Former Resident Wins Book Prize

Bruce Holsinger, a 1985 graduate of Loudoun County High School and an assistant professor of English at the University of Colorado, has won the Modern Language Association of America's ninth annual Prize for a First Book.

Holsinger received $1,000 and a certificate last month for "Music, Body and Desire in Medieval Culture, 1150-1400: Hildegard of Bingen to Chaucer," which was published in August 2001 by Stanford University Press.

The prize is awarded to a member whose first book-length publication is a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work or a critical biography. The association, which was founded in 1883, is the oldest and largest American learned society in the humanities that promotes literary and linguistic studies.

Outdoor Bronze Award

Stephanie Scales of Sterling and Stephen Nielsen of Potomac Falls, both 15, have received the Outdoor Bronze Award for completing training in first aid, communications, cooking, emergency preparedness, navigation and other skills. They are members of Venture Crew 761 in Sterling. Venturing is a youth development program created by the Boy Scouts for men and women ages 14 to 20.

County's IT Director Recognized

Computerworld, a weekly information technology newspaper, has named Eugene D. Troxell of Hamilton, Loudoun County's director of information technology, one of the business world's 100 premier IT leaders.

Troxell was recognized for helping to establish Loudoun's computer networks and major information systems on which the county government and school data networks rely. He is to be honored at the paper's Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference in February in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Troxell has worked for the county for 35 years, first as a high school teacher and assistant principal. He was director of computer services for the school system before becoming the county government's first director of information technology in 1989.

-- Compiled by Yawandale Birchett