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Stephanie K. Lizza of Rockland Court in Clifton was named to the dean's list for the fall 2008 semester. Lizza is a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. 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.

Ray S. Yankey of Fairfax Station, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering, was one of 127 Hokie Ambassadors, student tour guides, who volunteered for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Tech during the 2008-09 academic year.

Kelly D. Mitchell of Fairfax Station, a senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, was one of 127 Hokie Ambassadors, student tour guides, who volunteered for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Tech during the 2008-09 academic year.

Christina Y. Mejia of Fairfax Station recently graduated from Boston University and received a bachelor of science in business administration and management.

Gina Kirkland of Clifton was recently inducted into the Virginia Tech chapter of Psi Chi National Honor Society.

Two Fairfax Station residents, Isaac J. Bragum and Lawrence J. Breyfogle, have recently been named to the dean's list at Boston University for the spring semester.

Dr. Christine Hwang, a general surgery resident from Fairfax Station, has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society by the Eta chapter at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

Colin Reagle of Clifton was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, 2009, in Lane Stadium. Reagle received a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering.

Sean Simmons of Clifton was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, 2009, in Lane Stadium. Simmons received a master of accountancy and information systems degree in accounting and information systems from the Pamplin College of Business.

Brett Warren of Clifton was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, 2009, in Lane Stadium. Warren received a master of science degree in apparel, housing and resource management from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Michael Dunleavy of Fairfax Station was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, 2009, in Lane Stadium. Dunleavy received a master of accountancy and information systems degree in accounting and information systems from the Pamplin College of Business.

Carlo Santos of Fairfax Station was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, in Lane Stadium. Santos received a master of science degree in biological sciences from the College of Science.

Brian Sperry of Fairfax Station was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, in Lane Stadium. Sperry received a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering.

Mary Babcock of Lorton was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, in Lane Stadium. Babcock received a master of accountancy and information systems degree in accounting and information systems from the Pamplin College of Business.

Kristine Thompson of Lorton was honored at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15, in Lane Stadium. Thompson received a master of accountancy and information systems degree in accounting and information systems from the Pamplin College of Business.

Richa Tahiliani, a graduate from South County Secondary, received the Pamplin Leadership Scholarship from Virginia Tech for fall 2009.

Sarah Russell, a Fairfax Station resident and a graduate of Robinson Secondary School, received the TD Bank Scholarship. She plans to attend Indiana University.

Clifton native William Eaton has joined Teach For America, the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become life-long advocates for educational equity. Eaton joins Teach For America’s incoming corps of 4,100 teachers, the largest in its 20-year history.

Michael Shlossman, a Virginia Tech senior from Lorton and double major in biochemistry and biological sciences, was one of 13 students that completed their 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by presenting results on projects. Shlossman studied "Phosphoinositide Binding Properties of the Avirulence h5, a Protein Effector that Mediates Phytophthora sojae Invasion to Soybean Plants," with mentor Daniel Capelluto, assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Science. Phytophthora sojae causes severe damage in soybean crops and results in $1 million-$2 million in annual losses for commercial farmers in the United States.

Clifton resident John Fite was recently awarded up to $10,000 in a scholarship from the II-VI Foundation to continue pursuing a post-secondary degree in applied physics for the 2009-10 school year. Fite will be a junior at Grove City College.