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Community members are invited to join a discussion about issues impacting local student education at a School Board Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Chantilly High School. At this PTSA-sponsored event, School Board Representatives Kathy Smith (Sully District) and Elizabeth Bradsher (Springfield District) will lead an exchange about such topics as:

* How will current economic troubles affect the school budget?

* What improvements are approved or are pending for Chantilly High School?

* What is the controversy about the grading policy in Fairfax County high schools?

* What are the latest thoughts on a later school start for high school students?

* Where is the proposal to purchase a second administrative building?

Contact Mary Crowson at mcrowson@cox.net or Ted Velkoff at tvelkoff@cox.net.

The Westfield High School Orchestra Boosters (WHSOB) will be hosting its 2008 Westfield High School Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly. Vendor spaces will be available for $60 per space. Details are available online along with an electronic vendor application at: www.WestfieldOrchestra.org/fundraising/CraftShow.htm. Call 703-266-1182.

Samantha Luffy of Centreville was selected to play a performer for University of Mary Washington production of "Elegies: A Song Cycle." Luffy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Luffy of Centreville and is a 2007 graduate of Westfield High School. A sophomore majoring in biology and pre-med, Luffy has appeared in the UMW productions of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "The Tempest." She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a box office assistant for Klein Theatre. In addition, she plays intramural basketball. Some of Finn’s other musicals include "A New Brain," "Falsettos," and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Finn has received numerous awards, including the 1991 Drama Desk Award for "Falsettoland" and the 2005 Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Performances were held Sept. 25 through Oct. 5 in Klein Theatre.

Westfield High is having the free parent program, the "Bong Show," on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Centreville Presbyterian Church. Leslie J. Churn, MA, Student Assistance Program and Alcohol and Drug Services Counselor, along with her colleagues, Karen Chase of Chantilly High School, and Leslie Roberts of Centreville High, Mountain View, and Liberty Middle School, will address trends of dangerous and illegal substances being used by local students. Suggestions as to how parents can be alerted to substance use by their children and their peers will be given and treatment resources will be provided. The presentation will include a PowerPoint presentation, a talk by a detective with the Organized Crime and Narcotics Division, and a display of alcohol and drug of paraphernalia. Offered by the Westfield Community Coalition and the Westfield PTSA in conjunction with Centreville and Chantilly Community Coalitions.

Westfield High will hold its ninth-annual Haunted House Wax Museum on Oct. 29 and 30 from 6-8 p.m. Entry is $5.

The Centreville Pyramid presents author Rosalind Wiseman on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Liberty Middle School. Translators and childcare is available. Contact Mr. Kaiser, Centreville ES Counselor at 703-502-3573.

Growing Footsteps School Age Learning Center and Rainbow Child Development Center, located at 14311 Braddock Road in Centreville, are hosting a special Trunk or Treat Festival on Friday, Oct. 31 from 4:30-7 p.m. Bring your friends and family to a fun and safe alternative to trick or treating. Call 703-830-1010 or 703-222-9550.

The following vocal musicians were named to the Virginia Honors Choir for 2008. Students will perform as part of the 132-member choir at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) convention on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Homestead.

The following students were selected for the 2008 VMEA Honors Choir:

* Centreville High School: Nick Hartley, Sung-Hee Lee, Clayton Pulsipher, Griffin Semple, and alternates Alexander Adere and Leah Norod.

• Chantilly High School: Peter Ikeda.

• Fairfax High School: Ryan Larson.

• Robinson Secondary School: Eric Fischer and alternate Tina Connor.

• Westfield High School: Alex Kruszewski and alternate Margaret Christel.

Jim Keane of Clifton, a senior majoring in finance, has been chosen to be a student ambassador for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. The Pamplin Ambassadors program is an organization composed of students who best represent the college. Students must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in the Pamplin College of Business and have at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible. Applicants must also submit an application and resume, as well as undergo an interview to gain membership. Once a student is chosen as an ambassador, they remain an ambassador until they graduate.

Whether you are looking for a new job or planning for college next year, Fair Oaks Mall is the place to be the weekend of Oct. 17-19 for two events — Holiday Job Fair and College Fair.

The 5th annual Holiday Job Fair kicks off on Friday, Oct. 17 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 19 and will feature representatives from department stores, specialty stores and restaurants, who will answer questions, provide applications and set-up interviews. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 1-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The 17th annual College Fair on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 7:30–9:30 p.m. will round out the weekend. Recruiters from nearly 400 colleges and universities will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions. The event is hosted by Fairfax County Public Schools and provides a great venue for high school juniors, seniors and their parents to speak with college representatives from Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and nationwide. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-359-8302.

Stone Middle School is having its PTA Dinner fund-raiser on Monday, Oct. 20 from 5-9 p.m. at Pacino Ristorante Italiano.

The Centreville High School Fall Orchestra Concert is Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be a tribute to American composers and arrangers and will include music from Haydn (arranged by an American arranger) to Copland's Hoe Down from Rodeo and Celebration from Billy the Kid.

Admission is free. There will be a reception following the concert.

Growing Footsteps School Age Learning Center and Rainbow Child Development Center, located at 14311 Braddock Road in Centreville, are hosting a special Trunk or Treat Festival on Friday, Oct. 31 from 4:30-7 p.m. Bring your friends and family to a fun and safe alternative to trick or treating. There will be a bounce house, door prizes and candy and treats for the children. Call 703-830-1010 or 703-222-9550.

The Centreville High Wildcat Music Department presents the following activities:

* Band /Jazz — Dec. 4, Feb. 19, May 7, May 14;

* Choir — Dec. 18, March 18, June 4, June 5;

* Orchestra — Oct. 23, Dec. 11, March 12, May 21;

* Guitar - Jan. 30, May 8;

To help keep the music playing, keep an eye out this fall for CVHS Wildcat Band Scrip cards, car washes and fruit sales. Be sure and join us for the Wildcats' home football games and the halftime entertainment your generous support provides.

The Centreville School Pyramid presents Rosalind Wiseman, author of, "Queen Bee Mums and Kingpin Dads" and "Queen Bees and Wannabes" on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Liberty Middle School. Spanish, Korean and Chinese translators will be available as well as childcare for school-aged children.

The yearbook staff at Paul VI was recently awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Medal for the 2007-2008 yearbook, Moving Images. The book also received All Columbian Honors for both Coverage and Photography. The National Scholastic Press Association awarded the book a First Class rating, with marks of distinction for Concept/Essentials and Photography.

The student staff attended a Jostens summer workshop in Williamsburg to begin planning the book and had yearbook class every day to create the all-color 385 page publication. The Moving Images theme was chosen to accentuate both the physical motion and emotional reactions that a school year includes. The book contained not only coverage of the 2007-2008 year, but also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Paul VI by including rewind boxes on some pages which included black & white pictures from past yearbooks.

The editors in chief of the book were Molly Synder and Christina Brainard, now freshmen at University of Delaware and Notre Dame, respectively. Other editors include 2008 graduates Karly Gardiner, Emma Jang, Olivia Kasik, Kaitlyn Vaughn, Jordan McDonald, Meghan Schulze, Rachel Gilbert, Annie Sullivan, Kelley McGrath, Ellie Tondreau, Melissa Bartoletta, Ryan Costello and Natalie Matheny, seniors Kate Beitel, Katherine DeSilva, Lindsay Godbout, Lauren Madelmayer and Paulina Kosturos, and juniors Ashley McGrath and Dana Chessman.

St. Andrew the Apostle School PTO provided the school community with a First Annual Fun Run and barbeque picnic to gear up for the 2008/2009 school year. The day’s events started with a 5K run or a 1-mile walk along the path of Union Mill and Balmoral. Fairfax County police officers assisted in making the run/walk safe for all participants. There was plenty of food, catered by Red Hot & Blue, along with ice cream from Nathan’s Ice Cream, and both were a huge success. DJ Brandon Lock provided a variety of music, and he didn’t have any problem getting everyone on the tennis courts for a few dances. Younger children spent most of their day jumping in the moon bounce. The Rev. John Kelly, Mrs. Glenda Sigg (principal), faculty and staff, families and friends joined in the afternoon’s festivities.

Alexis Reyes of Centreville recently completed a training program at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Working with Tire Kingdom, the Manassas Campus automotive program created a special five-week course to teach basic automotive skills and provide employment opportunities.

Chantilly High School and Chantilly Academy are the recipients of a $100,000 subgrant from Wright State University, College of Engineering and Computer Science, to enrich its engineering mathematics program. Chantilly Academy is the only high school participant in an engineering consortium of 16 colleges and universities that has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Phase 3 grant, A National Model for Engineering Mathematics Education, totaling $2 million. Chantilly Academy is in its eighth year of offering pre-collegiate engineering education to students from more than 20 high schools in FCPS. In its efforts to enrich its engineering program, Chantilly will use the grant to redesign an existing 10-week freshman-year Introduction to Mathematics in Engineering Applications as a 36-week high school mathematics elective course, Engineering Mathematics. The advanced mathematics elective will be offered at Chantilly Academy in fall 2009. Grant funds will also provide instructor salary, classroom and laboratory resources and textbooks.

Chantilly Academy’s Girls Exploring Engineering program is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation for the 2008-09 school year. The program was established to significantly increase the number of young women enrolled in engineering courses at Chantilly Academy and the number of young women considering engineering careers; pursuing degrees through engineering school application and enrollment; and realizing subsequent careers in engineering.

The program is a yearlong elective course, Engineering Systems 1, for an all-female class. Last year, 12 of the 14 seniors were offered admission to schools of engineering in Virginia and in other states.

Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race — the 51st annual Daytona 500 — are being raffled off by CHS’s TouchDown Club to help support the Chantilly football program. Package includes:

* Marriott hotel accommodations: Friday, Saturday and Sunday night;

* Round-trip police escort to speedway Saturday and Sunday;

* Two grandstand tickets to both the Nationwide Race and the Sunday Sprint Cup;

* Trackside hospitality Saturday and Sunday;

* Opportunity to meet some of the top driver’s in the series;

* Limited access to the pit and garage;

* Food and beverage at hotel all weekend;

* Branded apparel –jacket and shirt plus a track-pack;

Raffle tickets are two for $25 or five for $50. Tickets can be purchased at all Chantilly High School home football games, or call 703-509-8011 or e-mail ChantillyTDC@aol.com

Applications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology are now available in all public middle schools and private schools. At each middle school, a designated counselor has applications, brochures, and newsletters about the admissions process. If a student cannot obtain an application from the middle school or private school, or if the student is home schooled, call the admissions office for an application at 703-876-5265. Applications will be due no later than Friday, Oct. 24.

Clifton Children's Academy is offering a new Accelerated Junior Kindergarten program. It is available to those children who may have just missed the cut-off date for public kindergarten, those children who may not have been quite ready to begin kindergarten this fall, or those children who are excelling on the academic front and are looking for even greater challenges. The program consists of language arts, early math, social studies and science, as well as foreign language and visual arts. The school is located on Compton Road in Centreville. Call the school at 703-968-8455 or visit it's Web site at www.childrensacademy.com.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean's list for the spring 2008 semester. To qualify for the dean's list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

* Carla J. Perez of Centreville is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Christopher J. Perry of Centreville is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Andrew D. Pittman of Centreville is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Kathryn A. Prociv of Centreville is a freshman majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources.

* Lauren M. Prociv of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in economics in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Sarah A. Reeves of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in physics in the College of Science.

* Mark P. Regan of Centreville is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Jillian N. Saltpaw of Centreville is a senior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Eunjung Shin of Centreville is a freshman majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Brendan P. Simpers of Centreville is a senior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Hannah J. Soh of Centreville is a junior majoring in art in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Erik J. Stange of Centreville is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Brian M. Stewart of Centreville is a senior majoring in building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Ji Hyun Sung of Centreville is a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Lan-Anh T. Tran of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Daniel Won of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Allison M. Woo of Centreville is a junior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Jieni Yao of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in chemistry in the College of Science.

* Lauren C. Young of Centreville is a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering.

* William M. Banick of Centreville is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Michelle E. Colandro of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech.

* Naveen Dhananjayan of Centreville is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Frank H. Grace of Centreville is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Rachel R. Islin of Centreville is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Ashleigh R. Joshua of Centreville is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Daniel D. Kim of Centreville is a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Divya R. Kumar of Centreville is a senior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Lindsay C. Martin of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science.

* Jaeho Oh of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Brent J. Riedel of Centreville is a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Dawit Tesfaye of Centreville is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Hai N. Thai of Centreville is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Jenkey Van of Centreville is a senior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Brian J. Wright of Centreville is a senior majoring in statistics in the College of Science.

* Sylvia D. You of Centreville is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Traci M. Batla of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Priya Berry of Clifton is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Cameron D. Berthelsen of Clifton is a freshman majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech.

* Michael L. Blecker of Clifton is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* John H. Boatner of Clifton is a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Yoori Cho of Clifton is a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Michael E. Chorney of Clifton is a junior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Dana L. Comber of Clifton is a junior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Christina T. Conrad of Clifton is a senior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Kristen L. Garrett of Clifton is a junior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Elise N. Glaum of Clifton is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Amelia S. Grooms of Clifton is a freshman majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Alexandra M. Joachim of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Rachael M. Johnson of Clifton is a freshman majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Raymond J. King of Clifton is a senior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering.

* Paul D. Le Bel of Clifton is a senior majoring in environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Jennifer K. Libbares of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Stephanie K. Lizza of Clifton is a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Colleen A. McCabe of Clifton is a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Christine M. Munchak of Clifton is a junior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Aaron P. Myhr of Clifton is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Kunal Namballa of Clifton is a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Kimberly K. Nguyen of Clifton is a senior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Alyssa M. Peltier of Clifton is a junior majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Tran P. Pham of Clifton is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Kenneth T. Pyo of Clifton is a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Bridget S. Ripa of Clifton is a sophomore majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Samantha P. Schneck of Clifton is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

* Kelly A. Shaffrey of Clifton is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Laura S. Shapalis of Clifton is a junior majoring in wildlife science in the College of Natural Resources.

* Jeffrey J. Simmons of Clifton is a senior majoring in building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Sean P. Simmons of Clifton is a senior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Mary J. Swim of Clifton is a freshman majoring in biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Nicholas D. Tatalovich of Clifton is a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Bryan B. Tropeano of Clifton is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Thomas C. Whitehead of Clifton is a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Jeffrey A. Bennett of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Kathleen E. Berger of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Lauren E. Binford of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Briana N. Bishop of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Lauren A. Burbach of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Kristin D. Clarke of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Jon E. Crain of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Theresa E. Cutler of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Emily T. Dao of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Brendan B. Dillon of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Caroline M. Epley of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Katherine T. Gilbertson of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Ainsley M. Gutshall of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Richard R. Hardy of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Colin M. Harrell of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Lauren C. Howard of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Stephen J. Hurley of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Thomas C. Ivey of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Monica L. Judkins of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Daniel H. Kang of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Jason E. Klein of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Laura C. Klene of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

* Justin A. Lamont of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Rebecca L. Landau of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

* Zach W. Landau of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Kevin R. Larson of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Justin W. Lauffenburger of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Katherine L. Mason of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech.

* Justin A. Metcalf of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Stephanie H. Mitchell of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Kristen A. Palmisano of Oak Hill is a freshman majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Sarah A. Perich of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Alexander C. Purcell is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Andrew J. Rediger of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Kevin D. Robinson of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* John F. Roller of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Jon B. Russell of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

* Nicholas S. Saunders of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Michael D. Sorensen of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Shannon M. Steinberg of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

* Jason W. Vick of Oak Hill is a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

* Jason R. Weiskopf of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering.

* Lauren B. Wiley of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Megan E. Woodworth of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Chelsea J. Wright of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business.

* Chelsey L. Zacherl of Oak Hill is a senior majoring in materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering.

* Leah N. Zacherl of Oak Hill is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.