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Arlington resident Elizabeth Brooks Mailander was recently elected to the Davidson College Board of Trustees. Mailander, a 1985 Davidson graduate, has spent her career in public relations, marketing and advertising. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson. She is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, serves as secretary of the Arlington Ridge Community Association and previously served on the executive committee of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She received a national poetry award in 1994.

Two Arlington residents were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Hampden-Sydney College.

* Philip S. Carson, a junior, graduated from Yorktown High School and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Stuart J. Carson.

* Alexander George Kolt, a freshman, graduated from Potomac School and is the son of Mrs. George Kolt.

Kristyn Virginia Wharton, of Arlington, was named to the fall semester honors list at Averett University. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dabney Wharton, and is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in physical education: athletic training.

Army Reserve Pvt. Alvin L. Monteverde has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Monteverde is the brother of Leonardo Monteverde of S. Glebe Road, Arlington.

Three Arlington residents, Peter A. Arnston, Gary W. Brown and J. Robert McAllister III, are among nine lawyers from McCandlish and Lillard recognized by Virginia Business magazine as being among Virginia’s "Legal Elite." Peter A. Arntson, who is senior counsel to McCandlish & Lillard, was recognized among the best in the area of Taxes, Estates and Trusts. Gary W. Brown, principal and Chairman of the Board of McCandlish & Lillard, was named among the best in the category of Alternate Dispute Resolution. J. Robert McAllister, III, who is a senior counsel to the firm, was recognized among the best in Health Law. In addition to health care law, he concentrates in the areas of business and tax-exempt organization law.

In January, many Yorktown High School band students got a taste of university life by playing in college weekend honor bands. Shamika Ranasinghe, Emily Simmonds and James Taylor participated in the Virginia Tech Honor Band in Blacksburg. Molly Grieco, Christopher Hunt, Dana John, Janet Lee, Laura Mansilla, Kelly McCoy, Eileen Roos, Gretchen Schneider and Nora Swisher joined the Festival of Winds, Brass & Percussion at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Lena Barsky, Joe Donahoe, David Gorsky, Tessa Heydinger, Christopher Hunt, Greg Ketcham-Colwill, Rachel Locke, Laura Mansilla, Frances Meadows, Callie Nestleroth, Eileen Roos and Margaret Taylor performed at the George Mason University Honor Band Festival in Fairfax. In October, Yorktown band members Molly Grieco, Janet Lee, Eileen Roos, Nora Swisher, and Taylor Triggs marched with the University of Virginia Marching Cavaliers during their homecoming football game half time show as part of UVA’s Band Day in Charlottesville.

Wakefield High School junior Danielle Day’s picture of the Air Force Memorial has been chosen by Arlingtonians to be featured on the 2007-08 county decal. Students from all three Arlington High School as well as the Arlington Career Center and H-B Woodlawn Program, entered the competition. Two other Wakefield students were finalists - seniors Thomas Phan and Amanda Donahoo - as well as one student from H-B Woodlawn, sophomore Isabel Rich.

A photograph by Mario Damiani of Arlington, has been accepted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Art Collection. Now in its 15th year, the Collection features artwork by people from across the country with neuromuscular diseases. Damiani's "Bavarian Reflection" is a photograph of the Heilig-Geist-Spital, a restaurant towering over the Pegnitz River in Nuremberg, Germany; the building was a hospital in the Middle Ages. The photograph was taken with a Nikon APS camera during a trip in the summer of 2000. Damiani, 29, is a policy adviser in the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and is a member of MDA's National Task Force on Public Awareness. Damiani earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and has been an amateur photographer for 15 years.

Cathy Lee Cawley of Arlington, was featured in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Busy Moms." Her story is titled "I Need a Bigger Fridge."

Arlington resident Anita Katial has recently completed a rigorous training program led by former Vice President Al Gore to spread the message about the threat of and solutions to global warming. Anita was part of a select group of individuals chosen to receive this important training in January.