Nicholas Razeghi of Aldie, a student at Loudoun County High School, is one of 350 high school students from across the country chosen to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Houston and Galveston, Tex., from July 20 to 29. The students were selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine.

Five teams from Loudoun County participated in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals at the University of Maryland at College Park May 29 through June 1. Odyssey of the Mind is a program that aims to promote teamwork, good sportsmanship, persistence, enthusiastic spirit and creativity.

Catoctin Elementary was ranked at 19 out of a possible 37 in the Fantastic Art long-term problem. Cool Spring Elementary tied for the rank of 24 out of a possible 43 in the Featured Creature problem. Simpson Middle School also worked on the Featured Creature problem and was ranked at 32 out of a possible 46.

Loudoun Valley High School tackled the Featured Creature problem and was ranked at 24 out of a possible 40. For three members of that team, the only Loudoun high school participating this year, it was the third trip to the world finals.

Harmony Intermediate School took on the Envirover problem and placed fourth in a three-way tie out of a possible rank of 40, the best showing of any Loudoun County team in any Odyssey of the Mind world finals.

For the past seven months, team members Ashley Albert, Jessi Bishopp, Lewis Reining, Matt Schuchman and Kevin Shea worked to design, build and drive a human-powered vehicle, the Envirover, which collected trash and delivered it to a factory, where the trash was used to manufacture a new product.

Many Leesburg 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 Michael Balch, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering; Jacquelyn Berard, a junior majoring in political science; Darren Cunningham, a junior majoring in computer science; Robert Dennen, a freshman majoring in general engineering; Stacey Donley, a senior majoring in clothing and textiles; Alec Hutchinson, a junior majoring in political science; Rebecca Jameson, a sophomore majoring in wildlife science; Jocelyn Kemp, a sophomore majoring in general engineering; Heather Kmak, a junior majoring in agricultural and applied economics; Caitlin MacCarthy, a senior majoring in biochemistry; Casey MacQueen, a junior majoring in chemical engineering; Vanja Maric, a sophomore majoring in international studies; Matthew Peterson, a sophomore majoring in computer science; Lauren Ritter, a senior majoring in wildlife science; Jesse Robeson, a sophomore majoring in architecture; Katherine Staubs, a senior majoring in marketing management; Jessie Storey, a senior majoring in industrial design; Kimberly Dix, a junior majoring in animal and poultry science; Barbara Ghielmetti, a senior majoring in marketing management; Walter Johnson, a junior majoring in university studies interdisciplinary; Mensur Medic, a senior majoring in computer science; Steven Nelson, a sophomore majoring in biology; Krista Segnit, a junior majoring in agricultural and applied economics; Virginia Syptak, a senior majoring in biochemistry; Ryan Turner, a senior majoring in materials science and engineering; Kristin Van Dusseldorp, a sophomore majoring in university studies interdisciplinary; Emily Wheeler, a freshman majoring in biology; and Meghann Wing, a junior majoring in economics.

Jennifer Hohenberger of Warrenton, a Spanish major, was named to the dean's list with distinction at Grove City College in Pennsylvania for the spring semester. To qualify, students must have a grade-point average of 3.6 to 3.84 out of 4.0.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD