News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
- Rashmi Veerabhadraiah of Arlington earned a master of science degree in information-systems security during recent commencement exercises at the University of the Cumberlands.
- Ngoc Huyen Lee of Arlington earned a master of business administration degree during recent commencement exercises at Angelo State University.
- Nadiran Abulizi of Arlington, a graduate of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, earned a bachelor of science degree in biology during recent commencement exercises at Lebanon Valley College.
- Gabrielle Koon, Ethan Hemmings and Niclas Vavra of Arlington have been named to the president’s list and Eva Gary and Indira Amurrio Chungar have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Shenandoah University.
- Arlington residents Madeline Miller, Ainsley Morton, Kiara Nelson, Cody Godfrey and Ryan Salsburg have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of Vermont.
- Eryka Staren-Doby of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
- Applications are being accepted through Jan. 28 for the Bank of America Student Leaders program, open to high-school juniors and seniors.
Five community-minded students from the local area will be among 300 selected nationally to participate in eight-week summer internships serving local non-profits, followed by a weeklong student-leaders summit in Washington.
Recent students who participated in the program include Spencer Nash of Langley High School, Zeinab Mukhtar of Wakefield High School and Sophia Edwards of Washington-Liberty High School.
For information, see the Website at www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders.
- Aspire! Afterschool Learning has partnered with a number of Arlington elementary schools to compile a wish-list of supplies for teachers, and is conducting a collection drive through Jan. 14.
The schools involved are those with the highest number of students on free and reduced-price lunch and with the largest number of English-language-learners.
Members of the Aspire AmeriCorps team will sort and distribute the items as part of the organization’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event.
For information, see the Website at https://bit.ly/teacher117.
- The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is suggesting that local residents wishing to honor the life of recently deceased former Chamber president Rich Doud can contribute to the Rich Doud Arlington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, managed by the Arlington Community Foundation.
The fund supports college scholarships for students who demonstrate academic merit, financial need and community leadership.
Contributions that have been made to the fund since Doud’s death in December show “just how much Rich meant to our community,” Chamber officials said.
Doud served as president of the Chamber for 23 years before retiring in 2014.
- Virginia Union University has become the 16th member of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
“It’s impossible to overstate my enthusiasm for Virginia Union’s members,” said Gary Thompson, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. “While I believe Virginia Union will benefit from being part of a consortium of notable institutions, I even more firmly believe our organization will benefit from Virginia Union’s talented leadership, dedicated faculty and staff, as well as the engaged student body.”
Located in Richmond and affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, Virginia Union joins a roster that includes Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Mary Baldwin University, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, the University of Lynchburg, the University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan University and Washington and Lee University.
Matthew Shank, former president of Marymount University, is the top staff member of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges.