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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently announced the winners of its 2012 Award of Achievement for academic excellence in accounting studies. The VSCPA annually recognizes top graduating accounting seniors from Virginia high schools, community colleges and four-year universities. The students are selected by accounting faculty at their respective schools. Only one award is issued per school each year, making it a significant honor to be the single student selected for recognition amongst peers. Henrico award winners include: Kianna Jones, Douglas S. Freeman High School; Bi Ou, Hermitage High School; Henry Finn, Mills E. Godwin High School; and Jasmine Hough, Varina High School.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Jason T. Whitley, son of Wanda L. Childress, of North Carolina, and Timothy L. Whitley, of Sandston, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. McDonough and fellow recruits endured rigorous physical training as well as numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. McDonough ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as “Marines” for the first time.

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Twenty-six Virginians, including three from Glen Allen, will be among 988 delegates from around the world attending The United Methodist Church’s General Conference starting today. General Conference, the church’s top lawmaking body and the only group that can officially speak for the denomination, meets every four years. Delegates will consider approximately 1,600 pieces of proposed legislation during the conference dealing with reorganization of church structure, revisions to church law, plans and budgets for church-wide programs and resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. Clergy and laity representing Glen Allen include: The Rev. Marc Brown, Virginia Conference director of Connectional Ministries; Jim Branscome; and Martha Stokes, Virginia Conference director of Inclusivity and Lay Leadership Excellence.

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Students from the following groups recently performed at Walt Disney World in Florida as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program: Deep Run High School’s Vocal Music Department and Glen Allen High School’s “Marching Jaguars” and Concert Choir. Dance groups, choirs, ensembles and marching bands from around the world apply to perform each year at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. For more information on the program, visit http://www.disneyperformingarts.com. Deep Run High School also recently traveled to Epcot at Walt Disney World to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series Program, “Magic Behind the Show: Improv and Teamwork.” Disney Y.E.S. programs take place in and behind-the-scenes of the world-famous theme parks. Professional Disney facilitators help guide students and assist them in understanding key lessons in career discovery, life management, science, history, arts and humanities. For more information on Y.E.S. programs, visit http://www.disneyyes.com.

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RichTech, Richmond Technology Council, recently announced the 2012 Technology Stars Award Finalists. Every year RichTech recognizes and celebrates the best and brightest technology stars in seven award categories. The Technology Builder Award is given to the local technology company delivering technology solutions and/or services to external clients that build capacity and increase operational efficiency. Henrico recipients are: Whitlock, of Henrico, and Allegro Consultants and Create Digital, of Glen Allen. The Educator Award is given to the educator or school program that provides exceptional technology leadership and encourages students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering and math. Henrico recipients are Lynne M. Norris, of Deep Run High School, and Tom Woodward, of Henrico County Public Schools.

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The Virginia/Washington, D.C. affiliate of the National Center for Women and Information Technology recently held its first Award for Aspirations in Computing ceremony. The regional organization, formed by George Mason University, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, honored two high school teachers and 10 high school students with awards for their efforts to, respectively, teach and learn computer science. Henrico recipients include: Teacher Lynn M. Norris, of Deep Run High School; and students Taylor O’Brien, of Godwin High School; and Kristina Pham, Shelby Evans and Jordan Newton, of Deep Run High School.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Virginia Grace Event Management will present Wedding Budget Basics, part of its second annual Bridal Breakfast Series, at 9:30 a.m. at Mosaic Catering & Events, 3001 Cutshaw Ave. Hosted by Nadia Anderson, CPA and certified wedding and event planner, the class will be interactive and informative and will help begin the wedding planning process. Anderson will also share tips on how to have money conversations with your family and fiancé, and the top 10 ways to save on your special day. Tickets are $30 and include breakfast, class materials and a swag bag. To register, visit http://www.vagraceevents.ticketbud.com. Full text

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