Loudoun Vocational Educator Honored

A Loudoun County vocational educator has won first place in Virginia's new "Check Excellence" program for vocational educators. Everett (Peanut) Sutphin was honored for his work at Monroe Vo-Tech Center piloting the General Motors Specialized Electronics Training program, the first to be taught at the high school level in the country. Once a middle school dropout, Sutphin returned to school to graduate at age 21 from Loudoun County High School, and joined the Vo-Tech staff in 1982. The "Check Excellence" program is designed to encourage Virginia's vocational educators to commit to excellence.

Fairfax Students Are Finalists

Three Fairfax County public schools industrial arts/technology education students have been selected as finalists in the national Competitive Events Program sponsored by the American Industrial Arts Student Association. The students, Paul Talbott and Andy Hynes of Lee High School, and Robert Hawes of Robinson Secondary School, participated in a competition that included 50 events.

Student Named to Leadership Program

Steven Puri of Vienna is one of 50 university students in the country selected in the Leadership America program. Puri, an 18-year-old senior at the University of Southern California, is the youngest college senior participating in the program, and is the only student selected from the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., area. He entered USC as a resident honor student, and was selected for the Trustee Scholar program, the highest merit scholarship at USC.

Outstanding Deputy Sheriff Selected

Arlington County Deputy Sheriff Gregg Slater has been selected as Outstanding Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the Arlington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. Slater has been with the sheriff's department for four years, serving as a corrections officer, transportation officer, and, currently, as a security officer.

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