Thomas Koester's name was misspelled in the Sept. 30 Names in the News item about National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. (Published 10/21/04)

Retired Arlington County fire chief Edward Plaugher is the recipient of the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award. Plaugher served the Arlington County department for more than 10 years until his retirement this June. He was honored for his leadership during the emergency response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

The City of Alexandria was given the Outstanding Agency Accreditation Award by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. The award honors agencies and jurisdictions that have been exceptional in such areas as authority, organization and property management.

The National Merit Scholarship Program has named four Alexandria high school students and 11 Arlington high school students as semifinalists in this year's competition. The scholarships are based on performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), taken in the fall of junior year.

The semifinalists from Alexandria are Stephen Brown and Joseph Tauke of Bishop Ireton High School and Richard Fondren and Kate Woltz of Episcopal High School.

The Arlington semifinalists are Michael Baxter, Joseph Boland, Elise Cleva, Collen Gunning and Thomas Koesler of Bishop O'Connell High School; Neil Rickard, Katharine Schellman and Ceanna Van Eaton of Washington-Lee High School; and Alex Cook, Andrew Raines and Laura Rainey of Yorktown High School.

-- Compiled by MIYA WISEMAN

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