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News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces:

* The following local students earned degrees during recent commencement exercises at Tulane University:

Alexej Grossman of Vienna earned a PhD degree from the School of Science & Engineering.

Ryan Anger of Great Falls earned a master of management degree in energy. Grace Posey of McLean earned a master of science degree. Thomas Kyllo of Vienna earned a master of public health degree in tropical medicine.

William Adams of McLean earned a bachelor of science in engineering degree. Jeanne Ryan of Vienan earned a bachelor of science degree in public health. Alexander Dondershine of Vienna earned a bachelor of science degree in management. Nicole Kotler of Vienna earned a bachelor of science degree in management. William Wedderburn of Vienna earned a bachelor of science degree in management.

* Kaitlin Brower, the daughter of Gregory and Loren Brower of McLean, earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology during recent commencement exercises at the University of the South.

* Andrew Baca of McLean earned a bachelor of arts degree in music; Caroline Klinedinst of McLean earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration; and Morgan VanGilder Maloney of Vienna earned a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in politics and history during recent commencement exercises at Washington and Lee University.

In addition, Maloney was inducted into the Washington and Lee chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.

* Jack Brinkley of McLean, a 2019 graduate of Langley High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering during recent commencement exercises at Michigan State University.

* Mollie McNally of Great Falls, Emily Soutter of McLean, Julianna Swann of McLean and Izzy Tice of McLean have been named to the president’s list for the spring semester at Miami University.

* Anna Hargitai of Oakton has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Baldwin Wallace University.

* Paula Jaramillo of McLean has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Colby College.

* Taylor Goldman of McLean, a graduate of Georgetown Day School, and Margaret McLaughlin of McLean, a graduate of Bishop O’Connell High School, have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Saint Lawrence University.

* Julia Gorka of McLean has been awarded faculty honors for the spring semester at Trinity College.

* Jeffrey Carlson of Vienna, Ryan Smith of Oakton, Andrew Smith of Vienna and Anastasia Schlechty of Vienna have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Wheaton College.

* Heili Deaton of Oakton, Emma Lavoie of Vienna, Jacobus Hoetmer of Oakton and Duncan Proxmire of McLean have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Gettysburg College.

* Andrew Schwartz and Ethan Yaro of Great Falls; Sean Herman, Alex Dacey, Zein Haidar, Cody Abdeen, Ryan Guidi and Eleanor Post of McLean; Emmalynn Todd, Victoria Barbessi and Ethan Lee of Oakton; and Abby Kreutzer and Patrick Geraghty of Vienna have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.

* Anna Chung, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, was one of only seven students nationwide to win the top honor, the Award for Outstanding Interpretation of Theme, as part of the National PTA Reflections arts contest.

Awards were announced at the National PTA Convention and Expo in Columbus, Ohio. The theme of this year’s contest was “Heroes Around Me.”

Chung won the award in the literature category for her poem, “The Helper.”

* Garrett Hicks, a rising seventh-grader at the Potomac School, has been selected to participate in this year’s JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Children’s Congress, which is taking place July 8-11 in Washington.

JDRF is the leading global organization that funds research on Type 1 diabetes. Every other year, the organization selects roughly 160 delegates – children between the ages of 4 and 17 with Type 1 diabetes from across the nation – to be part of the Children’s Congress.

After an application process that involved writing a letter to a U.S. senator, Hicks was selected to serve as on of three delegates from Virginia. As a delegate, he will have the chance to meet with fellow delegates from across the country and members of Congress while advocating for further research.

* Sarah Carmen, a graduating senior at James Madison High School who will attend James Madison University, received a merit scholarship from the Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation.

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