Alison Firestone of Upperville has been named an alternative member of the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping team headed to the Summer Games in Athens in August. Firestone, 28, and her 14-year-old Swedish warmblood gelding, Casanova, were named to the team May 25 following selection trials in Del Mar and San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Firestone and Lauren Hough, 27, of Wellington, Fla., will replace any of the four main equestrians if they are unable to compete because of injuries.
Olympic team member Chris Kappler, 37, of Pittstown, N.J., and his 12-year-old Dutch warmblood stallion, Royal Kaliber, are expected to compete in the $100,000 Budweiser Upperville Jumper Classic on June 13, said Nick Slater, president of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show.
Sloane Coles, 15, of The Plains will also be riding at Upperville. Coles is fresh off a major victory on Marcia and Jack Bole's Loxley in the $10,000 Keswick Jumper Classic last weekend in Keswick, Va.
"Not only did she beat the professional riders, but the show was the 100-year anniversary of the first show, which was founded by the Coles family," said Boles. "So it was a very big deal and kind of a storybook ending."
Kate Shields, 55, of Middleburg will be an alternative member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation's team for the 2004 World Singles Driving Championship. She was named with her 10-year-old Welsh cob, Hastening Pilgrim, for the event in Astorp, Sweden, from July 22 to 25.
Two Loudoun County sheriff's deputies were recognized at the annual Excellence in Community Service and Public Safety awards ceremony this month for their efforts to curb drinking and driving. Deputies Randall Broaddus and Keith Ablard removed a combined total of 62 impaired drivers from Loudoun's roads in 2003. Also honored at the event was Leesburg police officer Travis Lotz, who has made 42 DUI arrests in two years with a 100 percent conviction record.
A number of area residents were named to the dean's list at Virginia Tech for the spring 2004 semester. To qualify, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
The list includes Aldie residents Crysta Highfield, a junior majoring in civil and environmental engineering, and Michael Tomaselli, a junior majoring in finance; Katrina Korcel of Bealeton, a senior majoring in environmental science; Bluemont residents Julie Still, a senior majoring in fisheries science, and Jessica Tipton, a senior majoring in architecture; and Broad Run residents Jennifer French, a junior majoring in environmental policy and planning, and Stephen Janoschka, a senior majoring in agricultural education.
Katy Myers of Warrenton received the 2003-04 Distinguished Service Award at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia's annual conference in Richmond for her outstanding service as a teacher of Spanish, French and English as a Second Language and for her leadership statewide while serving as coordinator of foreign languages and ESL in Fauquier County from 1990 to 2000, and as ESL supervisor in Loudoun from 2001 to 2003.
Myers has also been president of the Virginia ESL Supervisors' Association; an executive board member of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia and the state Foreign Language Supervisors' Board; a member of the Governor's Foreign Language Academies Review Board; and a member of the Department of Education SOL Committee, responsible for developing and writing the Virginia Foreign Language Standards of Learning tests.
The Audubon Naturalist Society has awarded a Merrick scholarship to Marsha Humphries of Purcellville to attend an educators' workshop in July in Hog Island, Maine. The experience is designed to illuminate how local nature study can provide the foundation for cross-curricula teaching and activities, the society said.
Humphries, a teacher's assistant at Middleburg Elementary School, owns horses, chickens, rabbits and ducks on her property in Purcellville. She plans to return to college to complete her bachelor's degree in elementary education.
Loudoun Healthcare has selected Ralph Falvo of Leesburg as nurse of the year. Falvo joined Loudoun Healthcare in November 2001 as the operational manager of the Countryside Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is a volunteer trainer for the service excellence program, teaches health care issues at various schools in Loudoun County, volunteers on a state recruitment and retention committee and played a key role in Loudoun Hospital Center's first summer camp for students.
America's Promise has recognized the Good Shepherd Alliance's work with homeless children by naming its Women and Family Shelter a "Shelter of Promise." The designation is the first for America's Promise, which was launched at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future in 1997 to make children a national priority.
-- Compiled by VICKY MOON and LESLIE SHEPHERD