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Alexandrea Edwards, of Henrico, was one of six Mary Baldwin College students representing various majors who attended the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation's weekend workshop for social entrepreneurism and civic leadership at Kanuga Retreat in Hendersonville, N.C. The students connected with other college students and learned how to network, launch ideas, and build careers out of a passion for service.

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Desmond Abdelfatah-Cawthon, of Highland Springs, and Anthony Moore, of Varina, are both on the football roster for the fall 2014 semester at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn.}

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The following Henrico residents were inducted into the Order of Gownsmen at the University of the South during Founders' Day Convocation on Oct. 17: Ann Pearman Blanchard, daughter of The Rev. Louise B. Blanchard and Mr. Charles A. Blanchard; William Lee McElroy, son of Dr. Anne H. McElroy and Mr. John L. McElroy III; and Emily Faries Gay, daughter of Joey and Edward Kent Gay. Since 1875, the Order of Gownsmen has remained the body responsible for maintaining the spirit, traditions, and ideals of the University of the South.}

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Jessica Anne Markle, of Sandston, graduated from Radford University at the end of the 2014 summer session. Markle, daughter of John Markle, earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing.}

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Jose Lemus, of Glen Allen, is advancing to Round Two of the Texas Roadhouse National Meat Cutting Challenge. Lemus competed against 11 other skilled meat cutters from across Virginia in early October and in February he will compete again in Florida to face off against other regional winners. The winner of the national competition receives a grand prize of $20,000 and is crowned Meat Cutter of the Year. The National Meat Cutting Challenge is part of the Meat Hero program, created in 2001, to recognize daily efforts of Texas Roadhouse meat cutters. Each participant receives 30-40 pounds of beef, consisting of two sirloins, 1 filet and one ribeye to cut. Meat cutters are judged on quality, yield, and speed in this timed “cut-off.” The winner is the cutter who yields the most steaks, with the highest quality cut in the least amount of time. To assure the best, freshest quality meat, all cutting is done at a chilly 38 degrees.}

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Tonia Contelmo, of Henrico, received her white coat at the White Coat Ceremony Sept. 27 at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tenn. The White Coat Ceremony is a special ceremony designed to mark a student's entrance into medical school. Prior to enrolling at LMU-DCOM, Contelmo attended Virginia Commonwealth University.}

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The following Randolph-Macon College students met U.S. Senator Tim Kaine when he served as a guest lecturer in Political Science Professor Lauren Bell's class: Allison Carpenter, of Sandston, and Sarah Maxwell, of Glen Allen. Randolph-Macon is drawing national and international attention with two of its professors, Dave Brat and Jack Trammell, facing each other in the same election for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Virginia's 7th district.}

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that seven students from Henrico high schools were selected as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Less than one percent, the highest scoring students, who took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) are recognized as semifinalists, of 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools in the world. The Henrico students are: Rian P. Baxter and Elizabeth W. Wittman (Collegiate School), Grace. Y Lee (Deep Run High School), John W. Lohmann (Freeman High School) and Najwa Labban, Nayla Labban and Jonathan T. Medley (Godwin High School). Semifinalists have opportunities to advance to become Finalists and compete for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth about $33 million. Finalists and scholarship winners will be announced next spring.}

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Tyler Cable, a graduate of Varina High School, has received a Merit Scholarship to attend Wofford College for the 2014-15 academic year.}

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