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.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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