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Mount Vernon School Notes March 20

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Samantha L. Cooper is a senior majoring in food science and technology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Christina L. Devine is a senior majoring in engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering. Kelsey M. Dressing is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Arthur H. Genuario is a senior majoring in building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Alexander C. Gheesling is a junior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Philip A. Helm is a junior majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Casey P. Jenkins is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Dylan M. Keightley is a freshman majoring in university studies. Saskia R. Kroesen is a sophomore majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Douglas P. Magill is a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science. Corinne C. Mayer is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science. Kelly D. McFarland is a junior majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Anna Wissler has been named to the 2012 fall semester dean's list at Lafayette College.

The following students at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Mishell A. Siles Borda is a junior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jwalita Veeramachaneni is a freshman majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business. Hope H. Wentzel is a sophomore majoring in Animal and poultry sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Christina B. Williams is a senior majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering. Tania C. Zeisler is a senior majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Julia E. Zukowski is a junior majoring in physics in the College of Science. Philip J. Daniel is a freshman majoring in university studies. Peter T. Raum is a senior majoring in physics in the College of Science. Girum Z. Tessema is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Laura A. Vilhauer is a senior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Robert J. Calvey is a senior majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Michael L. Chung is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

The following students at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Kellie M. Del Signore is a sophomore majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Peter Francis S. Guevara is a freshman majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Christine R. McCoy is a senior majoring in economics, science in the College of Science. Jenie H. Nguyen is a freshman majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science. Alexander J. Park is a freshman majoring in university studies. Erika L. Weidman is a senior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Science. Mitchell S. Youmans is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Sydney J. Erickson is a senior majoring in Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Ryan G. Morrison is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Michele J. Newby is a freshman majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Robiel M. Ande is a sophomore majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business. Allison S. Biache is a sophomore majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The following students at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Ali M. Buhisi is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business. Alan Cai is a sophomore majoring in university studies. Gwendolyn M. Cardiff is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Bradley N. Cotrina is a senior majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science. Christianne E. De La Cruz is a sophomore majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business. Rebecca A. Huber is a freshman majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business. Katherine E. Huffman is a freshman majoring in business in the Pamplin College of Business. Mussie Kebede is a freshman majoring in meteorology in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Zachary T. Kiszka is a junior majoring in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business. Meagan A. Mann is a senior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business. William H. Mirone is a senior majoring in history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Eileen H. Phan is a sophomore majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering. Erik F. Saunders is a senior majoring in public and urban affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Kathryn Dianne Lucas was named to the president's list at the University of South Carolina for the fall 2012 semester. Kathryn is a junior majoring in biology/pre-med.

Alexandra Lee Butler, a senior at Clemson University, is spending the Spring semester studying in Bilbao, Spain. Butler is a management major at Clemson.

Paul Fiesel, a senior history major has been named to the University of Dallas dean's list for the fall 2012 semester.

More than 300 JMU students embarked on 30 spring break trips around the country and world. The students spent the week living simply, focused on service in their destination community but also on teamwork and reflection within their group. The following students participated in alternative spring break: Julia Fiorio, Lillian Addy, Bryan Jacobs and Wyatt Floyd

Anastasia C. Voellm, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Voellm of Alexandria, has been named to Randolph-Macon Academy's dean's list for the second quarter of the 2012-13 school year. Anastasia is a senior.

Connor James Mack Lenio was named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Lenio is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences.

Students from Mount Vernon schools will represent the school district at the state level of the National History Day competition in Hampton on April 20. These students placed first or second in their category at the District 5 National History Day competition, held recently at Mount Vernon High School.

Brianna Ragland, Mount Vernon High School, first place, Senior Individual Exhibit, “Black Panther Movement.”

Dara Webb, Mount Vernon High School, second place, Senior Individual Documentary, “The Great Sioux War.”

Ashley Barrow, Mount Vernon High School, second place, Senior Individual Exhibit, “Arthur Ashe.”

Roncs Etame-Ese, Victoria Brightwell, and Diego Castro, Mount Vernon High School, second place, Senior Group Website, “The Assassination of JFK: Enhancement of Presidential Security.”

Honorable Mentions were awarded to the following FCPS students:

Katie Harroun and Lara Mitchell, Whitman Middle School, Junior Group Performance, “Helen Keller.”

Giomar Burgos-Rosario, Whitman Middle School, Junior Individual Documentary, “Jackie Robinson: First African-American Baseball Player.”

Two hundred and fifty students from eight Virginia school districts and five private schools, including 95 students from Fairfax County Public Schools, competed in the District 5 competition to present their research based on the 2013 theme, Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. There were more than 160 entries in the categories of documentary, exhibit, performance, website, and historical paper.

Many FCPS teachers supported National History Day programs in their classes. The teachers who supported the FCPS students listed above include: Vonda Peterson of Lake Braddock Secondary School; Laurie Hartt of Lorton Station Elementary School; Mike Hardy of Madison High School; Eric Heffelmire of McLean High School; Katie Rippy of Mount Vernon High School; Cathy Boivin, Craig Brown, Leigh Shipman, and Ron Maggiano of West Springfield High School; and Melissa Chesney and Erin Sogolow of Whitman Middle School.

The Mount Vernon High School Chamber Orchestra, comprised of the most advanced string instrument players at MVHS, performed at the District Ten Orchestra Assessment on Friday, March 8. Orchestras are scored on a scale of one to five: one being superior, two is excellent, three is good, two is fair, and five is poor. The music played is also classified for difficulty on a scale of one to six: one being very easy and six being professional level repertoire. The MVHS Chamber Orchestra received an overall rating of one (superior) for their program of grade five music from all three assessment adjudicators. This is the first time in recent history that an MVHS orchestra has garnered a score of superior at this difficulty level.