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Marine Corps Pfc. Cory R. Holsinger, son of Pamm and Joseph Holsinger, of Sandston, has earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Holsinger spent 13 weeks training on subjects including close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, he endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Holsinger is a 2009 graduate of Highland Springs High School.

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Hanna Brooks, of Henrico, a sophomore majoring in geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, is among 28 students who will spend their 2013 spring semester traveling across the globe as part of the university’s Presidential Global Scholars program. The Presidential Global Scholars program, which began Jan. 19 and will run through May 8, provides students in the University Honors Program with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in several global cultures. Though stationed in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, participants will travel to locations across Europe, as well as a trip to Ghana in Africa. Distinguished Virginia Tech faculty will accompany the students.

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Jordan Harris
Jordan Alexandra Harris, an eighth grade honor student at Byrd Middle School, has been appointed a Page for the Virginia House of Delegates Class of 2013. Harris is a primary violinist in the Byrd Orchestra and has served as a library aide for two years. She is a member of the children’s choir City Singers and St. Paul’s Baptist Church, where she was a former member of Ayinde-2, a liturgical dance ensemble. Harris will serve as a Page until the General Assembly adjourns Feb. 23.

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Cari Morgan Tretina, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list and the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average; students must earn a 4.0 GPA to be eligible for the president’s list. Tretina is a senior public relations major.

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Jimmy Bhaysar, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Hien Cao, Lemende’ Coley, Brooke Covington, Mary Elder, Gabrielle Evans, Jennifer James, Alexandra Berkowitz, Elizabeth Layfield, Eric Lehman, LaTarshia Lynch, Kimetra McClaine, Jacketta Morton, Tajiel’l Paden, Brittany Ransome, Emily Stewart, Tamara Washington and Margaret Williams, of Richmond; Camille Ahearn, Bethany Ames, Brittany Bailey, Olivia Behm, Spencer Billett, Rachel Bramhall, Mason Bryan, Taylor Burks, Laura Camden, Sarah Carney, Laura Dobbs, Michael Dosh, Stuart Eisenrauch, Shannon Essad, Alexandra Kowal, Cara Livingston, Kerry Maier, Alexandra Major, Laura Mason, Joshua McKeon, Lauren Price, Brian Oliver, Jarad Orlan, Alexis Read, Sarah Scheid, Ariel Spagnolo, Morgan Stiebel, Megan Taliaferro, Jessica Wheeler, Haley Williams, Amelia Wood, Samantha Zehnle, Alexa Futcher, Rachel Gagliardi, Taylor Garrett, Madeline Hartsock, Rebecca Helsel, Riley Hewston and Thomas Hoke, of Glen Allen; and Ashanti Wright and Stephanie Sprouse, of Sandston. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899.

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The following students recently were named to the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Luke Howard, Jordan Molnar, Rachel Simon, Megan Hines, Rachel Atkins, Christina Damico, Jessica Laursen, Austin Shoop, Rebecca Hunt and Stephanie Dawkins, of Glen Allen; Erin Thady, of Sandston; and Sheria Pettis, of Richmond. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.9 or above.

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The following students graduated from James Madison University during its Dec. 15 commencement exercises: Andrew Grubbs, Kimetra McClaine, Alexander Noble, Brittany Ransome and Kara Rutledge, of Richmond; Matthew Cloak, Adrian Cavanaugh, Rebecca Hunt, Shannon Scott, Luke Howard and Brittany Jeretina, of Glen Allen; Jocelyn Allen, of Sandston; and Shanell Dowling, of Henrico.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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