Citizen Staff Reports 02/04/13
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Bhaysar, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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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