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People Notes, Feb. 27-March 4

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Audi of Tysons Corner announces that six service department employees have won the 2007 Twin Cup Challenge, a competition to determine the most skilled service technicians and advisors. Winners include service advisors Matthew Frick of South Riding and Gregory Jackson of Sterling, shop foreman Dean Bittle of Herndon, and service technicians Clif Calloway of Basye, Wieslaw Kargol of McLean and John Luehrs of Manassas.

Dr. M. Norris Adams has joined Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center as a clinical assistant professor in equine lameness and surgery. For the past eight years, Adams has practiced in Northern Virginia at both the Piedmont Equine Practice in The Plains, Va., and the Middleburg Equine Clinic in Middleburg.

Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced appointments to the following boards and commissions: Virginia Sheep Industry Board, Martha L. Polkey of Leesburg, owner and farmer at Black Sheep Farm; Interagency Civil Admissions Advisory Council Nan Marguerite Joseph-Forbes of Loudoun County, partner in Byrd, Mische, PC.

Lisa Dezarn of Ashburn received a masters of science degree in library science during commencement ceremonies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Dec. 15.

Twenty-four physicians from the former Soviet Union, accompanied by Dr. David Goodfriend, director of The Loudoun County Health Department, toured Inova Loudoun Hospital in early February. They were sponsored by The International Trade Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce) in Washington, D.C. The participants visit hospitals in the United States to learn hospital administration techniques and new technology and management skills, which they will bring back to their home countries to help improve their quality of health care.

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell has announced the appointment of Del. David Poisson (D-Loudoun) to the house counties, cities and towns and militia, police and public safety committees. The second-term delegate will also serve on the counties, cities and towns land use subcommittee and on the militia, police and public safety firearms subcommittee. the counties, cities and towns committee considers legislation pertaining to local government in Virginia’s counties, cities, towns, regions or districts, including charters. It also considers land use planning and development issues, including growth control measures.

The Loudoun County Department of Management and Financial Services has filled two key positions. Mark Withrow is the new controller and Donald Legg is the new procurement manager and purchasing agent.

Sarasi Jayaratne, 18, of Potomac Falls, and Cori Goodwin, 13, of Leesburg, were named Virginia's top two youth volunteers for 2008 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip in May to Washington, D.C., to take part in several days of national recognition events with the honors from other states. Ten of the honorees will be named America's top youth volunteers for 2008.

Jayaratne, a senior at Potomac Falls High, collected more than 6,000 books for schools in Sri Lanka that were devastated by the tsunami of 2004.

Goodwin, an eighth-grader at Harper Park Middle School, started a fund-raising project that raised $680 to buy three farm animals for an impoverished family in a Third World country.

Also recognized as one of six distinguished finalists was Andrew Livingstone, 18, of Potomac Falls, a senior at Dominion High School who formed a club at school that hosts sports clinics for athletes with special-needs called Athlete-to-Athlete.

Rebecca Young, a senior from Dulles, was named to the academic honor roll for the fall term at Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, Mass.