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Katrin Maslyn of Fairfax Station was recently recognized as the 2004 recipient of the Howard M. Wilhelm Scholarship in Economics at James Madison University. She received the scholarship at the Annual College of Business Awards Program. Maslyn, a dean’s list student, with a double major in Economics and Political Science, will also participate in the university’s overseas study program, attending the University of Florence for the fall 2004 semester.

David Hodges of Burke played trumpet in the Chamber Orchestra for the Lynchburg College Choral Union and Concert Choir Spring Concert at Lynchburg College, a private college in central Virginia. Hodges, a 2001 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School, is a junior computer science major. He is the son of Thomas and Patricia Hodges of Burke.

Adam Jakubek of Fairfax Station is currently completing his senior thesis, an intensive project required by the biology department, at Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania. Jakubek's thesis is on the effect of antioxidants (vitamins E and C) on the attenuation of muscle atrophy due to denervation in rats. He is the son of Lt. Cmdr. David and Meg Jakubek. He plans to attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall.

Otto Thomas Jr., a senior, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara, was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the Nation's oldest honor society founded in 1776. Candidates are nominated from among the top 10 percent of the graduating classes of 270 of the foremost institutions of higher education across the country. In addition to a high grade point average and foreign language requirements, faculty selection committees look for above average intellectual curiosity as demonstrated by a nominee's breadth of studies and other factors. Otto is a year 2000 graduate of Hayfield High School and son of Otto and Susan Thomas of Fairfax Station.

Michael Hardy of Burke was among 28 Georgia Southern University students honored at the university's annual Student Leadership Awards and Recognition banquet. Hardy received the John F. Nolen Hall of Leaders Award. Named in honor of Georgia Southern's retired vice president of student affairs, this award is presented to seniors who have demonstrated outstanding involvement with campus life and extracurricular activities and who have exemplified a four-year commitment to the enhancement of the campus. Hardy is a senior political science major, and is the son of Mary Anne Hardy.

James Hansen of Fairfax Station received the John C. Wood Undergraduate Scholarship from the George Mason University Alumni Association for his success in overcoming many educational and personal barriers to pursue a degree in higher education. A native of Australia, Hansen was diagnosed with dyslexia while in elementary school. Hansen is majoring in management.