Four Loudoun County public school seniors each received $450 from Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson on June 14 as part of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute scholarship program.
The students are Natasha Yvonne King of Broad Run High School and Mallory Biazzo, Christine Allen-Cervantes and David Wilkens of Stone Bridge High School.
The scholarships are given to students who plan to study law enforcement or criminal justice at Virginia colleges and universities.
Benjamin Taylor, 11, a fifth-grader at M.M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington, is the AAA Fauquier County Safety Patrol of the Year.
The Teri & Shari Malone Foundation has awarded $250 scholarships to students at each of Loudoun's 11 middle schools and two dance schools who have exceptional talent in art, music, math, science and dance. The foundation was established in memory of two Loudoun County girls who died after having finished eighth grade at Seneca Ridge Middle School.
Belmont Ridge Middle School:
Art: Ju-Yeon "Jane" Seo
Math: Kylene Chistine Smart
Music: Alexis Nola Morris
Science: Stefan Ahldor Kowalski
Eagle Ridge Middle School:
Art: Jordyn Karina Newsome
Math: Steven Sverre Gussgard
Music: Matthew James Chamberlain
Science: Matthew James Chamberlain
Farmwell Station Middle School:
Art: Erin Leigh Childs
Math: Han E. "Brian" Jang
Music: Allison Leigh Bogle
Science: Reinaldo Perez
Harmony Intermediate School:
Art: Claudia Lynn Rivera
Math: Paul Lawrence Ammann
Music: Kelly Elizabeth Bridges
Science: Kaylyn Gail Jackson
Harper Park Middle School:
Art: Alexandra Eva Happersett
Math: Thomas Ludvik Schmidt
Music: Xinyun Cao
Science: Elizabeth Anne Kong
Mercer Middle School:
Art: Rachael Anne McNeive
Math: Siddarth Dutta
Music: Alyson Alana Burnett
Science: Shu Liu
River Bend Middle School:
Art: Scott Vanny Keo
Math: Ashleigh Marie Harvey
Music: Christine Marie Farrell
Science: Jared David Hallett
J. Lupton Simpson Middle School:
Art: Megan Elise Betcher
Math: Miles Douglas Wentworth
Music: Stephanie Kang Eun Lee
Science: Elizabeth "Liz" Mary Asai
Seneca Ridge Middle School:
Art: Alexander Colgan Wood
Math: Yuwan "Angela" Xu
Music: Megan Kimberly Sil
Science: Jessica Faye Szelc
Smart's Mill Middle School:
Art: Sarah Merchant Muse
Math: Josh Alfred Snyder
Music: Monica Lourdes Jorge
Science: Joanna Marie Fang-Hsiao
Sterling Middle School:
Art: Lauren Elizabeth Rymer
Math: Mustafa Hafid Sungkar
Music: Hideko A. "Kiko" Dudley
Science: Mark Alan Bunney Jr.
Loudoun School of Ballet:
Dance Academy of Loudoun:
Megan Nicole Carter
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presented a Mark Trail Award to Mary Barton, principal of Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton, for supporting the agency's Weather Radio All-Hazards program. The award honors individuals and organizations that use or provide weather radio receivers or transmitters to save lives and protect property.
Barton installed NOAA weather radios at Cedar Lee in the 1990s and developed a tornado safety plan, which includes student drills. The emergency preparedness efforts paid off Sept. 8, when a tornado touched down near Morrisville and headed northeast toward Bealeton. When Barton heard the tornado warning on the school's weather radio, she delayed dismissal and told staff members to guide students into designated tornado safety areas while she went outside to direct bus drivers and parents inside. Officials said that had Barton not acted, more than 400 people would have been on the roads of southern Fauquier while an F2 tornado (113-to-157 mph winds) was moving into the area.
One week later, the weather radio alarm sounded at Cedar Lee again when an F3 tornado (158-to-206 mph winds) tornado formed near Remington and moved north toward Bealeton. Sixty-five football players, members of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs and staff members were sent to the safety areas.
The Mark Trail Awards are named for the comic strip character that serves as the campaign symbol for the NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards program.
Leslie Hoffman of Sterling, a student at Potomac Falls High School, has been chosen to attend this summer's Governor's School for Humanities at the University of Richmond.
Graduating seniors Bryan Russell of Liberty High School and James Sittner of Fauquier High School finished first on the written exam and fourth overall at the state finals of the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition May 20-21 at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond. In the hands-on part of the contest, teams raced to repair a disabled vehicle.
The Ketoctin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution present Good Citizenship Awards to one student at 23 schools across Loudoun County each year. Teachers choose the students who exemplify responsibility, leadership, kindness, honor and good citizenship. The award goes to fifth-graders in the public schools and eighth-graders in private schools.
The fifth-grade winners are:
Aldie Elementary: Faith Brown
Arcola Elementary: Tanner Riche
Ashburn Elementary: Meagan Mellin
Ball's Bluff Elementary: Austin Ross Nelson
Banneker Elementary: Andrew Schneider
Catoctin Elementary: Shannon Graney
Cool Spring Elementary: Lauren Schroth
Emerick Elementary: Megan Orentas
Evergreen Mill Elementary: Jenna Strange
Hamilton Elementary: Amanda Ley
Hillsboro Elementary: Megan Marcellin
Leesburg Elementary: Bethany Steele
Lincoln Elementary: Riley Webster
Lovettsville Elementary: Joseph Michael Laude
Lucketts Elementary: Hannah Hale
Middleburg Elementary: Acey Ann-Renee Hotchkiss
Mountain View Elementary: Zachary Klipple
Frances Hazel Reid Elementary: Mary Paige Rodgers
Round Hill Elementary: Susan Mensah
Seldens Landing Elementary: Madison Hoyt
John W. Tolbert Elementary: Shannon Cabrey
Waterford Elementary: Michelle Crowley
The eighth-grade winner is:
St. Theresa School: Meaghan Leon
Devin Britanne Kidner of Ashburn, a freshman at Wake Forest University, was on the dean's list for the spring semester, having earned a grade point average of at least 3.0.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia recently honored two members of the Loudoun Sheriff's Office vice-narcotics unit for their efforts in two high-profile narcotics cases.
Investigators Ken Dondero and John Bailie received the 2005 Award for Public Service.
Dondero was recognized for his work leading to the 2004 arrest of former D.C. police officer Shawn Verbeke, 30, of Cleveland. Verbeke was accused of being a member of a drug trafficking organization that distributed ecstasy and methamphetamine in Washington and Northern Virginia, including Loudoun.
Bailie received recognition for his 2004 investigation of a prescription fraud conspiracy case in which four suspects were charged.
The Capital Pride Planning Committee has selected David Weintraub, acting president of Equality Loudoun, as one of nine Capital Pride Heroes for 2005. These individuals are nominated throughout the Washington area for "extraordinary efforts to bring full equality to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities."
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD