Lara Schumacher, 16, of Purcellville Unit 293 was elected honorary department junior president of Virginia's American Legion Auxiliary for 2004-05. Schumacher, a rising senior at Leesburg Christian School, has been involved with the American Legion Auxiliary for seven years.

Local professional photographer Janie Gable Stockton of JGS Photography in Middleburg won first place in the black-and-white category in a national baby and child photo contest sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging in Pittsburg, Kan. Miller's is a nationally known imaging laboratory used by many leading wedding and portrait photographers.

A panel of judges certified by a national photographers organization selected the winning photograph, called "The Trips," an image of three children holding hands in a forest.

Jessica Evans-Wall, a 2003 graduate of Loudoun Valley High School, has received a $120,000 Angier B. Duke scholarship to attend Duke University beginning in the fall semester. The scholarships were created to recognize young men and women who have demonstrated, through their academic and personal records, outstanding promise of achievement in their chosen fields. The scholarships stem from Angier B. Duke Memorial Inc., established in 1925 by Benjamin Newton Duke, one of the founders of Duke University, in memory of his son, Angier Buchanan Duke.

Michael Benonis, a rising senior at Stone Bridge High School, was honored at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference on July 18 in Denver with a first-place award in the Java programming competitive event.

The organization is the high school division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. , a national business education association that prepares students for careers in business and business education.

Loudoun County's "E-Pay Stubs" program has received the Virginia Association of Counties' 2004 Achievement Award.

The E-Pay Stubs program uses Web technology to provide electronic pay stubs to about 3,000 Loudoun County employees, most of whom are paid through direct deposit. The system, which was launched in 2003, replaced the traditional method of printing thousands of paper pay stubs every two weeks, counting them manually and delivering them to a central location for distribution.

The electronic pay stub program was a collaborative effort among several county agencies, and included staff members Lisa Cockrell and Chris Rossbach of Financial Services and Darrell Fisher and Bill McIntyre of the Department of Information Technology.

Dave Booth, an aborist with the Care of Trees office in Dulles, won the International Society of Arboriculture's regional tree climbing championship in Annapolis last month. Booth will represent the organization's mid-Atlantic chapter at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Pittsburgh this coming weekend.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD