Freyja Bergthorson, an eighth-grade English teacher at Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn, will serve as a judge in the Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines for the National Council of Teachers of English.

The competition honors literary magazines from middle schools, junior high schools and high schools in the United States and Canada, and American schools overseas, for excellence in writing. Each judge evaluates magazines submitted in his or her state.

Alice Foltz, chairman of the social science department at Potomac Falls High School, will travel to Tokyo on Nov. 20 to participate in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund teacher program. Foltz is one of 200 teachers selected from more than 2,500 applicants across the United States.

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund enables primary and secondary teachers in the United States to travel to Japan for three weeks in an effort to promote understanding between the two countries.

Kyria Henry, who graduated in June from Loudoun Valley High School, has received a $1,000 Presidential Freedom Scholarship for her work with paws4people.

Henry was 12 when she helped found paws4people, which uses dogs in therapy for the elderly and disabled. She is a freshman majoring in business administration at West Virginia University.

The Presidential Freedom Scholarship is a national initiative that promotes leadership and community service by young people.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD