Chamber Volunteers

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has recognized several members for outstanding dedication and service to the chamber in 2002.

Stu Plitman of George Mason Mortgage LLC received the top volunteer honor, the Dick Brennan award, named for the 1995 and 1996 board chairman who died in November. Plitman is the board's vice president of membership retention and heads its LeadShare program, which helps members to network.

Volunteer leadership awards went to Dawn Blackburn of SAM's Club, Lori Reid of Executive Gift Planners LLC and Dave Trosko of Legg Mason.

Youth Leadership Forum

Based on her academic achievement and interest in law, Heather Vanderslice of Sterling, a junior at Park View High School, has been chosen to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law on March 11-16 in Washington.

Vanderslice will be one of 350 juniors and seniors participating in the forum, which takes students to courts and law firms to introduce them to the practice of law and the legal system.

Gingerbread Contest

Fifth-graders from Forest Grove Elementary School in Sterling defeated students from five other Loudoun County elementary schools to win the Lansdowne Conference Center and Resort's fifth annual gingerbread house contest. They received $1,000, which will go toward building a courtyard at the school.

Twenty-three Forest Grove students made a house that resembled a log cabin made of white oak, featuring a frost-covered roof and edges, a delicate holiday wreath, a front porch and backyard shrubbery. Lansdowne guests were judges.

-- Compiled by Yawandale Birchett and Amy Joyce