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Brianna Dillard, of Glen Allen, recently graduated magna cum laude from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. She received a bachelor of science degree in psychology and sociology. Dillard was also named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester, as well as Erwin Orlando Johnson, of Henrico. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

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Michael T. Bowman, of Henrico, recently was named to the president’s honor roll for the spring 2012 semester at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla. To be eligible for the president’s honor roll, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.9.

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Tiffany Lewis, of Henrico, recently graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She received a master of arts degree in communication.

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Laura Dekontee Freeman, of Mills E. Godwin High School, and Caitlin Phelan, of The Steward School, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). Over 130 applications were received; selection criteria included a minimum 3.0 GPA, a strong work ethic, community and club involvement and response to an essay question. NEW funds the scholarship program through a series of auctions, held at its monthly luncheons, of products and services donated by NEW members. Freeman and Phelan, along with eight other winners from metro Richmond, will be honored July 12.

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Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. has admitted the following local residents for its 2012 fall semester: Jordan Christian, Chrishunda Mahone and James Walls, of Richmond.

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Kathryn Lacy, of Henrico, a senior majoring in animal and poultry sciences, has been named Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences for the 2011-12 academic year.

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Talya Alexandra Huskey, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Haley C. Chapel and Robert J. Daniels, of Glen Allen, were named to the dean’s list. To be eligible for these honors, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 for the dean’s list and 4.0 for the president’s list.

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The following Virginia Military Institute cadets graduated May 16: Sean M. Alexander, son of Col. Charles R. Alexander, Jr.; Nash E. Roberts, son of Sonja K. Roberts; Matthew R. Brock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clement J. Brock; Mark A. Christian, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Christian, Sr.; Christopher E. Kitchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cary R. Kitchen; Brandon C. Gary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Gary, Jr.; Ryan A. Lee, son of Stacy Harris-Lee; Andrew P. Yancey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry P. Yancey; Peter M. Kwapisz, son of Nancy J. Billings; Bradley A. Chamberlain, son of Brian A. Chamberlain; Zachary D. Boyce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Boyce; Edward A. Coglio, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Coglio; McDonald Wellford, III, son of Joanne L. Wellford; and Caroline D. Wortham, daughter of Mrs. Tamara L. Gill and Dr. Edwin Wortham, V, of Richmond.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Bach Nguyen, son of Trang Thi Minh and Tuan A. Nguyen, of Richmond, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, N.C. During the five-week course, Nguyen received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications, as well as training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques. Nguyen is a 2011 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School.

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The following local residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.: Elizabeth Tait, Samantha Bos, Nelson Cutler, Kirby Fox, Eliza Pope, Clinton Smith, Jeffrey Stedman, Brenna Vorhis and Harold Robertson, of Richmond.

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The following local residents recently graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.: Ann Russell Moore, Carleton Peronneau Rawles and Margaret Delahunt Thomas, of Richmond.

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Bailey Rose, Grant Morris, Charles Shobe and Dylan Kolhoff, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 quality point average.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

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.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


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.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘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.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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