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Bianca Velez of Alexandria has earned a degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Clarion University students Drew Dismuke and Quintas McCorkle of Alexandria were both named to the dean's list for the spring 2012 semester.

Colin Chadduck of Alexandria has been named to the Emory and Henry College Dean's List for the spring semester.

Washington and Lee University awarded degrees to the following Alexandria students on May 24: Meredith Elizabeth Mitchell, Vanessa Joan Ndege, Natalie Elizabeth Stier and Lee Carey Tackett.

Emily Coda, daughter of Karen Coda and the late Michael Coda of Alexandria, received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Smith College on May 20. A 2008 graduate of TC Williams High School, Emily double majored in German Studies and Medieval Studies.

Ann Gantner of Alexandria, received a masters degree in public administration from Marist College.

Ashley Pratt of Alexandria, a senior interdisciplinary studies major, was named to Lycoming College's Dean's List for the spring semester.

Hellen Tafesse of Alexandria has been named to Fisher College's Dean's List for the Fall 2011 semester.

Abigail T. M. Martin, daughter of Curtiss Martin and Virginia Drewry, of Alexandria, received a B.A. in The Built Environment, a contract major from Williams College on June 5. Martin, during college, participated in the following activities: Vice President and Naturalist of the Williams Outing Club (fall 2010-spring 2011), Treasurer and Vice President of W.O.C. (fall 2009-spring 2010); student co-chair (fall 2010-spring 2011) and committee member (fall 2009-spring 2010) of Campus Environmental Advisory Committee; Hopkins Memorial Forest student caretaker (spring 2009-spring 2011); Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program (fall 2008); Women's Varsity Crew (fall 2007-spring 2009). Honors and prizes include: 1960 Scholar in Environmental Studies (spring 2009-spring 2011; Thoreau Fellow (sustainable design fellowship, spring 2009).

Audrey Mackey, a resident of Alexandria, was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.

The following students were recognized as members of the dean's list for the spring semester at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg.

  • Stephanie Rheinheimer, a junior social work major from Alexandria.
  • Caitlin Butler, a senior nursing major from Alexandria.

The following local students from Alexandria graduated from the University of Kansas on May 13.

  • Eyob Alemayehu will receive a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy.
  • Gizachew Emiru will receive a Juris Doctor.
  • Ganesh Nair will receive a Juris Doctor.

Mary Katherine Rother of Alexandria received the juris doctor degree on May 5, from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Rother graduated cum laude. She received the B.A. degree from College of William and Mary.

Rene Borges of Alexandria graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in information security and forensics from RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in the winter 2011–2012 quarter.

Muriel LaMois, a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, received a bachelor of arts degree from The College of Wooster during commencement exercises on May 14. A history major, LaMois is a resident of Alexandria.

Johanne Walleck of Alexandria received a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University during a commencement ceremony held May 13 at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Goma Thapaliya of Alexandria graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Saturday, May 19, on the River Lawn of the College's Riverdale campus.

James Ahern of Alexandria graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday, May 20 with a degree in MLIS - Master of Library and Information Science, School of Information Studies.

Erin Rheinheimer, a first-year Art and Education Licensure, PreK-12 major and resident of Alexandria, was among 250 students from Eastern Mennonite University who made the spring semester Dean's List.

The following students were recognized as members of the dean's list for the spring semester at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg.

  • Heather Evans, a first-year Music: Performance major from Alexandria.
  • Julia King, a senior Theater major from Alexandria.
  • Stephanie Rheinheimer, a junior Social Work major from Alexandria.

Tyler Kimbel of Alexandria received a Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education and Supervision, at the University of Northern Colorado during graduation ceremonies May 4-5.

Kyle Travers, a resident of Alexandria, has been named to the Spring 2012 Champlain College's Dean's List for academic achievements and achieving a semester grad point average of 3.5 or higher. Travers is majoring in Secondary Education -English.

Kevin Komson Sidney, a senior at Hampden-Sydney College, was inducted on May 2 into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society. Kevin, a mathematical economics major, is a graduate of West Potomac High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Sidney of Alexandria.

Everton Nascimento Batista graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics and commerce from Hampden-Sydney College on May 13. A graduate of St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, he is the son of Louis A. Masochini of Alexandria.

Monica Varner of Alexandria has received Randolph College's alumna-sponsored internship at the Preservation Institute: Nantucket. Varner, a rising junior, will participate in the program this summer. The support of alumna Lynne Land ('60) and her husband, A.J., allows Randolph College to offer a student a full scholarship to study historic preservation for eight weeks on Nantucket Island.

At Final Convocation on April 26, Hampden-Sydney College senior Everton Nascimento Batista received the William R. Hendley Award in Economics, presented by Dr. Justin P. Isaacs '95, Associate Professor of Economics. This award is presented to the senior economics major who, in the judgment of the department, has gained the greatest benefit from his major.

A Davis Fellow, Everton is a member of the Student Body Senate, the Society of 1791 (leadership program), the Pre-Business Society, the Garnet & Grey Society, the Soccer Club, and the Rugby Club. He writes for The Hampden-Sydney Tiger, the school's newspaper. An economics and commerce major, Everton graduated from St. Stephens & St. Agnes School and is the son of Louis A. Masochini of Alexandria.

Saint Augustine's College recently admitted for its fall 2012 semester, the following Alexandria residents: Teyah Conaway, Tiffani Gibson, Percy Haskins, Shacolbe Horn, Johnnie Jackson, Tyriek James, Abenezer Jemal, Johnee Lewis, Tyrone Mackall, Jordan Ray and Grand Roberson.

Shamim Siddiqi from Alexandria graduated from Brenau University with a Master of Business Administration degree after focusing studies on project management.

Jason Livernois, a resident of Alexandria, was among the class of more than 451 graduate students at Nazareth College who received master's and doctoral degrees during the College's 85th Commencement Exercises held on May 12. Livernois received a MSE degree in Inclusive Education.

The following students are members of the graduating class of 2012 at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.:

  • Julia King, a bachelor’s degree recipient in theater, from Alexandria.
  • Barbie Fischer, a master’s degree recipient in conflict transformation, from Alexandria.
  • Tammy Briggs, a master’s degree recipient in nursing, from Alexandria.

Ingrid K. Mangold of Alexandria received a bachelor of arts degree in English within the College of Arts & Sciences during May commencement ceremonies at the University of Vermont.

Kevin Sumner Stewart of Alexandria has been named to the Dean's List at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, for academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. Stewart is a Cadet seeking a bachelor's degree in biology .

The following area students graduated from the University of Mary Washington on May 12.

  • Calvin V. Clessas, a resident of Alexandria, graduated with a B.A. degree in geography and classical civilization. Clessas received the Barbara Leigh Gregg Prize in Greek.
  • Andrew C. Cole, a resident of Alexandria, graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in biological sciences and music. Cole received the Anne and Sidney Hamer Music Award.
  • Elizabeth H. Crowe, a resident of Alexandria, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in historic preservation. Crowe received the Grace Wadsworth Award in Historic Preservation.
  • Brian A. Roinestad, a resident of Alexandria, graduated with a MBA degree in master of business administration. Roinestad received the Outstanding Master of Business Administration Student Award.

Abiodun A. Orevba of Alexandria graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration on May 19 at McDaniel College.

Mary Ferrill of Alexandria made the Dean's List at DePaul University for the winter quarter of 2012.

Starling Carter of Alexandria recently graduated

summa cum laude from Bard College at Simon's Rock with

a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies: Politics, Ethics, and Aesthetics.

Jacqueline McCabe, a sophomore majoring in biology and French, from Alexandria, made the Dean's List at Bridgewater College for the Spring semester.

Mark Mattis of Alexandria has been named to the 2012 spring semester Dean's List at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

T.C. Williams High School has won the Avery Law Firm-sponsored pledge contest encouraging students to refrain from texting while driving. As a result, the school has earned $2,000 for having the highest percentage of its student enrollment make the pledge to never text and drive.

Caitlin Butler, a nursing degree recipient at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., was recognized as a member of the 2011 graduating class. Butler is the daughter of Gregory and Belinda Butler of Alexandria.

Katherine Janice Morrow of Alexandria graduated from the University of Iowa this spring with a Master of Arts in Film Studies.

The following local residents are on the Dean's List in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University for the 2011 spring semester:

  • Ariana Meltzer-Bruhn, Alexandria; sophomore,
  • Inez Catherine Cooney, Alexandria; freshman.

Anne Khademian of Alexandria has been named director of School of International and Public Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Khademian most recently served as program director for the Center for Public Administration and Policy and has been at Virginia Tech since 2004.

Nawaf Alessa, a political science major at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV, was named to the Spring 2011 Dean's List. Alessa is from Alexandria.

Laura Reynolds, a freshman majoring in psychology, from Alexandria, was named to the Dean's List at Bridgewater College for the fall semester.

Michael Patrick Kane, a resident of Alexandria, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Clemson University Dec. 22.

Freshman Mark Mattis of Alexandria has been named to the 2011 fall semester Dean's List at West Virginia Wesleyan.