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Alexandria School Notes: Sept. 5, 2012

— Douglas MacArthur Elementary School's back-to-school night for parents of children in kindergarten through second grade will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, rather than Tuesday, Sept. 18. The back-to-school night for parents of children in third through fifth grades remains scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.

The following students graduated with honors from James Madison University during the May 5th commencement exercises.

David Killeen of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in modern foreign languages.

Abigail Temoshchuk of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Brian Gray of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems.

Rosemary Grant of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Stephanie Maguire of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Tuba Ahmed of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Alexis Vlasho of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in international business and a bachelor of arts degree in modern foreign languages.

George Trimble of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

Christopher Hughes of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

Haley Mertins of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.

Andrew Swinson of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.

Rebecca Forstater of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art.

The Hammond Middle School Music Department competed in Music in the Parks at Hershey Park recently. The Concert Band and Symphonic Band each won first place in their division, and both groups received a rating of Excellent. The String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra each won first place in their division and both groups received a rating of Superior. The Chamber Orchestra also won the award for Best Overall Orchestra and scored 96 out of a possible 100 points. The Eighth Grade Mixed Choir also won first place in their division and received a rating of

Excellent.

T.C. Williams High School junior Christopher Gerlach won the first-place award at the Distict of Columbia Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Greater DC Invitational Science Fair last week. Christopher received a $100 prize and a private tour of the WJLA-7 weather center with former AMS President Bob Ryan. He also received offers to mentor with scientists at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Environmental Modeling Center. His project, titled "On the Prediction of Severe Convective Wind Gust Events: Their Correlation of Selected Thermodynamic Parameters in the Baltimore-Washington Forecast Area," examined improved methods of forecasting devastating wind storms in the Washington region, to better enable the public to get to shelter in time.

The Alexandria City School Board recently voted to appoint two students as non-voting members of the board: junior Charlotte Clinger and sophomore Edom Tesfa, who were chosen to take on this major commitment after review of their applications, an interview and vetting by the Superintendent's Student Advisory Group. They will begin a one-year term on July 2.

Bluefield College has released its Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester. Among the students earning placement on the spring 2012 Dean’s List: Erin Corr, Alexandria.

Ronald Wiltsie of Alexandria and a student at Bishop Ireton High School, was named the 2012 recipient of the Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience. The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Wiltsie was presented the book “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” (HarperCollins 2000) by Luong Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author.

Mickayla J. Noel, an eighth-grader in Rachel Payne's Honors Social Studies class at Francis C. Hammond 1 Middle School, has been chosen to participate in the Just The Beginning Foundation's Summer Legal Institute. The five-day program introduces high school students to the legal system, exposes them to careers in the law and provides them with practical tools for achieving their educational goals. Students will work with judges, lawyers and law students on legal reasoning, case analysis, writing, negotiation and oral argument exercises. The George Washington University Law School will host the program this month.

Quinn de la Concepcion, daughter of Hilary Barnes of Phoenix and Jeff de la Concepcion of Alexandria, graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Colorado College.

Alexandria resident, Meaghan Fry, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of social work degree from James Madison University during the May 2012 commencement exercises.

Kendall Akey, of Alexandria, has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean's Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in Spring 2012.

Three local residents have been named to the President's List at Clemson University for the spring 2012 semester. Including Alexandra Lee Butler of Alexandria, who is majoring in Management (International Management Emphasis), Lindsey Joy Reich of Alexandria, who is majoring in Nursing and Brittany Lee Ryan of Alexandria, who is majoring in Political Science.

T.C. Williams High School Science Teacher Patrick Earle recently traveled to San Francisco, Calif., as a participant in the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), hosted by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan). Earle was selected from a national pool of more than 300 educators to earn this honor. The bi-nationally fully-funded program for U.S. teachers takes place in two parts: a Joint Conference with Japanese teachers in San Francisco, April 29-May 2, and a study tour to Japan, June 19-July 2.

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Jerome Mitchell of Alexandria has been named to its Dean’s List for Spring 2012.

The Following Alexandria residents were among 1086 students from Ithaca College who received degrees during the college’s commencement ceremony held in May 2012.

  • Marjorie Glassco received a degree from Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences with a major in Drama.

  • Benjamin Malakoff received a degree from Ithaca College’s school of Communications with a major in Integrated Marketing Communications.

  • Samuel McCann received a degree from Ithaca College School of Communications with a major in Journalism.

The following local Alexandria residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2012 semester.

*Melissa Christine Beaty, majoring in Political Science.

  • Lydia Elena Ciavarella, majoring in Elementary Education

*Shannon Kay Frydeblund, majoring in Elementary Education

*Ellen Marie Walker, majoring in Economics

Boston University awarded academic degrees to 6,098 students in May 2012. Receiving degrees were Lindsay S. Adler, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Thomas J. Platt, Master of Science in Business Continuity and Emergency Management; Zachary H. Warder, Bachelor of Science in Communication.

Virginia Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright is offering a three-year waiver from annual accreditation to George Mason Elementary School, one of 101 high-performing schools in 21 divisions to earn the distinction. The schools qualified for the flexibility by achieving pass rates of 95 percent or higher in all four tested Standards of Learning (SOL) content areas for two consecutive years. Each school awarded a waiver will remain fully accredited through 2014-2015.

The 101 schools qualify for waivers having achieved pass rates in English, Mathematics, history/social science and science of 95 percent or greater during 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 (results for state tests administered during 2011-2012 won’t be available until later this summer). 72 of the schools are eligible for first-time waivers.

The Board of Education in 2006 authorized waivers from annual accreditation for high-performing schools. Schools granted waivers continue to administer SOL tests, and detailed grade-by grade and subject-by subject results are reported to parents and the public.

For more information, contact Virginia Department of Education Director of Communications Charles B.Pyle at 804-371-2420.

Akwasi Opoku Kusi-Appiah of Alexandria was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for spring 2012 semester.

Five Alexandria residents graduated from Gettysburg College Founded in 1832 in May 2012, these residents includes:

  • Kateryna Savchyn, graduated with a bachelors degree in Mathematics

*Marykathryn Rhoads graduated with a bachelors degree in Organization and Management Studies.

*Javier Jennings graduated with a bachelors degree in Organization and Management studies.

*Michael Slabinski graduated with a bachelors degree in Sociology.

Daniel Paul Baylog of Alexandria was named to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dean’s List/Honor Roll for the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. Baylog is a senior computer science major in the College of Arts and Sciences with a 4.0 grade-point average.

The following Alexandria Students have been named to the President’s list by James Madison University for the spring 2012 semester:

Selamawi Tilahun, a biology major, Cierra Principe, an engineering major, Tuba Ahmed, an english major, Victoria Foster, and english major, Rosemary Grant, and english major, Katherine Ward, and english major, Stacey Diapoulis, an interdisciplinary liberal studies major, Kirsten Fannon, an interdisciplinary liberal studies major, Wyatt Floyd, and interdisciplinary liberal studies major, Caitrin Rhoads, an interdisciplinary liberal studies major, Caitlin Shott, an interdisciplinary liberal studies major, Alexis Vlasho, and international business major, Irene Dellet, a media arts and design major, Brandon Eskridge, a physics major, Andrew Jones, a psychology major, Aneta Nikolic, a psychology major, Christopher Hughes, a psychology major, Julia Fiorio, a public policy and administration major, Abigail Agha, a social work major, Anna Davis, a social work major, Evan Grice, a writing and rhetoric and technical communication major.

The following Alexandria students have graduated from James Madison University during the May 5th commencement exercises. Kendra Scott graduated with a master of science in education and a degree in adult education/human resource development. Kylar Englemann graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology. Diana Pei graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology. Jason Taylor graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies. William Mathis graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems. Robert Van Zetta graduated with a bachelor administration degree in computer information systems. Adam Reber graduated with a master of science degree in computer science-information security. Curtis Masiello graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics. Christina Johnson graduated with a master of arts degree in teaching. Agustinia Moppett graduated with a master of arts degree in teaching. Laura Smith graduated with a master of arts degree in teaching. Jocelyn Thompson graduted with a master of arts degree in teaching. Elizabeth Poole graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in english. Mohammed Kashaf Chagla graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance. Jacob Cochran graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences. Randall Eyre graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences. Alexandra Fracasso graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences. Priyaliben Patel graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences. Kevin Vasquez graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history. Jayne Haley graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in hospitality and tourism management. Rebecca Knutsen graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in hospitality and tourism management. Allen Frazier graduated with a bachelor of science degree in intelligence analysis. Wyatt Floyd graduated with a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary liberal studies. Caitlin Shott graduated with a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary liberal studies. Penelope Jane Norton graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs. Lynsey Carter graduated with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. Billy Chong graduted with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. Jamie Coder graduted with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. Benjamin Hughes graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in management. Audrey Sedlacek of Alexandria graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in management. Leslie Spotswood graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in management. Amanda Jennison graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing. Kelsey Rybicki graduated with a bachelor of science degree in media arts and design. Irene Dellet graduated with a bachelor of science degree in media arts and design. Joseph Schoen graduated with a bachelor of science degree media arts and design. Ashleigh Gunderson graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Christine Ryder graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Erin Spence graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Julio Arriaza graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sociology. Joseph Naca graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sociology. Stacey Sulko graduated with a bachlor of arts degree in theatre and dance.

James Madison University has announced that the following Alexandria students graduated with honors during the May 5th commencement exercises. Margaret Amos graduated with a bachelor of music degree. Abigail Agha graduated with a bachelor of social work degree. Johanna Salas graduated with a bachelor of music degree. Amanda Beyland graduated with a bachelor of social work degree.

Anastasia C. Voellm, the daughter of Frederick and Catalina Voellm of Alexandria, was recognized as a member of “The Academy’s Own” for assisting the Admission Department. She was honored during the Randolph Macon Academy’s awards ceremony on May 14.

Andrea T. Brendalen, of Alexandria, VA has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Vermont. Brendalen is a junior Environmental Sciences major in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources.

Gettysburg College students Kelly McGrath, Cheryl Olechnowicz, and Kateryna Savchyn, all of Alexandria, were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester.

Tressa Seetin, of Alexandria, graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies and a minor in women's studies from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Seetin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Seetin of Alexandria.

The following University of Mississippi students are listed on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll for the spring 2012 semester. For the honor, a grade-point average of from 3.75 through 4.0 is required of full-time students carrying at least 12 semester hours.

Ashton Elizabeth Hellmuth of Alexandria.

Nolan Peters, of Alexandria, 9th grade, was named to the Honors List for Trimester 3 at Saint James School (MD). Parents are Mr. Theodore Peters and Mrs. Kristin Davidson.

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

Thirteen Alexandria residents graduated from Radford University at the end of the spring semester.

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/.

The Bill of Rights Institute announces that seven Northern Virginia high school students, Conrado Castro, James Harkless, Moriah Dreisbach, Neha Telhan, Lauren Ierardi, Nicholas Santoni, and Emily Yaremchuk have returned from a week spent in the nation’s capital.

This July, Castro, Harkless, Dreisbach, Telhan, Ierardi, Santoni, and Yaremchuk attended the Constitutional Academy, the nation’s premier program for high school students to study the Constitution. The scholarships were provided by the Ohrstrom Foundation.

Castro will be a senior in the fall at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, where Harkless will be a junior.

Castro, Harkless, Dreisbach, Telhan, Ierardi, Santoni, and Yaremchuk read the Founding documents and other primary source resources, and discussed the ideals of the American Founding along with contemporary issues with students from across the country and constitutional scholars in Washington, D.C.

Erin Kleiber, of Alexandria is one of more than 65 orientation leaders selected to welcome incoming freshmen to the University of Dallas before the fall semester begins. These upperclassmen will start arriving on campus as early as Aug. 21 to prepare for New Student Orientation.

Two Bishop Ireton rising seniors have been named Finalists for the 2012 Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Award. Congratulations to both Tommy Kelly of Alexandria and Camille Weber of Springfield. The PCA awards post-secondary education scholarships to dozens of high school athletes in selected geographic regions: Chicago, Eastern Massachusetts, Houston, New York City Tri-State Area, Northern California, North Texas and Washington, D.C.

Awards are based on essays by students explaining how their actions represent the ideal of the Triple-Impact Competitor®:

• Makes oneself better (Personal Mastery);

• Makes teammates better (Leadership); and

• Makes the sport better (Honoring the Game).

Winners of our $2,000 scholarships will be announced at an Oct. 11 event at Georgetown University. Visit http://www.positivecoach.org/our-programs/triple-impact-competitor-scholarships/2012-scholarship-finalists-washington-dc-area/ for more details.

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.

Bucknell University has conferred bachelor’s and master’s degrees to students who completed their graduation requirements during the summer. Degrees were awarded in July for studies in liberal arts and professional programs in engineering, education, management and music.

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

The following Virginia Military Institute cadets are among the 586 cadets who were recently named to the Deans' List for the second semester of academic year 2011-12. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a cadet must have a term grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Ryan F. Schaedel - A recent graduate from Alexandria, VA. 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 held May 11 in Lane Stadium. Approximately 5,000 bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. candidates along with their families and friends attended the on-campus ceremony presided by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. First lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, addressed Virginia Tech’s Class of 2012 during University Commencement exercises.

Madeleine Byrnes

25 West Myrtle St

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

Austin Gage

107 W Nelson Ave

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

Christopher Boucher

1123 Bayliss Dr

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

Liesel Benjamin

268 Stevenson Sq South

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

Nagina Bhatti

5361 Taney Avenue #201

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

Robert Smith

900 N Howard St

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

Selome Assefa

5422 Bradford Court Apt 243

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

Florence Graham

4616 Latrobe Place

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

Vamseedhar Gunduboina

5443 Sheffield Ct No 213

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

Elizabeth Luby

312 1 2 N Henry St

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

Rachel Montoni

223 North Royal Street

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

Gail Carter

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.”

ACPS School Nutrition Services (SNS) seeks new members for its advisory group, a collection of Alexandrians who meet at least twice each year. The advisory group provides SNS with feedback about school food services and activities and helps spread the word about SNS missions and objectives. In addition, parents who belong to the advisory group often provide contacts to community resources, such as chefs who can conduct demonstrations at ACPS. The advisory group is also instrumental when it comes to special SNS-related programs, such as Farm2School Week held each November, Strawberries and Salad Greens Day in May and National Nutrition month in March. Are you interested in serving? Email food@acps.k12.va.us

The Hammerheads Afterschool Club will hold its first meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 in the George Washington Middle School Campus Technology Room (C200/C202) from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. In partnership with The Alexandria Seaport Foundation, the club will meet each Thursday after school and help students learn basic carpentry skills and related math skills through the fun of building items such as model boats, skateboards and guitar boxes. Late buses are available to get students home. Email kyle.godfrey@acps.k12.va.us for more information and view the flyer for the program here:

http://acps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/Alexandria/upload/0/80.pdf.

Cara Donley, daughter of Kerry and Eva Donley, graduated from Indiana University in June. While at Indiana, Cara was a member of the Women's Rowing Team and served as captain her Junior and Senior years. She was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She was named Most Dedicated Athlete in 2010, won IU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and was named 2nd Team All-Big Ten in 2012. She was a 2008 graduate of T. C. Williams.

Michaela Reilly Balderston of Alexandria, a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, earned Dean's Award for academic excellence at Colgate University. To be eligible for the award, a student must achieve a 3.30 or higher average while enrolled in four courses. Balderston concentrated in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization.