The Goose Creek District of the Boy Scouts of America awarded the District Award of Merit to four Loudoun County Scout leaders: Kurt Struder, Cindy Connell, Lou Noon and Tom Noon. The Award of Merit is the highest honor an adult Scout leader can receive at the local level. It is given for service to youth. About one out of 135 volunteers is honored with the award each year.

The Loudoun County Corrections/Court Services Deputy of the Year is Peggy Cornwell, who was selected by her peers for her dedication, professionalism and exemplary performance. Cornwell has been a member of the Sheriff's Office for five years and is assigned to the courts security unit, which is responsible for security at the new and old courthouses, prisoner transportation to and from the courthouses, prisoner escorts in and out of the nine courtrooms, the operation of the prisoner holding facility and the courthouse's central control.

Alex Seebeck, a junior at Loudoun Valley High School, won third place in zoology at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Portland in May. Seebeck studied barred owls in Loudoun and tested their "Habitat Suitability Index" to determine how well an area can sustain an organism.

Area students 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 a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

The students are:

Potomac Falls residents Ashley Bristol, a senior majoring in marketing management; Jasmit Brar, a sophomore majoring in biology; Sara Dobes, a senior majoring in accounting and information systems; Courtney Gjormand, a sophomore majoring in general engineering; Kathryn Jones, a freshman majoring in university studies interdisciplinary; Kenneth Logan, a sophomore majoring in general engineering; Rachel Mitnick, a senior majoring in communication; William Mook, a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise; Mitra Mortazavi, a sophomore majoring in biology; Jacob Richkus, a senior majoring in business information technology; Lindsey Robison, a senior majoring in marketing management; Justin Sadler, a senior majoring in marketing management; Victoria Wilson, a freshman majoring in English; and Xiaoyi Zhong, a sophomore majoring in university studies interdisciplinary.

Sterling residents Kayla Adkins, a sophomore majoring in international studies; Daniel Aguilera, a senior majoring in architecture; Tito Alvarez, a senior majoring in electrical engineering; Erin Anderson, a senior majoring in communication; Robert Bernhards, a sophomore majoring in biology; Christopher Case, a senior majoring in biochemistry; Daniel Giordano, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering; Laura Hendrick, a senior majoring in English; David Hogarty, a senior majoring in computer engineering; Jennifer Howes, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering; Allison Jarnagin, a sophomore majoring in fine arts; Peter Lazarevich, a junior majoring in civil and environmental engineering; Christopher McKenna, a senior majoring in business information technology; Jason Pilchuk, a sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering; Alexei Riabtsev, a senior majoring in computer engineering; Anna Riabtsev, a junior majoring in mathematics; Alexander Scott, a sophomore majoring in general engineering; Clint Steele, an associate's degree student majoring in agricultural technology; Jennifer Stroup, a senior majoring in psychology; Judith Toepfer, a senior majoring in chemical engineering; William Toland, a sophomore majoring in secondary education (physical education); Shane Tucker, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering; William Walbert, a senior majoring in management; Aaron Wallo, a senior majoring in physics; Christina Ward, a senior majoring in communication; Erica Wible, a senior majoring in psychology; Mazen Zaytoun, a senior majoring in mining engineering.

Jennifer Balla, a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise; Shannon Begle, a sophomore majoring in psychology; Michael Diaz, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering; Marios Epaminonda, a junior majoring in accounting and information systems; Joanna Fox, a junior majoring in accounting and information systems; Joseph Grefenstette, a senior majoring in electrical engineering; Jules Kroehl, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering; Janice Liddy, a senior majoring in music; John Linn, a senior majoring in accounting and information systems; William Lovely, a junior majoring in accounting and information systems; Heather Maiuri, a senior majoring in political science; Lauren Manns, a junior majoring in finance; Carin Miller, a senior majoring in animal and poultry science; Brian Munse, a senior majoring in business information technology; Kimberly Munson, a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise; Morgan Rezac, a sophomore majoring in psychology; Gregory Sagstetter, a sophomore majoring in philosophy; Marc Saint Raymond, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering; Starla Stiles, a senior majoring in biology; Daniel Stone, a senior majoring in finance; Autumn Wacker, a senior majoring in secondary education (physical education); Elizabeth Entsminger, a senior majoring in international studies; and Joseph Shipman, a sophomore majoring in biology.

Warrenton residents Meredith Black, a freshman majoring in university studies interdisciplinary; Brian Clark, a sophomore majoring in general engineering; Krista D'Albenzio, a senior majoring in psychology; Patrick Gallagher, a senior majoring in political science; Christopher Gay, a senior majoring in management; Sarah Headly, a sophomore majoring in architecture; Sarah Maybach, a junior majoring in biology; Amanda Miller, a sophomore majoring in business; Corrie Owsley, a junior majoring in communication; Clinton Barnes, a senior majoring in accounting and information systems; Lauren Bryant, a junior majoring in human development; Lorianne Bundick, a junior majoring in foreign languages (French); Peter DeClemente, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering; Ryan Dreelin, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering; Jennessa Durney, a junior majoring in human development; Katherine Eickhoff, a junior majoring in communication; Bradley Fetters, a sophomore majoring in horticulture; Jason Gard, an associate's degree student majoring in agricultural technology; Gena Miller, a senior majoring in communication; Julia Nagel, a senior majoring in animal and poultry science; Virginia Riley, a sophomore majoring in communication; Erin Rossmeissl, a junior majoring in agricultural and applied economics; Peter Scheffel, a senior majoring in computer science; Benjamin Smith, an associate's degree student majoring in agricultural technology; Charles Southward, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering; Jeana Stright, a sophomore majoring in architecture; Edward Tucker, a junior majoring in international studies; Zachary Turner, a senior majoring in agricultural and applied economics; Jeffrey Wiler, a sophomore majoring in general engineering; and Kim Flinchum, a senior majoring in psychology.

Jordan Christopher Clough of Leesburg, a senior at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, received the Sisters of Notre Dame Distinguished Graduate Award at the school's annual academic awards program.

The Dragon Scholars, the top 10 academic students in the Class of 2004, were: Kayleigh Christina Hearn of Leesburg (valedictorian); James Ryan Dunn of Leesburg (salutatorian); Sarah Elizabeth Dillon of Ashburn; Samuel Francis Kettering of Warrenton; Maura Colleen Galbraith of Winchester; Inslee Austin Dietrich Haynes of Leesburg; Justin David Lokey of Winchester; Savannah Renee Warren of Front Royal; Samantha Ashley Macher of Leesburg; and Adrienne Elizabeth Chargois of Warrenton. Kettering also received a Fullness of Life Award for academic excellence and leadership qualities.

Recipients of the President's Award for Academic Excellence included Vanessa Remedios Arancibia of Sterling; William Davis Ashwell of Warrenton; Adrienne Chargois, Jordan Clough and Margaret Rose Dieter of Waterford; Sarah Dillon, James Dunn and Maxwell Wrighter Farley of Bluemont; Nicholas Ashby Gamotis of Leesburg; Daniel John Harris of Leesburg; Inslee Haynes, Kayleigh Hearn and Kevin Michael Ingersoll of Ashburn; Christina Robin Jamison of Warrenton; Samuel Kettering, Samantha Macher and William Thomas Patchett of Warrenton; Andrew David Shaw of Warrenton; Jeremy Even Thompson of Round Hill; Tanya Lynn Traeger of Sterling; and Daniel Richard Troha of Leesburg.

Other awards included: Outstanding Senior in English: Samantha Macher; Outstanding Senior in French: Nicholas Gamotis; Outstanding Senior in the Performing Arts: Ashlee Valisha Ambers; Outstanding Senior in Science: James Dunn; Outstanding Senior in Spanish: Kayleigh Hearn; Outstanding Senior in Technology: Alexandra Nicole Castellano; Outstanding Senior in Theology: Jordan Clough; Outstanding Senior in the Visual Arts: Inslee Haynes; Outstanding Male Athlete: Maxwell Farley; Outstanding Female Athlete: Adrienne Chargios; Scholar Athlete: Samuel Kettering; National Honor Society Certificate of Merit: Samantha Macher and Vanessa Remedios Arancibia; George Mason University Army ROTC Scholarship: Daniel John Harris; Air Force ROTC Scholarship: James Dunn.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

The Goose Creek District of the Boy Scouts honored Kurt Struder, from left, Cindy Connell, Lou Noon and Tom Noon as Scout leaders.Major Robert Mulligan, left, and Sheriff Steven O. Simpson present Deputy Peggy Cornwell with her Deputy of the Year award.