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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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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