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Virginia Credit Union recently awarded $2,500 college scholarships to five students from Henrico County: Melissa Gostel, a senior at the University of Mary Washington; Brittany Keup, a 2012 graduate of Deep Run High School; Austin Link, a 2012 graduate of Freeman High School; Laura O’Brien, a sophomore at Wellesley College; and Carlyn Pearce, a 2012 graduate of Deep Run High School. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay and work to help defray the cost of education. VACU awarded $62,500 in scholarships to 25 student members in 2012.

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The following students recently graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Hunter Curle, Lindsay Holt, Lauren vonBechmann, Cyrus Mirshahi, Erica Orange, Mary Kathryne Dickinson, Jessica Ludwig, Hugh Pritchett, Natalie French, Andrew Mallory, Emily Wilcox, Lucas Dauberman, Zahida Mitha, Pauline Fotopoulos, Priyanka Singhal, Robert Villa, Anne West, Robin Brown, Jennifer Russell, Lindsay Turner, Stefan Jobe, Bryson Jobe, Olivia Smith, Kaitlyn Gemmell, Brittany Chapel, Robert Keller, Alysa Autry, Jennifer Chevalier, Justin Smith, Patrick White, Kyle Kaczmar, Andrew Young, Patrick Compton, Gregory Chu, Jessica Green, Anna Camden and Kara Sordelett, of Glen Allen; Rachel Uhrig, William Burke, Jasmine Booker, Perri Cazan, Lamar Walker, Rebecca Schumm, Lauren Liles, Christopher Norman, Nideria Brown, Nicole Hicks, Courtney Snyder, Jocelyn Walker, Shelby Fuller, Cecelia Parrish, Rachel Hernandez, Elizabeth Hogue, Nakia Hudson-Lewis, Joseph Marbold, Darci Bohmer, Saadia Washington, William Henderson, Helen Archer, Stefan McFayden and Rebecca Davis, of Richmond; Emilia LeBlanc, Melissa Conner, Brittnie Sykes and Katherine Ford, of Henrico; Angela Walthall, William Weaver and Alyssa Taylor, of Sandston; and Grace Flanagan, of Highland Springs.

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Ann-Katherine Coleman Vath, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s academic honor list for the spring 2012 semester at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. To be eligible for the dean’s academic honor list, students must maintain a minimum 3.7 grade point average.

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Parth P. Shah, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Boston University in Boston, Mass.

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The following students recently graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.: Joyce Fain, of Richmond; and Tyler Claytor, Noozhat Nashir and Firoz N. Khan, of Glen Allen.

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Zachary Arlandus Lane, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.: Christine Elizabeth Ferguson, of Glen Allen; and Stephen Warwick Davenport and Dorothy Estes Grover, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

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Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Jones is a senior majoring in English and communication studies.

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The following students recently were named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Jordan Molnar, Hunter Curle, Margaret Stuckey, Cyrus Mirshahi, Rachel Atkins, Alysa Autry, Jessica Ludwig, Natalie French, Austin Shoop, Rachel Bramhall and Cara Livingston, of Glen Allen; Stephanie Sprouse, of Sandston; and Mary Elder, Stefan McFayden and Helen Archer, of Richmond. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.9 or higher. The following James Madison University students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester: Brittany Bailey, Lauren vonBechmann, Zahida Mitha, Rachel Simon, Jack Dudding, Curtis Kapsak, Samantha Zehnle, Alexandra Kowal, Camille Ahearn, Shannon Essad, Alexandra Major, Joshua McKeon, Casey Pottle, Luke Howard, Taylor Burks, Marianna Bryant, Lauren Price, Spencer Billett, Robert Keller, Mary Kathryne Dickinson, Bethany Ames, Christina Damico, Rachel Gagliardi, Jessica Wheeler, Katelyn Grimes, Ashley Redden, Jonathan Crockett, Laura Mason, Rachel Dawson, Emily Winters, Amelia Wood, Brian Oliver, Brian Rector, Michelle Haudricourt, Morgan Stiebel, Thomas Hoke, Travis Henley, Stephanie Salomon, Alexa Futcher, Lacy Nuckols, Patrick Compton, Emily Wilcox, Alexis Read, Sarah Carney, Jessica Laursen, Kathryn Minock and Steven Mitchell, of Glen Allen; Emilia LeBlanc and Shanell Dowling, of Henrico; and Alexander Noble, Shelby Fuller, Tamara Washington, Morgan Abrams-Nicholas, Jingxiong Wu, Terrice Travers, Allison Lehman, Sheria Pettis, Ashley Jallah, Margaret Williams, Darci Bohmer, Nicole Cole, Jessica Bagby, Kelsey Creech, Courtney Snyder, Carrington Jones, Cecelia Parrish, Michael Ferras, Brooke Covington, Samuel Franklin, Elizabeth Layfield, Luke Everett, Destiny Anderson and Rebecca Davis, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899.

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Draden Gaffney, a rising ninth grader entering Collegiate School this fall, has been named a 2012 Brine National All-Star. Draden has been selected to represent the Washington D.C. Regional Team Metro in the 2012 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30 to July 3. Locally, Gaffney plays for Richmond's Team Venom U-15 Elite. He is the son of Jeff and Vicki Gaffney.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) Educational Foundation recently selected its college scholarship recipients for the 2012–13 academic year. A $1,000 VSCPA Graduate Scholarship was awarded to Sean McCabe, of Richmond, and a student at James Madison University. A $2,500 Kearney & Company Scholarship was awarded to Courtney Dobbs, of Glen Allen, and a student at Virginia Tech. The Foundation awarded $44,000 this year to 25 accounting college students across Virginia. Scholarship applicants must be currently enrolled or have been accepted into an accounting program at a Virginia college or university. Other selection criteria for the awards include overall academic performance, entry essay, faculty recommendation(s) and community and/or extracurricular activities.

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Khader M. Allahbaksh and Elsia J. Yoo, of Henrico, recently graduated from Boston University in Boston, Mass. Allahbaksh received a master of science degree in computer information systems; Yoo received a master of arts degree in medical science.

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More than 20 students and instructors from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Culinary Arts Program participated along with chefs from over 70 of Richmond’s finest local restaurants during Broad Appétit 2012. The students served up nearly 500 plates of coffee-braised beef on a sour pretzel baguette with an arugula salad with homemade hot sauce and a charred corn aioli. In addition, culinary students Christy Eliasek and Jamell Dickerson served as sous chefs for the entire competition. JSRCC also hosted the Chef’s Demonstration Stage. Chef Jesse Miller, program head of the culinary arts program, managed the stage, which featured the Throw Down in the Street Competition. Adjunct Faculty Member Mike Pendergrast took second place in that competition for his Pork Two-Ways dish. JSRCC has participated in Broad Appétit since its inception five years ago.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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