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Unity Bowling, International Baccalaureate student at Fairfield Middle School and Miss Peninsula's Outstanding Teen 2012, has been named a regional winner in the Kohl's Cares Scholarship program. Bowling was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and is now eligible for one of the national level awards and an additional $9,000 scholarship. An advocate for literacy, she has worked with local elementary schools and head start/preschool programs, including the Henrico County Preschool Program, and she reads at the Children’s Museum of Richmond regularly. Bowling also collected and distributed more than 3,000 books to local organizations. Some English/Spanish books were also sent to the Dominican Republic to help create a library.

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Henry Edward Qian, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Iowa. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Call Federal Credit Union has awarded members Myles Hilliard, a graduate of Deep Run High School, and Taylor Melton, a graduate of Tucker High School, $1,000 scholarships through its Alice S. Pearce Scholarship program. Students were selected based upon scholarly merit, video or essay submission and extracurricular involvement including community service.

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A team from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School placed second in the nation in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” national finals, which took place in April in Washington, DC. This is the third year that a team from MLWGS has placed in the top three in the nation. “We the People” team members study a broad range of topics related to American government and constitutionalism and prepare for simulated congressional hearings, during which judges ask questions and score units based on knowledge and articulation. Henrico students on the team were: Sameer Sarkar, Eileen Wang, Kathryn Marqueen, Andrea Yeh and Jesse Zhao, Class of 2012; and John Darr, Gray Whisnant and Matt Ruskan, Class of 2013.

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Taylor Stephen Wilson, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

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Davis & Elkins College women's basketball team member Amy Turner has been named to the commissioner's honor roll by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2011-12 athletic year. The commissioner's honor roll recognizes junior and senior student-athletes who have obtained a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the end of the term in which their sport concluded. Turner, a physical education major, is the daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Board of Health Professions – Jeffrey Levin, of Richmond, general dentist with Commonwealth Prosthdontics; and Blair H. Nelsen, of Richmond, owner of Nelsen Funeral Home; State Board of Health – Dr. John W. Seeds, of Richmond, physician educator at VCU School of Medicine; State Rehabilitation Advisory Council – Julie Triplett, of Henrico, disability rights advocate for the Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy; Virginia Board for People with Disabilities – Jessica Gainous Philips, of Henrico, vice president and CEO of Commonwealth Autism Service; and Virginia-Israel Advisory Board – Paul H. Grossman, Jr., of Richmond, director of international trade and investment for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Jay M. Ipson, of Richmond, president and executive director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and Holocaust survivor.
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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