People Notes

People Notes

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The Wayne M. Kidwell American Legion, Post 184 will be holding its annual Installation of new officers in a ceremony June 15, at the Herndon Moose Lodge, rear entrance, 779 Center St., Herndon. The ceremony will follow the monthly meeting beginning at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A buffet will be served after the ceremony.

The newly elected offers are: commander, David Kirby; first vice commander, Doug Swisher; second vice commander, Bob Thompson; adjutant, John Rogosky; finance, Dan Gillespie; chaplain, Dmytro Andriuk; service officer, Dmytro Andriuk; sergeant at arms, Ron Sanders; historian, Bob Thompson; national security, Herb Nunnenkamp; Americanism, Herb Nunnenkamp; public relations, Doug Swisher.

Virginia Tech has chosen its Pamplin Leaders for the 2005-2006 academic year. This year, 254 students, in all majors, were chosen to become Pamplin Leaders. Local winners are: Jennifer Kammer, Herndon High School; Ainsley Gutshall, Oakton High School and Jason Weiskopf, Westfield High School.

The Pamplin Leader Award is a one-year, merit-based $1,000 tuition scholarship awarded annually to qualified students from public-high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have been accepted to and are planning to attend Virginia Tech. Each award applicant must be a senior enrolled at a Virginia public-high school planning to attend Virginia Tech with at least a 3.75 overall grade point average and/or be ranked in the top-10 percent of his/her class. The applicant must to submit an application, which demonstrates academic accomplishment, leadership experience and community service activities. Once chosen, students are required to attend a lecture on leadership in the fall and spring semesters of their freshman year. In addition, a Pamplin Leader is required to return to their high school to present the succeeding winner with the Pamplin Leader Award.

Robert B. Pamplin Sr. and Robert B. Pamplin Jr. have given generously to Virginia Tech, including establishing the Pamplin Leader Award and Scholars program in 1997 with a $3.5 million gift.

Leslie Shankman, a 2000 graduate of Herndon High School, received a master of arts in education from Virginia Tech. In 2003, she graduated from Virginia Tech magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in mathematics. Shankman will be relocating to Richmond, where she will teach high-school math.

Pam Faulkner, owner of Faulkner House Interior Redesign in Oak Hill, was a first-place winner in Challenge 2005, a contest sponsored by the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists at its annual convention in Seattle. I.R.I.S. is the world's foremost professional organization for redesigners with members in four countries.

As an interior redesigner, Faulkner works directly with homeowners to enhance both the look and function of interior spaces by realigning and recombining existing furniture, artwork and accessories for maximum impact — often referred to as One Day Room Makeovers.

The winning entry was part of a recent redesign for a local couple who have had their entire first floor and basement game room transformed through Faulkner's redesign talents.

In addition to winning first place, Faulkner was also selected by Edelman Productions, producers of the HGTV show, Decorating Cents, to shoot an audition tape for a future redesign segment.

Alycia Chin, a resident of Oak Hill, was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Chin is a junior, majoring in economics, politics and international relations.

The dean's list recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average of at least 11 (A-) in four, letter-graded courses in one semester. Out of a total of 817 enrolled students, 238 students qualified for the list.

The University of Scranton honored recent graduate Emily C. Thorp of Herndon for receiving a bachelor's of science in finance.

Boy Scout Troop 913 of Herndon honored Ryan B. Moffatt, 15, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Friday, June 24, at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Herndon. Ryan was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of scouting, after advancing through the ranks of scouting and completing a community service project at St. Joseph’s Church.

Ryan performed his Eagle Scout project at St. Joseph’s Church, for which he planned, organized and managed a group of 45 volunteer Scouts, parents and friends to install a memorial statue and park. This work included fund raising, building a foundation for the statue, and flower/shrub planting. Professional landscaping services were also secured. Ryan raised a total of $13,500 to pay for the project, which took one year to complete.

Emily Harris Akers of Herndon has been selected by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg for honors admission for the fall of 2005. A member of the National Honor Society, Akers participates in the Latin Club and French Club and has consistently been named to the honor roll. She also plays the drums and is active in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as an acolyte and crucifier.

Each year the University of Mary Washington offers honors admission to students who apply early and who have an outstanding high-school performance record and SAT scores.

The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university's spring commencement ceremony held May 13 in Lane Stadium. Approximately 5,200 bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. candidates along with their families and friends attended the on-campus ceremony presided by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger.

David L. Calhoun, president and CEO of GE Transportation and Virginia Tech alumnus, delivered the commencement address.

Local Honorees were:

* Leah Allie, B.S. in business (cum laude) in business information technology.

* Nathanael Annis, B.S. in mechanical engineering.

* Margaret Arey, B.S. in animal and poultry sciences.

* Melanie Brooks, B.A. in communication.

* Rebecca Brownlee, B.S. in interior design.

* Kathleen Colantonio, B.A. in English.

* Phillip Davis, B.S. in biology.

* Brian Donovan, B.S. in physics.

* Robby Eisenberg, B.S. in business in management.

* Joel Gruley, B.A. (magna cum laude) in geography.

* Christopher Fries, B.S. in business in marketing management.

* Matthew Fultz, B.S. in business in finance.

* Angela Harretche, B.S. in business in marketing management.

* Kristen Hoelzer, B.S. in psychology.

* Matthew Howe, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

* David Kurtzberg, B.S. in computer engineering.

* Dong-Min Kwak, B.S in biology.

* Justin Lowery, B.S. (summa cum laude) in computer science.

* Justin Lowery, B.A. (summa cum laude) in political science.

* Leah Lozier, B.S. (summa cum laude) in psychology.

* Lindsey Luddeke, B.S. in business in marketing management.

* Lindsay Markell, B.S. in human development.

* Vishal Patel, B.S. in business in management.

* Todd Pierce, B.S. in mechanical engineering.

* Michael Renner, B.S. in mechanical engineering.

* Farhan Syed, B.S. in business in finance.

* Farhan Syed, B.S. in business in management.

* Mark Vaswani, B.S. in business (magna cum laude) in finance.

* Michael Weinstein, B.A. (cum laude) in communication.

* Steven Wong, B.S. in computer science.

* Jeremy Boyle, B.S. in mechanical engineering.

* Mario Ceste, B.S. (magna cum laude) in computer science.

* Michael Epp, B.S. in industrial and systems engineering.

* Megan Fedor, B.S. (magna cum laude) in psychology.

* Matthew Gaffey, B.S. in business in marketing management.

* Janan Hamad, B.A. in communication.

* Peter Helvey, B.S. in industrial and systems engineering.

* Khang Le, B.S. in computer science.

* Jonathan Lee, B.S. in computer engineering (magna cum laude).

* Andrea McLendon, B.S. in business (cum laude) in marketing management.

* Stephen Mistler, B.S. in psychology.

* Hiroshi Miwa, B.S. in mechanical engineering.

* Kristin Nichols, B.A. in chemistry.

* Kristina Proenza, B.S. in business in management.

* Elizabeth Ryan, B.A in art.

* Michael Sica, B.S. in computer science.

* Anjori Sinha, B.S. in computer engineering.

* Corinne Sovey, B.S. in Business (cum laude) in marketing management.

* Lori Suszko, B.S. in sociology.

* Matthew Tierney, B.S. in industrial design.

* Lawrence Wehle, B.S. in business in business information technology.

* Morgan Yeh, B.S. in computer science.

Army Pvt. Eric W. Pray has graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the eight weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction in drill and ceremonies, rifle marksmanship, weapons, map reading, tactics, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, core values and traditions, and special training in human relations.

Pray is the son of Clyde Pray of Hunting Hill Way, North Potomac, Md., and Susan Ng of Mill Heights Drive, Herndon. He is a 2004 graduate of Langley High School, McLean.

Navy Lt. Bradley D. Long, a 1997 graduate of South Lakes High School, recently was promoted to his current rank while serving aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk. Long was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in his designated specialty. Long joined the Navy in May 2001.