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Amelie Gannon, Ellen Gwaltney, Eric Bruce, Daniel Zaleski and Nathan Buniva, all residents of Alexandria, have been named to the Dean's List at Syracuse University. The students must receive a 3.4 or higher grade point average.

Eric Bruce, a senior at Syracuse University, has been nominated for the Student Employee of the Year Award. Bruce was one of the 50 nominated out of 4000 student employees.

Andrew Williams, senior, Amy Hayhurst, senior, Ilona Mostipan, sophmore, and Aria Grabowski, sophomore, were all nmaed to the Spring Dean's List at American University. Students on the Dean's List must obtain a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university's Spring Commencement Ceremony held Friday, May 12, in Lane Stadium. All are from Alexandria. Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was the keynote speaker at the University Commencement ceremony. Christopher Chase, sociology, Donal Goff (magna cum laude), finance, Claire Mulloy, human development, Larkin Read (cum laude), sociology, Gabriel Dunn, mechanical engineering, Lindsey Gowin, communication, Gina Lodato, communication, Cullen McDonald, finance, Rachel Rhoades (summa cum laude), psychology, Ronald Cook, aerospace engineering, Melissa Markowski (summa cum laude), human nutrition, foods and exercise, Jeffery Wilson, aerospace engineering, Stephanie Drachsler, human development, Sarah Kramer (cum laude), apparel, housing and resource management, Samir Abdosh, mechanical engineering, Michael Carter (cum laude), mechanical engineering, Thang Nguyen (magna cum laude), civil engineering, Elizabeth Schwind, wildlife science, Erica Shifflett (magna cum laude), communication, Natalie Tongrugs, communication, Claire Andross (magna cum laude), apparel, housing and resource management, Lauren Armstrong, psychology, Kimberly Dawkins, human nutrition, foods and exercise, Melissa England, marketing management, Max Saperstone, electrical engineering.

Jennifer Lauren Thomas, a sophomore arts major and music minor from Alexandria, was named to the dean's list at Franklin & Mashall College in Lancaster, Pa.