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Arlington School Notes April 24

The Arlington School Board is currently looking for individuals to serve on three advisory councils: the budget advisory council, the advisory council on instruction and the advisory council on school facilities and capital programs. The board anticipates filling a number of vacancies on both councils for the 2013-14 school year. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 10. Applications are available by calling the School Board office at 703-228-6015. For additional volunteer opportunities in the Arlington Public Schools, visit www.apsva.us/volunteer.

Nikole Snyder graduated from the University of New Haven with a masters in national security and public safety.

The following students at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Mark P. Mainardi is a junior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering. Valerie A. McDonald is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science. Matthew S. McDonnell is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business. Devin J. O'Conor is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Daniel J. Owen is a freshman majoring in university studies. Claire R. Pakenham is a freshman majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech. Roy B. Powell is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business. Sarah I. Russo is a freshman majoring in fine arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Ian B. Smith is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Victor L. Weiss is a sophomore majoring in university studies. John T. Beckman is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business. Michael J. Binkley is a senior majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering. Corbin C. Bird is a freshman majoring in psychology in the College of Science. James T. Boisture is a senior majoring in economics, business in the Pamplin College of Business. Catherine G. Boryan is a freshman majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

The following students at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Kaley J. Burlingame is a freshman majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business. Eric B. Carver is a junior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering. Alejandra M. Espinoza is a sophomore majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Anthony A. Flickner is a junior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business. Nicholas J. Friedman is a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business. Maxie G. Keeler is a senior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Alina M. Kramer is a freshman majoring in mathematics in the College of Science.

The following students at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: James A. Leyden is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. Victoria E. Mellin is a junior majoring in Animal and poultry sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Raleigh K. Mills is a freshman majoring in university studies. Madeleine F. Richhart is a freshman majoring in university studies. Ethan B. Roberts is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business. William T. Ryan is a junior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science. John R. Seidman is a freshman majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Olivia J. Shipley is a junior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Thomas W. Yu is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering. Erica L. Wiles is a junior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business. Katherine M. Seymour is a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

Young scientists from the area had a chance to showcase their projects during the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineer Fair. This year’s winners, which include students from Arlington Public Schools middle and high schools, were announced on March 3.

  • Best in Fair Grand Prize – (Students in this category will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, May 12-17.) Julian Thomassie and Henry Love – Yorktown High School. Biruktawit Assefa – H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.

  • Alternate Awardee -Margaret Doyle – Yorktown High School.

  • Best in Fair – (Grades 7 and 8) Elizabeth Moar – Kenmore Middle School.

Virginia State Science Fair – Regional finalists placed first at the regional level and were recommended by the judges to attend the State Science Fair (Regional finalists will compete on April 5-6 at Virginia Military Institute)

  • Washington-Lee High School: James Rigassio, Meredith Loper, Nathaniel Grevatt, Ariel Bobbett, Kanika Hav, Dakota Wenberg, Marisa Shotwell, and Mishu Barua

*Yorktown High School: Kelley Mark, Jeremy Nussbaum, Julian Thomassie and Henry Love, John Hawley, Ellie McDonald and Sophie Frank, David Dolaher, Samantha Pitcher, and Margaret Doyle

  • H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program: Biruktawit Assefa

Broadcom Masters – The Broadcom Masters is a national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for students in grades 6-8. (Students will compete online against other students across the U.S.)

  • Alice Bell – Jefferson Middle School

  • Reece Preisser and Zachary Rosenthal – Williamsburg Middle School

  • Clayton Reppert – Gunston Middle School

  • Elizabeth Moar – Kenmore Middle School

  • Ricardo Mestre – Gunston Middle School

  • Bilguuzaga Battogtohk – Kenmore Middle School

  • Johanna Klein – Jefferson Middle School

Victoria Krieger and Andrew Mitchell were named to the dean’s list at Salisbury University.

The following students were named to the dean’s list at Geneva College: Taylor Kelly is a junior communication disorders major. Jason Conner is a sophomore Christian ministries major.

Marymount University has been named to the 2013 president’s higher education community service honor roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the University’s fifth consecutive year on the honor roll.

In academic year 2011-12, more than 1,500 students gave over 21,000 hours of service. In addition, faculty and students in the physical therapy and health sciences programs worked with the Arlington County School System to develop recess and nutrition programs to help address the causes of childhood obesity. Marymount’s athletic teams also worked with Arlington youth on developing skills and love of sports.

Kenmore Middle School eighth grader Delaney Myers won the Intermediate Category of the Virginia Division of the 2013 International Aviation Art Contest. The theme for this year’s competition was “My Favorite Air Sport.” Myers’s painting features a young boy and girl watching aerobatics.

The following students have been named to Randolph-Macon Academy's honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2012-13 school year: Thomas Kim, the son of Richard and Un Hui Kim of Arlington, was named to the dean's list. He is a junior at Randolph-Macon. Jessica Neupane, the daughter of Ram and Goma Neupane of Arlington, was named to the president's list. She is a sophomore at Randolph-Macon.

More than 300 JMU students embarked on 30 spring break trips around the country and world. Students spent the week living simply, focused on service in their destination community but also on teamwork and reflection within their group. The following students participated in alternative spring break: Ana Pinto, Victoria Corapi, Hannah Dannenfelser, Marie-Michele Freedman and Erin Connors.

Kenmore Middle School sixth grader Inmar Castillo-Hernandez received the AAA National Lifesaving Medal. Castillo-Hernandez is one of eight students nationally to receive the award. Castillo-Hernandez was nominated for his actions as a fifth grade safety patrol at Carlin Springs Elementary School. He patrolled the bus loop at Carlin Springs where on June 12, he pulled a Pre-K student out of harm’s way during dismissal. As a teacher was leading a line of students to the bus, one child broke free from the line and started running toward the bus lane. Castillo-Hernandez stopped the child and pulled her back onto the sidewalk, preventing her from entering the lane where a bus was moving forward. The three teachers who witnessed the act stated that if Castillo-Hernandez had not reacted as quickly as he did, the child would have been seriously injured. He will be recognized along with three other recipients from the Washington, D.C. region at an Orioles Baseball game on April 6. The awards ceremony will take place on May 30 at the AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Foundation for Safety & Education annual Outstanding Safety Patrol luncheon in Baltimore.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced that 15 APS students have received recognition in the National Scholastics Art Competition.

Gold Medal:

Wakefield High School junior Emily Hambridge: Stripped (Mixed Media)

Yorktown High School junior Lincoln Matta: Exhaustion (Drawing)

Wakefield High School junior Mohammed Rahman: My Possessions (Drawing)

Yorktown High School senior Bri Sandoval: Super Nova (Drawing) & Transhumanism (Drawing) (2 awards)

H-B Woodlawn senior Helen Westergren: Paper Construction (Fashion)

Silver Medal:

Washington Lee High School senior Margaret Barry: Girl Considers Skull (Painting)

Wakefield High School junior Tess Canino: 2013 Dinosaur Calendar (Design)

Yorktown High School junior Griselda de leon: Bullied (Ceramics & Glass)

Yorktown High School senior Zana Gankhuyag: Phantom (Printmaking)

Yorktown High School junior Maddie Harple: Fractured (Ceramics & Glass)

H-B Woodlawn eighth grader Brian Mctyre: Crack Of Light (Photography)

Wakefield High School junior Marina Ralph: Gently Down The Stream (Photography)

Washington Lee High School junior Natalia Rodas-Calderon: Old Man (Painting)

American Vision Medal:

Wakefield High School senior Rossnelly Salazar: Third Wheel (Drawing)

Arlington Career Center students won 80 medals at regional SkillsUSA competitions. The students will move on to compete at the Virginia SkillsUSA competition on April 20 in Roanoke.

Culinary Arts District Competition – Jan. 26

Culinary Arts Gold – Dameyon Dalante

Culinary Arts Bronze – Salina Ogbe

Food Preparation Assistant Gold – Patrick Dassira

Food Preparation Assistant Silver – John Hoye

SkillsUSA District Competition – Jan. 29

Job Interview Gold – Aisha Farooq and Darby Grover

Job Interview Silver – Kalyn McNulty

Auto Maintenance Gold – Aaron Herrera

Auto Maintenance Silver – Frank Painter III

Automotive Service Technology Bronze – Cristian Gudiel

Photography Gold – Ai Van Thi

Photography Silver – Dakota Crawford and Jimmy Adams

Photography Bronze – John Pagan and Eric Michael Berthold

Commercial Baking Silver – Sylvia Ali

Nail Care Technology Gold – Charlotte Hepler

Broadcast News SkillsUSA District Competition – Feb. 9

Radio Communications Pre-produced Gold – McKenzie Nelson, Charles Phillips, Manny Vasquez, Hugh Vasquez, Andrew Wagner, Joey Cimento, Jeremy Cannon and Crosby Sensibaugh

Television (Video) Production Gold – Jeremy Cannon, Evan Horowitz, David Aronson, Crosby Sensibaugh, Peter Brown and Maryam Oukib

Television (Video) Production Silver – Emily Bennett and Fred Wolf

Television Broadcast News Gold – Jeremy Cannon, Sarah Grabman, Darby Grover, Evan Horowitz, Julia Harris, Maryam Oukib, Jasmine Robinson, Peter Brown, Joey Cimento, Kyle Lusby, Karin Rojas-Grajeda and Fred Wolf

Television Production Cut Only Gold – Jeremy Cannon, Crosby Sensibaugh, Evan Horowitz, Brian Kaplan, Sarah Grabman, Jasmine Robinson, Austin Harple, Julia Harris, Emily Bennett, Maryam Oukib and Peter Brown

Television Production Cut Only Bronze – Jonathan Veizaga, Kelvin Bonilla Clavijo, Michael Ali, Karin Rojas-Grajeda, and Patrick Rath

Television Production Special Effects Gold – Jeremy Cannon, Evan Horowitz, McKenzie Nelson, David Aronson and Sarah Grabman

Television Production Special Effects Silver – Ivan Kurilla, Sandra Medrano and Darby Grover

Television Production Special Effects Bronze – Hugh Vasquez and Manuel Vasquez

3-D Animation Gold – Enkh-Amar Tserendorj, Jordan Lymus, Jeremy Crawford and Austin Tyras-Reed

Ad Design Gold – Linda Hernandez, Yanina Saavedra, Kevyn McNew, Juan Pablo Lozan and Ochirnyam Baasandorj

The following students were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Claudia Sara Landazabal and Shelby Leigh Tarkenton.

Wakefield High School junior Madeline Brophy, Teen Parenting Program senior Karla Vasquez and Washington-Lee High School senior Henry Conklin participated in Poetry Out Loud’s Virginia Region 4A competition at Signature Theatre on Feb. 22. The students won their school-level competitions in December. Conklin won the regional competition and represented APS at the state competition in Richmond on March 14. He was eliminated in the third round.

Elizabeth Wahle of Arlington, a member of the class of 2016 at Providence College, recently spent a week working with Habitat for Humanity as part of the College's Alternative Spring Break 2013 program. More than 230 Providence College students participated through the Habitat campus chapter at Providence College. Wahle worked on a home project in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ashley Fredericks, Mary Harford and Kathleen McLean have been named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at Eckerd College.

Nathan Hughes, a first-year student majoring in mechanical engineering, has been named a Charles O. Thompson Scholar at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university's fall commencement ceremony held Dec. 21, 2012, in Cassell Coliseum.: Emmanuel Deleon received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the College of Science. David Keegan received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering. Martin Monnard received a bachelor of science degree in business in hospitality and tourism management from the Pamplin College of Business. Laura Gutierrez received a bachelor of arts degree in international studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Aurora Martin received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in chemistry from the College of Science. Egziael Buzuayehu received a bachelor of science in civil engineering degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering. Michael Binkley received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering. Ryan Buescher received a bachelor of science cum laude degree in economics from the Pamplin College of Business. Elizabeth Daly received a bachelor of science degree in hospitality and tourism management from the Pamplin College of Business.

Jessica Neupane, the daughter of Ram and Goma Neupane, participated in the 37th Annual Military School Band Festival on Feb. 22-24. She played the flute in the band. She is a sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy.

Washington-Lee High School senior Luisa Banchoff and Yorktown High School junior Olivia Stavrou both received Scholastic Writing Awards. Banchoff has earned a gold medal for her senior portfolio for the second year in a row. Only fifteen students in the country received this honor, which comes with a $10,000 scholarship. Additionally, Stavrou received a silver medal for dramatic script.

The following students have been named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art and Design: Kimberly Davies, Mary Hudgins, May Li Lynch and Aubrey Metcalfe

On Sunday, March 24, Hampden-Sydney College senior Zachary James Madison was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college men and women. Zach serves as a Resident Advisor, played shortstop/second base on the varsity baseball team his first three years at H-SC, and was named to the All-ODAC Academic Baseball Team each of those years. He is a member of the Big Brother Program, the honor society Sigma Tau Delta (English) and the social fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. An English major, he is a graduate of Yorktown High School and is the son of George and Carol Madison.

Jeffrey Culver is the recipient of a 2013 Rochester Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award.

Culver, who graduated from RIT in 1982 with a degree in criminal justice, is the director of corporate security for the World Bank, where he is responsible for the safety and security of the bank's operations and personnel in Washington, D.C., and in 128 country and regional offices around the world. Prior to that, he spent 24 years working for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

David Cooper, Julia Fairweather, Thomas Newman and Jenny Chan were named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dana Warnecke and Justin Guastaferro earned a spot on an honors list at Purdue University.

Joseph Molinaro recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Molinaro earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in industrial design.

Corey D. Grant is a recipient of the National Achievement Scholarship, worth $2,500. Corey is a student at Wakefield High School and interested in computer engineering.

Kathleen McLean, a member of the class of 2015 at Eckerd College, was one of thirty sophomores to be named a Peter Pav Freshman Scholar by Eckerd's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Zeta of Florida. McLean is pursuing a degree in international relations and global affairs.

Emil Christensen presented research at the Colonial Academic Alliance Conference at the University of Delaware. Christensen, a junior physics major at James Madison University, presented on “Understanding Supermassive Black Hole Accretion Through H2O Nega-Maser Statistics.”

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Wakefield High School senior Corey Grant was named a National Achievement Scholarship winner. Grant will receive a $2,500 scholarship underwritten by NMSC.

Katie Svoboda, a 6th grade student at Saint Ann Catholic School was one of 600 students to enter the KidsPost Poetry Competition. Her poem, “The Journey for Toast” was selected as one of 10 to be published in the April 21st issue of the KidsPost section of the Washington Post.

Oyudari Baatartsogt, a student at Northern Virginia Community College, has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. She will graduate summa cum laude from NOVA in May 2013 with an associate of arts degree in psychology. A native of Mongolia, Baatartsogt came to the United States in 2008 to complete her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Mechanicsville, Va. She enrolled at NOVA in 2010 to study psychology – an area of interest she plans to continue to pursue at both the bachelor and master’s level. Baatartsgot, an honors student, has not selected a college to attend yet. She is waiting to hear back from Stanford University, Cornell University and Georgetown University. While at NOVA, Baatartsogt was involved with various activities, including the Student Government Association and the International Club. She was also a tutor at the Alexandria Campus’ Academic Center for Excellence.

The following local students recently were initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi: Anne Buckalew, David Elliot, Lori O'Neill, Jessica Rimer, Patricia Happ and Kathrine Kirstein.

Arlington Public Schools has been awarded the Bronze Level of Distinction for excellent performance in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge. APS will receive a $16,000 monetary award that will be split among 32 schools so that they can continue to serve healthy meals. Each APS school will receive a plaque signed by a USDA official and a banner to display in their school.

Yorktown High School sophomore Margaret Doyle was awarded first place in the animal science category at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair earlier this month. Doyle was also awarded a second place society award from the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Statistics Club.

In addition, Washington-Lee High School junior Mishu Barua and freshman Marisa Shotwell were both recognized as science talent award winners by the Virginia Dental Association at the fair. Yorktown High School students Henry Love and Julian Thomassie received the U.S. Army Award in engineering, environmental science, earth science, math, computer science, physical sciences, and the life sciences, engineering.