Fairfax County Amanda Karstetter, from Centreville, will join the College of Liberal Arts
and Human Sciences Ambassador Program. Karstetter, a junior majoring in
humanities, science and enviornment and English in the College of Liberal
Arts and Human Sciences, volunteers with a faculty member for a minimum
of two hours a week and volunteers for other various events hosted by the
college. Ambassadors work closely with faculty, staff, parents, and alumni
to expand the college’s outreach.
Deborah Yoon, from Clifton, will join the College of Liberal Arts and
Human Sciences Ambassador Program. Students are selected to join
the team each spring through a competitive application process. Yoon, a
junior majoring in communication and human development in the College
of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, volunteers with a faculty member for
a minimum of two hours a week and volunteers for other various events
hosted by the college. Ambassadors work closely with faculty, staff,
parents, and alumni to expand the college’s outreach.
Nine doctoral students have been selected to receive the University of
Kansas' Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship for the 2012-2013
academic year, including Blair Benson. She is conducting her research at
KU under George Tsoflias, associate professor of geophysics, and Rolfe
Mandel, executive director of the ODYSSEY research program at the
Kansas Geological Survey and professor of anthropology. She received
a Bachelor of Science in geology in 2009 from James Madison University
and a master's degree in geology in 2012 from KU. She is the daughter
of Richard Benson and Lisa Enright and a graduate of Centreville High
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) student publications earned
high marks from the Virginia High School League’s (VHSL) publications
evaluation services. Publications evaluated were from the 2011-12 school
Earning top marks in the Trophy Class were (adviser’s names are in
- Newspaper Division: The Watchdog, Westfield High School (Anthony
- Yearbook Division: The Guardian, Westfield High School (Anthony
The following publications earned first place recognition:
Magazine Division: Calliope, Westfield High School (Todd Kelly);
Yearbook Division: The Legend, Centreville High School (Melissa Rife)
Brendan English of Centreville was recently inducted into James Madison
University's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society
for business students. English is on track to graduate in May 2014 with a
degree in economics.
Meredith Rigby, of Clifton, is among more than 180 students recently
honored as University Scholars at Susquehanna University. Rigby, a 2010
graduate of Centreville High School, is a junior majoring in communications
and the daughter of Susan and Peter Rigby.
The following were students selected to be members of the Marching
Virginians at Virginia Tech:
Andy Cho, a sophomore majoring in architecture, plays the alto sax.
Logan Hyer, a freshman majoring in international studies, plays the
Carolyn Korch, a senior majoring in music, plays the clarinet. Korch also
holds a leadership position as a rank captain.
Edward Sciortino, a freshman majoring in business, management plays
Matthew Seabrook, a freshman majoring in university studies, was
selected as a manager.
Nizar Taifour, a freshman majoring in business information technology,
plays the tuba.
Mitchell Kalala, a freshman, participated in the Bonner Scholars Program
at Emory & Henry College. The Bonner Program offers 80 scholarships
annually in return for eight hours of direct community service and two hours
of reflection and participation in enrichment events per week. Projects from
the fall semester have included the creation of a "Great Outdoors Learning
Dome" in the Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol. Students have served at public
schools, the Boys & Girls Club, and the William King Museum in Abingdon.
Students have also tutored Washington County Regional Jail inmates in
preparation for GED testing.
Brett Johnson, the son of Andrew and Kimberley Bensimon of Herndon
and David and Tawnya Johnson of Centreville, has been selected to
serve as the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Class of 2013 at Randolph-Macon
Academy. He is currently a senior at the Academy.
Several area students spent Thanksgiving break serving others as part of
James Madison University's Alternative Thanksgiving Break program.
Emily Volkmann of Chantilly, volunteered on the New England Center for
Homeless Veterans trip in Boston. Volkmann is majoring in inclusive early
childhood education and is scheduled to graduate in 2013.
Brandon Lawlor of Centreville, volunteered on the New England Center
for Homeless Veterans trip in Boston. Lawlor is majoring in marketing and
is scheduled to graduate in 2013.
Shannon O'Connor of Centreville, volunteered on the Project Lazarus trip
in New Orleans. O'Connor is majoring in psychology and is scheduled to
graduate in 2012.
Joshua Koons, a student at Notre Dame Academy and a resident of
Centreville, has been accepted to Coastal Carolina University.
Sean Douglass and Matt Pisarcik, both from Centreville and freshmen
majoring in applied physics, were named to the dean’s list at Bridgewater
Daniel Nascimento, the son of Jose and Izanete Nascimento, was
inducted into Randolph-Macon Academy's chapter of the National Junior
Honor Society during the Academy's Fall Family Days. Danny is a
freshman at Randolph-Macon Academy.
Megan Cleveland, a senior at Harding University was named to the dean’s
Dorothy Vu was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. She is pursuing a degree in
communications at Virginia Tech.
The following students were named to the dean’s list at The Citadel: Jarrod
Austin Branch, Ryan Christopher Branch and Frank Vincent Healy.
The following students were named to the dean’s list at University of
Delaware: Brittany Bonzano, Brigid Deely and Ryan Hilker.
Anna E. Spitzer, a Management major, was among approximately 1,800
students from Coastal Carolina University who made the fall 2012 dean's
Jacob C. Harrell, a student at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to
the dean's list for the fall semester. Jake is a graduate of Centreville High
School and is the son of Kimberly Harrell and Steven Harrell.
Willans Delgadillo has been named to the dean’s list at New River
Valeria Diaz was named to the dean's list at the University of New Haven.
Torrian Pace, majoring in criminal justice at Youngstown State University,
has been named to the dean's list.