Guidance Counselor Is Named to Board

Paul DeSantis, of Stonewall Jackson High School, has been chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Counselors Association, joining 43 other counseling professionals from throughout the state on the group's governing board. DeSantis, a guidance counselor at Stonewall, has been with the county school system since 1977 and received a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Virginia Tech.

The association has about 2,500 members working as counselors, counselor educators and supervisors in public schools, community mental health agencies, private practice and higher education. It is a state branch of the American Association for Counseling and Development.

Supervisors Join Panels

Prince William Supervisors Robert L. Cole (D-Gainesville) and John D. Jenkins (D-Neabsco) were recently named members of committees of the National Association of Counties.

Cole, chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, was named to the association's Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. Jenkins will join the Human Services and Education Steering Committee.

The 12 steering committees, the policy-making arm of the county government association, consist of 50 to 60 county officials who meet to discuss issues critical to local government.

Any recommendations they make that are approved by the association will become part of the American County Platform, the basis of the group's efforts in representing counties to Congress and the White House.

Orchestra Leader Chosen

Hernan Murno has been chosen as conductor for the Youth Orchestras of Prince William's Youth Symphony Orchestra this fall and will serve as music director for the organization's four ensembles. Murno, a native of Argentina, founded the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus in Rocky Mount, N.C., where he also served as music director. He holds doctor of arts and master of music degrees and has studied at the Trinity College of Music in London.

The Youth Orchestras are composed of young musicians from Prince William and neighboring counties who rehearse weekly and perform a series of concerts throughout the year.

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