The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum awarded $100 savings bonds to the grand-prize winners of its first agricultural awareness day poster contest. The winners were Charlie Shields, a first-grader at Countryside Elementary School (first- and second-grade category), and kindergartner Melissa Maricle of Lincoln Elementary (pre-K and kindergarten category). Their classes will receive a free field trip to the museum.
Andrew Moody, 19, a junior at Potomac Falls High School, received an honorable mention from VSA arts for his acrylic painting, "Sunflowers Renewed," as part of the organization's 2005 Call for Children's Art. Moody is one of six students who received the honor and whose work will be installed in VSA arts' national arts collection at its Washington headquarters.
Leslie Lane Hindman of Ashburn, a senior at Stone Bridge High School, has been awarded a high school diploma in music from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, a division of the American College of Musicians.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has announced the 10th District's appointments to the nation's service academies. The appointees will enter the service academies in July.
U.S. Military Academy: Robert Edmonds of Sterling, Potomac Falls High School; and David W. Nelson II of Ashburn, Notre Dame Academy.
U.S. Naval Academy: Philip Gurney of Leesburg, Heritage High School; and Charles Jones of Leesburg, Notre Dame Academy.
U.S. Air Force Academy: Geoffrey Ryan Becker of Sterling, home-schooled; Spencer Butt of Sterling, Potomac Falls High School; Robert Edmonds of Sterling, Potomac Falls; and Shea Hartley of Purcellville, Loudoun Valley High School.
Virginia Tech has chosen 254 Pamplin Leaders for the 2005-06 academic year. The Pamplin Leader Award is a one-year, merit-based $1,000 scholarship given to students from public high schools in Virginia who plan to attend Virginia Tech. Students must have at least a 3.75 grade point average or be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class.
Local recipients are:
Eric Dvorak, Potomac Falls, Potomac Falls High School.
Alexandria Gallo, Ashburn, Broad Run High School.
Eric Gay, Warrenton, Fauquier High School.
Bradley Johnson, Leesburg, Heritage High School.
Curtis Kobelski, Potomac Falls, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Brent Korcel, Bealeton, Liberty High School.
Benjamin Leonard, Leesburg, Loudoun County High School.
Caleb Magruder, Leesburg, Loudoun County.
Thomas McAdams, Ashburn, Stone Bridge High School.
Katherine Nguyen, Sterling, Dominion High School.
Eric Pankau, Sterling, Park View High School.
Jennifer Surotchak, Purcellville, Loudoun Valley High School.
Winners of the third annual All-American Kid's Fishing Derby at Claude Moore Park in Sterling on June 4 were:
Melissa Dubernas, most fish caught (nine), Daniel Gil, biggest fish (10.5 ounces, bass and casting contest, ages 6-10), Shane Crawford, smallest fish (3.5 ounces, bluegill), Hallie Crawford, second-biggest fish (10 ounces, catfish) and Jessica Gil, casting contest (ages 11-16).
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD