Henrico team advances to state robotics championship

Members of Glen Allen High School’s “Teal Tornadoes” robotics team won top honors Jan. 14 at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Eastern Virginia Qualifying Tournament in Norfolk.

The team finished with top tournament scores and also won the “Inspire Award,” recognizing it for exceptional performance on and off the field of competition. The Teal Tornadoes will participate in the FTC Virginia Championship March 3 in Richmond.

Pictured here, left to right, are: first row kneeling – Caitlyn Edgerton, Katherine Spare, Leah Eaheart, Alex Vliet, Micheal Hollier; second row – Shelby Evans, Ryan Winslow, Zach Hayworth (mentor), Kevin Williams, Liam Alleyne, Jalin Gordon, Celine Tran, Ashley Slattery; third row – Matt Cotton (mentor) Alex Curfman (mentor), Bryce Ramdeo, Dave Hawes (mentor), David Williams, Jacob Risser, Natthasarm Saensaeng, Jason Sterlace (coach), Douha Rhee (in robot costume), Sahir Shehzad, Carol Edelman (coach).

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization with the ambitious mission of transforming modern culture by celebrating science and technology. For more information, visit http://www.virginiafirst.org.
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FirstComp Insurance Company, Markel Corp. named top insurance carriers


Two Glen Allen-based insurance carriers have been named among the top such companies in the nation.

Markel Corp. and FirstComp Insurance Company (now owned by Markel) are among 38 carriers recognized on the Insurance Business America list of the top insurance carriers in the country. > Read more.

Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


The much-anticipated new Walmart Supercenter in Eastern Henrico opened to busy crowds last week, and company officials welcomed a special group of shoppers, too. > Read more.

‘It’s such a blessing’


On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side. > Read more.

Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First. > Read more.

Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital. > Read more.

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VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will offer free events during 3rd Wednesdays at Regency Square. Today’s topic is “Virginia529 Plan: Saving for Continuing Education.” Learn how you and your family can benefit from the tax advantages of a Virginia529 account. Sessions for the 3rd Wednesday series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room adjacent to the food court. For details and to register, visit http://www.ocpe.vcu.edu/community. Full text

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