these students an opportunity," Anderson said to the group. "They could be future leaders."

Seventeen schools from the Vienna-Tysons area participated in the event, displaying homegrown newspaper projects,  hand bell performances and food and charity initiatives, among other accomplishments.

Vienna schools that participated included Cedar Lane School; Flint Hill, Marshall Road,  Westbriar and Wolftrap Elementary; Green Hedges; Kilmer and Thoreau Middle Schools; Marshall Academy; and Marshall and James Madison High Schools.

Click through our photo gallery to see student projects performances showcased at the event.

Do you have an event you want Vienna to see? Suggest a viewfinder in the comments or by e-mailing erica.hendry at patch.com


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