Three Latin students from Park View High School won honorable mention summa cum laude awards in the alpha (public school) division of 74th Latin Tournament of the Classical Association of Virginia (CAV).
Park View senior Richard Hang competed in the Virgil exam, based on the College Board's Advanced Placement syllabus of Virgil's epic poem "The Aeneid." Freshman Kevin Jefferson and senior Thanh-Thanh Nguyen competed in the Level II exam.
The tournament is one of the state's oldest and most prestigious competitions. Hang, Jefferson and Nguyen were the only students from Loudoun County to place on the CAV tournament exam, which is designed to test a Latin student's mastery of the language. The exam consists of questions on vocabulary, forms, syntax and, on upper-level exams, rhetorical and poetic devices. The exam also requires students to read passages for translation "on sight" to show active and accurate comprehension.
John Thomas of Sterling was elected grand knight of Good Samaritan Council 6175, Knights of Columbus.
Lovettsville residents Sean Hommel, a senior majoring in chemical engineering; Matthew Noerpel, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering; and Eric Ward, a sophomore majoring in physics, have been named to the dean's list at Virginia Tech for the spring semester. To qualify, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn at least a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Gregory Harrison Smith of Warrenton, a freshman at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the dean's list for the spring semester. Students must achieve at least a 3.3 grade point average out of 4.0.
Matthew Bingham of Leesburg, a senior at Loudoun County High School, received the Dr. Juergen Reinhardt Memorial Scouting Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to education, Scouting and the community. Bingham has been active in Scouting for 12 years and has held a variety of troop leadership positions. He has been a member of Loudoun County High's marching band and track team, is a member of the National Honor Society and was vice president of the school's debate team.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD