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Former Henrico students running SAT prep courses

A few Henrico residents and current UVA students are using their summer vacation to help college hopefuls with their SATs.

Adrian Troy and Yin Liu, graduates of Henrico High School, and Ian Major, a J.R. Tucker High alum, were selected by Revolution Prep to teach summer SAT courses in Henrico this summer after applying for the job online. The courses, scheduled to start in early July, consist of three weeks of lecture, with three two-hour lectures per week. The participating students also will take several practice SAT exams.

Founded in 2002, Revolution Prep is a nationwide academic tutoring and test prep company based in California. On average, students who participate in the Revolution Prep program have an SAT score improvement of anywhere from 200 to 300 points.

“They pick well-qualified students that scored well on [their SAT] tests to be instructors in their home area after hours of training,” Troy said.

Troy, Liu and Major will not only be teaching classroom courses and private tutoring programs, but also in a sense will be running a small business – trying to attract students to the program while keeping track of sales and finances.

“I think it’s a pretty cool opportunity to give back to the community and have a real, first-hand experience in an entrepreneurial endeavor,” Major said.

Both Troy and Major noted how their experiences at Henrico and Tucker High respectively have helped them prepare for this job.

“Well, generally being in high school and having gone through this process prepares me because I can personally relate to the students,” Troy said.

“I took numerous AP/Honors classes [at Tucker] that helped me get ready for UVA and obtain the knowledge I needed to score well on the SAT,” Major added.

Students interested in enrolling in the Revolution Prep program may enroll at any of the following websites: http://www.revolutionprep.com/ivy/adrian_t http:,//www.revolutionprep.com/ivy/yin_l or http://www.revolutionprep.com/ivy/major_i The S.AT prep course costs $599 per student, with private tutoring packages beginning at $999.
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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