People Notes March 22-29

People Notes March 22-29

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Elizabeth Macon Riddle, Ph.D., received the 2007 George Talmadge Webber Outstanding Public Service Award during the Alexandria Jaycees’ annual Community Appreciation Night held on Jan. 23. Riddle is one of five outstanding young City employees honored by the Jaycees for exceptional achievement or contribution in their chosen field or fields, organization or community. Riddle is the instructional technology coordinator for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), where she has worked for six years. Riddle also is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators providing scholarships for women who want to advance their professional interests in education.

Community Lodgings has named Thomas Sosa "Volunteer of the Year" for 2006. From the time he was in the fifth grade, Thomas participated in Community Lodgings' youth programs. When he became too old for the program, he trained as a volunteer. He now spends five afternoons a week at the Learning Center, working with both elementary and middle school students. Thomas lives with his family in the Community Lodgings neighborhood. Thomas currently attends the Minnie Howard 9th Grade Center and will attend T.C . Williams High School next year. Thomas has plans of going to college on a scholarship to study architecture.

John F. Scruggs of Alexandria, has been appointed by Robin Tallon to the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors. Members are nominated by the trustees of the university and serve as ambassadors in their respective regions. Scruggs, the vice president of government affairs for Altria Group, Inc., received his undergraduate degree from Briola University and his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. Scruggs and his wife Nancy have two children, Heather and Sarah.

Joseph Cerutti, a music educator and conductor from the Greater Boston area, has been appointed as Musical Director of the Alexandria Harmonizers.

Kate Griffin, of Mount Vernon, was selected as a Hokie Ambassador for Virginia Tech's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Griffin is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

Melissa Hamilton, the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) curriculum specialist for science, has been accepted as a participant in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program offered through the U.S. Department of Education.