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2018-06-20 / Announcements

County schools alumni to receive Bravo! Awards

COMPILED BY ANNE DALTON

The Chesterfield Education Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2018 Bravo! Awards, recognizing outstanding professional and community achievements of Chesterfield County Public Schools alumni. During the past nine years, recipients have ranged from professional athletes, musicians and doctors to entrepreneurs and business leaders who have made an exceptional impact on their professions and community. On Thursday, Nov. 8, a gala dinner will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel to honor this year's recipients: Morgan Dean, co-anchor Good Morning Richmond, WRIC-TV 8News, Manchester High School, Class of 1989; Christina Rodi Hager, senior market originator, Dominion Energy, James River High School, Class of 2002; Doug Pridgen, owner and chief executive, Haley Auto Group, Midlothian High School, Class of 1975; LTC Niel Smith, lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army, Monacan High School, Class of 1993; and Vincent Ellis White, program manager, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Meadowbrook High School, Class of 1998. 

Achievements

Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad recently received the Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Council Region Squad of the Year Award. ODEMSA, the largest EMS region in the state with 109 affiliated EMS agencies, is a part of the 11 regional councils under the Virginia State Office of EMS and oversees 6,000 providers. In March 2017, Forest View began operating out of Chesterfield Fire Station No. 5, allowing the squad to provide critical pre-hospital care to a larger community along with educational opportunities for staff and the community. This is the first time Forest View has received this award. For more information on the rescue squad, visit fvrs.org.


Bliley’s recognized outstanding hospice nurses and certified nursing assistants at its annual awards dinner last month. Tracy Fitzgerald, center, a certified nurse assistant who works at The Laurels of Bon Air, was one of nine individuals honored. She was joined by Melissa Lennon, left, who nominated her for the award, and Jennifer Moss, director of community outreach for Bliley’s. Bliley’s recognized outstanding hospice nurses and certified nursing assistants at its annual awards dinner last month. Tracy Fitzgerald, center, a certified nurse assistant who works at The Laurels of Bon Air, was one of nine individuals honored. She was joined by Melissa Lennon, left, who nominated her for the award, and Jennifer Moss, director of community outreach for Bliley’s. Petty Officer First Class Veronika Matysiak will be spending some of her summer in Bermuda. A Chesterfield resident and student at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, Matysiak has been selected to participate in the Sea Cadet International Exchange Program from June 28 to July 8 representing the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. As one of only three cadets selected, she will be heading to Bermuda to work alongside other selected cadets from Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Bermuda. The program is a 10-day cultural exchange, where cadets will have the opportunity to visit the governor and the premier of Bermuda, attend official dinners, take cultural and natural history tours, tour the Royal Naval Dockyard and partake in archery and waterborne activities.

Education


From left: Edward “Ted” Raspiller, president of John Tyler Community College; Donna Lapato; Elena Brancato; Julia Bailey; Heather Ashbeck; and Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System From left: Edward “Ted” Raspiller, president of John Tyler Community College; Donna Lapato; Elena Brancato; Julia Bailey; Heather Ashbeck; and Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System Four John Tyler Community College students were recently recognized for their academic excellence and commitment to community by being named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s All-Virginia Academic Team. May graduates Heather Ashbeck, Julia Bailey, Elena Brancato and Donna Lapato were recognized during a luncheon held in April. In addition, Ashbeck, Bailey and Brancato were named to the PTK Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team. Ashbeck also was honored as a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar, a national recognition.

Organizations

The Brandermill Woman’s Club has presented scholarships to two graduating seniors at Clover Hill High School. The Helen Sluss Scholarship, in memory of the Clover Hill High librarian, was presented to Tiondra Thomas. The BWC’s 2018 Memorial Scholarship, honoring club members Joann Bernick and Karla Keller, who passed away this year, was presented to Nylan Ntabazi.

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