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Alexandria School Notes Jan. 9

Brendan Thurman Reilly graduated from The Catholic University of America in May 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in architecture. He is the son of Peter and Cristine Reilly of Alexandria and a 2008 graduate of Bishop Ireton High School.

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

*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 Dean’s List for spring 2012:

*William D. Alewine, senior majoring in Economics/Business. His parents are William R. Alewine and Sherry A. Smith.

*Alexandra L. Hastings, sophomore majoring in Modern Languages & Cultures. Her parents are Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Hastings Jr.

*Michael W. Hixson, senior majoring in Chemistry. His parents are Mr. & Mrs. Stanley G. Hixson.

*Kenia R. Hurtado, junior majoring in International Studies. Her parents are Mr. & Mrs. Antonio L. Hurtado.

*Brett R. Kitchen, senior majoring in Computer Science. His parents are Mr. & Mrs. Bruce R. Kitchen.

*Ray D. Montolin, junior majoring in International Studies. His parent is Lydia G. Padilla.

*Ryan F. Schaedel, recent graduate, his parents are Mr. & Mrs. Stephen F. Schaedel.

The following Virginia Tech students were honored at the 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.

Melonie Wright was one of more than 650 University of Akron students and staff who volunteered in the Akron community for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. Wright is majoring in Political Science-Law, Crts, Pol at UA.

Anastasia C. Voellm, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frederick R. Voellm, has been named to Randolph-Macon Academy's Dean's List for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

The Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History in Waco, Texas has awarded Rosemarie M. Esber the annual Charlton Oral History research grant. Esber will be conducting interviews with Arab Americans living in Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Texas for a forthcoming book. Esber is a researcher and the author of “Under the Cover of War” (Arabicus 2008) with degrees from the University of London and The Johns Hopkins University. She works as a development consultant to various international organizations.

Jacqueline Beckwith a freshman at Gettysburg College serves as a Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board facilitator.

Julia Larsen, a junior at Connecticut College, took part in "4 Dead in Ohio: Antigone at Kent State," a theater department production, held at Connecticut College. Larsen performed as part of the Ensemble Cast in the production. Larsen is a 2010 graduate of Oakcrest School, and is the daughter of Kenyon and Cynthia Larsen.

Nolan Peters, a sophomore, was named to the Honors List for Trimester 1 at Saint James School.

Kendall Akey, a junior at Gettysburg College, spent the Fall 2012 semester studying in Spain.

James Toth was awarded a bachelor of science degree in marine science.

Jessica Michele Rager graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology held a drive to collect toys and "A Coat for Every Kindergartener." The school partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency, an organization with a mission to keep young children's minds and bodies healthy. The event fit into the kindergartners' social studies unit, during which students learned about needs versus wants, and talked about viewing coats as a type of "shelter," one of the three needs of living things. Collected gifts, clothing and food went to 130 students.

Alexandria City Public Schools is the recipient of a $380,771 federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will help ACPS start a mobile health unit that will provide primary health, basic dental and mental health services to students in the William Ramsay, John Adams and Patrick Henry elementary school communities.

ACPS is one of only two locations in the Commonwealth of Virginia to receive this funding. HRSA awarded grants to 197 applicants, which included school districts, nonprofits and medical service providers around the country. The mobile health unit that ACPS will operate will join the 1,800 school-based health centers that currently serve more than 1.8 million children.

William Ramsay, Patrick Henry and John Adams serve a combined 2,235 students. Of John Adams's 820 students, about 65 percent are economically disadvantaged, 17 percent are students with disabilities and 33 percent are English language learners. Seventy-five percent of Patrick Henry's 586 students are economically disadvantaged, 10 percent are students with disabilities and 34 percent are learning English. Ramsay serves 829 students, 86 percent of whom are economically disadvantaged, 8 percent of whom have disabilities and 52 percent of whom are English language learners.

The next step involves ACPS working with community partners to develop a planning committee and identify service providers for the mobile health project. Administrators expect the unit could roll out as early as the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

Cody Boehm, from Bishop Ireton High School, is a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Theater. Cody will join 151 other finalists in a week of master classes with artists such as Adrian Grenier (1994 Alumnus in Theater), Marisa Tomei, Bobby McFerrin, Andrew Rannells (1997 Alumnus in Theater), and Bill T. Jones (YoungArts Artistic Advisor). Students will also have the opportunity to share their work each evening through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings that are free and open to the public. YoungArts Week will culminate in An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala on Jan. 12. YoungArts Week performances will be livestreamed on youngarts.org.

Jacqueline A. McCabe, a sophomore majoring in biology and French, was named to the dean’s list at Bridgewater College.

Jacqueline Beckwith was awarded an Abraham Lincoln Scholarship by the Gettysburg College.

Alyssa Glomb is a member of James Madison University's nationally-ranked policy debate team.

Mark Mattis has been named to the 2012 fall semester dean's list at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Mark L. Bane has enrolled in the Army ROTC program at Marion Military Institute, Ala. Upon graduation and completion of ROTC Military Science courses at the host university, the cadet receives a bachelor's degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Bane is the son of Pamela and Ben S. Bane. He graduated in 2012 from Leavenworth High School, Kansas.

Jodi Bailey was recently named to the president's list at Hudson Valley Community College.

Tae Kim was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Kim is pursuing a degree in medicine at Pennsylvania State University.

Kyle Travers has been named to the fall 2012 Champlain College's dean's list and is majoring in Secondary Education and English. Travers is the son of Robin Travers and Walter Travers both of Alexandria.