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<lst>Michael Kirk Crawford earned the rank of Eagle Scout in a Sept. 10 ceremony at the Church of the Nativity in Burke. A member of Troop 1100, Michael, 18, is a senior in the special education autism program at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax.

Michael's Eagle Scout Project consisted of preventing soil erosion in the park in front of Robinson Secondary School through mulching and transplanting existing shrubbery and plants. With the help of 25 other scouts and volunteers in March, Michael improved the appearance of the park by weeding, planting and trimming bushes in addition to preventing soil erosion.

Michael is the son of retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mary Perri Crawford of Springfield and the late Cmdr. Keith E. Crawford, USN. Michael's brother, Matthew Perri Crawford, a junior at Ohio State University and an Eagle Scout and adult leader in Troop 1100, administered the Eagle Charge and Pledge to his brother during the ceremony at Nativity Parish.

Capt. (USN) and Mrs. R.A. McMurtray of Burke are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Anne McMurtray, to Roger Andrew Libby, son of The Reverend and Mrs. Richardson A. Libby of Annapolis, Md.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of James W. Robinson High School in Fairfax and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where she received a B.S. in psychology. She is currently a senior business analyst for Verizon Avenue in Herndon.

The future groom is a graduate of Kent School and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he received a B.S. degree in politics, and is currently the associate director of government affairs with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

A May wedding is planned at Christ Church in Old Town, Alexandria.

Senior Amanda Hoeser of Burke, a communications major at Lynchburg College, is a member of the 2002 Lynchburg College cross country team, the Hornets. Her team has competed in three meets this season. Hoeser obtained her best time of 21:46 at the JMU Invitational on Sept. 21, placing 32nd overall. The cross country team most recently participated in the Dickinson College Relays in Carlisle, Penn. on Oct. 5.

Katherine F. Stephens of Burke has been selected to play Norma Henshaw for the Mary Washington College production of “The Diviners.” Stephens is the daughter of Mark Stephens of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. and Theresa Stephens of Burke. She is a 1999 graduate of Robinson Secondary. A senior theatre major, Stephens has received the Albert R. Klein Scholarship and the Bushnell Scholarship, both in theatre. She is president of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society and has been named to the Dean’s List.

Three Lee High School and one Hayfield High School Cadette Girl Scouts received the Girl Scout Silver award on Sept. 23 for hard work and responsibility, as well as commitment to themselves and the future. Heather Brammell, Caitlyn deKanter, Sarah Esterbrook and Bonnie Nelson received the award after following a plan they set for themselves that not only involved decision-making but the responsibilities of leadership.

During the last year, the girls worked on projects that contributed to the well-being of many Northern Virginia residents. Heather and Sarah established a collection plan for donations for ECHO and Caitlyn and Bonnie worked with handicapped students at “Lift Me Up”.

Heather is the daughter of Susan Brammell, Caitlyn is the daughter of Scipio and Mary deKanter, Sarah is the daughter of Randal and Louis Esterbrook and Bonnie is the daughter of Andrew and Cheryl Nelson. All have been Girls Scouts for 10 years.