Alexandria School Notes

Alexandria School Notes

Brendan T. Reilly was awarded a scholarship by the Catholic University of America's Architecture of Foreign Studies Program and is in the process of completing the graduate program in Barcelona, Spain, spring of 2013. Brendan graduated Catholic University in 2012, where he was a four-year varsity swimmer and captain. Brendan graduated from Bishop Ireton High School and is the son of Pete and Crissy Reilly of Alexandria.

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

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 two years 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 letters of support from students and colleagues. The Agnes Meyer Award is presented annually to one teacher from each Washington, D.C., metropolitan area school district, and 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.

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-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. She was recently accepted to Stanford University. She played varsity soccer and is president of the T.C. Williams Advanced Choir, and 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. Williams is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the women’s rugby team, Virginia Tech Symphonic Band, and the VT Salsa Club. 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.

Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman announces the appointment of Rae Covey, who currently serves as an ACPS school improvement coach, as the next principal of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. Her new assignment will start in July, following the retirement of Principal Deborah Thompson.

Grace Elizabeth Goodwin, a member of the Class of 2013 at Colgate University, has been named a Dana Scholar in recognition of superior academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the campus community. Goodwin is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School. At Colgate University, Goodwin studies art and art history .

Mickayla Noel, 15, of Alexandria, will attend Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school. The daughter of Ronald and Evette Noel will study creative writing. She has been a student at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell and is a distinguished scholar alumni of the DC based Higher Achievement Program.

Throughout Volunteer Appreciation Week, Alexandria public schools have been recognizing their outstanding volunteers.

James K. Polk Elementary School: Sheila Joy tutors children two days a week. Through the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium, Book Buddies tutors Ellen Gehrs, Arlene Shapiro, Evelyn Englander, Rosalind Singer, Reginald Jones, Diana Jarrett, Pat Sugrue, Joan Lamb, Risa Gordon, Joanne Sedor, Sissy Walker, Valerie Wright, Joan Smith, Sally Lindsay and Carolyn Griglione work one-to-one with first-grade students twice a week to target specific areas in reading and writing to help strengthen the children’s abilities in literacy.

Matthew Maury Elementary School: Kindergarten Book Buddies tutors Pat Lovo, Jim Roberts, Caroline Duncan, Monica Parry and Andrea Lacey work with selected kindergarten students to help them master basic skills in reading. Alexandria Tutoring Consortium Book Buddies volunteers Perrin Keeler, Catherine Davis, Nancy Macklin, Judith Hohman, Katie Macklin, Sue Tate, Robert Dunn, Mary Pratt, Monica Parry, Tim Elmore, Jennifer Van Goethem, Dick Christenson and Mary Byvik work with selected first- and second-grade students to help them reach grade level in reading.

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy: Volunteers Carolyn Miller, Vance Hall, Julia Hall, Kit Ruland, Brigid Ruland and Shirley Carroll are trained through the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium's Book Buddies Reading Program to help students practice reading fluency, reading comprehension and sight word and vocabulary instruction.

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology: Book Buddies volunteers Doug Wade, Bob Pasley, Claire Gregory, Patricia Boyle, Sue Dodge, Mary Kent, Elizabeth Davenport, Joan Baxter, Christine Muth, Susan McAdoo, Mary Ann Warner, Teresa Ebersole, Jacke Cohan and Denise Hill are paired with first-grade students with whom they work two times a week for 30 minutes. During this time, tutors teach individualized lesson plans for their students that include reading, writing and phonics.

Douglas MacArthur Elementary School: MacArthur salutes its volunteer tutors Mary Doan, John Nakahata, Martha Shelton, Katherine Leon, Maeve O'Connor, Jo Hyman, Bob Mansell, Elaine Gort, Meredith Martino, Laura Jennings, Phyllis Welch, PK Johnson, Amy Swindell, Andrea Moore, Addis Haile, Chris Bosland, Al Anderson, Sziena Lurie, Sue Miller, Rebecca Vance and Lauren Jennings and Book Buddies Tutors Kris Clark, Dodo Ablard, Ann Principato, Linda Woodhouse, Charles Ablard, Annie Meighan-Kendrick, Michael Kenny, Louise Kenny, Maddie Christy, Iivan Garvin, Julia Peterson, Anne Ritchie and Wilma Goldstein. The volunteers tutor children in reading, math and other academics as needed.

Army Cadet Patrick K. Piedad has received an Army ROTC scholarship to Virginia Military Institute, Lexington. Piedad is the son of Ruffino L. Piedad of Prestonburg, Ky., and Maria Madrigal of Alexandria. He graduated in 2012 from T.C. Williams High School.

Jeny Joshi received a master of science degree from the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Miranda Jones, Nyarika Penick, Jasmine Brown, Edmund Hammond, Caleb Williams and Chiquera Cureton have been admitted to Saint Augustine's University for the fall semester.

Shiruna Ntenda has been accepted to Ashland University for the fall semester of 2013.

Ntenda is a senior at T.C. Williams High School.

Julia Larsen, a junior at Connecticut College and a resident of Alexandria, took part in "Into The Woods," a Theater and Music Department production, held April 25-28 in Tansill Theater at Connecticut College. Larsen played the part of Voice of the Giant and served as props designer for the production. Larsen is a 2010 graduate of Oakcrest School, and is the daughter of Cynthia and Kenyon Larsen of Alexandria.

Colin Chadduck graduated from Emory & Henry College.

Claire Osborn, a sophomore majoring in political science and economics, and D’Elia Chandler, a junior majoring in English and political science, both of Alexandria participated in the Virginia Tech Hokies on the Hill program.

The following students graduated from Coastal Carolina University: Constance Darlington, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in exercise and sport science. Jesse Jarvis graduated with a bachelor of arts in graphic design.

Blake LeBlanc graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of science business administration in management.

Zachary Tyler Hellmuth graduated with a B.A. in economics from Hampden-Sydney College. A graduate of Bishop Ireton High School, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett A. Hellmuth III '75 of Alexandria.

Mariana Sterne received the bachelor of science degree in music: musical theatre option from Bryan College. Mariana is the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Sterne.

Andrew Huerta graduated from Bob Jones University with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Three Alexandria City Public Schools fifth-grade students, wond first-, second- and third-place honors in the Virginia competition of the Saris Cycling Group Poster Contest. First-place winner, Charles Barrett Elementary School student Allison Boehm, advanced to compete in the national competition. As the state winner, she will receive a new bicycle, helmet and light. George Mason Elementary School student Julie Cizek placed second in the state competition and will receive a new bike helmet and light. Patrick Henry Elementary School student Angelica Bermudes placed third in the state competition and will receive a new helmet.

The following City of Alexandria teachers were awarded Certificates of Study for their participation in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program: Charles Barrett Elementary School: Graeham Dodd, Alison L. Hutzell, Elyse Post, Alicia Smith, Taisia Steeb and Courtnay Weitekamp. John Adams Elementary School: Dawn M. Bingman, Kerri Ann Buonamico, Nicole Demski, Dawn Feltman, Elizabeth A. Frans, Lemore Amir Fritz, Evelyn F. Johnson, Wesley McCune, Katharine McGinn, Nathan Pipke, Corina O. Powell and Susan Tremblay.

Reza Hemayati was recently awarded a Ph.D in computer science from the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University.

The T. C. Williams Marching Titans will represent the City of Alexandria and the Commonwealth of Virginia when they perform at the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2014. Under the guidance of Carlos O. Gonzales, director of bands at T.C. Williams

High School, they will join 14 other marching bands selected from across the country in the halftime show finale.

Kyle Travers has been named to the Spring 2013 Champlain College dean's list. Travers, son of Robin Travers of Alexandria and Walter Travers of Alexandria is majoring in Secondary Education-English.

The following students were recognized as members of the dean's list for the spring semester at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg: Heather Evans, a sophomore music major. Evans is the daughter of David and Beth Evans of Alexandria. Erin Rheinheimer, a sophomore art and education major. Rheinheimer is the daughter of Doug and Valerie Rheinheimer of Alexandria.

Lafatima Gray and Mark Mattis have been named to the 2013 spring semester dean's list at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

John Thomas Tenorio, a freshman undecided major was named to the spring 2013 dean's list at Thiel College. Tenorio has been on the Thiel dean's list two times.

T.C. Williams High School seniors Charlotte L. Clinger and Alexander M. Eichner were chosen to receive $2,500 National Merit Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Clinger, a National Honor Society member who has earned distinguished honor roll recognition throughout high school, serves as one of two student liaisons on the Alexandria City School Board. She received the Virginia Jaycees' Outstanding Future Leader award for her work with the Alexandria Youth Council, for which she served as president, and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, for which she served on the Board of Directors. Last August, she participated in the South Korea Summer High School Program, where she studied for two weeks at one of the country's top universities. She also has captained the T.C. Williams Debate Team, participated as a student theater reviewer in the Critics and Awards Program (Cappies) and worked as an intern for Rob Krupicka's campaign for state senate. She is considering a career in politics.

Eichner, named one of the first 2012-13 ACPS Scholars of the Week, is a member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. His honors include the Harvard Book Award, Rensselaer Medal Award and Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. He has been active in T.C. Williams Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys' Cross Country and has participated in numerous T.C. Williams drama department productions. He plans to attend the University of Chicago and double-major in history and anthropology.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has announced George Washington 2 Middle School Science Teacher and Environmental Steward Mary Breslin as a winner of the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The seventh-grade science teacher, who has been with ACPS for seven years, is one of 11 teachers from around the country being recognized for their exceptional work as leaders in the field of environmental education in formal school settings.

The GW Orchestra received superlative results at the Awards Ceremony at the Royal Palace Theatre in Busch Gardens. Led by Jonathan Jones, GWMS orchestra director, the musicians earned: Top Rating of Superior; 1st place in the AA Middle School/Junior High string orchestra division and Best Overall Orchestra in the Middle/Junior High Division.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society announced that out of the 470 participating schools, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School is one of the top five schools in the Washington, D.C., area for this year’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser. With the generous support of family, friends and teachers, Douglas MacArthur students were able to raise $7,774.76 during the three-week Pennies for Patients campaign. This giving, combined with the efforts of students across the region, helped raise more than $875,000 to support blood cancer patients and their families.

Michael R. Hull graduated from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.

Daniel Christopher Alexander earned a bachelor of science in business administration: marketing from Bryant University.

Lisa Bryan received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from University of Northern Colorado.

Tyler Kimbel received a doctorate of philosophy, counselor education and supervision from University of Northern Colorado.

William Staples received a bachelor of general studies in liberal arts and sciences from University of Kansas.

Lily Noguchi has been named to the dean's list at Randolph College.

Kathleen Taylor has been named to the dean's list at Randolph College.

Linda McCargo is a May graduate of Lycoming College. McCargo graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in German.

Andrew Huerta, a senior biology major, was named to the spring 2013 dean's list.

Marisa Mendez was inducted into Randolph College's Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Mendez earned a bachelor of arts in history.

Kevin Sumner Stewart has been named to the dean's list at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, for academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Mike Reynolds, majoring in business administration, formerly from Alexandria, now living in Harrisonburg, Va., graduated from Bridgewater College.

The T.C. Williams High School Drama Department's spring musical, "The Wiz," received five nominations in The Cappies 2013 awards for area student theater. Congratulations to the following performers on their Cappies nominations: The T.C. Williams Pit Orchestra, nominated for orchestra; student director Sarah Laane, nominated for creativity; Ados McKinney, nominated for male dancer; Barbara Peisch, nominated for comic actress in a musical for her portrayal of Addeperle; and Kamen Wilkes, nominated for comic actor in a musical for his portrayal of the Lion. Awards will be presented at the Cappies Gala, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Contessa Josephine Caballero made the spring 2013 dean's list at Hendrix College.

Eric Costantino has been accepted as a violist into the prestigious Credo Chamber Festival, to be held at Oberlin Conservatory this summer.

Sally Anne Braeuer graduated from Villanova University School of Law.

Samuel Frazier was named to the Curry College dean's list for the Spring 2013 term.

Three T.C. Williams students competed at the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences Symposium in Blacksburg. Emma Beall, C.A.M. Gerlach and Emily Schulman were selected to attend based on written research papers submitted in February. The three-day event allows students from throughout Virginia to meet and share their research projects. Emma and Christopher both received honorable mentions for their presentations. All three students were presenting work completed in the Independent Science Research Class at TC.

Davis & Elkins College junior Carly Sable traveled to the Southeastern Theatre Conference 64th Annual Convention in Louisville, KY. Sable is the daughter of Carolyn Sable.

Andrea T. Brendalen received a bachelor of science degree in environmental sciences from the University of Vermont.

Sarah E. Bryan received a BSED in secondary education English from the University of Vermont.

Stephanie Rheinheimer graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a bachelor's degree in social work.

Sarah Conrad was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education that is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. The Alpha Gamma Delta Chapter at Mary Baldwin College encourages members to take active roles in promoting worthy educational ideas and practices.

Emily Oehler was awarded the Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award, which recognizes an alumna/us who has demonstrated outstanding service and excellence in leadership on behalf of Mary Baldwin College.

Charles P. Jones received a bachelor of arts degree in economics & business with a financial management concentration and leadership studies minor. His parents are Douglas F. Jones and Bonnie J. Peabody.

Saad Hamadi earned a master of business administration degree with a major in general business from The University of Scranton.

Bador I. Aljasem earned a master in health administration degree with a major in health administration from The University of Scranton.

Mariya Ilyas graduated from Bowdoin College with a major in mathematics and a minor in government and legal studies.

Nathaniel Chester and Andrew Frazier were awarded bachelor of arts degrees from Connecticut College. Chester majored in biological sciences while Frazier majored in history.

Melat Habtemichael, Meron Habtemichael, and Edgardo Pleitez have been placed on the dean’s list in recognition of their academic excellence during the spring 2013 semester at New River Community College.

Megan Elizabeth Epperson and Emily M. Kane both graduated from Clemson University. Epperson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a cachelor of arts in biological sciences, while Kane graduated with a master of education in counselor education (student affairs).

Kathleen Ansel graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock with an associate of arts degree in liberal arts. Ansel attended T.C. Williams High School before leaving after 10th grade to enter college early.

John Stehl, a sophomore communication major; Megan Von Kolnitz, a sophomore marine science major; and Blake LeBlanc a senior management major, all earned dean's list status for the spring 2013 semester at Coastal Carolina University.

Bethlehem Ramet graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science from Quinnipiac University.

Caroline T. Kelly received a bachelor of arts in French from Clark University.

Anson Lee received a masters degree in public administration from Marist College.

Emily Laubach was awarded dean's list honors for academic achievement during the spring 2013 semester at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Marissa Manderfield received a bachelor of arts degree from Curry College.

Liana Pardini graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor's degree in political science.

The following local residents have been named to the dean's list at Clemson University for the spring 2013 semester: Jacob Thomas Alexander, a general engineering major; Melissa Christine Beaty, a political science major; William Dill Rogers III, an industrial engineering major; Amanda Michelle Smith, a philosophy major; and Emily Anne Smoot, who is majoring in pre-business.

Allison Cappelletti graduated from Chatham University with a bachelor of arts in English.

Ivan Kyle G. Borces, Rachel H. Fernandes, Alexandra M. Russell, Jenna L. Tryon, and Alexandra B. Van den Berg all made the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year at Bucknell University.