Charles Bustamante, a senior at Hayfield High School, and Lourdes Santaballa, a senior at Langley High School, have been honored in the National Hispanic Scholar Awards Programs, sponsored by the College Board and funded by a $2.1 million grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Carlos DeMorales of West Potomac High School and Royce Hernandez of Madison High School received honorable mentions.
Students entered the competition by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in their junior year. Those with the highest scores were invited to apply for a Hispanic Scholar award. Winners were chosen on the basis of their overall academic achievements, scores on the SAT and other criteria such as personal qualities and community involvement.
Of 2,800 students whose test scores placed them as semifinalists, 500 were selected as Scholars and awarded scholarships of $1,500 and 500 received honorable mention awards of $100 each. History Day Award Winner
Ramin Ackert, the son of Golnoush and Stephen Ackert of Annandale and a senior at Falls Church High School, received a medal for the state of Virginia's outstanding entry in the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland. Ackert's entry, in the individual performance category, was a performance depicting the conflict within the mind of Robert Kennedy's assassin entitled, "Sirhan Sirhan: Alibi of an Assassin."
Two thousand first- and second-place state winners from 46 states and the District of Columbia participated in the competition, which was sponsored by state history teacher associations and judged by university professors from across the nation. Art Guild Scholarship Winner
Eric Poesch, a recent honor graduate of Oakton High School, has been awarded the Rhea Locke Memorial High School Scholarship by the Springfield Art Guild. Poesch has done free-lance graphic design for local businesses and was staff artist and art editor for the Paragon, Oakton High school's yearbook. He plans to attend Northern Virginia Community College.2 Students to Visit Ireland
Dineen Baker of Burke and Brigid Kerrigan of Great Falls will be traveling to Ireland with 128 students from 24 states on a 5 1/2-week program called the Irish Way. The program, sponsored by the St. Paul-based Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI), combines the study of Irish history and literature with social, recreational and cultural activities. Each student will stay with an Irish family.
Students are chosen for the program on the basis of academic and personal achievement. Honored for Aiding Police
Arlington Chief of Police William K. Stover and former Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney Henry E. Hudson recognized Dr. William Dolan of Arlington Hospital for his outstanding contributions to law enforcement. Dolan has testified in court as an expert witness for the commonwealth and has devoted hours to assisting the police in the collection and interpretation of evidence. Dolan has been with Arlington Hospital since 1946 and is director of pathology and president of the medical staff. Correction
The name of a Fairfax County student who received an award at the 37th International Science and Engineering Fair was misspelled in a recent People column. The student was Julie N. Books. -- Caroline Johnston
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