Joseph M. Hengeli Jr.

Kaitlyn Leigh Somazze of Lynchburg Awarded Degree from UA

Kaitlyn Leigh Somazze of Lynchburg has received the following from The University of Alabama: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. UA awarded some 5,716 degrees during spring commencement May 3-5.

With a beautiful campus, dozens of challenging academic programs, expert faculty and numerous opportunities for service and growth, The University of Alabama is a place where legends are made. UA offers its students a premier educational, cultural and social experience with more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

The University of Alabama, the state's oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

Local students named to Dean's List at Clemson University

Local students have been named to the Dean's List at Clemson University for the spring 2019 semester.

They are:

*Carrie Holland Bull of Lynchburg, whose major is Visual Arts

*Peter E. Harrington of Lynchburg, whose major is Industrial Engineering

*Spencer Williams Kayes of Lynchburg, whose major is Accounting

To be named to the Dean's List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Evington resident recognized for academic excellence at Tufts University

Justin Hudson was named to the dean's list at Tufts University for the Spring 2019 semester. Dean's list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

Tufts University, located on campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.

William Fallen graduates from Troy University

William Fallen of Halifax, graduated from Troy University during the Spring Semester/Term 4 of the 2018/2019 academic year.

Fallen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

About Troy University

Troy University is a public, historic, international university with 22,500 students and 154,000 alumni. Students choose TROY for its quality academic programs, reasonable costs and availability of financial aid, outstanding faculty, and flexible in-class and online class offerings. Students on the Troy, Ala. campus enjoy a traditional college experience, while adult students are the centers of attention at campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City, Ala., as well as at locations around the world and online.

Hengeli is grad at basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Joseph M. Hengeli Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Hengeli is the son of Joseph M. Hengeli Sr. of Phenix, Va., and Tonya A. Jones of Victoria.

He is a 2018 graduate of Randolph Henry High School, Charlotte Court House.

Kyle Sims graduates from Western Technical College

Kyle Sims, of Lynchburg graduated from Western Technical College in the Occupational Therapy Asstistant program. Sims is one of the 851 graduates to receive an associate's degree, technical diploma, or certificate in the Spring 2019 term.

Western Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Each year, more than 400,000 Wisconsin residents receive education and training from the state's 16 technical colleges.

To learn more about Western Technical College programs and servces, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the website at For more information on WTCS, visit

Local resident graduates from William & Mary


The following local residents recently graduated

from the College of William & Mary:

*Amanda Ivanoff, Bachelor of Science, Evington

 *Angelica Johns, Bachelor of Science, Rustburg

Founded by royal charter in 1693, William & Mary is the second oldest

educational institution in the nation. During the past 300 years, the college has

educated three U.S. Presidents-Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John

Tyler-numerous senators and members of congress and other national and international

leaders. William & Mary is currently ranked among the nation's top ten public

universities and has been designated a "Public Ivy." 

Wright attends Space Academy in Alabama

Huntsville, AL – Matthew Wright of Brookneal, VA recently attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge®, U.S. Cyber Camp® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. Matthew spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Matthew and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.

Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.

More than 850,000 trainees have graduated from a Space Camp® program since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Christina Koch, who is serving onboard the International Space Station. Children and teachers from all 50 states and almost 150 international locations have attended a Space Camp® program.