News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
- Hao Wu of Great Falls earned a master of business administration degree during recent commencement exercises at New York Institute of Technology.
- Mehran Ansari of Vienna has been inducted into the George Mason University chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi all-discipline honor society, and Matthew Holdaway of Vienna has been inducted into the Brigham Young University chapter.
- Jane Carskaddan of Great Falls, a graduate of Langley High School; Samantha Giutini of Oakton, a graduate of Flint Hill School; Charles Matthews of Vienna, a graduate of George C. Marshall High School; Bayley McDermott of McLean, a graduate of Langley High School; Elizabeth Isacson of McLean, a graduate of Madeira School; Bergen Banta of Vienna, a graduate of Fallbrook Union High School; Alexis Kartalian of Great Falls, a graduate of Potomac School; and Jared Lampal of McLean, a graduate of McLean High School have been named to the dean’s list with distinction for the fall semester at Colgate University.
- Samantha Sporn of McLean, a graduate of Madeira School, and Hadley Pade of McLean, a graduate of St. Albans School, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Colgate University.
- Buckley Ross of Great Falls and Avery Fitz of McLean have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Lehigh University.
William Eggers of Vienna and David Hernandez of Oakton have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at The Citadel.
Anderson Hauptli of McLean, Claire Ashby of Vienna, Emily Kilbourne of Vienna, Jiwon Kim of McLean, Katherine Hikin of Vienna, Nathaniel Martin of Great Falls and Piper Phillips of McLean have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Emerson College.
- Abigail Lee, an eighth-grader at Longfellow Middle School, finished third in one category and fifth in another in the international Buzzword competition, while Deven Hagen, an eighth-grader at Longfellow, finished second in one competition.
The online competitions were created by National Academic Quiz Tournaments in order to take the place of traditional quiz-bowl competitions that were put on hold due to public-health conditions.
Lee and Hagen will compete in national-championship action on April 25.
For information on the competition, see the Website at http://naqt.com/buzzword.
Tracy Cabacoy, a mathematics resource teacher at Providence Elementary School, is one of four Virginia finalists for the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics.
Finalists were selected by review committees convened by the Virginia Department of Education. Winners will be announced by the White House.
The award is regarded as the nation’s top honor for math and science teachers, recognizing those who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs designed to improve student achievement.
The Safe Community Coalition will host an online Webinar – “A Brighter 2021: Ending the School Year Strong” – on Tuesday, April 13 at noon.
The guest speaker will be Ana Homayoun, founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting. She has worked with parents, students, educators and employers on motivation, engagement and wellness topics.
The event is free. For information and registration, see the Website at www.mcleanscc.org.
Marymount University plans fully in-person instruction in the fall, university officials say, along with a return to a more “normal” college experience for students in regard to resident life, athletics and campus activities.
For both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, Marymount has been operating through a hybrid model that has allowed students to take classes either on campus or remotely. No positive COVID-19 cases at Marymount have been traced back to classroom settings, officials said.
“We have done everything possible to keep our students and employees safe,” university president Irma Becerra said. “ Reaching this point where we can make a full return to in-person learning and living is thanks to our community members as a whole, who have all played a part in our collective success.”
All resident students, student-athletes, commuters registered for in-person classes, faculty who teach in-person classes and identified staff members were tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of classes in January. In addition, Marymount recently joined other DC-area universities in the rollout of an innovative saliva-based COVID-19 testing system, Shield T3, with a mobile laboratory located at Gallaudet University.
Marymount is currently processing about 5,000 tests per week through the Shield T3 lab to monitor student-athletes and conduct enhanced “surveillance testing.”
Marymount also is working on a campus plan for vaccination for when it becomes available to colleges and universities. In Virginia, essential workers at higher education institutions are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in the upcoming Phase 1C.
Students with “unique circumstances” may be allowed to opt out of fully in-person instruction and participate in either a hybrid or remote format this fall, university officials said.