The Virginia Music Educators Association has declared River Bend Middle School in Sterling a blue ribbon school. The distinction was based on the achievements of the eighth-grade chorus, under the direction of Rachel Binger, and Band 8, under the direction of Brian Steffens. Both groups received superior ratings in their state-sponsored music festivals in March. River Bend is the first middle school in Loudoun County to receive the blue ribbon award and the only middle school to receive the award this year.

The following students were named to the dean's list at Virginia Tech for the spring semester. To qualify, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average on a four-point scale.

Courtney M. Rice of Markham, a junior majoring in communications; Daniel L. Faircloth of Round Hill, a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems; Breanna J. Rau of Midland, a sophomore majoring in landscape architecture; Anne-Marie Tessier of Remington, a freshman majoring in university studies; and Jennifer A. Dodge of Bluemont, a junior majoring in English.

Purcellville residents Christopher R. Bowns, a sophomore majoring in computer science; Joshua D. Burruss, a junior majoring in finance; Jane K. Claterbos, a freshman majoring in political science; Heather L. Cline, a freshman majoring in biology; Ashley J. Cooper, a senior majoring in electrical engineering; Brian P. Damewood, a freshman majoring in communications; Erin L. Dendinger, a sophomore majoring in university studies; Nicholas A. Doermann, a sophomore majoring in architecture; Amber N. Garib, a freshman majoring in general engineering; Christopher M. Hansen, a sophomore majoring in finance; Lucas M. McWilliams, a junior majoring in biology; Megan E. Progen, a junior majoring in psychology; Christa E. Schulenburg, a senior majoring in psychology; Nathaniel P. Van Kirk, a freshman majoring in psychology; and Rachel E. Whitney, a junior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise.

Broad Run residents Joshua M. Friedman, a freshman majoring in finance; Stephen P. Janoschka, a senior majoring in secondary education (agriculture); and Suzanne E. Szanyi, a freshman majoring in marketing management.

South Riding residents Deanna M. Askin, a senior majoring in communications; Priyanka Dua, a freshman majoring in biology; Lindsay M. McAree, a junior majoring in management; Rushabh N. Shah, a junior majoring in mining engineering; Timothy E. Wiltgen, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering; and Kelvin Yuen, a freshman majoring in general engineering.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD