Alexandria School Notes

Alexandria School Notes

Throughout Volunteer Appreciation Week, Alexandria public schools recognized 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 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 of Alexandria.

Mariana Sterne received the bachelor of science degree in music: musical theatre option from Bryan College. Sterne 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, won 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 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

James Denison,a member of the class of 2014, was awarded the art history junior-year prize and the Eaton Leith French prize at Bowdoin College.

Amanda Whittenburg has been named to the spring 2013 dean's list at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Claire Garney graduated from Rice University.

Christopher Thompson graduated from Ohio Christian University with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Carolyn G. Lucas made the spring 2013 dean's list at DeSales University

Rhonda Jean Galloway graduated from Baylor University

DeNancy Brown and Meklit Thomas won the 2013 Rotary Club of Alexandria Career and Technical Education scholarship awards for $2,500 scholarships .

Glancy Rosales, of T.C. Williams High School, accepted an honors scholarship awarded by Northern Virginia Community College. The scholarship was awarded to local high school students and covers the cost of in-state tuition, books, supplies and travel abroad for two years of study.

John Adams Elementary School Principal Grace Taylor will resign at the end of the school year. Taylor, a T.C. Williams High School graduate, who joined ACPS staff as an associate principal at her alma mater in 2003, became principal of John Adams in July 2011, having served as the school's acting principal since April of that year. She will join Fairfax County Public Schools as Cluster 5 director.

Cheryl Olechnowicz has been elected to the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society at Gettysburg College. Olechnowicz is a member of the class of 2013.

The following students graduated from James Madison University: Wyatt Floyd, Kelsey Rybicki, Belinda Gorman, Marisa Cagnoli, James Orrigo, Trevor Meadows, Emily Rapavi, Michelle Heard, Devyani Shenoy, Megan Gibbs, Kimberly Collins, Anna Davis, Colleen Taylor, Alexander Jeter, Nikita Vahabzadeh, Rosemary Langowski, Ariel Lee, Adrianna Monteagudo, Kelly Bragg, Jonathan Russell, Robert Cordell, Kyle Winter, Rebekka Laird, Grace Jeon, Rebecca Wilson, Zachary Neurohr, Anhela Ripley, Christopher Diachok, George Stevens, Shahana Islam, Courtney Peck, Varun George, Nessie Vanta, Erika Jones, Allison Emmons, Nicholas Cheek, Anthony Dwyer, Stacey Walker, Robert Harmon, Sean Crook, Gabriel Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Badley, Renzo Renteria, Yulhea Kim, Priyen Patel, Robert Livengood, Devin Matthews, and Derek Cobren.

The following students made the president's list at James Madison University for the spring 2013 semester: Amanda Devoto, Stacey Diapoulis, Brandon Eskridge, Julia Fiorio, Victoria Foster, Evan Grice, Joan Hadeed, Jennifer Jewell, Devan Maddox, Aneta Nikolic, Courtney Peck, Meredith Pilcher, Caitrin Rhoads, Marisa Seitz, Nicole Weinard, and Rebecca Wilson.

Fiona L. Carroll was named to the dean's list for the spring 2013 semester at Stonehill College.

The following students graduated from Villanova University: Colleen Lineweaver, who earned a bachelor of arts; Maria Bowman, who earned a bachelor of arts; and Aaron Jumani who earned a bachelor of science in accountancy.

Dipesh Khanal has been named to the dean's list at Quinnipiac University for the spring 2013 semester.

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

John Baroncelli, a political science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, earned one of the very first Science, Technology and Law minors offered through the College of Science.

A pair of faculty members from Dundee College in Scotland will visit Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus from June 17-22. John Hayes, a senior lecturer in history and political science, and Simon Hewitt, curriculum manager of the computing and creative media department, will participate in various activities including touring NOVA, the Washington, D.C. region and visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park. Hayes will discuss how the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland united to create a single, united kingdom called Great Britain with a lecture titled “Bought and Sold for English Gold: The Act of Union 1707.”

Kimberly Padgett was named to the Upper Iowa University 2013 spring dean's list

Simone Liu was honored as one of the brightest young students in the nation at a statewide awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Hanna Haghayeghi received a bachelor of arts in French and psychology during the May 2013 SMU Commencement ceremony.

Thomas Weaver graduated with a degree in classics from Colorado College.

Catherine D. Kahl graduated from Colby College receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the College's bicentennial-year commencement in Waterville, Maine.

The University of Mary Washington has announced its Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2012-13 academic year. Jessica C. Bittner, Dafna A. Bliss, Lauren A. Floyd, Matthew R. Ganskopp, Christine, M. Hachem, David W. Heller, Clair Y.S. Maher, Paola A. Maldonado-Torres, Juliet A. Narine, Gabrielle M. Nguyen, Jonathan C. Polson, Emma K. Stotz, and Carolyn Trieu.

Kristina Cruz has earned High Honors for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year at the University of New Hampshire.

The following students made the dean's list at James Madison University for the spring 2013 semester: Marian Ansley, Morgan Carter, Mackenzie Cate, Danielle Comer, Kerianne Condon, Mathew Cunningham, Allison Emmons, Kristen Fannon, Megan Gibbs, Elizabeth Harrell, Michael Higgins, Bryan Jacobs, Heidi Jenkins, Alexander Jeter, Erika Jones, Deborah Kamara, Rebecca Keegan, Yulhea Kim, John Knetemann, Eldar Loncarevic, Christine Macey, Devin Matthews, Kokougan Mensah-Etsi, Laura Mertins, Elizabeth Nowak, Yaw Owusu, Julia Pei, John Pfister, Elizabeth Schaefermeier, Dorothy Shufflebarger, Savannah Smith,Richelle Villa, and Cara Yaworske.

Amanda Cain and John McMurray graduated from Wake Forest University on May 20.

Samantha Bissell graduated from Lawrence Technological University and was awarded a master of business administration.

Scott Dielman earned a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Davis & Elkins College.

Nathaniel Chester and Julia Larsen have been named to the dean’s honors list at Connecticut College.

Isaiah Carpenter graduated from Union College on Sunday, June 16 with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Sara L. Woodruff graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor of arts in writing and rhetoric and a minor in animal and veterinary science

The following students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Radford University: Emily Sohyoung Besse, Lauren Jennette Ebberts, Kelsey Jean Lawhead, Anne Marie Warren, Kestra Noel Aardema, Elizabeth Lynn Anderson, Kennise J. Baker, Kieran Michael Blakemore, Priscilla Boaheng, Alexander Gabriel Bring,Stephanie Carolyn Cockayne, Jacob Timothy Fannon,Sarah A. Gaunt,Julie Gosline, Aleze Sinclair Johnson-Knight, Shanice C. Jones, Ana Belen Karver, Jonathan Lee Krashevski, Samuel Robert Ludovici, Jacqueline Manu,Linnea Christine Markson, Delonte Rashaad McDaniel, Stephen Andrew McFarland, Ethan W. Morrison, Evan Kwon-Lee Scott, Ross Maxwell Taylor, and Chantell Nicole Williams.

William Donahoe, Natalie Felice, and Stephanie Restifo have been named to the University of Delaware's dean's list for spring 2013.

Sarah Elizabeth Noll has graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor of arts in chemistry and german. Noll earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and was awarded the 2013-14 Fulbright Fellowship Research Grant to Germany, The Stanley D. Wilson Prize in Chemistry and The Languages and Literature Prize (German).

Thomas Kelly, an architecture major, and Kenneth Cheston, another architecture major, both made the dean’s list at Roger Williams University for the spring 2013 semester.

Cheryl Olechnowicz graduated from Gettysburg College.

The following local students received degrees from Boston University: Jason P. Pabey, master of science in leadership; Ibtyhal Al-Amoudi, doctor of science in pediatric dentistry; Donna L. Strok, master of science in computer information systems; Harry K. Wong, master of criminal justice in criminal justice; Elyce M. Girouard, master of science in project management; Jacqueline Santana, master of science in project management; Alexander K. Mounts, master of arts in medical science; Geetika G. Singh, doctor of dental medicine in dentistry with high honors; and Jacqueline N. Byrd, master of public health in health policy and management.

Five teachers from T.C. Williams High School attended the 2013 Advanced Placement reading: Patrick Earle, AP Environmental Science; Ziggy Craig, AP U.S. History; Jacqueline Gorski, AP English Literature; Adam Levine, AP German and Sally Miller, AP Statistics, spent a week reading and assessing AP exams and taking part in workshops and discussions.

Alexandria City Public Schools named fifth-grader Angelina Hunt of Charles Barrett Elementary School as 2012-2013 Poet Laureate. Recognition also went to Gabriel Brown of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, Lillie MacBride of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School and Emmanuel Teferra of Charles Barrett Elementary School.

Tommy Cheung, of Alexandria, received a spot on the dean’s list at RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.