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On Friday, July 20, 36 Loudoun County Firefighter/EMTs were honored at a graduation ceremony held at Heritage High School. These young men and women, who completed a six-month recruit academy took an oath perform all duties incumbent upon them as new Firefighter/EMTs while family and friends looked on.

Jay Hoffman, a third-year dean's list student at the University of Virginia, was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor fraternity, and Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical and computer engineering honor fraternity.

Hoffman is a 2004 graduate of Potomac Falls High School and is the son of Kathy and Tim Hoffman of Sterling.

Rebecca Young of Dulles, a junior at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, was named to the academic honor roll for the spring term.

Lauren P. Hartwell of Potomac Falls has been selected by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg for honors admission for the fall of 2007. Hartwell is the daughter of William and Robin Hartwell and is a 2007 graduate of Potomac Falls High School.

She is a member of the National Honor Society; is a recipient of an academic letter as well as the Psychology Student Award, the Purple Panther Award and the Kodak Young Leadership Award.

The Teri & Shari Malone Foundation announces its newest class of Malone Award Recipients. Founded in memory of two Loudoun County sisters who lost their lives after finishing their eighth-grade year at Seneca Ridge Middle School, the Malone Foundation each year recognizes students with exceptional talent in the fields of art, music, math, science and dance. The recipients are selected by each of the Loudoun County middle schools and two local dance schools. Award recipients receive a recognition plaque and $250 in scholarship assistance to further develop their skills.

From Belmont Ridge: art, Virginia Rose Dall; math, Bradley James Stalcup; music, Heather Nicole Reed; science, Kale James Vorndran. From Eagle Ridge Middle School: art, Jason Adam Laird; math, Soon-Hong Choi; music, Casey Jackson Hart; science, Catherine Margaret Gorick. From Farmwell Station Middle School: art, Vaishnavi Lanka; math, Bethany Alice Connor; music, Abigail Jean Pasztor; science, Harika Venkata Peddibhotla. From Mercer Middle School: art, Katherine Grace Stewart; math, Keon Woo Kim; music, Shanel Mariko Tsuda; science, Jacqueline Young Romero. From River Bend Middle School: art, Jessica Lynn Eversmeyer; math, Mircea Cernev; music, Loc Hieu Tran; science, Katherine Elizabeth Lin. From Seneca Ridge Middle School: art, Caroline Rebecca Nilsson; math, Zachary James Newman; music, Molly Grace Menickelly; science, Vivek (Sean) Prakash Gupta. From Sterling Middle School: art, Hadjer Lahlah; math, Patrick Joseph Steiner; music, Tazh Rosetta Jimenez; science, Ngan Thi Truc Tran. From Loudoun School of Ballet: dance, Talia Marie Startsman. From Dance Academy of Loudoun, dance, Casie O'Kane.

Arash Hamidi of Briar Woods High School in Ashburn has been awarded $1,000 from Christopher Consultants Ltd. In the fall Arash will begin studies at Virginia Tech studying civil engineering. The scholarship award also includes the offer of an internship with Christopher Consultants at one of its six offices.

Army Pvt. Mitchell E. Arterberry III has graduated from the parachute rigger course at the 262nd Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.

The service member was trained to inspect, pack, rig, recover, store and maintain airdrop equipment. Airdrop equipment includes troop and cargo parachutes, platforms, cushioning materials and extraction and release systems.

Arterberry is the son of Mitchell E. and Maria C. Arterberry of Oak Branch Lane, Sterling. The private is a 2005 graduate of Park View High School, Sterling.

Scott Meyer, former president and current member of the Loudoun County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, was elected as the new national vice president. As national vice president, Meyer will focus on membership and policy issues for the league, such as the Clean Boats Campaign to fight the spread of invasive species in local waterways.

This summer, Marc Saint Raymond of Sterling, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and economics at Virginia Tech and a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, is cycling across America to raise awareness for people with disabilities.

The Journey of Hope is an annual event in which fraternity members from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country cycle thousands of miles across more than 30 states. Nationally, through their nonprofit organization, Push America, members of Pi Kappa Phi raise more than a half million dollars each year to provide grants that support those with disabilities.

Saint Raymond raised more than $5,500 in order to participate in the journey. The cyclists are chronicling their journey with daily entries posted on the Pi Kappa Phi "Push America" Web site at www.pushamerica.org.

Sarah E. Shaw has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after completing the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, Ind.

ROTC is an educational program designed to provide college students an opportunity to be Air Force officers after completing military study courses and bachelor's degree requirements at a host college or university.

She is the daughter of Michael T. Shaw of Deerfield Trace, Burlington, Conn., and Nancy C. Shaw of Golden Meadow Circle, Ashburn. Shaw is a 2003 graduate of Broad Run High School, Ashburn.