Students at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg were honored recently for their volunteer work.
Kelsey Struder of Hamilton, a rising senior, received the St. Julie Billiart Service Award, which is given annually to a student who exemplifies the life work of St. Julie Billiart, the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame order.
Struder was a member of student council, the prom committee and Lunch Bunch, a program that sends Notre Dame students to Middleburg Elementary School once a week to do academic work and have lunch. She organized food drives for U.S. soldiers in Iraq and does hospice work.
Struder also received a Presidential Award for 100 or more hours of community service, as did graduating senior Andrew Shaw of Warrenton, rising seniors Fahria Omar of South Riding and Donnie Caroll of Haymarket, rising junior Brian Hinger of Centreville and rising sophomore Robert Jones of Leesburg.
The Spirit of Notre Dame Academy Award went to rising senior Christina Mangano of Upperville.
The Friend of Notre Dame Academy St. Julie Award went to cafeteria director Mary Ellen Giannini of Round Hill; Mary Ellen Tuzio of Middleburg, a math teacher and volleyball and lacrosse coach; and Jackson Stevens, co-leader of the Catholic Men's Leadership Group, which meets every other week to discusses issues regarding the Catholic faith in contemporary society.
Edward V. Hoffman, assistant head of school, presented flowers to Sister Cecilia, who is leaving the school after 22 years as a teacher, counselor, principal to return to the order's headquarters in Chardon, Ohio, to direct projects and programs.
Dellarease Butts of Sterling has been named Reston Hospital Center's employee of the year. This makes her eligible for the nationwide Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee or volunteer can earn within HCA Corp., the hospital's parent company.
Butts, a nursing technician in the endoscopy unit, has worked for the hospital for 10 years. Colleagues who nominated her said she has a gift to anticipate the needs of her patients and those with whom she works. Butts is involved with a local transplant group to increase awareness among African Americans of the need for organ donation. Last summer, she donated one of her kidneys to her husband, who was suffering from kidney disease.
John Cavanaugh, 18, of Ashburn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1167, received the Eagle Scout award June 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ashburn. The ceremony was conducted by Randy Smith, at-large member of the Goose Creek Scout district. The Eagle charge was given by Tom Inman, Goose Creek district training chairman, and the Eagle badge was awarded by Bishop Don Hiatt of the LDS Church.
Cavanaugh's Eagle Scout service project was to construct a wheelchair access path at Claude Moore Park.
Three Loudoun County public school students received a perfect score of 30 in the Continental Math League national mathematics competition: sixth-graders Jeremy Vercillo of Eagle Ridge Middle School and Carter Huffman of Blue Ridge Middle School and seventh-grader Brian Wolfe of Eagle Ridge.
Wolfe was the only seventh grader in Virginia to earn a perfect score. Vercillo and Huffman were two of the nine sixth-graders who received a perfect score.
The Continental Math League is a national mathematics competition consisting of 30-minute, six-question tests that are given once a month for five months from November through March. Each month, the top scores are sent to CML, which keeps a running total from all participating schools across the country.
Jennifer Andrews, an Earth sciences teacher at Park View High School, is one of 25 teachers from across the country chosen to participate in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science's earthworks program in Jamestown, Colo.
The program, which runs from June 19 to 25, allows teachers to design and conduct weeklong field projects under the guidance of local research scientists.
Sharon D. Ackerman, assistant superintendent for instruction for Loudoun County public schools, has received a service in education award from Phi Delta Kappa's Loudoun-Northern Virginia Chapter 1578.
Jason Robey, a sixth-grade science teacher at Farmwell Station Middle School, and Howard Chang, a Latin teacher at Park View High School, received the outstanding first-year teacher awards.
The Phi Delta Kappa Educational Contribution Award went to John Flynn of Insty-Prints of Chantilly, which has printed the Park View newsletter free for the past four years.
The staff of the Loudoun County Health Department has been honored by the Virginia Department of Health for its work in protecting residents from disease.
Epidemiologist Benita Boyer was recognized for her leadership during Loudoun's malaria outbreak, potential SARS case and preparation for smallpox vaccinations, as well as for her creation of the Health Department's All-Hazard Emergency Response Team (ALERT).
The 10-member ALERT team, created six months ago to improve coordination between each health department division and to enhance emergency preparedness for the staff, was honored for training in emergency preparedness, implementation of an emergency communication network, testing personal protection masks and participation in a statewide bioterrorism drill.
The concert band, chorus, guitar ensemble and jazz band of Eagle Ridge Middle School all received superior ratings, the highest possible, at the Musicale Music Festival in Williamsburg.
In addition, the chorus won first place in its division and the overall Grand Champion award. Two singers, Courtney Ashe and Sterling Kirk, received outstanding soloist awards.
The guitar ensemble took first place in its division, and the concert band was third, with alto saxophonist Mike Fowler receiving an outstanding soloist award.
The jazz band won second place, with the rhythm section being designated as the best of the day. The members of the rhythm section are Nathan Watson on piano, Aaron Hess on bass and Patrick Melbourne, Dan Page and Brett Lefavre on percussion. Mike Fowler playing baritone sax and A.J. Pendola playing tenor sax were singled out by the judges for excellence in their solo work.
Leesburg lawyer Robert E. Sevila has received the 17th annual Traditional of Excellence Award from the general practice section of the Virginia State Bar Association. The award is presented to a lawyer who has dedicated time and effort to activities that assist the community while improving the standing and image of general practice lawyers. Sevila was mayor of Leesburg from 1982-92 and has volunteered for the YMCA, United Way, Rust Library, George C. Marshall Home and the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center, among other organizations.
Students from 13 Ashburn area schools received Outstanding Citizenship awards from the Ashburn Ruritan Club.
U.S. savings bonds were presented to the elementary and middle school students -- $100 and $200, respectively -- and $500 cash scholarships were given to the high school students. The Ruritan Club also made a cash donation for library books at Belmont Station Elementary School, which will open this year in Ashburn.
The elementary school winners were Victoria Dwyer of Ashburn Elementary, Osama Farooqi of Cedar Lane, Mark Sarman of Dominion Trail, B.J. Yarbrough of Hillside, Ehrik Aldana of Mill Run, Benjamin Tutko of Sanders Corner and Morgan Busey of Seldens Landing.
The middle school winners were Mary Earley of Belmont Ridge Middle School, Adam Luhmann of Eagle Ridge, Natalie Liberty of Farmwell Station and Jill Pope of Saint Theresa.
The high school winners were Christina Casares of Broad Run High School and Matthew Ross of Stone Bridge.
The Ruritan Service Award went to Michelle Nguyen of Broad Run High. The Ruritan National Foundation Award went to Fathima Khan of Stone Bridge.
Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) has presented Leesburg lawyer Donald S. Culkin with the Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Award. Culkin is the first lawyer from Loudoun to receive the award, named for former Virginia Supreme Court Justice Harry L. Carrico. Culkin has served on the board of LSNV for eight years and has chaired the pro bono committee of the Loudoun County Bar Association for nearly five years.
Bruce Holsinger, a 1985 graduate of Loudoun County High School who is now an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, has been selected as a 2004 Guggenheim fellow. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for professionals in the natural and social sciences, humanities and creative arts. Holsinger plans to study liturgical culture and vernacular writing in England from the years 1000-1550.
J.C. Clark of Ashburn, a sophomore studying pre-med at Clemson University, was named to the president's list for the spring semester for earning a 4.0 grade-point average.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD