Park View High School alumni Kristy Quinn and Drew Smith were honored recently at the Virginia Tech Student Recognition Banquet hosted by university President Charles W. Steger and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association for their selection to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Quinn graduated in December from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and her activities included Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society and being vice president of the Association for Early Childhood Education and ambassador for the college.

Smith was scheduled to graduate Friday from the Pamplin College of Business. While at Virginia Tech he raised $3,000 for the American Red Cross, covered the National Football League for a radio show and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity.

The Broad Run High School debate team is the state champion for the ninth time in 13 years. Fourteen members of the team traveled to Liberty University in Lynchburg to compete in the Virginia High School League debate state finals April 23 and 24.

In the Student Congress division, five members of the squad competed, and Tim Berman won. In the classical Switchside Division, Leah Taylor and Alexandra Williams, as well as Jon Meyer and Pete Hershey, finished as semifinalists, each with 5-1 records. Taylor was the number three speaker of the tournament, and Hershey was number one.

In the Contemporary Switchside Division, Robyn Showers and Nick Nguyen were 4-3, tying for fourth place. Reed Pannell and Devin Kidner were 6-1, taking the division championship. Kidner was the number one speaker of that division. In Lincoln-Douglas, Laura Behrer finished with a 3-3 record.

Students in the culinary arts class at Monroe Technology Center took several honors at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference and STAR Events Competition in Virginia Beach on April 23.

In the Career Portfolio and Work Sample Event, where students prepare a portfolio and culinary display for judging, categories and winners included:

* Charcuterie and Garde Manger: Yasmin Atarod, first place and trophy.

* Hot Food Displayed Cold: Rachael Gross, silver medal.

* Patisserie/Confectionery: David Flees, silver medal.

* Show Piece: Chantel Stanley, silver medal.

The team of Patrick MacWhorter, Chris Lynch and Anthony Katigbak placed second in Virginia in the Culinary Live Event, where students are given a menu that must be prepared and presented under the scrutiny of several judges. The students are judged on their planning ability, preparation skills and teamwork, as well as the actual taste and presentation of the food items. All three students received a medal as well as a $750, four-year renewable scholarship from Johnson & Wales University and a $1,500, four-year renewable scholarship from the Culinary Institute of America.

Loudoun County received the top rating in its population category from the National Association of County Information Officers for its Web site,, its 2003 annual report and the Discover Loudoun Student Series program.

Loudoun was one of only three counties nationwide to receive a superior rating for its Web site. It was the sixth time in seven years that Loudoun's has been recognized as one of the nation's top county government Web sites. The site is managed by the Office of Public Information and the Department of Information Technology.

Loudoun also received a superior rating in the Citizen Education Projects category for the Discover Loudoun Student Series, a three-day program designed to engage students in local government processes, promote volunteerism and participation at the local level, and foster leadership and team-building skills among Loudoun's youth. Twenty-eight students in grades 7 through 11 completed the inaugural Discover Loudoun Student Series program in 2003. The program will be offered again June 21-23, 2004, for students in grades 7 through 9. For more information or to register for the program, call 703-771-5839.

Loudoun's superior award for its 2003 annual report made it the only county in the under-500,000 population category to receive the top rating for a magazine-style annual report. The 28-page illustrated report highlights the county's accomplishments during the fiscal year from July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003. Copies of the report are available at county library branches or by contacting the Loudoun County Office of Public Information at 703-777-0113 or by e-mail at The report is also available on the county's Web site.

Loudoun County Public Libraries received two awards from the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. The opening of the Ashburn Library on Aug. 10 won Outstanding Public Relations Project. John J. Czaplewski, chairman of the Loudoun County Public Library board of trustees, was named library trustee of the year.

James Russell "Rusty" Foster of Leesburg, a political science major at Hampden-Sydney College, received two awards at his final convocation in April: the Kearfott Stone Memorial Award, presented to a senior who has rendered outstanding service to good music in the community, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Citizenship Award, recognizing outstanding citizenship and service to the college.

Separately, Foster also received the James Madison Public Service Program Certificate. The certificates are presented to seniors who have completed specific classes, an internship and research and who are seriously considering a career in public service.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD