People Notes, March 5-11

People Notes, March 5-11

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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.

Mark A. Carpenter has returned home after being deployed to an overseas forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Carpenter, an infantryman with four years of military service, is assigned to the A Company, 116th Special Brigade Troop Squadron, in Fredericksburg, Va. He is the son of Maire H. and Melvin D. Carpenter of Leesburg.


The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2007 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

Joshua A. Albert, Nancy A. Ballhagen, Lindsay E. Berg, Carolyn A. Bien, Faith, Katherine M. Charles, Kristin M. Claeys, Elizabeth L. Dye, Nathan B. Entsminger, Scott A. Fernandez, Nasser O. Hamidi, Jarri Hasnain, Zaki Hasnain, Imran T. Imam, Kyle T. Kasulis, John C. Meier, Scott T. Miller, Michael A. Schaefer, Dustin O. Schleifer, Jamie L. Sinclair, Vladimir S. Smirnov, Whitney L. Svensson, Kenny S. Tran, Victor O. Turriate, Nicholas R. Williams, Mitchell P. Witte, Michael J. Woods, Alyssa A. Yassine, Christian W. Zoeller, Andrew J. Augustin, Albert J. Bjork, Robert D. Bowen, Douglas B. Brenner, Alexandra J. Butt, Lauren M. Butt, Craig E. Carlson, Chelsey T. Cooper, Zachary M. Dana, Christopher M. Dowling, Carissa H. Edens, Margaret P. Feldman, Kirsten D. Gheen, Elizabeth A. Goodman, Natalie M. Hisdahl, Tiffany, Lisa M. Kaiser, Curtis R. Kobelski, Robert S. Lee, Christopher B. Lockhart, Jonathan W. Miller, Nahed Najmyar, Erin A. Nolan, Morgan L. Rezac, Danielle C. Robinson, Haily Stansberry, Jared S. Thomson, Brennan S. Thralls, Kristina M. Velarde, Megan N. Widman, Sean C. Wilson, Guo-Howe Shao and Emily M. Williams.


The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2007 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

Andrew P. Lawlor, Daniel Aguilera, Dawson M. Allen, Tara E. Anderson, Trevor D. Anderson, Wesley S. Anderson, Mary F. Arrowsmith, Sydney E. Beall, Timothy M. Berman, Michael W. Bromley, Jon A. Brundage, Sarah M. Cabrisses, Joseph W. Casola, Catherine J. Christensen, Kevin T. Chu, Brian M. Colleran, Victoria A. Conolly, Ian A. Cozens, Robert E. Cullen, Monica J. Davis, Kevin R. Eberling, John R. Edstrom, Casey E. Ferrari, Alexandria J. Gallo, Ariel K. Gouveia, Chelsea A. Hickey, Danielle M. Holup, Lauren N. Hudson, Elizabeth M. Kendall, Joseph C. Kendall, Sarah B. Keuken, Elizabeth M. Lyon, Gabriel E. Martinez Arroyo, Jonathan S. Meyer, Michelle N. Meyer, Kathleen M. Moriarty, Christopher J. Mortweet, Nicholas R. Nelson, Nicole A. Normandy, Kristina L. Ost, Grant Pan, Valerie A. Rankin, David J. Rariden, Sean M. Ryan, Kellen S. Shain, Adam N. Smith, Christopher T. Snow, Robert A. Snow, Alysen R. Spencer, Matthew B. Streeter, Erica L. Swanson, James L. Timbers, Samuel J. Tutko, Heather A. Tydings, Colleen E. Webster, Michael T. Wilkens, Heather J. Yandziak, Stephanie M. Zayas, Alexander M. Ace, Jacob M. Dawson, Nicholas J. DeRosa, Pawneet K. Dhillon, Arash Hamidi, Kevin A. Hennessy, Andy D. Hsu, Hillary P. Hunt, Nina M. Wang, Jessica L. Wolfe, Christina N. Wudijono and Scott E. Yarbrough.

Fourteen students from the Stone Bridge Drama Team of Running Dog Productions brought home a First Place win in the Liberty District One Act Competition. The students, under the direction of drama teacher, Glenn Hochkeppel, performed "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," which consists of 16 different sub plays. Students that competed were: A.J. Pendola, Kristen Rencher, Jarad Kopciak, Abi York, Sammie Teran, Meghan Slupe, Austen Willis, Jason Francis, Eric DeLong, Kaitlyn Palumbo, Harper Franklin, Monique Langevin, Nick Gagliano, and Andi Hiatt.