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The following Washington and Lee students have earned dean's list status for the recently ended fall 2012 term: Tyler Gehrs, a member of the class of 2013; Caleb Russell, a member of the class of 2014; Caroline Schmidt, a member of the class of 2013 and Russell Schmidt, a member of the class of 2016.

Quintas McCorkle received a bachelor of science degree in communication: public relations from Clarion University.

The following James Madison University students have been named to the president's list for the fall 2012 semester: Devan Maddox is a senior whose major is English. Celia McNabb is a senior whose major is history. Kristen Fannon is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies. Grace Jeon is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies. Caitrin Rhoads is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies. David Winters is a senior whose major is international affairs. James Dressing is a senior whose major is management. Marisa Seitz is a senior whose major is media arts and design. Brandon Eskridge is a senior whose major is physics. Nikita Vahabzadeh is a senior whose major is political science. Amanda Devoto is a senior whose major is psychology. Aneta Nikolic is a senior whose major is psychology. Julia Fiorio is a senior whose major is public policy and administration. Anna Davis is a senior whose major is social work. Angela Nichols is a junior whose major is studio art. Evan Grice is a senior whose major is writing, rhetoric and technical communications.

The following Alexandria residents graduated from James Madison University on Dec. 15: Belinda Gorman graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. Gregory Wahler graduated with a bachelor of science degree in communication studies. Matthew Heislup graduated with a bachelor of science degree in communication studies. Henri Van Goethem graduated with a master of science degree in computer science information security. Katherine Ward graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Paul Disselkoen graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Eleanor Sarkodie graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences. Gezmaan Abdullahi graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs. Nicholas Weber graduated with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. Kirsty Clark graduated with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. James Dressing graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in management. Michael Curtis graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in management.

Amanda Cain and John McMurray were among more than 1900 students from Wake Forest University who made the dean's list.

More than 50 students from 10 culinary arts programs from Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria City Public Schools competed in the District 5 Skills USA Culinary Arts Competition held on Jan. 26 at T.C. Williams High School. Two T.C. Williams High School students earned gold medals in the competition: Ruth Yared received a gold medal in the Commercial Baking category, and Dean Martin earned a gold medal in the Food Preparation Assistant category. Yared and Martin will represent the school at the state competition on April 19 and 20 in Roanoke. Other students who received honors at the district event include Henry Anderson, silver in Culinary Arts; William Crowell-Mackie, silver in Food Preparation Assistant; Briana Harvey, bronze in Commercial Baking; and Bruce Cortez, bronze in Culinary Arts.

Melonie Wright of Alexandria made the dean's list at The University of Akron for the fall semester. Wright is majoring in political science.

The following Virginia Military Institute cadets were recently named to the dean’s list:

Lucille B. Stratton is majoring in international studies. Cadet Stratton's parent is James E. Stratton.

Kenia R. Hurtado is majoring in international studies. Cadet Hurtado's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Antonio L. Hurtado.

Ray D. Montolin is majoring in international studies. Cadet Montolin's parent is Lydia G. Padilla.

Nicholas S. Mathis a sophomore is majoring in international studies and modern languages and cultures. Cadet Mathis's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Mathis.

David M. Souliotis a sophomore is majoring in history. Cadet Souliotis's parent is MaryCatherine Cavanaugh.

Lawrence J. Lincoln III a freshman is majoring in civil engineering. Cadet Lincoln's parent is Lawrence J. Lincoln II.

Patrick K. Piedad a freshman is majoring in physics. Cadet Piedad's parent is Maria A. Madrigal.

The following James Madison University students have been named to the dean's list:

Marian Ansley is a senior whose major is art history.

Jordan Barber is a junior whose major is media arts and design.

Emily Belkoski is a senior whose major is nursing.

Matthew Bowman is a senior whose major is computer information systems.

Meredith Carothers is a freshman whose major is kinesiology.

Morgan Carter is a junior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.

Nicholas Cheek is a senior whose major is English.

Courtney Chesley is a junior whose major is communication sciences and disorders.

Kimberly Collins is a senior whose major is social work.

Danielle Comer is a sophomore whose major is theatre and dance.

Katrina Daiga is a senior whose major is communications studies.

Stacey Diapoulis is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.

Anthony Dwyer is a senior whose major is computer science.

Kathryn Fehrenbach is a sophomore whose major is international affairs.

Samantha Foster is a sophomore whose major is justice studies.

Victoria Foster is a senior whose major is English.

Megan Gibbs is a senior whose major is social work.

Karl Grabbi is a sophomore whose major is finance.

Joan Hadeed is a junior whose major is accounting.

Matthew Harper is a sophomore whose major is music.

Laura Hart is a freshman whose major is accounting.

Michelle Heard is a senior whose major is communications studies.

Michael Higgins is a sophomore whose major is accounting.

Julie Hirschhorn is a sophomore whose major is communications studies.

Christopher Hook is a junior whose major is political science.

Shahana Islam is a senior whose major is hospitality and tourism management.

Bryan Jacobs is a senior whose major is history.

Jennifer Jewell is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.

Danielle Johnson is a junior whose major is anthropology.

Erika Jones is a senior whose major is health sciences.

Rebecca Keegan is a senior whose major is psychology.

Samantha Kempter is a junior whose major is communications studies.

John Knetemann is a senior whose major is philosophy and religion.

Rosemary Langowski is a senior whose major is political science.

Eldar Loncarevic is a senior whose major is history.

Christine Macey is a freshman whose major is nursing.

Ashley McMillan is a freshman whose major is hospitality management.

Julia Pei is a senior whose major is sociology.

Sarah Pogue is a senior whose major is kinesiology.

Emily Rapavi is a senior whose major is communication sciences and disorders.

Gabrielle Richichi is a sophomore whose major is modern foreign languages.

Marisa Righi is a freshman whose major is marketing.

Stephanie Salvatore is a senior whose major is health sciences.

Dorothy Shufflebarger is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.

Savannah Smith is a sophomore whose major is intelligence analysis.

Colleen Taylor is a senior whose major is public policy and administration.

Tara Tinsley is a sophomore whose major is kinesiology.

Ian Vinson is a freshman whose major is media arts and design.

Katherine Ward is a senior whose major is English.

Joshua Werner is a senior whose major is integrated science and technology.

James Hill was named to the honor roll at the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

Matthew D. Coda, junior business major, received highly distinguished honors from the College of Charleston. Coda is the son of Karen Coda and graduated from T.C. Williams High School.

Vincent Kiernan graduated from Kansas state with a master of science degree in adult, occupational and continuing education.

The following area students were named to the dean's list at The University of Mary Washington: Jessica Bittner, a sophomore; Dafna Bliss, a junior; Cindy Chavez, a senior; Elizabeth Green, a junior; Margaret Johnston, a freshman; and Marie-Claire Mandolia, a senior

Sarah F. Sapirstein has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Vermont. Sapirstein is a first-year undeclared major in the college of arts and sciences.

Ellen Livingston has been selected to play the housekeeper for the University of Mary Washington's production of "Harvey." Livingston is the daughter of Debra and David Livingston and a 2012 graduate of Alexandria Friends School.

The following students graduated with a master of arts degree from University of Oklahoma Norman campus: Robert Wigdorski Jr., Andrew Stephens and Andrew Simpson.

Paul Fiesel, a University of Dallas student, recently returned from spending the 2012 fall semester studying abroad at the University of Dallas' 12-acre Eugene Constantin Campus just outside Rome, Italy.

Lauren Kirkland class of 2015 has been named to the dean's list at Elmira College. Lauren is majoring in Psychology.

Twenty-six residents of Alexandria have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Radford University. They are Kestra Noel Aardema, freshman art major; Kennise J. Baker, freshman social work major; Emily Sohyoung Besse, senior media studies and marketing major; Meghan Elizabeth Bevenour, freshman interior design major; Victor Alexander Brew, freshman pre-business major; Alexander Gabriel Bring, sophomore management major; Matthew Glen Collins, sophomore music major; Julie Gosline, junior interdisciplinary studies major; Deirdre Elizabeth Hyde, senior history major; Aleze Sinclair Johnson-Knight, freshman premajor; Kristin Ashley Kayes, senior political science major; Sophie Claire Knudsen, sophomore chemistry major; and Johathan Lee Krashevski, junior management major. Also Kelsay Jean Lawhead, junior interdisciplinary studies major; Samuel Robert Ludovici, freshman political science major; Jacqueline Manu, junior sociology and psychology major; Linnea Christine Markson, junior interdisciplinary studies major Joshua Bradley Mazon, senior psychology major; Tenbit Melesse, junior interdisciplinary studies major; Daniel Robert O’Keefe, sophomore media studies major; Jamal U. Roberson, freshman psychology major; Habtamu Bainesagn Sahilu, senior computer science and technology major; Evan Kwon-Lee Scott, junior exercise, sport and health education major; Emerson Gabriel Souza, senior psychology major; Bridgette D. Wanzer- McCoy, senior interdisciplinary studies major; and Anne Marie Warren, junior interdisciplinary studies major.

Ahmed Alzahrani recently received a master of business administration degree in management from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., during its 141st commencement ceremonies.

Daniel Paul Baylog was named to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln deans' list/honor roll for the fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year. Baylog is a senior computer science major.

Julia Larsen, class of 2014 at Connecticut College, has been named to the dean's high honors list.

Nathaniel Chester, class of 2013 at Connecticut College, has been named to the dean's honors list.

Anna Wissler has been named to the 2012 fall semester dean's list at Lafayette College.

Shai West was named to Bowie State University's dean's list for outstanding academic accomplishments in the fall 2012 semester. West is a freshman majoring in elementary education.

Hannah Tubb graduated from Grove City College on Dec. 18, 2012. Hannah earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Hannah is a 2007 graduate of Annandale High School and is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Tubb (Kathryn) from Alexandria.

Stacey L. Joyner is the new Coordinator of Citywide Early Childhood Programs for Alexandria City Public Schools. Joyner, who most recently served as program associate at Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, Texas, possesses a wealth of education-related experience at school, district, state, regional and national levels. Her areas of expertise include beginning reading and writing instruction for culturally diverse, at-promise and English Language Learning students; teacher and parent training in at-promise schools in the nation's fifth largest school district; and coordination of reading standards, assessment and instructional support at the state level.

Jacqueline Beckwith and Cheryl Olechnowicz have been named to the dean's honor list at Gettysburg College.

Kendall Akey has been placed on the dean’s commendation list at Gettysburg College for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2012 semester.

The Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy Animal Crusaders raised $1,000 for the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter through a raffle and two bake/book sales held over the Presidents’ Day weekend and George Washington’s Birthday Parade. The money will help the humans at the shelter make life better for the animals who are waiting for their forever homes.

The following residents earned dean's list honors at Saint Joseph's University: Heather J Olson is majoring in elementary/special education; Hannah C Lynn is majoring in marketing; and Margaret R Covert is majoring in undeclared humanities.

T.C. Williams High School E-flat clarinet player Alex Wolz made the All-Virginia Concert Band. He will represent the school at the All-Virginia Band and Orchestra Event in Harrisonburg, April 4-6. Garrett Youmans qualified as the alternate for the All-Virginia Concert Band.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Sarah H. Phippen is a freshman majoring in economics, business in the Pamplin College of Business. Colin B. Stamper is a freshman majoring in university studies. Rachel A. Gartlan is a senior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Anna R. Cala is a senior majoring in food science and technology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Samuel J. Ferrara is a sophomore majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering. Andrew K. Kicinski is a junior majoring in mathematics in the College of Science. Carmen C. Lodato is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Whui Su Shim is a junior majoring in materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering. Sarah E. Tianti is a senior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Renee C. Von Guggenberg is a junior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science. Shauna M. Erickson is a sophomore majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business. John D. McAlister is a freshman majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Amy S. Ackerman is a freshman majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Eileen Cheng is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Kelley A. Cumpton is a senior majoring in marketing management in the Pamplin College of Business. Catherine A. Doulis is a freshman majoring in university studies. Olivia N. Foroughi is a sophomore majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Conor P. Goree is a senior majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering. Marin A. Nolan is a sophomore majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Molly E. Vaughan is a sophomore majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Elizabeth V. Schwartz is a sophomore majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Brady S. Corum is a freshman majoring in university studies. Nicholas W. Galdos is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business. Edward B. Harmon is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Farhan M. Hasan is a senior majoring in materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering. Elliott T. Jernigan is a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Gonzalo S. Mallea is a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business. Kathleen A. O'Connor is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Michael C. Pourchot is a freshman majoring in mathematics in the College of Science. Zoe E. Riviere is a freshman majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Teresa-Camthao D. Dang is a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Sarajin Ali is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. Alexander W. Cheng is a junior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Kevin H. Corcoran is a sophomore majoring in materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering. Sarah E. Curzon is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science. Kathleen H. Driscoll is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Anna M. Gehring is a sophomore majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Gabrielle N. Gonzalez is a freshman majoring in environmental policy and planning in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Mark C. Micklem is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business. Ian S. Philips is a junior majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Alexander H. Simon is a senior majoring in biological systems engineering in the College of Engineering. Joseph F. Taylor is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Annmarie J. Wood is a freshman majoring in interior design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Elizabeth A. Bahret is a freshman majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Lindsey M. Baumann is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Julianne D. Bigler is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Molly A. Bowdring is a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Reed H. Bryant is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Samantha L. Cooper is a senior majoring in food science and technology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Christina L. Devine is a senior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering. Kelsey M. Dressing is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Arthur H. Genuario is a senior majoring in building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Alexander C. Gheesling is a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Philip A. Helm is a junior majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Casey P. Jenkins is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Dylan M. Keightley is a freshman majoring in university studies. Saskia R. Kroesen is a sophomore majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Douglas P. Magill is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Corinne C. Mayer is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science. Kelly D. McFarland is a junior majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Madalena R. McNeil is a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Owen T. Nugent is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Kelley M. O'Leary is a senior majoring in interior design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Catherine B. Royka is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Laina N. Schneider is a junior majoring in crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Kelly E. Wood is a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Christopher A. Caldwell is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering. Hilmi D. Entabi is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. Adam D. Frank is a senior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Travis E. Frank is a senior majoring in landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Sonia Garakyaraghi is a freshman majoring in university studies. Alan A. Gomez is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering. Juan G. Montolin is a senior majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

Douglas MacArthur Elementary School has been named a Great Drink Pouch Derby winner by the New Jersey-based company Terracycle. Each day, MacArthur students recycle their drink pouches at school and send the pouches to Terracycle. Recently, MacArthur received a check for more than $1,700. During December, MacArthur sent in more pouches than any other location in Virginia and won the Terracycle Great Drink Pouch Derby for that month. The school was rewarded with bonus points to its account and now is in the running for a chance to be crowned the Great Drink Pouch Derby National Winner, worth 50,000 bonus points.

Meghan Palmer, a member of the class of 2013 has been named to the fall 2012 dean's list at Loyola University Maryland.

The following local residents graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall 2012 quarter: Hampton McNeil earned a master of business administration degree in business administration online from RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business. Aaron Thomas earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in professional photographic illustration from RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Villanova University named the following students to the Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester: Meghan Furey is pursuing a bachelor's degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Aaron Jumani is studying accountancy and information systems in the Villanova School of Business. Maria Bowman is studying communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nolan Ahern is studying economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ariana Meltzer-Bruhn is studying global interdisciplinary studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Colleen Lineweaver is studying political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Alexandra Lee Butler, a senior at Clemson University, is spending the Spring semester studying in Bilbao, Spain. Butler is a management major at Clemson.

Paul Fiesel, a senior history major has been named to the University of Dallas dean's list for the fall 2012 semester.

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: Lillian Addy, Bryan Jacobs and Wyatt Floyd.

Anastasia C. Voellm, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Voellm of Alexandria, has been named to Randolph-Macon Academy's dean's list for the second quarter of the 2012-13 school year. Anastasia is a senior.

Bands from the George Washington and Francis C. Hammond middle school campuses performed for their District Assessments March 9-10 with great results. The Hammond Captains, the concert band playing Grade 2 music under the direction of David Frye, earned straight 1s across the board, from all three stage judges and the sight-reading judge. The Hammond Admirals, the symphonic band playing Grade 3 music under the direction of Vaughan Ambrose, earned a score of 2 (Excellent) over all. Two stage judges rated the group 2 and the third rated them 3 (Good). They earned a 2 from the sight-reading judge, for an overall rating of 2. The George Washington Symphonic Band, the only middle school band in District X to play all Grade 4 music, under the direction of Rick Seracino, earned straight 1s across the board, from all three judges on stage and the sight-reading judge.

The following students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Diana Leigh Goeller is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences. Kelsey Morgan Irvin is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences.

Emma Wilson was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi - 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.

Shaun Holloway has been named to Eckerd College's dean's list for the fall 2012 semester. Shaun is majoring in philosophy.

The following students graduated from Virginia Tech during the commencement ceremony in December: Jeremiah Stamper received a bachelor of science degree in management from the Pamplin College of Business. Christopher Martyres received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the College of Engineering. David Hawkins received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering. Samuel Tewolde received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering. Eric Hayth received a bachelor of science business information technology from the Pamplin College of Business. Nicholas Wasilewski received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the College of Engineering. Carolyn Bea received a bachelor of science degree in hospitality and tourism management from the Pamplin College of Business. Christopher Caldwell received a bachelor of science degree magna cum laude in computer science from the College of Engineering. Brittany Polson received a bachelor of science degree in hospitality and tourism management from the Pamplin College of Business. Emily Rowe received a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Pamplin College of Business. Richard Snelling received a bachelor of science degree in management from the Pamplin College of Business. Judith Wahyudi received a bachelor of science degree in business information technology from the Pamplin College of Business. William Mirone received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Tommy Cheung, a first-year student in RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean's list for the Winter 2013 quarter.

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

Patrick Slack earned academic honors for the fall 2012 semester at Purdue University.

Daniel Deiter earned a master of science in education degree from Purdue University.

John Adams Elementary School Fourth-Grader Jacob Rosario, is currently ranked No. 1 among all fourth-graders in Virginia as well as No. 1 across all grade levels in ACPS in the First in Math Online Program. First in Math is a national curriculum supplement used by ACPS to provide students the fundamental math skills they need to achieve their academic goals

Alexandria City Public Schools announces the selection of Kathleen Fitzpatrick, an art teacher at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home School as a 2013 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award recipient. Fitzpatrick has been a teacher for nine years and has been with ACPS since 2003. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She first joined ACPS as an art teacher at William Ramsay Elementary School before a two-year stint at the American International School in Cairo, Egypt.

She started teaching at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center in 2006 and has developed an art curriculum and an innovative afterschool program fusing art, meditation and yoga to help students channel their energies in a positive manner. Given the nature of the Detention Home School, Fitzpatrick’s teaching methods and positive engagement with students prompted her nomination to the award with cheerful letters of support from students and colleagues.

The pAgnes Meyer Award is presented annually to one teacher from each Washington, D.C., metropolitan area school district. The teaching award is designed to highlight excellence in teaching, encourage creative instruction and contribute to the improvement of D.C.-area education. Each winner will receive a $3,000 prize at a ceremony in May.

Anastasia C. Voellm, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Voellm of Alexandria, has received the Most Valuable Player Award for the Randolph-Macon Academy varsity girls' basketball team. She was also named to the 1st Team, Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) All-Conference. Anastasia is a senior at Randolph-Macon Academy.

Morgan R. Cheatham is a recipient of the National Achievement Scholarship, worth $2,500. Morgan is a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and is interested in the field of anesthesiology.

Yonathan Dawit is a recipient of the National Achievement Scholarship, worth $2,500. Yonathan is a student at Washington International School in Washington, D.C., and is interested in the field of medicine.

Samantha R. Williams is a recipient of the National Achievement Scholarship, worth $2,500. Samantha is a student at T.C. Williams High School and is interested in the field of music.

Byron Brown, a social studies teacher at Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home School, has been selected from group of teacher applicants from across the country in a national competition to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Award. Brown will receive a $3,300 stipend for studying “The Abolitionist Movement: Fighting Slavery and Racial Injustice from the American Revolution to the Civil War,” a summer seminar for school teachers sponsored by the NEH and hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia. This year’s seminar will be held at the Library Company from June 30 through July 26. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800.

Queen Martin has been initiated into the Laurel Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national honor society in leadership at Mary Baldwin College.

Davis & Elkins College junior Carly Sable is serving as hair and makeup designer for the spring semester theatre production of “Boeing Boeing.” She is the daughter of Carolyn Sable of Alexandria.

Samantha R. Williams, a senior at T.C. Williams High School, was named a 2013 National Achievement Scholar. Samantha was recently accepted to Stanford University. She plans to study music during college and hopes to become a professional opera singer. She played varsity soccer and is president of the award-winning T.C. Williams Advanced Choir. Samantha recently performed with the choir at the Atlanta Heritage Music Festival where the group received a Gold-Superior Award and an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City next year.

Daniel Paul Baylog, a senior at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be honored as a high scholar at the Honors Convocation.

Linda McCargo, a senior German-economics major, was recognized as the recipient of the Robert W. Opdahl Economics Excellence Award at Lycoming College's Honors Convocation on April 14. The Robert W. Opdahl Economics Excellence Award is given to to a senior economics major for recognition of outstanding personal achievement and contributions.

Christina B. Williams has been named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech for the 2012-13 academic year. Williams, who is pursuing a major in chemical engineering and minors in chemistry and Spanish, is expected to receive a bachelor’s degree in May. She is a member of the University Honors Program and is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Pamplin Leadership Award; Chemical Engineering Departmental Scholarship; ACC International Scholarship; and the Office of International Research, Education, and Development Scholarship. As an undergraduate, Williams conducted research in the Department of Sociology and has served as a mentor with the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. Committed to teaching at the high school level in inner-city Los Angeles upon graduation, she is the campus campaign coordinator for the Teach for America Program.

Williams is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the women’s rugby team, Virginia Tech Symphonic Band, and the VT Salsa Club. She participated in the General Electric Leadership Conference and Kappa Kappa Gamma National Leadership Academy. Williams participated in world health, water treatment, and community partnership programs in Mexico, Tanzania, and Spain. She is the daughter of Steve and Lori Williams.

The following local students recently were initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi: Kaila Tanksley, Samantha Cooper, Tae Kim, Ayda Bekele, Robert Braunger, Shikhee Soeb and Daniel Halse, Jr.