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School Notes for Centreville and Chantilly

— 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

School.

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

year.

Earning top marks in the Trophy Class were (adviser’s names are in

parentheses):

  • Newspaper Division: The Watchdog, Westfield High School (Anthony

Whitten).

  • Yearbook Division: The Guardian, Westfield High School (Anthony

Whitten).

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

trumpet.

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

the horn.

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

College.

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

list.

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

list.

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

Community College.

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.