News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
** John Pfautz of Arlington earned a degree in digital forensics during recent commencement exercises at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
** Carolyn Conklin, Zaniya Ward-Brown, Danial Piester, Rebekah Williams and Diann McDaniel of Arlington have been named to the president’s list and Ines Wehling, Alisia Gonzalez and Quentinn Wertz of Arlington have been named to the dean’s list for the summer semester at Southern New Hampshire University.
** Albert Castro of Arlington was named to the dean’s list and Gold Star recognition and Gina DeLancey of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at The Citadel.
** Jae Moss of Arlington has been named to the scholastic honor roll for the summer semester at Oregon State University.
** Leanna Christensen of Arlington has been named to the dean’s list for the summer semester at Kennesaw State University.
** Adie Selassie of Arlington, a senior at Sidwell Friends School, was the only Virginian to be named a 2021 Calvin Coolidge Presidential Scholar.
The program, overseen by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, is a merit-based competition that provides full tuition, room, board, books and expenses for four years at a college of the student’s choice. For information, see the Website at https://coolidgescholars.org.
For her achievement, Selassie was honored Sept. 18 by the Arlington County Board.
Selassie, the daughter of Yodit Belew and Brook Selassie, has founded and led two non-profit organizations, is co-chair of the Drugs & Alcohol Prevention Committee of the Arlington County government’s Teen Network Board, and has authored two books (“Solar Gratitude” and “Your Growing Brain.”) She also was named a National Merit Semifinalist, and competes on her school’s cross-country and track teams.
** Two sets of Arlington brothers for the second year in a row worked with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington to provide backpacks loaded with school supplies to refugee children in elementary and middle schools.
Khalin and Karsin Patel and Jack and Michael Groharing were able to fill 63 bags with notebooks, pens, folders, pencils, crayons and other supplies.
“Coming to America as a refugee is not easy,” said Khalin Patel. “I want everyone to succeed in school, and I hope these backpacks will help them to do well.”
Each year, Catholic Charities holds a school-supplies-giveaway for children age 5 to 17 through its migration-and-refugee-services program.
For information on the initiative, call (703) 841-3830 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Lucy Giesler of Arlington recently attended Aviation Challenge Mach I at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., and graduated with honors.
The week-long program is designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. Giesler and her team took on the role of fighter pilots, running control systems and scenario-based missions while training and water and land survival.
For information on the program, see the Website at www.spacecamp.com/aviation.
** Aaron Carlson of Arlington has been selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in a two-month English-language-specialist program through the Arkalyk Pedagogical Institute in Kazakhstan.
The initiative is sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its founding in 1991, more than 800 English-language specialists from all 50 states have participated.
Carlson is a lifelong educator who began in 1991 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland and has served in the Washington region as a professor, English-language specialist and consultant.
** Ava Sodergren of Arlington has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, where she is assigned to the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation.
For information on the New York Army National Guard, see the Website at www.dmna.ny.gov and www.1800goguard.com.