Excellence In Education Banquets

Recognizing Excellence In Loudoun County Public Schools

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 Scholars. 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.   The banquet has changed over the years, but continues to honor the tradition of celebrating excellence.

Congratulations to the students recognized for being among the top 5% of their senior class of 2021:

Briar Woods Independence Riverside
Broad Run Thomas Jefferson Rock Ridge
Dominion Loudoun County Stone Bridge
John Champe Loudoun Valley Tuscarora
Freedom Park View Woodgrove
Heritage Potomac Falls  

The Loudoun Education Foundation is able to host these banquets thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you to our 2019 Excellence in Education Banquets sponsors (as of November 20, 2019):

Gifts of $5,000 or more
Virts Miller Family Foundation

Gifts of $2,500 or more
Architecture, Inc.
Belfort Furniture
Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Donald G. Cooper
Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons & Shenandoah University
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Stone Tower Winery

Gifts of $1,000 or more
Steven & Liz Frederickson
Lew and Sharon Parker & Lara Major
Honorable Joe May and Mrs. Bobby May
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Moseley Architects
Tom and Ann Northrup

Gifts of $500 or more
Apple Federal Credit Union
Delta Dental of Virginia
Dr. Edgar Hatrick, Retired Superintendent, LCPS
Loudoun Economic Development
Wade and Natasha Tetsuka
Urban, Ltd.

Gifts of $499 or less
Wesley Clark & Alison Rizzo-Clark
Fred Flemming
Paul and Helen Lin
Rebecca Ottinger
Elizabeth Whiting