The City of Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission honored Bruce Dwyer, Thomas Call Jr., Ellen Pickering and Peggy Ashbrook with Service to the Community awards.

They were recognized for their commitment to recreational needs in Alexandria.

Ashbrook has spent numerous hours keeping the city's parks clean. As a member of the Del Ray Artisans, she encourages other members to volunteer with her at Colasanto Park.

Call has spent nearly 20 years pushing for neighborhood beautification. He successfully petitioned the city to plant trees on Patrick Street and cares for them.

Dwyer has been a longtime bicycling advocate in the city, serving on the Park and Recreation Commission's Bicycle Study Committee and in a variety of bicycling organizations.

Pickering has helped preserve Alexandria's open space and waterfront.

Arlington public schools recognized six volunteers as 2003 -- 04 Honored Citizens. Each honoree was acknowledged for at least five years of volunteer service to Arlington schools.

The 2004 Honored Citizens are Gladys Graykowski, Susan Mayo, Susan Poland, Anne Reynolds, Anita Scott and Peter Rousselot.

Graykowski has volunteered for seven years at the Stratford Program. Mayo has served seven years at Ashlawn Elementary School, Kenmore Middle School and Yorktown High School. Poland is the Kenmore representative on the County Council of PTAs. Reynolds is the Taylor Elementary School PTA president. Scott, a former Arlington schoolteacher, has served on the Arlington Outdoor Education Board since 1998. Rousselot has served Washington-Lee High School in various capacities, including the International Baccalaureate Advisory Committee and the PTA.

Recent Wakefield High School graduates Matthew Hayes, Rajeev Shrestha and Pamela Torres have been named Millennium Scholars by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The students will receive full six-year college scholarships, covering their undergraduate studies and two years of graduate education. The awards recognize outstanding minority students.

Hayes will attend Davidson College in North Carolina. Shrestha will study engineering at the University of Southern California, and Torres has chosen to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she will also study engineering.

-- Compiled by MIYA WISEMAN

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