The Loudoun Valley High School Marching Band won first place in Class AAA at the Stonewall Showcase of Bands on Sept. 25. The Vikings finished first in the category of general effect in a 15-band field.

Loudoun County High School's Marching Raider Band took home the Grand Champion trophy in the Blue Division during the North Stafford Marching Band Invitational on the same day. The Raider Band also received first-place trophies for marching, music and overall general effect. Seniors Josh Richards and Kelsey Willingham took home the top award for best drum majors.

Siggi Hindrichs of Middleburg, a 10th-grader at Wakefield School in The Plains, has been named one of 20 Blanton Scholars by the Virginia Historical Society. The students were selected on the basis of a four-page research paper and references.

The subject of this year's research papers was "tensions in the British/American alliance during World War II's North African campaign."

Hindrichs's paper, "The Sleeping Giant Awakens: The Decision That Created Operation TORCH and How It Revealed the Tensions Between Americans and the British," was researched primarily at the Fort Hood Library in Texas.

Leesburg's Ida Lee Tennis Center was awarded "Facility of the Year" by the United States Tennis Association, Mid-Atlantic Section, Virginia District.

The USTA annually recognizes centers that encourage a higher standard of the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities. Applications were judged based on overall layout and adaptation to the site, excellence of court surface and lights, ease of maintenance and programs supporting the USTA and growth of the game.

The Culpeper District of the Virginia Department of Transportation and Superior Paving of Gainesville received awards from the Virginia Asphalt Association for a five-mile stretch of Route 17 in Fauquier County beginning at the Stafford County line. The awards were for highway maintenance and for the stone matrix asphalt material.

Four county residents will receive 2004 Loudoun History Awards sponsored by the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission on Nov. 14. Peggy Sands Drummond, a Loudoun Times Mirror columnist, has written about the county's African American community for a half-century; Carol Morris Duke, president of the Lincoln Preservation Foundation, is a driving force behind the preservation of the Goose Creek Historic District; Marty Hiatt is an author and publisher of Loudoun history and genealogy; and Rachel Yarnell Thompson has been involved in many history education projects.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD