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Schools: Sept. 20-27

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Alexandria Literacy Forum, a free community-wide event focusing on early childhood literacy hosted by the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St., Alexandria on Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and the program starting at 7 p.m.

Alexandria City Public Schools' upcoming back-to-school nights will provide parents with opportunities to learn about their children's classes and meet their teachers. Back-to-school nights for the 2007-08 school year are scheduled as follows:

* Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. -- Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, 1101 Janneys Lane, 703-461-4190.

* Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. – William Ramsay Elementary School (kindergarten through second grade), 5700 Sanger Ave., 703-824-6950. 7 p.m. -- John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave., 703-824-6970. 7 p.m. -- Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 3600 Commonwealth Ave., 703-706-4420. 7 p.m. -- Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Dr., 703-824-6960. 7 p.m. -- Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics, 1501 Cameron St.,703-706-4400. 7 p.m. -- Patrick Henry Elementary School, 4643 Taney Ave., 703-461-4170.

* Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. – Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, 530 S. St. Asaph St., 703-706-4430. 7 p.m. – George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road, 703-706-4470. 7 p.m. – James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Ave., 703-461-4180.

* Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. – William Ramsay (grades three through five).

Jane Washington Wise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustine W. Wise of Alexandria, has graduated magna cum laude and received her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and French from Vanderbilt University.

Ben Sprague, son of Steven and Brenda Sprague o Alexandria, was named to the dean’s list for the 2007 spring semester at Lynchburg College. Sprague, a graduate of Bishop Ireton High School, is a senior Economics and International Relations major.

Abigail L. Crispin, an Art and Visual Culture major from Alexandria, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Honors from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine during the May 27 commencement exercises. Crispin graduated summa cum laude and during her time at Bates College made the dean’s list seven times, received the Geoffrey P. Charde Award of art history and was named a 2003 Dana Scholar. Crispin is a 2002 graduate of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes’, and the daughter of William Crispin and Maureen Mahoney.

The following Alexandria students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee have been named to the dean’s list for the Spring 2007 semester: Chapleigh Cathline Denman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Denman; Meredith Lane Ackerman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Ackerman; Jane Washington Wise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustine W. Wise; Jacquelyn Andrea Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Daniel Jones, III; Rachel Ann Sinaiko, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Alex Sinaiko; and William Max Meyers, son of Mr. And Mrs. Larry D. Meyers.

Carlos F. Artieda of Alexandria has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for the 2007 spring semester. Artieda is a senior majoring in business administration.

Robbie M. Baden, of Alexandria, has been named a Collegiate All-American Scholar. Baden, who attends the University of South Carolina, is the son of Sherry Gohl and Robert Baden of Spangdahlem Air Force Base, Germany and Alexandria, respectively. Robbie has also become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a National Leadership and Honors Organization at USC.

Colleen Rosania, of Alexandria, has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Rochester in New York. Rosania, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, is the daughter of Thomas Rosania and Catherine Kamery, and a graduate of Thomas H. Jefferson School for Science and Technology in Alexandria.

Christian Richard Millettt, of Alexandria, has received a doctor of medicine degree on June 1, at the 183rd commencement of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. Dr. Millett is the son of Jill and Richard Millett, also of Alexandria, and he will complete pre-med and dermatology residencies at the W. Johnson Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. Christian graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in music.

Hillary Klemmt, a resident of Alexandria has recently been named to the dean's list at Boston University for the Spring semester.

Three T.C. Williams High School students are semifinalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program. Paul M. Blakeslee, Tyler A. DeCourt and Zachary C. Whitacre are among the 53rd annual scholarship competition’s approximately 16,000 Semifinalists announced today by officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).