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ArlingtonSchools & Military, 5/6/21 edition

Schools & Military, 5/6/21 edition

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

** Kendyl MacLean of Arlington, a graduate student pursuing a master of health administration degree at the University of Scranton, has been inducted into the university’s chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, the national honor society for students in healthcare-administration programs.

** Katie Webster of Arlington has been inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.

** The following local students have been inducted in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:

– Clemson University: Claire Sawyer.
– Marymount University: Samantha Baker, Emily Carns, Bernard Carpenter, Viviane de Rezende Rocha Pedruco, Stephen Defibaugh, Daniel Duro, Ahmed El-Manialawy, Mary Alyce Furlong, Marnel Niles Goins, Julia Paegle, James Ryerson, Joseph Sanz, Riell Swann, Matthania Volmy.
– George Mason University: Rebecca Lustig, Maya Ward, Laura Powers.
– United States Military Academy: Gillian Schiffer.
– East Carolina University: Traci Espenship.
– Virginia Tech: Peter Dola, Richard Donovan, Barhar Jarrar.
– Radford University: Emma Theunissen.
– University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus: Pallavi Banerjee.

** Albert Castro of Arlington has received a Gold Star and was named to the president’s list for the fall semester at The Citadel.

** Benjamin Foster of Arlington has been named a peer tutor by the Academic Success Center at Alvernia University, where he will tutor writing.
Peer tutors are selected on the basis of academic skill, leadership, character and the ability to community well with others.

** In its efforts to promote student achievement, the Arlington Rotary Club recently honored a local educator and presented county high-school student scholarships totaling $18,000.

Laurie Dodson, a counselor at Key Immersion Elementary School, was named “Educator of the Year.” Arlington Rotary is a partner with Key School, supporting it with special activities throughout the year.

Dodson was commended for helping Key School-Escuela Key, the county’s bilingual Spanish immersion K-5 elementary school, to achieve national recognition from the American School Counseling Association as a model for its data-informed counseling program.

Dodson also coordinates the school’s “Adopt a Child and Family” holiday-gift campaign that matches community donors with more than 60 families in need.

Emma Newman, a Washington-Liberty High School senior, is the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship over four years to attend Virginia Tech. She plans to major in psychology and hopes to pursue a career helping people who live with mental illness.

Sarai Joya Argueta, a graduate of Arlington Community High School, is the recipient of the $8,000 Audra Rafter Scholarship. She begins studies at Northern Virginia Community College this month to study information technology, and hopes for a career in the medical and pharmacy field.

“The awards reflect Arlington Rotary’s ongoing commitment to education,” said the club’s interim Education Fund president, Steve Klemp. “We are proud to honor a leader of the present and two leaders of the future. They are assets for our community.”

The club presented the awards on April 22 in an event held “virtually” because of the pandemic. Lisa Fikes, acting president and CEO of Leadership Center for Excellence, was the keynote speaker.

Linking Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” to education, Fikes noted that “taking the time to listen and learn is a form of civic engagement” and promoted taking what you learn “to make a difference.”

During a time of isolation and fear during the pandemic organizations, businesses and individuals came together to meet community needs, she said.
“Creativity will continue [and] Arlington has a right to be proud,” she said.

Klemp voiced appreciation to all whose support make the Rotary Club’s scholarships and service projects throughout the year possible. Event sponsors included AHC Inc.; Art-Eclectic, a subsidiary of the Lott Family, LLC; MESH/Masonic & Eastern Star Charities; Carol Sutfin, broker, MCM Realty; Claude Moore Charitable Foundation; Embassy of the United Arab Emirates; John P. and Priscilla C. Becker; Kim and Dave Durand; Steve and Karen Klemp; Gary and Janice Long; Steve and Nancy Silcox; and Phil Traina.

** First Lady Jill Biden will be the keynote speaker at George Mason University’s 2021 commencement ceremony, to be held May 14 in an online format.

The event will celebrate the achievements of nearly 9,700 new graduates of the university.

Biden, who holds a doctor of education degree in educational leadership, has been a faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College and was that institution’s 2016 commencement speaker.

The May 14 Mason commencement will be live-streamed. University officials say they will be conducting smaller, in-person recognition events for students the week of May 10.

** The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (known as “OLLI Mason”) has reached its 30th birthday.

What began with 100 members and one classroom in 1991 has grown to more than 1,000 members across three campuses (Fairfax, Reston and Sterling) today.

Each year, the initiative offers more than 600 courses, events and social opportunities, university officials said.
For information, see the Website at https://olli.gmu.edu.

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