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Britt Adams, 17, of Springfield, skated to victory at the 79th Middle Atlantic Championships in New York City, Sept. 9-12. Performing strong spins and a combination of double and triple jumps choreographed to the music of "Mulan" and "East of Eden," Britt topped 29 other young women in the junior level division. She skated two programs, placing second in the two-and-half minute shout routine and first in the three-and-half free skate. She is coached by Amir Babaev, United Stated National Coach, and practices at The Mount Vernon Recreation Center In Alexandria.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gustavo O. Rodriguez, a 1997 graduate of Edison High School, Alexandria, recently was promoted to his current rank while serving with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry

Point, N.C. Rodriguez was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in his designated specialty.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a membership organization of state legislators, has promoted Mount Vernon resident Sandy Liddy Bourne to the position of director of legislation and policy.

For the past five years, Bourne served as ALEC's Natural Resources Task Force Director and advisor to the Homeland Security Working Group. She has provided testimony at the state and federal level and has appeared on a variety of radio and television news programs.

Bourne has a bachelor of science in nursing from the College of New Rochelle, N.Y. and an master of science in nursing from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. She is married to MGSGT Bryan Bourne, USMC and has three children.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Motlagh, son of Denise C. and Ala Motlagh of Alexandria, recently completed the Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairer Course. During the course at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., students receive training in basic mechanical, optical and electrical repairs, to include inspecting, trouble shooting and adjusting ordnance fire control instruments and systems and night observation devices. Motlagh is a 2003 graduate of West Potomac High School and joined the Marine Corps in October 2003.

Fairfax County Employees Kristen Cigler, Arthur Culbertson, Holly Franz, Clare Kiley, Gail Kohn and Lorraine Peck graduated from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Institute for Regional Excellence. The ceremony was held at The George Washington University's Marvin Center.