Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Roanokers complete Navy basic training

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Navy Seaman Recruit Joshua Richie, son of Sydney and Roscoe Richie of Roanoke, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Richie is a 2005 graduate of Northside High School.

Navy Reserve Seaman Byron Lawson, son of Cindy and Keith Lawson of Roanoke, also completed basic training at Recruit Training Command.

Lawson is a 2008 graduate of Northside High School.

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Ashley Hobbs of Roanoke has been inducted into the Phi Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Virginia Western Community College.

Hobbs is majoring in criminal justice and is the daughter of Debbie Hobbs of Roanoke.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest honor society serving two-year colleges. Students must rank in the top 20 percent of the class to be invited to membership in Phi Theta Kappa.

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Bluefield College theater student Caleigh Keith of Roanoke had the leading role in the college's presentation of "The Torchbearer of Freedom."

Keith played the role of Mary Sigillo Barraco in the true-life drama about Barraco, an American who helped provide refuge for Jews in Belgium during the Nazi invasion in 1940.

During the spring of 2008, Bluefield College hosted a monthlong Holocaust symposium featuring lectures, concerts and drama. Keith also met Barraco, a teenager living in Belgium when World War II erupted.

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The Roanoke Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering seven scholarships to help women study at accredited colleges or universities.

Recipients of the $1,500 awards must live in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton or the counties of Roanoke, Craig or Botetourt.

Three scholarships will be given to 2009 graduating high school seniors and four will be awarded to nontraditional female students over 21 who will enter or have returned to college.

To be eligible for the nontraditional scholarship, recipients must have been out of school at least three years, have completed their high school diploma or GED and have been accepted at or recently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

Applications for the scholarships are available at www.members.cox.net/aauwva/raauw.htm. For more information, contact Charlotte Seth, 2922 Merino Drive S.W., Roanoke, VA 24018-6114, e-mail OLDARFIE@aol.com or call 774-8742.

Deadline for applications is March 2. Scholarships will be presented at the Roanoke Valley's AAUW annual meeting on April 4.

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