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The following individuals were elected to the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association board March 30: Kristina Bouweiri, Reston Limousine, Sterling; R. Bruce Gemmill, Campbell and Associates, Leesburg; David Gragan, CGI-Spend Management Solutions, Leesburg; Carolyn Howell, Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park, Dulles; Frank McNally, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly; Charles Muldoon, Historic Morven Park, Leesburg; Greg Miller, PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc, Washington, D.C.; Alison Rubin, BF Saul Company-Hotel Division.

On March 20, Del. Tom Rust (R-86) received the bipartisan endorsement of Del. Vince Callahan (R-McLean) and Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Prince William) to take the position left vacant by the late Del. Harry Parrish of Manassas on the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). Callahan and Colgan are the co-chairman of the Virginia General Assembly’s Northern Virginia delegation.

Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus student Carlos X. Munoz Burgos was one of three Virginia students named to the 17th annual All-USA Community College First Team and will receive a $2,500 cash award. Burgos, 22, from Quito, Ecuador, is an international political economy major with a 4.0 grade point average. He serves as president of his campus PTK chapter. He is a founding member and leader of the Student Advisory Council and Globe One, an organization formed to address global topics of high importance. His other volunteer activities include work at the women’s shelter and public schools in Loudoun County and coaching for the Sterling Youth Soccer Association.

The Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor has awarded Michael Hennesy a Medal of Merit for his prompt action in rescuing a fellow surfer caught in a riptide. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Hennesy, he is a member of Venturing Crew 761.

Shenandoah University’s Board of Trustees voted to elect Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons, senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs, to succeed James A. Davis as the 16th president of Shenandoah University, effective July 1, 2008. Fitzsimmons will become the first woman president of the 132-year-old institution and the fourth president to serve at the Winchester campus since the institution moved from Dayton, Va., in 1960.

Pinar Smith of Park View High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship through Comcast's Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

Karen Krei, chair of the Student Recognition Committee of the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board of Directors, presented Andrew Livingstone, a junior at Dominion High School (DHS), with a Certificate of Appreciation, honoring him as Student Volunteer of the Month on April 25. The small ceremony took place in the Athletic Department of Dominion High School.

Army Pvt. Jeremiah J. Spain 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.

He is the son of Kevin Spain of Barnfield Square, Leesburg, and grandson of Karen Spain of Stockbridge Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y. Spain is a 1999 graduate of Bennett High School, Buffalo.

A benefit for Loudoun Interfaith Relief, held at Lightfoot Restaurant April 24, raised $15,000 to support feeding the families served by the nonprofit. So far this fiscal year, LIR has prepared and distributed 261,000 meals to more than 29,707 individuals.

The Loudoun Commission on Women recognized 10 Outstanding Women of Loudoun County, May 15.

The winners were Sharon Wells, community service-youth; Kim Prince, community service-youth; Karen Chadwick, community service-seniors; Kristina Bouweiri, business development; Vanessa Mertz-Myers, public safety; Eleanor Fall, cultural arts; Marianne Mount, partners in education for adults; Nancy Lasik, partners in education for youth; Judith Romberg, leadership; and May Kearney, education.

Three Stone Bridge Students won top state honors in a technology competition in Hampton, VA. The state-sponsored competition, called "Technosphere," hosted hundreds of high-school students from across the commonwealth and consists of several different technology-related contests.

Stone Bridge seniors Mike Henessy and Logan Brown, as well as junior Sam Conolly teamed up for top honors in the "Engineering Design" contest. The first-place finish involved designing and building a "wave-generating machine" used to test different barrier reef designs. The contest also involved producing a display of the design including a video tape of the testing and a model of the reef design. Students were also required to defend their design during an interview.