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People Notes, July 23-29

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Loudoun County Fire Investigator William "Bud" Herndon and his partner, Jimmy, a female canine accelerant officer, were presented with a lifetime care certificate from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC), meaning Jimmy will be provided with a lifetime supply of food and veterinary care. The BAAC is a program of The National Humane Education Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with a mission to foster a sentiment of kindness towards animals.

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The following local students graduated from the University of Mary Washington Saturday, May 10, from a class of 1,217 students: Mary Ellis, Feld Giesy, Evan Henry, Monyet Hill, Andrew King, Ashley Kline, Sommer Long, Richard Pannel, Eric Pearson, Andrew Pelletz, Stephen Premo, Christopher Siepmann, Jacqueline Slebrch, Kerri Spaulding, Peter Sturke, Anna Sullivan and Joann Tong.

The Loudoun Volunteer Services board of directors has selected its 2008 Student Volunteer Scholarship recipients including Seungman Williams, Megan Wollett, Dominion High School; Allison Light, Park View High School and John Marin, Christina Tulloch, Potomac Falls High. Each was awarded $500.

This year's $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to Sarasi Jayaratne, of Potomac Falls High School, who founded the "Keep Reading Foundation" because of an intense desire to do something positive for people who have been affected by natural disasters.

Through the scholarship program, graduating seniors in each Loudoun County public school and the C.S. Monroe Technology Center, as well as private school and home-schooled seniors, are eligible for at least a $500 scholarship. The program is funded each year by donations from Loudoun County businesses, civic groups and individuals.

The 2008 recipients of Joshua’s Hands Awards are from varied backgrounds with diverse interests and include Susan Gretzkowski, Potomac Falls High School, who will attend the College of William and Mary in the fall. Her essay spoke of the things she has learned through service: "… control, discipline and commitment not through selfish and direct conquest but through the often silent and meek means of servant leadership."

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) announces the 10th District’s appointments to the nation’s service academies.

United States Naval Academy, Nicholas Galvan of Potomac Falls, Potomac Falls High School.

United States Merchant Marine Academy, Renee Elizabeth Hogan of Sterling, Potomac Falls High School; Adam Roland Wise of Sterling, Potomac Falls High School.

The appointees were nominated by Wolf’s 10th District service academy advisory board, which interviews candidates and recommends nominees.