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Peter C. Burnett of Loudoun County, attorney at Burnett & Williams, was appointed to the Live Horseracing Compact Committee by Gov. Tim Kaine (D).

Two Stone Bridge High School students, junior Sarah Duehring and senior Allison Killam, received writing awards at the Journalism Education Association/ National Scholastic Press Association (JEA/NSPA) Convention in

Nashville.

More than 5,000 journalism students from across the nation gathered to take classes, participate in writing workshops, exchange ideas and enter writing competitions at this event. Duehring and Killam won honorable mention honors

in News Writing and Editorial Writing, respectively, in the Write-Off competition. Almost 2,000 students entered the various categories of this national competition with only a quarter of them receiving recognition.

JoEllen Sholl is the newspaper adviser at Stone Bridge High School.

The National Capital Area Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA NCA) has named Jim Pearce, CFPR of Ashburn as the membership co-director.

Army National Guard Pvt. Donald B. Miller has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Miller is the son of Ronald Miller of Bridle Crest, Leesburg, and Jacqui Howington of Turkey Ridge Road, Castleton, Va.

The private is a 2006 graduate of Heritage High School, Leesburg.

In its 2006 evaluation of the General Assembly’s voting records on important business issues, the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education, a nonpartisan business organization representing more than 300 leading companies across the commonwealth, announced that Del. David Poisson (D-32) has earned a perfect pro-business voting percentage score.

The report determines a member of the General Assembly’s vote percentage score by calculating the percentage of votes cast by the legislator in support of the predominant business position on important business issues used in Virginia Free voting records from the 2006 General Assembly session. Ten members of the General Assembly received Virginia Free’s top score, nine of whom were senators. Poisson was the only member of the House of Delegates to receive the group’s highest score.

The students at Eagle Ridge Middle School participated in 18 different service projects to benefit the community throughout the month of December. The projects included collecting pennies fro a food drive; making cards and care packages to send to soldiers, the pediatric unit of Loudoun Hospital and a nursing home; holding a bake sale, adopting two angels from the Christmas tree; planting flowers in the school's courtyard; collecting toys fro Toys fro Tots and a coat and canned food drive.

Army Pvt. Dominick A. Wilkerson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is the son of Yolanda Wilkerson of Sterling. The private is a 2003 graduate of Park View High School, Sterling.