Brian Bales, a rising senior at Broad Run High School, has been accepted to the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's High School Leaders Program. Bales will join about two dozen students from the state in studying Virginia public policy and politics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville this summer.

Two graduates of Park View High School in Sterling received $900 checks from Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson as part of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute scholarship program for studies in law enforcement or criminal justice.

Christopher Gray will attend George Mason University in the fall, and Stuart Morris will go to Christopher Newport University in Newport News.

The scholarship program is funded through a membership drive, which was conducted in August through mailings sent to Virginia homes. The mailings invited Loudoun residents to become associate members of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute, a law enforcement organization supported by Virginia's sheriffs.

Jessica McDermott of Sterling, a graduate of Park View High School, received a $1,000 grant from Orbital Sciences Corp.'s college scholarship program for sons and daughters of employees. McDermott will major in Spanish and international studies at Hollins University.

Steve Flaherty of Ashburn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1167, received the Eagle Scout Award in a Court of Honor in June at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ashburn. The Court of Honor was conducted by Randy Smith, at-large member of the Goose Creek District Committee. The Eagle Charge was given by Bill Cavanaugh, Goose Creek District commissioner, and the Eagle badge was awarded by Bishop Don Hiatt of the church. Flaherty's service project was to construct park benches and flower beds in Great Falls.

The Center for Digital Government has recognized Loudoun County as having one of most technologically advanced county governments in the United States.

The center conducted a national survey of how county governments use information technology to deliver services. The survey placed Loudoun among the top 10 counties in its population category.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson presents $900 scholarships to Stuart Morris, left, and Christopher Gray. Eagle Scout Steve Flaherty with, from left, Bishop Don Hiatt, Gary Flaherty, Marcia Flaherty and Bill Cavanaugh.