Awarded to an outstanding history student who is a resident of the City of Fairfax or Fairfax County.
Christine Kearney-Ogburn is a junior in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. She is a history and English major with a concentration in literature. She is particularly interested in world history, the lives of enslaved peoples, early U.S history, and 20th century European history. She intends on attending graduate school at George Mason University for a masters in English. She is currently on track to being endorsed to teach English on the secondary level and plans on becoming endorsed in history as well. She lives Northern Virginia and went to high school in the area.
Born and raised in Northern Virginia and currently a junior here at George Mason University after transferring from Northern Virginia Community College this past summer. Mike is a U.S. history major and an American government minor who’s looking to work their way into the bachelor’s with accelerated master’s program for education and social sciences. Mike has been working in kitchens for the past 12 years of his life and decided to return to school two years ago. He is the sous chef at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. Obviously, he loves to cook, but eating is awesome too! Besides cooking, Mike loves his D.C. area sports teams (go Football Team!), working out when he has the time and enjoying a lazy Sunday's now that those are off days. Mike’s interest in history really began after a research project on his family name in high school. The connection with the past was really something special. History always seemed to be black and white photos of a distant past that was never relatable, until he traced his family's history.