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The Tony and Nik Foundation announces grant recipients for Loudoun County graduates from the Class of 2005.

Winners of $1,500 grants were nominated by their

peers and chosen by their drama coach: Corey Ennist, Broad Run; Kim Winters, Dominion; Joel Piper, Heritage; Rachael Budansky, Loudoun County; Vanessa Smiley, Loudoun Valley; Lisamarie Morreale, Park View; Richard Pepio, Potomac Falls; Stephanie Copperman, Mike Benonis, Katie Cook and Tim Voelker, Stone Bridge.

Director's Awards, consisting of a $3,000 grant,

were given to Stone Bridge students Sam Devlin and

Angie Black. This award is given at the discretion of

the foundation's directors to students who most

emulated the spirit of Tony Mason and Nik Pendola

throughout their high-school experience.

The Tony and Nik Foundation was started in 2004 in

honor of Tony Mason and Nik Pendola, Loudoun County

students whose love of drama created focus, friendships and dreams. The foundation supports high-school performing arts throughout the county. Information and volunteer opportunities can be found at http://www.tonyandnik.org.

Scott Miller of Sterling was awarded a $2,000 Drive Your Future scholarship sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA. Miller will attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Mercedes-Benz USA will award a total of $1 million in scholarship funding to 500 college-bound students nationwide who are the first in their families to attend college. Nearly 2,000 high-school seniors applied for the scholarships this year and were selected based on financial need and exceptional achievement in the areas of academic performance, leadership and school and community activities.

Ninth-grader Rebecca Young of Dulles has been named to the academic honor roll for the spring term at Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, Mass., an independent boarding school with an enrollment of 890 students.