Cadet Tracy A. Wilson, the daughter of John and Linda Wilson of Purcellville, has earned the Superintendent's Award for Excellence at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for being in the top 15 percent of her class.

To be selected for the award, a cadet must achieve excellence in all programs -- academic, military and physical.

Wilson graduated from Oakton High School in Fairfax County in 2003. She is studying environmental geography and plans to graduate in 2007 and be commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army.

The Town of Leesburg has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Governmental Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2003 comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate is the highest recognition in government accounting and financial reporting field.

Loudoun County High School placed first in the District II Virginia High School League's regional play competition at Loudoun County High School. The cast performed "Invisible Man," which was written by drama teacher John S. Wells. The best actor award went to Drew Backentoss of Loudoun County High, and best actress went to Breanna Detwiler of Fauquier High School.

Sixteen students from Fauquier County middle schools participated in this year's Junior Regional Orchestra at Woodbridge Senior High School earlier this month.

The students from Cedar Lee, Marshall , Taylor and Warrenton middle schools were Tom Barham, Anna Brewer, Mary Bruno, Lauren Culbertson, Joe Dombrowski, Eric Gleason, Alphonso Jordan, Kyle Meadows, Sara Jane Rodgers, Devyn Wilcox, Holly Wilsey, Hanna Litwinowicz, Rebecca Evans, Silvia Fuechsel, Zoe Smith and Meghan Crocker.

Fauquier High School and Liberty High School have been recognized by the Virginia High School League for student publications produced during the 2003-04 school year.

The Falconer newspaper staff at Fauquier High, advised by Peg Culley, received a Trophy Class award, the league's highest for publications.

"The Falconer is the best newspaper I've evaluated so far," the judge said. "I am impressed by the sophisticated, global perspective. Instead of focusing only on the campus, you include non-school topics that affect students. I enjoyed reading this newspaper."

Fauquier's yearbook, The Eyrie, received first-place recognition. Judges praised the spectrum of life depicted and gave especially high marks to the staff's copy writing, especially caption writing, and sports photography. Beth Miller was the adviser.

The Voices and Visions arts and literary magazine, with Nancy Brittle as adviser, also received first place.

The Liberty High School yearbook, Talon, received a second-place award. Lisa Beth Miller served as the adviser.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

West Point Cadet Tracy A. Wilson has won an award for excellence.