News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
- Mateo Quitin Lauron earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics during recent commencement exercises at Indiana University.
- Mia Jewell of Arlington has been named to the high honors list for the fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
- Maeve Cantwell of Arlington has been named to the president’s list for the fall semester at the University of Hartford.
- Alexander Bobeczo, Matthew Rafferty and Allison Strazzella of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Gettysburg College.
- Amy Parr, Lee Smith, Scott Frauenknecht, Oran Betz and Jack Goodwin of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.
- Sally Gustafson and Cara Polese of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Grove City College.
- John Hodges of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Marquette University.
- Abigail Muscato of Arlington was named to the honor roll for the first trimester at Williston Northampton School.
- Samuel Wilson of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Simpson College.
- Molly Byrne and Margaret Cochran of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
- Lukas Wood of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of Rhode Island.
- The following Arlington students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Dickinson College:
Maddie Albro, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Albro and a graduate of Washington-Lee High School; Jessie Hayes, the daughter of Timothy Hayes and Nancy McEldowney and a graduate of Washington-Lee High School; Meaghan Mullins, the daughter of Todd and Lynn Mullins and a graduate of Yorktown High School; Evie Priestman, the son of Sarah Priestman of Arlington and a graduate of Wakefield High School; Isabel Ruff, the daughter of Daniel and Karen Ruff of Arlington and a graduate of Washington-Lee High School; and Natalia Uro-De León, the daughter of Antelmo De Leon and Gabriela Uro and a graduate of Wakefield High School.
- Arlington residents Jessica Curran, Molly Feltner, Taylor Malbon, Sandra Mendoza Guerrero, Julianne Nava, William Sharp and Natalie Truong have been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society at George Mason University.
- Charles Harvey III, an educator at Arlington Science Focus School, has been named Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3150’s Teacher of the Year for the 2020-21 school year.
Harvey oversees and is responsible for all instructional and administrative technology, Weather Station, Space Shuttle Simulator, TV station (including daily news show), a variety of committees and “anything else [principal Mary] Begley can think of,” the nomination noted.
Harvey was presented his award during the Arlington Science Focus School PTA meeting via Zoom, with the Post Commander and Adjutant participating.
- The Arlington House chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently presented Bishop Ireton High School student Bethania Anteneh with its Good Citizen Award.
The annual accolade honors students who exhibit the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
- Kai Carney, a student at The Sycamore School in Arlington, is one of only 45 students nationwide – and the only student in Virginia – recognized recently as an honorable-mention award recipient of the fourth annual PAYBACK Challenge Scholarship Contest.
The scholarship is awarded each year by Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a nonprofit committed to ensuring that all students leave high school with the financial skills needed to thrive in the future. Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship for educational pursuits.
Students participating in the NGPF Payback Challenge played PAYBACK, an award-winning college-simulation game, and then chose either to write an essay or to create a video on the topic.
“The Sycamore School gave me the confidence to try the contest,” said Carney, who intends to study science in college.
Nearly 1,000 teachers nominated the best student essay from their classes. Submissions were evaluated based on creativity, clarity, and a demonstrated understanding of key concepts learned from playing PAYBACK.
Sycamore School teacher Jonathon McKenney reviewed all the entries submitted as part of the school-wide contest and selected Kai’s essay, which was “humorous and addressed the prompt well.”
For information on The Sycamore School, see the Website at www.thesycamoreschoolva.org.
- George Mason University has made “significant gains” in research funding, according to university officials, with its efforts buoyed by programs in social sciences and computer and information sciences.
Total research funding for Mason in fiscal year 2019 was $186 million – up from $149 million in 2018 and 86th among all public universities, according to the university’s news service.
That puts Mason well ahead of its pace to meet its goal of $225 million by 2025, university officials said.
Figures are compiled by the National Science Foundation.
According to university officials, social-science research funding ranked ninth among all institutions of higher learning nationally, seventh among all U.S. public institutions and tops in Virginia.
Computer and information sciences ranked 12th nationally in grant funding, eighth among public institutions and tops in Virginia, while engineering grants at Mason increased 49 spots nationally from 142nd to 93rd, and ranked 69th highest among public universities.