Justin Everhart was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) one year ago, but the 11-year old student at Lovettsville Elementary is fighting back with help from his father, his doctor, and the Arthritis Foundation. On Saturday, May 15, Justin will serve as the Youth Ambassador for the first annual Loudoun County Arthritis Walk to be held at the Oatlands.
The Everharts are looking forward to the possibility of getting Justin involved with soccer this fall, because it does not require the use of his hands and wrists like baseball and basketball do. In the meantime though, Justin is devoting his energy to the Arthritis Foundation, Virginia Chapter and the Loudoun County Arthritis Walk.
As Youth Ambassador for this year's event, he will be walking as one of the 55,000 people in the county living with arthritis. His goal is to raise arthritis awareness.
The Foreign Language Department of Park View High School inducted 27 students into the French, German, Latin or Spanish National Honor Society (NHS).
* French NHS: Rachel Bingaman, David Gonzales Alvarez, Stephanie Reese, Cambrie Roueche, Tyler Spurlock and Katherine Sullivan.
* Latin NHS: Andrew Carlson and Bethany Phillips.
* German NHS: Jackie Aslund, Christine Kibler, Angela Light, Lisa Mulloy and Chris Paraskevopoulos.
* Spanish NHS: Neda Behrooz, Kirsten Bernhards, Kimberly Bien, Evyn Bressler, Carolina Cano, Anthony Costanza, Michelle Craft, Brittany Davenport, Lynne Ellison, Laura Jones, Jessica Koss, Rachel Mohseni, Lorena Ruiz and Michael Schaefer.
In an unusual training exercise, members of the Loudoun County Juvenile Probation Staff recently interviewed a group of local senior citizens and asked them to share their experiences and memories of adolescence. The session at the Senior Center in Leesburg was designed to solicit advice and suggestions on how the probation officers might deal with youngsters today. The seniors who participated in the session included patrons of the Arcola, Leesburg and Purcellville Senior Centers.
<cl>From left, Sheriff Steve Simpson, Bobbie Ochsman, Julie Carlson and Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman.
The Loudoun County Victim Witness Program honored Sheriff's Office Investigator Bobbie Ochsman at the 6th Annual Victim Services Awards for her work with victims of crime. The awards ceremony is held each year during National Crime Victims' Rights Week and was established to honor and recognize those who have exhibited outstanding services on behalf of crime victims. Laura Barr, a volunteer with the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program, was also recognized at the annual ceremony.
Jean Ann Michie and Jana Terry have been appointed co-directors of the Loudoun County Chapter of The National League of Junior Cotillions. The National League of Junior Cotillions program, which features character education, etiquette, and social dance training for sixth through eighth grade students, includes five classes and two Balls over an eight month period. To learn more, call Jean Ann at 540-668-6844, Jana at 540-822-4728, the National Headquarters at 1-800-633-7947, or visit www.nljc.com.