Akosuah Dickson Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Akosuah Dickson, of Williamsburg, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Dickson was initiated at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dickson is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Zachary Smith is Member of Hamilton College Emergency Medical Service Team
Zachary Smith of Williamsburg is serving as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at Hamilton College this year.
The 28 students in the Hamilton College Emergency Medical Service are New York State-certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who provide 24-hour volunteer emergency service to the campus community during the academic year.
Hamilton’s EMTs each volunteer 30-40 hours a week, during which time they are on call to assist anyone needing medical attention. On average, the EMTs respond to 50-60 medical emergencies on campus each semester.
Along with the rest of the nation, Hamilton will be recognizing the achievements of its EMTs during National Collegiate EMS Week, the week of November 13.
Smith, a junior majoring in biology, is a graduate of Marthas Vineyard Regional High School.
JMU students spend fall break serving others
JMU students embarked on four alternative fall break trips around the region this year. The students spent the week serving others while living simply and submerging themselves in the culture of their surroundings.
- William Toth of Williamsburg volunteered with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.
- Ada Reed of Yorktown volunteered with Shenandoah National Park.
Local Student Awarded Coast Guard Foundation Scholarship
The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced that it has awarded 187 new scholarships in 2023, totaling $650,000 in support for the 2023-24 academic year.
Since the program’s inception in 1990, the Foundation has awarded more than $6.9 million in scholarships, ensuring Coast Guard children can build strong futures through a college education or technical school training.
Mia Hayes, child of retired Coast Guard veteran Brett Hayes, from Williamsburg, was
awarded a Coast Guard Foundation Commander Daniel J. Christovich Scholarship. She
attends St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Coast Guard Foundation scholarships benefit the children of people who are serving or
have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, whether active duty, reserve, retired or deceased. For more on the Coast Guard Foundation’s scholarship program and the support given to Coast Guard members and their families, view this video.
To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation, or to help support its work, please visit
coastguardfoundation.org or call 860-535-0786.
Greensboro College Will Host Ukraine Women’s National Wrestling Team
Greensboro College will host the Ukraine Women’s National Wrestling Team Nov. 16-20. Winners of the 2022 United World Women’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup, the team is currently spending two months in the United States promoting the sport and sharing the struggles the country is facing at home.
Founded in 1838 as a college for women, Greensboro College is also the first institution in North Carolina to offer women’s NCAA wrestling at the intercollegiate level.
Greensboro College athletes will train side-by-side with the world champions, and the greater college community will have opportunities to better understand the world through the eyes of these young women. The college will host a community clinic, a college panel discussion with the athletes, and the team will spend time learning about Greensboro’s connection to the U.S. Civil Rights movement.
JMU congratulates participants in Dukes Making a Difference
More than 140 students, many of them new to JMU, participated this August in DMAD: Dukes Making a Difference, to volunteer with nonprofit agencies in the Harrisonburg area. The program gives students an opportunity to meet other service-minded Dukes, to learn about Harrisonburg’s most pressing social issues and to interact with individuals and organizations making the Harrisonburg community a better place for all residents.
- Daniel Holtschneider of Williamsburg
- Shea Parcell of Yorktown
- Timothy Tarter of Williamsburg
- Julia Woolston of Williamsburg
- Alec Denny of Yorktown
- Madelyn Brendel of Yorktown
James Madison University announces summer 2023 graduate school graduates
James Madison University announced the following students who graduated with graduate degrees during the August 2023 commencement exercises.
- Parker Dolak of Williamsburg graduated with a degree in History — BA.
- Ryan Gilley of Yorktown graduated with a degree in Sport & Recreation Management — BS.
- Abigail Heckler of Yorktown graduated with a degree in Health Sciences — BS.
- Adam Hunt of Williamsburg graduated with a degree in Health Sciences — BS.
- Christopher Rambali of Yorktown graduated with a degree in Individualized Study — BA.
- Emma Schriner of Williamsburg graduated with a degree in Art — BA.
- Claire Schumann of Williamsburg graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management — BS.
- Michael Stover of Yorktown graduated with a degree in Sport & Recreation Management — BS.
- Chloe Swan of Williamsburg graduated with a degree in General Psychology — BA.
James Madison University announces summer 2023 dean’s list
James Madison University announced that the following students made the dean’s list for the summer 2023 semester.
- Allison Freneaux of Williamsburg who is majoring in Art — BS
- Matthew Robillard of Williamsburg who is majoring in Economics —BS
- Kallie Knight-Van Dyke of Williamsburg who is majoring in History — BA
- Cori Patistas of Williamsburg who is majoring in Individualized Study — BA
Williamsburg resident named to James Madison University president’s list
Cori Patistas of Williamsburg has been named to the president’s list at James Madison University for the summer 2023 semester. Students who earn president’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.900 or above. Patistas is majoring in Individualized Study — BA.
Cameron McGinnis of Toano named to spring 2023 dean’s list at The Citadel
Cameron McGinnis of Toano, Virginia is among the more than 900 cadets and students recognized for their academic achievements during the spring 2023 semester.
The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade of I (Incomplete) and no grade below C for work in a semester.
Cadets who are named to the dean’s list receive a medal, which is worn on their uniform during the semester following their academic achievement. Non-cadet students on the dean’s list are presented a certificate.
Ithaca College Student Named to Spring 2023 Dean’s List
Mackenzie Ward of Williamsburg, has been named to Ithaca College’s Spring 2023 Dean’s List.
SNHU Announces Summer 2023 President’s List
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulated the following local students on being named to the Summer 2023 President’s List. The summer terms run from May to August.
Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above for the reporting term are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer.
- Amanda Higson of Seaford
- Imani Rentz of Williamsburg
- Austin Price of Williamsburg
- Kristie McCawley of Yorktown
- Latia Matthews of Toano
- Emily Stevens of Yorktown
- Bryan Kirk of Hampton
- Daniel Hagan of Hampton
- Ashley Maldonado of Lightfoot
- Justin Lorenz of Hampton
- Caitlin Bevilacqua of Hampton
- Monique Skallberg of Williamsburg
- Maria Holland of Williamsburg
- Matthew Bradley of Hampton
- Alexis Ebanks of Yorktown
SNHU Announces Summer 2023 Dean’s List
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulated the following local students on being named to the Summer 2023 Dean’s List. The summer terms run from May to August.
Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.699 for the reporting term are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer.
- Aimee Leak of Williamsburg
- Nia Castillo of Yorktown
- Matthew Gandee of Yorktown
- Bryce Parker of Williamsburg
Local Students named to Seton Hall University Spring 2023 Dean’s List
Seton Hall University announced the following students who qualified for the Spring 2023 Dean’s list:
- Bracton Abella of Williamsburg
- Dominic Molendyke of Williamsburg
UMGC Students Named to Dean’s List
More than 10,500 University of Maryland Global Campus students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. To be eligible for the honor, a student must complete at least six credits during the term, earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the term, and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at UMGC.
- Joshua Albarran of Hampton
- Wilma Allen of Williamburg
- Roshean Barnett of Hampton
- Richard Blessley of Hampton
- Margaret Buckingham of Yorktown
- Brian Daniel of Williamsburg
- Alyssa Dinio of Yorktown
- Levon Fischer of Hampton
- Gleydy Gerardo Ramos of Williamsburg
- Jesus Gonzalez of YORKTOWN
- Gavin Guerrero of Hampton
- Shelby Hawkins of Yorktown
- Aaron Hedlund of Yorktown
- Henry Helton of Williamsburg
- Darvin Holden of Hampton
- Maritza Honeycutt of Williamsburg
- Destinee Kennedy of Williamsburg
- Christopher Marshall of Yorktown
- Travis Mason of Yorktown
- Taylor Mason of Hampton
- Santina Mitchell of Yorktown
- Jonathon Moya of Hampton
- Lisa-marie Nann of Williamsburg
- Jason Nichols of Yorktown
- Thyare Nolden of Williamsburg
- Matthew Padgett of Hampton
- Frances Payton-Champ of Williamsburg
- Stephen Perakes of Hampton
- Pamela Prassas of Yorktown
- Nicole Pring of Yorktown
- Mark Pring of Yorktown
- James Queen of Hampton
- Abelardo Salinas of Hampton
- Tyler Schmidt of Hampton
- Ryan Seelbach of Hampton
- Lilian Solorzano of Yorktown
- Yesmell Spence of Yorktown
- Alexis Stansbury of Hampton
- Joseph Tucker of Yorktown
- Lauren Witt of Yorktown
- Joseph Wruck of Yorktown
- Seth Yoder of Yorktown
- Andrew Zimmermann of Hampton
- kimberly pena-cabrera of Hampton
Jean January receives degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks honored the Class of 2023 during its 101st commencement ceremony on May 6 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.
Jean January of Williamsburg received the following degree: Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies.
Jessica Avgolaus Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Jessica Avgolaus of Williamsburg, was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Avgolaus was initiated at Old Dominion University.
Avgolaus is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.