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The following student in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, recently received the 2007 Darden Restaurants Foundation Scholarship. Jennifer Biernacki of Ashburn is majoring in hospitality and tourism.

Three individuals and one group received the 2007 Virginia Environmental Stewardship Awards during a presentation by Secretary of Natural Resources L. Preston Bryant Jr. and executive director of the Virginia Petroleum Council Mike Ward. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding and innovative contributions to protect Virginia’s natural resources. Jennifer Weatherly of Sterling was one of the nominated people. Weatherly is a student at Dominion High School in Sterling. She established an environmental club at the school and organized students for a storm drain marker and awareness program. This effort led to her recruitment of local Girls Scout troops and students to carry out the program. As a result, there are more than 1,000 storm drain markers in the Sterling community. She was nominated by her environmental studies teacher, Mary E. Young-Lutz.

Del. Bob Marshall (R-13) was appointed to the newly formed Commission on Immigration, which will look at the impact of legal immigration and what localities can do to address illegal immigration.

The following Ashburn students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean's list for the spring 2007 semester: Daniel D. Aquilera, Tara E. Anderson, Trevor D. Anderson, Wesley S. Anderson, Tracey L. Ansell, Andrew N. Archut, Mary F. Arrowsmith, David M. Ball, Theodore R. Beck, Joshua A. Berman, Timothy M. Berman, Michael W. Bromley, Thomas, M. Brown, Elizabeth A. Burgin, Joseph W. Casola, Justin L. Chaney, Keri M. Chavers, Brian M. Colleran, Ian A. Cozens, Robert E. Cullen, Jacob, M. Cunningham, Thomas C. Curcio, Monica J. Davis, Nicholas J. DeRosa, Kevin R. Eberling, John R. Edstrom, Matthew C. Farzin, Arielle S. Fissmer, Douglas A. Frantzen, Alexandria J. Gallo, Jason T. Gdowik, Rhys L. Gully, Alexandra H. Hemenway, Andy D. Hsu, Srujan Jonnadula, Adam S. Katz, Elizabeth M. Kendall, Joseph C. Kendall, Sahil Khanna, Seul K. Kim, Bethany S. Lambright, Andrew K. Landsberg, Andrew P. Lawlor, Elizabeth M. Lyon, Gabriel E. Martinez Arroyo, Thomas T. McAdams, Jonathan S. Meyer, Michelle N. Meyer, Kathleen M. Moriarty, Amanda Murray, Jessica D. Myers, Megan M. Newell, Ryan C. Phillips, Spencer E. Powers, Hasnain N. Raja, David J. Rariden, Dallas M. Reynolds, Bryan M. Schamus, Kellen S. Shain, Rabelle S. Siddiki, Adam N. Smith, C.A. Smith, Dean S. Smith, Christopher T. Snow, Maria L. Stucke, Cheryl A. Tait, Craig J. Tait, James L. Timbers, Angie G. Tong, Heather A. Tydings, Mallory E. Vincent, Nina M. Wang, Zhen Wei, Michael T. Wilkens, John T. Wilkinson, Jessica L. Wolfe, Michael W. Wolfner, Heather J. Yandziak, Syed Owais Younus and Robert Zayas.

The following Sterling students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean's list for the spring 2007 semester: Yusuf A. Abugideiri, Elham Alikhani, Andrew J. Augustin, Umar A. Aziz, Nicholas R. Balanc, Nancy A. Ballhagen, Shannon K. Begle, Jeremy R. Berg, Lindsay E. Berg, Kirsten E. Bernhards, Robert C. Bernhards, Robert D. Bowen, Douglas B. Brenner, Alexandra J. Butt, Lauren M. Butt, Chang-I Chen, Kristin M. Claeys, Chelsey T. Cooper, Michael W. Cresson, Chloe A. Csadenyi-Benson, Zachary M. Dana, Steven R. Day, Jacqueline M. Damare, Michael G. Diaz, Elizabeth L. Dye, Thomas N. Easton, Carissa H. Edens, Abigail M. Eder, Nasreen E. Eltahir, Nathan B. Entsminger, Epaminondas Epaminonda, Maziar Fahandezh Sadi, Christine M. Fay, Michael C. Fella, Gary M. Fry, Warren L. Glismann, Kimberly M. Gould, Robert M. Griffin, Leanne N. Griffith, Jarri Hasnain, Denise C. Hommel, Allison M. Jarnagin, Katherine E. Jones, Lisa M. Kaiser, Brian M. King, Curtis R. Kobelski, Wright H. Lewis, Kristen M. Linn, Kenneth S. Logan, Melissa L. MacNabb, Lane R. McNally, Carolyn M. Meckus, John D. Medlock, Megan E. Meidlinger, Nathan M. Milaszewski, Jonathan W. Miller, Scott T. Miller, Nahed Najmyar, Alexander K. Nguyen, Jacqueline V. Nguyen, Katherine B. Nguyen, Erin A. Nolan, Eric M. Pankau, Delaney R. Parrish, Jason W. Pilchuk, Marc A. Saint Raymond, Morgan L. Rezac, Dylan R. Root, John M. Santosuosso, Michael A. Schaefer, Dustin O. Schleifer, Guo-Howe Shao, Jamie L. Sinclair, Veronica M. Skinner, Vladimir S. Smirnov, Thu Y. Soe, Alyson D. Stiles, Matthew A. Stoll, Stacey R. Swann, Megan N. Widman Zachary C. Williams, Kevin R. Williamson, Victoria A. Wilson, Jade M. Worobec, Alyssa A. Yassine and Christian W. Zoeller.

The following Leesburg students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean's list for the spring 2007 semester: Kelian E. Baker, Stefanie M. Bartholic, Patrick A. Boebinger, James W. Carty, Matthew R. Catlett, Elise M. Chretien, Christine L. Clark, Joseph M. Corcoran, Robert L. Dennen, Stephanie E. DiPinto, Jessica D. Dixon, Patrick K. Donohoe, Christine R. Donovan, Mark L. Earley, Kristin Fleming-Dahl, Brian C. Fox, Jessica R. Gallegos, Catherine P. Galvan, Robert E. Gemmill, Katelyn A. Gill, Corey J. Hanifen, Andrew W. Harclerode, Blake A. Harrison, Charlotte M. Hatch, Ryan P. Hauptman, Mindy C. Hsiao, Christopher R. Hudspeth, Lauren T. James, Erin E. Kelly, Rebecca R. Layman, Lillian Le, Benjamin Y. Leonard, Michael G. Lukas, Andrew L. Lyford, Lindsey A. MacQueen, Jaymeth E. Maddox, Caleb C. Magruder, Hillary C. Martinez, Katie J. McWilliam, Katherine G. Michel, Heather L. Moreland, Ryan A. Muller, Courtney R. Nolan, Kenneth B. O'Connor, Andrew K. Olson, Kristin L. Petersen, Jennifer R. Poli, Julia B. Richberg, Kenneth S. Rhodes, Jesse N. Robeson, Amy K. Sarver, Bryan C. Shipp, Kristi L. Sieber, Katherine K. Skipp, Patrick T. Summers, Sahil Talwar, Kristin A. Van Dusseldorp, Dane N. Van Norden, Brent M. Walker, Emily A. Wheeler and Christopher J. York.

At a graduation ceremony held June 28 at Heritage High School, the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System recognized 97 Loudoun volunteers, two Loudoun County Fire-Rescue personnel, one National Park Services employee and one Clarke County volunteer who recently completed firefighter and emergency medical technician training. Awards were presented to the top students from each of the four volunteer graduating classes. John Palm of EMT B, Stevan Porter of EMT Intermediate to Paramedic, Phil Larson and Carlos Rua of Firefighter I and Jeffrey Bellmeasic of Firefighter II were each recognized for their high level of dedication to the profession, level of academics, punctuality and their ability to lead and motivate others.

The following students recently received scholarships from the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association: Megan Ryan and James Catalano of Stone Bridge High School, Derek Frimpong of Heritage High School and Ashleigh Johnson of Loudoun Valley High School.

The Good Shepherd Alliance announced that five new members have recently joined the board of directors. Bahman Batmanghelidg, Doug Horne, Pastor Jim Cryer, James Thrash and Brendan Leonard.

The following students enrolled at the University of Mary Washington were named to the dean's list for the 2007 spring semester: Sommer Long, Diana McAdow, Michael O’Donnell and Matthew Struth of Ashburn; Sarah Cokelev of Leesburg; Diana Gallup, Diana Muncaciu, Anna Sullivan and Elizabeth White of Sterling.

Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Leonard C. Ward has been mobilized and activated for a future deployment to an undisclosed overseas location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ward, a platoon sergeant, is assigned to the 175th Infantry, Towson, Md. He is the son of Joyce B. Ward of McLean and brother of Mary B. Constantine of Golf View Drive, South Riding. In 1982, Ward graduated from McLean High School.

Air Force Airman David A. Hearing has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Vince Hearing of Hopkins Mill Terrace, Leesburg. Hearing received a degree in 2005 from Northern Virginia Community College-Loudoun Campus, Sterling.

Arash Hamidi of Briar Woods High School was one of two students awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Christopher Consultants Ltd. In the fall, Hamidi will begin studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. and plans to study civil engineering. The scholarship award also includes the offer of an internship with Christopher Consultants.