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Alexandria School Notes: Nov. 7, 2012

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Ellie Barton (12th grade) was on the Honors List at Saint James School, Md. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Barton.

Jasmine Bagley of Alexandria, a junior fashion design major at Moore College of Art & Design, was awarded the first Penny Fox Internship Fellowship at Honors Convocation on April 13. Bagley is completing her summer internship at Diane Von Furstenberg at the company’s headquarters in New York.

Seeking AVID Tutors for 2012-13 School Year. The ACPS Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is seeking individuals willing to work 15-20 hours in a secondary school during the school year. AVID tutors will be required to assist students in their learning by facilitating content-related tutorial groups using a Socratic methodology. They also will have the opportunity to collaborate with middle school and/or high school faculty and other tutors to support and build the AVID program through college- and career-related field trips and motivational experiences. Learn more about how to apply at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/curriculum/avid/.

Two Bishop Ireton rising seniors, Tommy Kelly, of Alexandria, and Camille Weber, of Springfield, have been named Finalists for the 2012 Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Award. Awards are based on essays by students explaining how their actions represent the ideal of the Triple-Impact Competitor.

Alexandria Renew Enterprises welcomed two interns: Bradley Cooper is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and plans to graduate from DeVry University with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems. While in the Navy, he worked as a Systems Analyst stationed in San Diego and Yokosuka, Japan. Jeffrey Alvarado is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School and plans to spend two years at Northern Virginia Community College starting in the fall before transferring to a four-year college and majoring in electronic engineering.

The following students from Alexandria enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester:

*Austin C. Gage is a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

*Christopher J. Boucher is a senior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

*D'Elia M. Chandler is a junior majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

*Samuel J. Ferrara is a freshman majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering.

*Andrew K. Kicinski is a sophomore majoring in mathematics in the College of Science.

*Sarah E. Tianti is a senior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

*Renee C. Von Guggenberg is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science.

*Olivia N. Foroughi is a freshman majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

*Sandy S. Janwatin is a sophomore majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

*Marin A. Nolan is a freshman majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

*Robert S. Smith is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering.

*Rebecca L. Stone is a freshman majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

*Molly E. Vaughan is a sophomore majoring in interior design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

*Florence C. Graham is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

*Vamseedhar Gunduboina is a senior majoring in aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering.

*Peter T. Raum is a senior majoring in physics in the College of Science.

*Elizabeth M. Luby is a senior majoring in biological systems engineering in the College of Engineering.

*Rachel M. Montoni is a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

*Robert J. Calvey is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

*Daniel A. Chique Canache is a senior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering.

*Michael L. Chung is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

*Kellie M. Del Signore is a sophomore majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

*John E. Hartley is a sophomore majoring in hospitality and tourism management in the Pamplin College of Business.

*Stephanie M. Mateus is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

*Christine R. McCoy is a senior majoring in economics in the College of Science.

*Daniel J. Noelle is a senior majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering.

*Eduardo A. Ramirez is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

*Thinh C. Trinh is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

*Erika L. Weidman is a senior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science.

*Patricia I. Welling is a junior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

Ryan S. Gribbon of Alexandria, daughter of Michael and Gage Gribbon and a graduate of St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

The following Virginia Military Institute cadets were named to the Deans' List for the second semester of 2011-12:

*William D. Alewine - A senior from Alexandria, majoring in Economics/Business. Cadet Alewine's parents are William R. Alewine and Sherry A. Smith.

*Alexandra L. Hastings - A sophomore from Alexandria, majoring in Modern Languages & Cultures. Cadet Hastings's parents are Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Hastings Jr.

*Michael W. Hixson - A senior from Alexandria, majoring in Chemistry. Cadet Hixson's parents are Mr. & Mrs. Stanley G. Hixson.

*Kenia R. Hurtado - A junior from Alexandri, majoring in International Studies. Cadet Hurtado's parents are Mr. & Mrs. Antonio L. Hurtado.

*Brett R. Kitchen - A senior from Alexandria, majoring in Computer Science. Cadet Kitchen's parents are Mr. & Mrs. Bruce R. Kitchen.

*Ray D. Montolin - A junior from Alexandria, majoring in International Studies. Cadet Montolin's parent is Ms. Lydia G. Padilla.

*Ryan F. Schaedel - A recent graduate from Alexandria, Cadet Schaedel's parents are Mr. & Mrs. Stephen F. Schaedel.

The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university's spring commencement ceremony:

Madeleine Byrnes received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree magna cum laude in civil engineering from the College of Engineering.

Austin Gage received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Christopher Boucher received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in sociology from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Liesel Benjamin received a Bachelor of Science degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Nagina Bhatti received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the College of Science.

Robert Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the College of Engineering.

Selome Assefa received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the College of Science.

Florence Graham received a Bachelor of Architecture degree summa cum laude in architecture from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Vamseedhar Gunduboina received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree cum laude in aerospace engineering from the College of Engineering.

Elizabeth Luby received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering degree in biological systems engineering from the College of Engineering.

Rachel Montoni received a Bachelor of Science degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Gail Carter received a Master of Natural Resources degree in Natural Resources from the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

Carlos Gonzalez named new Band Director at T.C. Williams. The Marching Titans began their three-week band camp with new director Carlos Gonzalez at the helm. Gonzalez will lead the Marching Titans in a fall halftime show featuring music from Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba.”

T.C. Williams High School Business Teacher Beulah Willis-Brown and her students were recognized by Cardinal Bank. Willis-Brown's Academy of Finance juniors from the 2011-12 school year achieved the highest "My Money, My Future" financial literacy certification rate in the region. Old Town Alexandria Cardinal Bank Manager Shirley Carey presented Ms. Willis-Brown a $500 check for T.C. Williams High School to recognize this achievement. The grant award may be used toward the purchase of any tools and/or applications to strengthen the use of technology in the classroom. Willis-Brown also received a check for $50 as a teacher grant for having all of her students become certified in all 10 "My Money, My Future" modules. Cardinal Bank sponsors the access to EverFi's leading Web-based financial literacy platform in 60 high schools throughout the region.

The T.C. Williams High School Marching Titans finished first in their class in music and general effect at the Shenandoah Valley Marching Invitational at Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg on Sept. 29. In afternoon competition against the four other bands in their class (AAA), they finished second, missing first by just half a point. Their score was enough to get them into the finals competition in the evening, seeded sixth.