Esperanza Alzona took first place in the professional category of the 19th annual National Dance Week Choreography Competition sponsored by the Loudoun Ballet Company on May 1. She received $500 for the winning work, "Gedida," a modern dance piece set to music by Egyptian vocalist Natacha Atlas and performed by Courtney Beckstrom, Bria Jahrling, Kacie Peterson, Mariel Procter, Sara Reynolds and Courtney Wright, all advanced modern dance students of Alzona's from the Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center of Frederick.

Alzona has been executive director of the Loudoun Symphony since 2000.

Katherine Nolan, a junior at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, received the school's St. Julie Billiart Service Award, given each year to the student who exemplifies the life's work of the French saint and "demonstrates the goodness of God to the fullest." Nolan is Notre Dame Academy student ambassador and spends most of her volunteer time with her church in Berryville.

Catherine Crecraft, a senior at Potomac Falls High School, received one of eight "Legacy of Life" scholarships endowed by the Leslie Ebert Memorial Fund, named for a young employee of the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium who died of leukemia. Scholarships were awarded based on an essay. Crecraft's scholarship is worth $1,000.

James David Scott of Ashburn, a senior at Broad Run High School, received a four-year scholarship worth $8,000 at the 2005 Citizenship Education Conference sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Scott plans to enroll in the university's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in the fall.

Gregory Harrison Smith of Warrenton, a rising junior at Hampden-Sydney College, received a $12,000 Madison scholarship, awarded to students with good grades who have made a positive impact on the campus community. Smith, a mathematical economics major, is on the dean's list, plays midfielder on the Tigers varsity soccer team and is a member of the yearbook staff.

Matthew Ryan Ford and Michael James Patania of Leesburg were to receive their Eagle Scout awards at a ceremony Saturday. Ford's service project involved building a refuse shed and fence at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesburg. Patania's project was for the Audubon Naturalist Society at the Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg, where he helped remove exotic plants on the main trailhead and replace them with indigenous trees and shrubs. He also erected a permanent vehicle barrier at the main trailhead. The boys have been members of Troop 1550 since it was established in 2000. Both are rising juniors at Loudoun County High School.

Cathy Girondo's third-graders at Middleburg Elementary School recently wrote the lyrics for a song called "From the Coast of California" and produced and copyrighted a CD of the song. Musicians Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino, who worked with the third-graders throughout the year, composed the music. Students involved in Middleburg's project are Bernadette Boland, Veronica Cortes-Godoy, James Jarvis, Chase Keen, Nathan Longerbeam, Aaron Mamula, Yoselin Sandoval, Cole Shreiner, Jake Singh, Amber Villagomez and Logan Yates.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

Maureen Miller, left, artistic director of the Loudoun Ballet Company, with Esperanza Alzona, who won the company's choreography competition.

Katherine Nolan, who was awarded the St. Julie Billiart Service Award from Notre Dame Academy, stands next to a statue of the saint.