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Twenty Fairfax County Public Schools students have received 21 national medals for their entries in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Silver Award winners are: Wake Coulter of West Potomac High School, digital art for art portfolio, with distinction. Jordan Klager of Mount Vernon High School, photography for art portfolio, with distinction.

Emma Wilson, of Alexandria, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi ā€” the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wilson is pursuing a degree in communication disorders at Longwood University.

Lauren Elizabeth Pool graduated from Miami University with a master of arts in teaching degree.

Sarahselica Miura has been named to the dean's list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the Fall 2012 semester.