News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
** Natalya Beranek of Arlington and Maeve Cantwell of Arlington earned degrees during recent commencement exercises at the University of Hartford.
** Magdalena Mollo Vinoly of Arlington has been named to the dean’s honor roll for the spring semester at Wichita State University.
** Braeden List of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lee University.
** Dillon Amburgey of Arlington earned an award of excellence at Western Governors University College of Information Technology.
** John Matlock of Arlington was one of 67 students who attended the Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks leadership program, which took place July 11-16 in Oklahoma.
The week-long program for the top high-school students from around the world to learn leadership techniques and skills from frontrunners and influential leaders in various fields. Program curriculum is designed around the four core principles that led retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks through his 38-year military career: character, common vision, communication and caring.
“We are honored to assist the world’s brightest high-school students with leadership capabilities and confidence as they make important steps toward their collegiate careers – just the first step in a long journey of future triumphs for these leaders of tomorrow,” Franks said.
For more information on the program, see the Website at www.fourstarleader.com.
Matlock is a student at Humphreys High School, a Department of Defense school in South Korea.
** Judith Stearns, a 1967 graduate of St. Joseph’s College, has been named to the institution’s board of trustees.
Stearns is president of Refine It, Today Decorating in Arlington, where she serves as an interior-design and building contractor designing living environments and overseeing high-end projects. She also serves as a fundraising and events consultant for various Silicon Valley growth firms and non-profit organizations.
“Ms. Stearns brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board, and will certainly be an asset to us,” said Rory Shaffer-Walsh, the New York college’s vice president for institutional advancement. “I welcome Ms. Stearns back to her alma mater and look forward to working with her for many years to come.”
After graduating from St. Joseph’s College with a bachelor of arts degree in history and sociology, Stearns attended the Management Development Program at Stanford University, where she later served as an associate director of development. In that capacity, she was involved in the orchestration and launch of the 1987 Centennial Capital Campaign, the first billion-dollar campaign of any university.
Stearns has held numerous board positions for organizations such as the American Air Museum in Britain, the UN 50th-Anniversary Celebrations Committee, the California Professional Engineers Educational Foundation, Doorways for Women and Families, Children’s Health Council, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Walter Reed National Military Center’s Design and Clinical Committees, National Military Family Association, Pathways to Peace and YMCA of Silicon Valley.
Founded in 1916, St. Joseph’s College has campuses in Brooklyn and Long Island and offers degrees in more than 50 subject areas.
**** Courtney Stephens, a 2020 graduate of Marymount University, has received a 2021 fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, awarded to students pursuing their first year of graduate or professional study.
Stephens was one of four students nationally to receive the Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellowship, valued at $8,500.
After graduation from Marymount with a major in biochemistry and minors in mathematics and quantitative science, Stephens enrolled at South University in Savannah, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in anesthesia science.
“I would like to thank all the Marymount faculty members who helped me along the way, as well as the individuals who I have worked closely with in the medical field that have helped me find a passion in anesthesia,” she said.
Since its founding in 2019, Marymount’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has inducted more than 200 students, faculty and staff. This marks the first time a Marymount graduate has earned an award from the society.
Sarah Fischer, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Marymount, serves as president of its Phi Kappa Phi chapter.
** Schools operated by or affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington are seeing a cumulative 6-percent increase in enrollment this fall, and are gearing up to support nearly 17,000 students.
All 41 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arlington are preparing to welcome the students back to full-time, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, which begins Aug. 23. The diocesan school system also will continue its all-“virtual” school – Saint Isidore of Seville – which last year provided services for about 150 students.
“This year is a particularly exciting time in Catholic education, as we build off of the many innovations and lessons of the past year to reopen safely once again and to continue to pursue new, creative ways of learning for our students,” said Joseph Vorbach, superintendent of schools for the diocese.
“I am grateful for the exceptional talent found within our Catholic schools and the ongoing commitment to provide joyful, engaging and student-centered environments for our learners to grow in faith and knowledge,” Vorbach said.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington covers territory ranging west to the West Virginia border and south to roughly Fredericksburg. The Richmond diocese covers the rest of the commonwealth.
During the 2020-21 school year, the schools in the Arlington diocese offered both full-time in-person and hybrid options to students. For 2021-22, school officials will continue following guidelines laid down by state and federal health officials.
“Mitigation plans have provisions for schools to scale up or down based on local infection rates, and include practices such as face coverings, enhanced cleaning and air filtration,” school officials said.
The uptick in student enrollment may be no surprise; private schools across the region have reported similar increases, perhaps due to discontent among some with public-school performance during the pandemic.
“While the vast majority of diocesan schools have extensive waiting lists, enrollment is dynamic and interested families are encouraged to make inquiries with their local Catholic schools,” school officials said.
For the new school year, Saint Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School has become part of Queen of Apostles School in Alexandria. Saint Isidore is still accepting applications for the current academic year.
Diocesan high schools also are planning for the fall sports season, with football, cross-country, cheerleading, volleyball and soccer all in preseason preparation.