School Notes

School Notes

The following students have been named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art and Design: Kimberly Davies, Mary Hudgins, May Li Lynch and Aubrey Metcalfe

Hampden-Sydney College senior Zachary James Madison was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Zach serves as a Resident Advisor, played on the varsity baseball team, and was named to the All-ODAC Academic Baseball Team each of those years. He is a member of the Big Brother Program, the honor society Sigma Tau Delta (English) and Phi Gamma Delta. An English major, he is a graduate of Yorktown High School and is the son of George and Carol Madison.

Jeffrey Culver is the recipient of a 2013 Rochester Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award. Culver, who graduated from RIT in 1982 with a degree in criminal justice, is the director of corporate security for the World Bank, where he is responsible for the safety and security of the bank's operations and personnel in Washington, D.C., and in 128 country and regional offices around the world. Prior to that, he spent 24 years working for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

David Cooper, Julia Fairweather, Thomas Newman and Jenny Chan were named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dana Warnecke and Justin Guastaferro earned a spot on an honors list at Purdue University.

Joseph Molinaro recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Molinaro earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in industrial design.

Corey D. Grant is a recipient of the National Achievement Scholarship, worth $2,500. Grant is a student at Wakefield High School and interested in computer engineering.

Kathleen McLean, a member of the class of 2015 at Eckerd College, was named a Peter Pav Freshman Scholar by Eckerd's Phi Beta Kappa chapter. McLean is pursuing a degree in international relations and global affairs.

Emil Christensen presented research at the Colonial Academic Alliance Conference at the University of Delaware. Christensen, a junior physics major at James Madison University, presented on “Understanding Supermassive Black Hole Accretion Through H2O Nega-Maser Statistics.”

Katie Svoboda, a 6th grade student at Saint Ann Catholic School was one of 600 students to enter the KidsPost Poetry Competition. Her poem, “The Journey for Toast” was selected as one of 10 to be published in the April 21st issue of the KidsPost section of the Washington Post.

Oyudari Baatartsogt, a student at Northern Virginia Community College, has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. She will graduate summa cum laude from NOVA in May 2013 with an associate of arts degree in psychology. A native of Mongolia, Baatartsogt came to the United States in 2008 to complete her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Mechanicsville. She enrolled at NOVA in 2010 to study psychology, an interest she plans to continue to pursue at the bachelor and master’s level. While at NOVA, Baatartsogt was involved with various activities, including the Student Government Association and the International Club. She was also a tutor at the Alexandria Campus’ Academic Center for Excellence.

The following local students recently were initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi: Anne Buckalew, David Elliot, Lori O'Neill, Jessica Rimer, Patricia Happ and Kathrine Kirstein.

Arlington Public Schools has been awarded the Bronze Level of Distinction for excellent performance in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge. APS will receive a $16,000 monetary award that will be split among 32 schools so that they can continue to serve healthy meals. Each APS school will receive a plaque signed by a USDA official and a banner to display in their school.

Yorktown High School sophomore Margaret Doyle was awarded first place in the animal science category at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair earlier this month. Doyle was also awarded a second place society award from the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Statistics Club.

In addition, Washington-Lee High School junior Mishu Barua and freshman Marisa Shotwell were both recognized as science talent award winners by the Virginia Dental Association at the fair. Yorktown High School students Henry Love and Julian Thomassie received the U.S. Army Award in engineering, environmental science, earth science, math, computer science, physical sciences, and the life sciences, engineering.

Justin Grover graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a master of science degree in computing security and information assurance from RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in the winter 2012-13 quarter.

Zachary Raff is a doctoral student in economics and was named a Self Graduate Fellow, 2012-2016 at University of Kansas’ awards ceremony.

Seven 4th grade students from Key Elementary School won first prize in the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind competition on April 13 in Aldie. By winning, they will advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University, May 22-25. The Key team worked on a problem called “The Pet Project.” To solve the problem, the team engineered and built three different vehicles to carry parts to an assembly area where a pet was put together. They presented the problem in the form of a skit, for which they wrote a script and created props and scenery. The team also performed in the spontaneous part of the competition where they had less than eight minutes to learn about and solve a problem. Team members who will be competing in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals are Grace Danaceau, Malva de Boor, Lily Dropkin, Jackson Gray, Avery O’Kane, Joshua Rosenberg, and Anna Wood. They were coached by Geneva Moores.

The Virginia/Washington, D.C., affiliate of the National Center for Women in IT held its second annual Award for Aspirations in Computing ceremony at the Virginia Tech Research Center -- Arlington, honoring a high school teacher and 14 high school students for their efforts to, respectively, teach and learn computer science. Kyla Bouldin of Washington-Lee High School was one of the students honored.

Alaina Ford graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Flagler College.

This summer, 25 Arlington Public School students will attend the Governor’s School for Academics, Mentorship, Visual and Performing Arts or the Foreign Language Academy. To gain admittance to the program, students had to apply and go through a highly competitive process. Students applying for the visual and performing arts program were also required to complete an arts audition at the district level. Then candidates moved on to compete at the state level.

Governor’s School for Academics, Mentorship, Visual and Performing Arts:

H-B Woodlawn: Christopher Arthur, math/science/technology; Ariana Chaivaranon, math/science/technology; Matthew Cleaveland,math/science/technology; Christine DeRieux, agriculture; Charles Mai, arts; and Marisa Wright, arts. Wakefield: Madeleine Megargee, math/science/technology and Lena Mobin, arts. Washington-Lee: Mishu Barua, math/science/technology; Hannah Fitzmaurice, humanities; Annika MacEwen, math/science/technology; Adriana Mitchell, humanities; Meredith Sweeney, arts; Nathan Ullberg, arts; Sterling Webster, arts and Maria Winchell, humanities.

Governors’ Foreign Language Academy

H-B Woodlawn: Undrakh Demberel, Spanish and Noah Goodwin, French. Washington-Lee: Sarah Angell, French and Dagny Hankins, Japanese. Yorktown: Madeleine Donovan, Spanish; Hanna Halleck-Pinkleton, German; Elana Margois, French; James Patton, Latin and Nicholas Rudman, Latin.

The Civic Coalition for Minority Affairs will honor 91 African and African-American Arlington Public School students in its 21st annual awards ceremony. The Civic Coalition for Minority Affairs is a council of representatives from civic, religious and social organizations of Northern Virginia. Committed to excellence in education, the group endeavors to foster high academic achievement through its annual awards ceremony honoring high achieving African and African-American students in grades 5, 8 and 11. This year's winners include:

Elementary Grade 5: Kristen Alleyne, Oakridge; Galilee Ambellu, ASFS; Ablaaza Andargachew, Campbell; Kalkidan Ausink, Long Branch; Trinity Chambers-Puryear, Claremont; Benjamin Charles, ATS; Tamari Coles, Oakridge; Kiera Collins-Joseph, Claremont; Cameron Cummins-Smith, Glebe; Aaliyah Dade, Drew; Markos Daget, Campbell; Agasi Desta, ASFS; Xaviar Goodman, Barcroft; Mia Hakken, Oakridge; Chelsie Harris, Abingdon; Ethan Hemmings, Henry; Ishaq Ishaq, Henry; Truniya Joaquin, Drew; Charlotte Joyner, Abingdon; Kayla Fluitt, Randolph; Camille Lewis, Abingdon; Sarah Mbayo, Oakridge; Isaiah Mefford, Abingdon; Matthewos Mesfin, Abingdon; Eman Noraga, Long Branch; Frances Osugi, Claremont; Addison Phelps, Jamestown; Jade Taylor, Drew; Ashton Taylor, Drew; Treyvon Todd, Long Branch; Summer Grace Williams, ATS;

Ajani Wilson, Randolph; Noh Woldeyseus, ASFS; and Yohana Yilma, Barcroft.

Middle School Grade 8: Kylin Adams, Gunston; Ananiya Admassu, Gunston; Tasnim Alam, Jefferson; Syed Anderson, Jefferson; Abenazer Bayou, Swanson; Christian Clark, Jefferson; Jordan Dixon, Williamsburg; Jauhmar Ellick-McAllister, Gunston; Jayda Glenn-Dickerson, Kenmore; Yordanos Kassa, Kenmore; Summer Matlack, Gunston; Dorothee Mulumba, Swanson; Jamel Northover, Williamsburg; Peace Pius, Swanson; Nadia Rhodes, Jefferson; Leana Spain, Jefferson; Heaven Swinson, Jefferson; Zeru Tadesse, Kenmore; Michal Tefera, Gunston; Helen Teklu, Gunston; Biruktawit Tibebe, Gunston; Gregory Turner, Kenmore; Christine Wanda, H-B Woodlawn; Nia Webb, Kenmore; and Haben Yosief, Jefferson.

High School Grade 11: Kidist Asegahegn, Wakefield; Biruktawit Assefa, H-B Woodlawn;

Daniel Brown, Wakefield; Chelsey Coles, Wakefield; Bethlehem Demissie, Washington-Lee; Moussa Dia, Washington-Lee; Lysa Diarra, Washington-Lee; Marquise Downs, Washington-Lee; Yoel Fessahaye, Wakefield; Selasi Fynn, Washington-Lee; Nevyat Gebru, Washington-Lee; Sofonias Getachew, Washington-Lee; Tsion Habtamu, Wakefield; Natsinet Haile, H-B Woodlawn; Noah Harrington, H-B Woodlawn; Derek Henderson, Washington-Lee; Joshua Inyangson, Washington-Lee; Dawit Jabessa, Washington-Lee; Haiylu Kibret, Yorktown; De’Jah Lee, Washington-Lee; Kendall Logan, Yorktown; Alaa Mohamed Ali, Washington-Lee; Kirsten Pettaway, Wakefield; Edna Samron, Washington-Lee; Naomi-Michela Simatos, Washington-Lee; Mia Turner, Wakefield; Mikayla Venson, Yorktown; Craig Wanda, Washington-Lee; Marisa Wright, H-B Woodlawn; Misrak Yifru, H-B Woodlawn; Tesay Yusuf, Wakefield; and Nia Zekan, Washington-Lee.

Kirby Elyse Wright received a bachelor of science in business administration degree from the College of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Emily Foggo, a member of the class of 2014 at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean's list status for the winter term 2013.

Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. has named Ryan RisCassi to the honor roll for the 2013 spring semester.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will award 14 Arlington Public Schools teachers Certificates of Study for their participation in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. The Certificate of Study recognizes educators who have continued their professional learning in the arts. Arlington teachers recognized by the Kennedy Center include: Abingdon Elementary School: Katharine Hale and Gail Guida Seligson. Drew Model Elementary School: Charity Potter Crigger, Cassandra Cummings, Emily Hall, Catherine Kalkus, Anna Kanter, Carol Oakes, Constance J. Usova, Mary Beth Wertime and Mashari Khalilah Whitfield. Kenmore Middle School: Shauna M. Dyer, Dotsy Fraker and Dottie Lydon.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that four Arlington seniors have earned $2,500 scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Washington-Lee High School: Ariel E. Bobbett and Elizabeth M. Roy. Yorktown High School: Nicole Orttung. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology:

Robert C. Wharton

Erickson Krogh has been named to the Spring 2013 Champlain college dean's list. He is the son of Anthony and Kimberly Krogh and is majoring in psychology.

Kimbeng Ngeh has graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor's degree in public relations.

Zachary James Madison graduated magna cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He is a graduate of Yorktown High School and the son of George and Carol Madison of Arlington.

Jillian Luoma-Overstreet was among nearly 900 St. Olaf College students who were recognized for academic achievement at the college's annual Honors Day convocation on May 3. Jillian is an undecided major. She is the daughter of Charles and Kristine Luoma-Overstreet.

Natalia Froberg graduated from Randolph College with a bachelor of arts degree in art (studio).

Sylvia Braun, a sophomore art education major was the recipient of The Jenelle Stocker Memorial Art Award during the annual Honors Day Convocation at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.

Mattson C. Fields graduated cum laude from University of Mary Washington with a bachelor of arts degree in studio art. He received departmental honors in studio art.

Anne R. Grasselli graduated summa cum laude from University of Mary Washington with a bachelor of arts degree in art history. She received departmental honors in art history.

The Virginia Council on Women, in collaboration with the Science Museum of Virginia announced the winners of the 2nd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls. Samantha Spytek received honorable recognition and won $2,000. She is a senior at Wakefield High School.

Beginning in late July, Fairfax County Public Schools staff member Michael Cruse, of Arlington, will study neotropical ecology in the Central American country of Costa Rica. More information about Cruse's course is located at

Jessica Neupane, the daughter of Ram and Goma Neupane, was recognized for her outstanding participation in the 2013 Randolph-Macon Academy Sophomore Speech Contest. Jessica received third place for her speech, "Is Abortion Taking a Life or Saving One?," in the Persuasive Speech category.

Amy R. Law received a bachelor of science cum laude degree in nutrition and food sciences within the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at University of Vermont.

Nathan Hughes a freshman majoring in robotics engineering, was named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s dean's list.

Blene Hailu graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Eastern Mennonite University.

Christopher Crowe, a Yorktown High School graduate, is a member of Stevenson University's 2013 Men's Lacrosse Team. The Stevenson men's lacrosse team advanced to its first-ever national championship game after the No. 4 Mustangs defeated rival Salisbury University Sunday night at Mustang Stadium 12-6 in front of a record 2,311 fans.

Anabel Montano-Vargas was inducted into the Mary Baldwin College chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, chartered in 2009 to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, administration, and marketing communication.

Jessica Neupane, the daughter of Ram and Goma Neupane of Arlington, was named to dean's list at Randolph-Macon Academy. She is a sophomore.

Thomas Kim, the son of Richard and Un Hui Kim of Arlington, was named to the dean's list at Randolph-Macon Academy. He is a junior.

Logan Frederick received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Skidmore College.