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FairfaxEducationSchools & Military, 5/26/22 edition

Schools & Military, 5/26/22 edition

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News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.

• Cabot Boyd of Vienna earned a master of science degree in information systems and a bachelor of business administration degree and David Reed of Vienna earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and management during recent commencement exercises at Harding University.

• Brendan Keating of Vienna, a graduate of James Madison High School, earned a degree in economics, magna cum laude, during recent commencement exercises at Virginia Tech.

• Holden Snyder of Vienna earned a bachelor of science degree in physics during recent commencement exercises at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

• Sofia Devin of Vienna, a graduate of George C. Marshall High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science and mathematics, with distinction, and Anneka Noe of McLean, a graduate of Langley High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with high distinction, in recent commencement exercises at Harvey Mudd College.

• Tyler Fink of Oakton earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, magna cum laude; Olivia Kloser of McLean earned a bachelor of science degree in health/exercise science and French, cum laude; Kelsi Listman of Vienna earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology and mathematics, summa cum laude; Yifan Sheng of Vienna earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religion; and Robert Tucker earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration during recent commencement exercises at Bridgewater College.

• Adam Zoesch of Vienna, Diane Stewart of McLean and Fernanda Agnes of McLean have been named to the president’s list for the winter term at Southern New Hampshire University.

• Zachary Wisler of Oakton, Reeve Felner of Vienna, Shane Woldow of Vienna, Gina DeChristopher of Vienna and Julianna Hoffman of Vienna have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Belmont University.

• Annalise Blair of McLean has been inducted into the University of Miami chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa national-leadership honor society.

• Emily Szalankiewicz of Oakton has been inducted into the George Mason University chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

• Benjamin Choi of McLean, a senior at the Potomac School, and Helen Dunn, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, are among 161 students from across the nation, and two of five from across Virginia, to be named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects students annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 awards as determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored about 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students.

The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the organization again was extended to recognize students who demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career-and-technical-education fields.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored about 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.

In 2015, the program again was extended to recognize students who demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career-and-technical-education fields.

• Annie Zhang of McLean has been awarded the 2022 Claes Nobel Future Female Leader Scholarship by the National Society of High School Scholars.

Zhang was one of 10 national recipients from among 500 applicants. Recipients were selected based on leadership potential.

• A number of local students were among 30 from across Fairfax County’s public schools to receive the latest round of National Merit Scholarships.
They were among a group of approximately 2,500 students nationally who will receive funding directly from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Students from the Sun Gazette coverage area, and their expected career paths in parentheses, include):

From Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology: Ryan Angle (computer science, Akash Pamal (computer science), Aarav Khanna (computer science), Aarav Bajal (computer science), Anirudh Bansal (computer science), Justine Chu (medical research), Anwitha Kollipara (computer science), Harrish Ganesh (medicine), Jasjeet Sandhu (politics), Melissa Wu (economics), Justin Chen (business), Alyssa Gorbaneva (computer science), Leon Jia (computer science), Valerie Li (computer science), Isaac Lin (computer science), Megan Yu (computer science), Hasita Nalluri (medicine), Pulak Dugar (computer science), Garrett Heller (physics).

From McLean High School: Joyce Qi (materials engineering), Cathy Zhang (law), Jack Hunter Deutsch (economics), Songhan Pang (medicine), Cynthia Ma (undecided).

From Langley High School: William Wallace-Gomez Orr (writing), Erika Li (biology), Anjara Rajesh (neuroscience) and Charles Tatum (engineering).

• Sophie Pellnitz, a graduating senior at BASIS Independent McLean, has received a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Pellnitz currently is in the midst of her senior project at the school, studying the psychology of wealth and national attitudes toward higher taxation on the most wealthy in the nation.

• A number of local students have received scholarships from the Hispanic Leadership Alliance, a group of Fairfax County Public Schools employees.
In the Sun Gazette coverage area, Alielyx Aponte Ceneno of George C. Marshall High School received the Latinos Unidos Club Scholarship; Geidy Felipes Garcia of Marshall earned the Sonia Rosa Véler Memorial Scholarship; and Alexa García García of Marshall received the Humberto Moore Cruz Memorial Scholarship.

“I couldn’t help but think what a better place this world will be with these young leaders fulfilling their potential,” said Teddi Predaris, a retired educator who is active with the alliance, which presented scholarships to 26 students on May 3.

“It was amazing to hear the diversity of areas they will go into,” Predaris said.

• A number of students from Fairfax County schools in the Sun Gazette coverage area have been selected to the 2022 All-Virginia Chorus, with others named to the All-Virginia Orchestra.

The students performed with other premier musicians from across the state April 20-23.

Students from throughout Virginia went through a rigorous audition process to compete for spots, then rehearsed with nationally recognized conductors to prepare for their performances.

Local students selected for All-Virginia Chorus included Caroline Cha, James Madison High School; Robbie Erickson, James Madison High School; Shriya Iyer, Langley High School; Elise McCulloch, James Madison High School; Kian Mostaghim, George C. Marshall High School; Luke Mudrick, James Madison High School; Sara Porjosh, George C. Marshall High School; Tatum Scarborough, George C. Marshall High School; Sydney Topoleski, James Madison High School; Katherine Townsend, James Madison High School; and Sophia Welch, George C. Marshall High School.

Students named to the All-Virginia Orchestra from the local area included Daniel Ahn, McLean High School; Alexander Bills, McLean High School; Ryan Chun, McLean High School; Sophia Go, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology; Ramya Griddaluri, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology; Nina Howell, James Madison High School; Angelee Kang, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology; Matthew Kim, Oakton High School; Mikayla Li, McLean High School; Ryan Liu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology; Perceval Park, James Madison High School; Serenna Semonsen, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Donghwa Shin, McLean High School; Amina Sibay, James Madison High School; Valerie Su, Oakton High School: Joshua Thrush, James Madison High School; Caleb Wang, McLean High School; Joshua Wang, McLean High School; Kai Wang, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology; and Christina Wu, McLean High School.

• The Highlander newsmagazine and Website (thehighlandernews.com) of McLean High School, advised by Lindsay Benedict and led by editors-in-chief Akash Balenalli, Heran Essayas, Marina Qu, and Jack Shields, received a 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown award in the hybrid-news category.

TJ Today from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, advised by Erinn Harris and led by editors in-chief Sonia Kanchan, Stuti Gupta, Pratika Katiyar, Anuj Khemka, Vikram Achuthan and Annika Duneja, also received a Gold Crown award.

Marshall High School received a Certificate of Merit (honorable mention) CSPA Gold Circle award for its entry in the Digital Media and Yearbook/ Alternative Story Form category, “How It Unfolded,” published in Columbian. Marshall’s yearbook adviser is Dan Reinish, and the entry was led by editors-in-chief Sonel Cutler and Stephanie Wright.

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