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www,journalpress,com THE JOURNAL Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5 area Fredericksburg Christian School had three local graduates in its Class of 2016. Alaina Katherine Hudson, left, of King George, was a member of the volleyball team. Eileen Margret Dirscherl, center of Westmoreland partici- pated in volleyball, drama, improv, honors choir, worship team, student government and the Pro-Life Club. Creighton Andrew Hostelka of Westmoreland was on the golf and baseball teams. Iner ram CIEE, the world leader in inter- funded CBYX scholarship to 50 high about hosting an international high national education and exchange, achieving high school students, al- school exchange student coming to is pleased to announce that McK- lowing youth from a diverse array the Decatur area for the 2017-2018 enna Mollner, a rising junior at King of communities to participate in a academic year, please visit www.ciee. George High School, is one of 50 stu- full cultural immersion experience, org/host. dents from the southeastern U.S. and The CBYX Program, which is jointly The world leader in international Puerto Rico to be awarded the pres- funded by the U.S. Congress and the education and exchange for over 65 tigious Congress-Bundestag Youth German Bundestag, was created to years, CIEE has helped thousands of Exchange (CBYX) Scholarship for strengthen ties between Germany students, professionals, and educa- the 2016-2017 academic year. and the U.S. through citizen diplo- tors gain the knowledge and skills As a CBYX scholar, McKenna will macy. Since its inception in 1983, necessary to live and work in a glob- spend the school year in Germany the program has allowed over 24,000 ally interdependent and culturally living with a host family,'attending students to expand their intercultur- diverse world by offering the most a German high school, and partici- al understanding, strengthen their comprehensive, relevant, and valu- paring in a three-week language and leadership skills and become global able exchange programs available. cultural immersion camp to gain a citizens. Many participants go on to Since 1997, CIEE has managed sev- better understanding of German cul- study at top colleges and universities, eral prestigious high school scholar- ture, language, and everyday life. Ad- and all participants become part of ship exchange programs on behalf ditionally, she will have the chance to an elite network of U.S. Department of the Bureau of Educational and visit the German Bundestag (Par- of State program alumni. Cultural Affairs (ECA), a division of liament), meet with American and Students who would like morethe U.S. Department of State. These German government officials, par- information about CBYX and the ECA grant programs foster cultural ticipate in intercultural seminars and 2017-2018 application process understanding and diplomacy by explore the country through numer- should visit or giving international students the ous excursions to nearby cities, his- contact CIEE at 1.800.448.9944. Pre- once-in-a-lifetime experience of liv- torical sites, and more. vious German language skills are ing with a host family and attending Each year, CIEE awards the fully- not required to apply. To learn more high school on a full scholarship. Used Cars, Trucks & Vans Carol Willis Manager Tommy Cox Owner / seniors One hundred fifty-one Bluefield College seniors ac- cepted diplomas, Saturday, May 7, during the school's 94th Annual Spring Commencement, which featured two speeches from distinguished graduates and a key- note address from The Honorable Morgan 'Griffith, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who also received an Honorary Doctorate degree during the pro- gram. Outside on the campus quad against the backdrop of the majestic East River Mountain, Bluefield College president Dr. David Olive welcomed family and friends to the celebratory event. Trustee Dr. Thomas Brewster offered greetings from the BC Board, and distinguished graduates Tanja Allen, an online nursing student from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Hannah Mayo, a tradi- tional teacher education student from Falls Mills, Vir- ginia, shared sentiments about their journeys at BC. "Our degree is not just a degree" said Allen, who spoke of the challenges of balancing work, family and school, but ofthe "amazing support" offered by the fac- ulty. "We committed a few years of our life and the lives of our families, We sacrificed much, but we could not have accomplished this without the support of the fac- ulty, our family and friends" ........ May~.~,thanked family, friends, faculty and staff ~attd h~id g~dwn during her time as a student, "College is a time of growth" she said. "The past four years have taught me how to stand up for what I believe and to do everything for the glory of God" The Commencement program also included the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate degree to Con- gressman Griffith in recognition of his "outstanding professional and personal accomplishments;' as a re- ward for his "exceptional service and leadership;' and for his support of the mission and goals of Bluefield College. The 94th Annual Spring Commencement also in- cluded scripture reading by Charles Reese, associate professor of theatre; special music by the select student voice ensemble Variations, under the direction of music professor Dr. Ben Thorburn and accompanied on horn by Laurie Arthur; the singing of hymns and the BC alma mater, led by Dr. Thorburn; and the graduates' in- duction into the BC Alumni Association, led by alumna Jennifer Mitchell, president of the Alumni Council. Senior candidates for graduation were presented by Dr. Marshall Flowers, vice president for academic af- fairs, and Dr. Tracey Stout, president of the faculty, and Dr. Olive completed the conferring of degrees. The spring class of 2016 included: Local graduates included: Tanja Allen, Fredericksburg, Virginia Samantha ]oann Bienz, Fredericksburg, Virginia Miche!le AyazLeigh Cantrell, King George, Virginia,... 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