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Area residents graduate from Virginia Tech

Four area residents received degrees during commencement exercises at Virginia Tech on May 14.

Ryan Hoban, Amissville, received a bachelor of arts degree in international studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Jason Smith, Viewtown, received a bachelor of science in Aerospace Engineering degree cum laude in aerospace engineering from the College of Engineering.

Daniel Twentey, Amissville, was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in music from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Kevin Riedel, Washington, received a bachelor of science degree magna cum laude in natural resources conservation from the College of Natural Resources.

They were among the approximately 5,000 students to receive degrees during spring commencement. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell delivered the commencement address.

Weir to attend Hampden-Sydney

John Cooper Weir has been accepted by Hampden-Sydney College and will enroll with a Dean’s Award in August. Cooper is a graduate of Wakefield Country Day School and is the son of John and Susan Weir of Amissville.

“This year’s freshman class comes from the largest applicant pool in the history of the college and is among the most selective ever enrolled,” said Anita Garland, dean of admissions.

A private college for men, Hampden-Sydney is ranked in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college is known for its liberal arts curriculum, the Honor Code which stresses individual and collective responsibility, and a focus on the needs of young men.

Flint Hill student joins Sigma Alpha Lambda

Sarah Smoot of Flint Hill, a student at James Madison University, recently was admitted to Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

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