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Education Briefs for Dec. 31

Education BriefsHISTORIC TRIANGLE — Area students continue to excel at colleges and universities across the country.

Belmont University Announces Fall 2023 Dean’s List

The following students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Fall 2023 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours (exclusive of audit and pass/fail courses this semester) and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C (inclusive of audit, pass/fail courses and zero-credit courses).

  • Ashleigh Dale of Williamsburg
  • Athena Lansdell of Toano

Located two miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont University comprises nearly 9,000 students from every state and 33 countries. For more information, visit

Local students named to Bridgewater College’s Fall 2023 Dean’s List

The Dean’s List for the 2023 fall semester at Bridgewater College has been announced. More than 550 students were named to the list. Students on the Dean’s List have attained a 3.4 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

Students from this area named to the Dean’s List are:

  • Taryn Dalson, a family consumer science major from Williamsburg
  • Rachel Ellard, a communication, technology, and culture and digital media arts major from Yorktown

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Bob Jones University

Esther Bain Named to President’s List

Esther Bain, a Sophomore Biblical Counseling major from Williamsburg, was among approximately 680 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2023 President’s List.

The President’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Tyler Pope Named to the Dean’s List

Tyler Pope, a Senior Business Administration major from Yorktown, was among approximately 800 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List.

The Dean’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester.

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University provides a regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading.

Lee University

Thomas Wood Earns Dean’s List Honor

Lee University congratulated Thomas Wood of Williamsburg, on earning Dean’s List honors during the Fall 2023 semester.

Dean’s List recognition is earned by full-time, undergraduate students with a semester grade point average between 3.7 and 4.00.

Mary-Nell Renee Rocheleau Graduates

Mary-Nell Renee Rocheleau of Yorktown, graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Business from Lee University during the 189th commencement exercises on Dec. 9.

Rocheleau was among the 200 students who received undergraduate and graduate diplomas.

Lee University is a private, Christ-centered university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. For more information, visit

Local Earns Scholarship from Southern College of Optometry

Alex Nguyen of Yorktown — a first-year student at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis — was recently honored with the Mark W. Franks, OD ‘55 and Mary Franks Scholarship award. The award recognizes an optometry student who is interested in pursuing a private practice career. It comes with an annual scholarship of $3,000 over the course of the four-year doctorate program.

Nguyen is a graduate of University of Virginia and Grafton High School.

Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1932. SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with more than 500 students and residents from 40 states.

Matthew Barry Receives Degree From Georgia Tech

Matthew Barry of Toano has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Barry was among approximately 1,725 undergraduate and graduate students who earned degrees during the Summer 2023 semester.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is one of the top public research universities in the U.S., developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. For more information, visit

Local Hamilton College Student Zachary Smith Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team

Zachary Smith, of Williamsburg, was recently named to the 2023 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) fall all-academic team for football. The recognition honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Smith, a junior majoring in biology, is a graduate of Marthas Vineyard Regional High School.

The NESCAC, established in 1971, includes 11 highly selective colleges and universities located in the Northeast, and sponsors 27 conference championship sports.

Hamilton College is a leading liberal arts institution located in Clinton, New York. Learn more at

Shenandoah Conservatory Announces 2023-24 Student Soloists Competition Winners

Shenandoah Conservatory has announced the winners of the 2023-24 Student Soloists Competition (SSC) on behalf of the SSC committee. The final round of the competition was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Armstrong Concert Hall.

Ben Figgs, of Williamsburg, was one of the six winners. Figgs ’25 (Bachelor of Music in Performance) studies with Associate Professor of Cello Julian Schwarz, M.M.

The winners of this year’s competition will be featured in a performance with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Shenandoah University was established in 1875, and is headquartered in Winchester, with additional educational sites in Clarke, Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Shenandoah is a private, nationally recognized university with approximately 4,000 students in more than 200 areas of study in six different schools. For more information, visit

Omicron Delta Kappa Celebrates New Members

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, welcomed 348 new initiates from 12 universities during October 2023.

Students initiated into the Society must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate/professional students in the top 35% of their class, demonstrate leadership experience in at least one of the five pillars, and embrace the ODK ideals. Fewer than five percent of students on a campus are invited to join each year.

  • Dylan Colbert of Yorktown — Virginia Military Institute
  • Carleigh Price of Williamsburg — Virginia Military Institute

Omicron Delta Kappa Society was founded in Lexington, Virginia, on Dec. 3, 1914.

Kidwell Earns All-ODAC Honors For Shenandoah Football

Corey Kidwell, of Yorktown, was one of 10 members of the Shenandoah University football team to earn 2023 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors in selections announced by the league.

Kidwell made the third team. Kidwell had four sacks and seven tackles for loss, both team highs. Playing on the middle of the line, the junior made 56 total tackles, 26 of which were solo stops. In a comeback win at Guilford, Kidwell blocked a kick to help SU stay within reach before the Hornets completed the rally.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Inducts New Members

The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

  • Natalie Joslin of Williamsburg at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Paige Mills of Yorktown at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Brandi Yarber of Williamsburg at Virginia Commonwealth University

They are 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. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit

Anna Rayno named to the Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic

Anna Rayno of Williamsburg was named to the 2023 summer trimester Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, California; and Port Orange, Florida.

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