COVER: Missy Lesmes photo by Erick Gibson.
Makeup by Ewin Gomez and hair by Peggy Ioakim from
Karma Beauty Lounge in Washington, D.C.;
photo illustration by Amanda Smallwood
106 Top Teens
Meet the winners of our fifth annual Extraordinary Teen Awards—from a young
woman who has been tapped to play basketball at Harvard to a young man who
invented a device to help premature babies breathe.
By Archana Pyati and Amy Reinink
120 The Indomitable Spirit
of Adam Keys
The young soldier from Pennsylvania lost a lot to the war: three limbs, four
buddies and one marriage. But during his several years at Walter Reed, he has
had two overriding factors in his favor: a family that has stood staunchly by his
side, and a will that remains unbroken.
By Kathleen Wheaton
132 The New ‘New’ Downtowns
The trend toward mixed-use development—with housing combined with
restaurants and shops—continues with Crown in Gaithersburg and Pike & Rose
By David Elfin
140 Is This the Next Bill Gates?
Timothy Hwang was already making a name for himself as a student at Wootton
High School. Now, the 22-year-old is inviting comparisons to the titans of tech
with a smart new startup that’s attracting major-league investors.
By Louis Peck
152 Mad Hot Ballroom
The students in Einstein High School’s Latin dance club had a tradition to uphold
as they entered the county’s annual Latin Dance Competition. But they also had
something to prove to themselves and their families.
By Archana Pyati
162 Running into Tragedy
The writer was looking to set the record for completing consecutive Boston
Marathons—but terrorists had other plans.
By Ben Beach
170 Bethesda Interview
Chevy Chase resident Tom Ridge—the former governor of Pennsylvania and
the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security—talks about the threat of
terrorism vs. individual privacy concerns, and tells how he would reinvigorate the
By Tom Shroder
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72 We Don’t Know
How She Does It
Missy Lesmes manages to stay fit, keep a
beautiful house, raise four children—all of whom
attend separate schools—travel regularly for her
job as a partner in a law firm, host neighborhood
parties, maintain a coterie of good friends, and help
out in the community. Is there anything this Chevy
Chase woman doesn’t do?
By Julie Rasicot
86 A Life on Ice
Single mom Niki Ugel lives with her parents in
Bethesda and spends much of her time shuttling her
four kids—who include elite ice dancers—to and from
their practices and competitions. It isn’t the life she
imagined. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
By Cindy Rich
98 The Choices
All mothers make choices, and almost all wonder if
those choices were right. We talk with 10 area women
about juggling motherhood in the modern world.
By Jen Chaney