Stephanie Anne Walz, 17, of Dumfries, recently won first place in the National Society of Arts and Letters' annual ballet competition.
Walz won the $5,000 prize in the competition in Pittsburgh. She was chosen from among 28 dancers between ages 14 and 19.
The National Society of Arts and Letters was founded in 1944 to encourage and assist talented young artists at the beginning of their careers. It presents annual awards in art, dance, drama, literature and music.
Education Association Scholarships
Four students were selected to receive $1,000 scholarships by the Prince William Education Association. The scholarships were awarded to applicants with a high academic record and financial need. The winners are: Anthony Kostelecky, a graduate of Woodbridge High and a student at the College of William and Mary who plans to attend Washington and Lee law school; Julie Meadows, a 1990 graduate of Potomac High who plans to attend St. John's College; Kathryn Krimmer, a 1990 graduate of Woodbridge High who plans to attend the College of William and Mary; and Erin Doherty, a 1990 graduate of Osbourn Park, who is undecided about her college plans.
Sisters Honored by Auxiliary Andrea and Anwell Chang recently were honored by the Adult Auxiliary of Potomac Hospital for their participation as Junior Auxilians. Andrea is a first-year Junior Auxilian and received a $500 scholarship. She will attend Princeton University as a pre-med student this fall. Her sister Anwell, who has served for three years, received the Helen Parr Award of $1,000 and will also attend Princeton as a pre-med student. The Chang sisters attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and are pianists who have appeared as soloists with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra.
Essay Contest Winner
Dena Webb won first place in the Prince William Forest Park Friends of the Park essay contest. Dena received a $50 savings bond for an essay written on "The Importance of Forests in the 21st Century." Webb is a junior at Brentsville District High School. Kristopher Kovacs, a sophomore at Brentsville High, won second place and a $25 savings bond.
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