Boy's Artwork Wins

Holiday Card Contest

Kevin O'Hare, a first-grader at Evergreen Mill Elementary School in Leesburg, was one of three students, and the only one from Virginia, to win First Virginia Bank's Holiday Card Competition.

The 6-year-old's artwork is featured on the bank's holiday cards sent to customers, clients and associates. His mother, Mary Anne O'Hare, said he cut a three-dimensional-looking jack-in-the-box from construction paper and decorated it with glitter.

Kevin, of Lovettsville, received $200 in a First Virginia savings account, and his school received $250, which the bank said it hoped would be used to purchase supplementary art supplies.

Special education and K-12 students from Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee participated in the contest. Kevin attends Evergreen's special autistic program.

Leesburg Praised

For King Street

The Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia has awarded the Town of Leesburg its annual Community Appearance Award for the second consecutive year, this time for the town's recently improved South King Street corridor.

The award recognizes outstanding design and construction, collaborative efforts and community associations that enhance the visual quality of Northern Virginia. The association said Leesburg was selected for improving the general appearance of a street in the town's historic district to the benefit of residents and tourists.

"They succeeded in turning a rather mundane and unattractive area into a positive, attractive environment that encourages neighboring citizens to maintain the new 'improved climate' near their homes," the association said in its latest newsletter.

Town staff and contractors worked closely with the community to combine landscaping and decorative walls, with needed curb, gutter and storm sewer improvements, water main extensions and a conduit for future undergrounding of electrical utilities.

County Recognized

For 2002-03 Budget

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has given Loudoun County its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2002-03 budget.

The Chicago-based association said the county met national guidelines for presenting a budget that serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

Whenever the award is granted to a government, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is given to the individual or department primarily responsible, in this case, John A. Wells, Loudoun's deputy administrator.

The nonprofit association has 14,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.

Notre Dame Junior

Receives Scholarship

The National Society of High School Scholars has awarded Laura French of Middleburg, a junior at Notre Dame Academy, its $5,000 Claes Nobel Scholarship.

The scholarship is named after the member of the Nobel Prize family who chairs the society, which honors the most outstanding high school seniors nationwide.

-- Compiled by

Yawandale Birchett