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About the Foundation
Celebrating Excellence in Education
The Loudoun Education Foundation and Inova Loudoun Hospital presented the 34th Annual Excellence in Education Banquets on Sunday, December 4th at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the National Conference Center. This special event honored the most outstanding scholars from the LCPS Class of 2017, their parents and a teacher of their choice. This year, the Foundation celebrated 300 students and 255 teachers with the help our generous sponsors.
The 2017 Excellence in Education Banquet will be on Sunday, December 10th at the National Conference Center.
2016 Excellence in Education Banquets Supporters:
$5,000 or more
Inova Loudoun Hospital
$2,500 or more
Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
$1,000 or more
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus
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Rick Gurz, Quantis Wealth Management
Stone Tower Winery
$500 or more
Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick, Retired Superintendent, LCPS
Lew Parker and Sharon Marie Cress
$499 or less
Paul and Helen Lin
Eric and Lara Major
Dawn Meyer and Philip Schipani
Elizabeth D. Whiting
A Long History of Celebrating Academic Excellence
The Excellence in Education Banquets celebrate academic achievement. Students honored are in the top 5-percent of their class academically during the first three years of their high school career. Students are recognized for their selection as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and National Hispanic Recognition Scholar. Also honored at the event are the inspirational teachers that helped the students realize this academic success. More than 1,000 people participate in this annual recognition event.
The idea of celebrating excellence in education was introduced in 1983 by Al Sowards, who then served as LCPS social studies, gifted program supervisor. The first banquet was held at Leesburg Baptist Church with 18 students being honored. Dinner was served on plates borrowed from Loudoun County High School; Sowards set the tables and washed the dishes afterward.
Recognition and rewards are a critical component of achieving excellence and as such one of the Foundation’s key roles is to celebrate those individuals when they achieve such success. After the 2016 banquets, 5,013 students have been recognized through the years.