People Notes, July 30-Aug. 5

People Notes, July 30-Aug. 5

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

United States Military Academy, Matthew Edward Dillon of Ashburn, Bishop O’Connell High School.

United States Naval Academy, Christopher Gear of Leesburg, Thomas Jefferson High School; Emily Ray King of Ashburn, Stone Bridge High School.

United States Air Force Academy, Sarah Justine Radakovich of Leesburg, Stone Bridge High School.

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

Army Pfc. Cesar Abanto 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 Segundo Abanto of Fairleigh Court, N.E., Leesburg.

Eileen Nguyen and Lynn Ruths, with the Loudoun County Department of Management and Financial Services, have completed the Virginia Government Finance Officers' Association (VGFOA) Certificate Program. The program requires individuals to complete and pass exams in Virginia law and other related topics pertinent to state and local governments.

The Ida Lee Lifeguarding Team won the Virginia Parks and Recreation Society’s (VRPS) Lifeguarding Cup for the second year in a row July 12. Twelve teams participated in six events. The Ida Lee team included Brian Markley, Lauren Gladish, Amy Johnson, Kempsy Clark, Sean Burrows and John Sugden.

Jeremiah Cunningham of Ashburn, Class of 2010 at St. Lawrence University, N.Y., has been selected for the dean's list for academic achievement during the spring semester. Cunningham graduated from Salisbury School in Salisbury. He is majoring in psychology and he participates in hockey on campus.

In addition, Cunningham studied in Ireland this summer as a participant in the school's summer term courses there. He took two courses, nationalism, peace and conflict and literature, popular memory and place. The courses included time in Dublin, Galway City, Connemara and the Aran Islands, as well as Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland.