Kevin Zhan, an eighth grader at George H. Moody Middle School, will represent Virginia at the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. Zhan is one of only 54 students remaining in the nationwide competition, culled down from more than 5 million participants. The top 10 finalists will compete in the May 24 final round, moderated by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, and taped to air that evening on the National Geographic Channel.
The following students recently graduated from Hampden-Sydney College: August David Berling, Nathan Clark Cohee, William Staples Cronly, Paul Italo Ferramosca, Jr., Harrison Whitten Long and Thomas William Massey, Jr., of Richmond; Garrison Rashad Coward, of Henrico; and Anthony Vincent Conigliaro, Frank McEnery Garrett, Jr., Frederick John Herrmann IV, Shawn Derrick Maxwell, Jr., Ryan Dale McClain, Thomas Bagby Orange, Jr., Andrew Marshall Thacker and Bryan Gregory Wharton, of Glen Allen.
Marine Corps Pvt. Kalvon S. Bowman, son of Sheba and Rickey Bowman, of Richmond, and Keith Andres, of Henrico, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Bowman, Andres 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. Bowman and Andres 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.
Dalton M. Renick, son of Mark and Janice Renick, of Glen Allen, recently was initiated into the Gamma Chapter of Chi Beta Phi, a national honorary science society, at Hampden-Sydney College. A biology major, Dalton is a graduate of Deep Run High School.
Stephanie Leann Simmons and her mother Terry L. Simmons, of Henrico, both recently graduated from Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Va. Both mother and daughter plan to pursue teaching careers at Old Dominion University.
Shannon Elizabeth Gillikin, of Henrico, recently graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. She received a bachelor of science degree from the nursing program.
Boleman Law Firm, whose Richmond office is located in eastern Henrico, recently received the Outstanding Business Award from LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer). Founder and CEO G.R. “Rusty” Boleman III established the Boleman Law Firm with his wife Gayle in 1991. The firm’s practice is limited to consumer bankruptcy.
Brandon Wesley Rorer, of Glen Allen, recently was named to president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at King College in Bristol, Tenn. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently announced its officers and board of directors for the 2012-13 fiscal year: Chair – John Montoro, principal at The Bookkeeping Department; Chair-elect – James Shepherd, of Verus Financial Partners, Inc.; Vice-chair – Roy Peters, of Feed More, Inc.; Vice-chair – James Phillips, of KPMG; and at-large board members – Staci Henshaw, auditor of public accounts in Richmond; A. Marshall Northington, of Wells, Coleman & Company, LLP; and Gary Romer, of Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP in Glen Allen.
Savannah Sargent, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the 2012 spring semester at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Robert J. Daniels, of Glen Allen, and Stacy M. Snellings, of Henrico, recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Daniels received a bachelor of science degree. Snellings received a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently recognized 42 members with its 2012 Life Member Award. The award recognizes those who have been members of the VSCPA for more than 40 continuous years. Henrico members awarded life member status for 2012 include: Donald Coleman, Sr., of Glen Allen; and Stephen Dickinson, Ruth Harris, Daniel Pharr, O. Ralph Puccinelli, Jr.; Roy Reynolds and Michael Taylor, of Richmond.
Russell Graves, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Graves majored in political science.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
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Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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