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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.