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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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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > 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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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