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W&L student named Rhodes Scholar

Tahrington (Tahri) Phillips ’23, cognitive and behavioral scientist and English studies, is the 18th Rhodes Fellow of Washington and Lee University.

The Rhodes Trust announced on November 13 that Phillips, 20, of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, was one of 32 scholarship recipients selected this year to begin postgraduate studies at Oxford University in England next fall. The scholarship, which averages about $75,000 per year and can go up to $250,000, fully funds two to four years of study at Oxford.

The Rhodes Scholarships were established in 1902. They are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, personal energy, ambition to make an impact, ability to work collaboratively with others, commitment to making a powerful difference for good in the world, concern for the well-being of others, awareness of injustice, and potential for leadership.

At Oxford, Phillips plans to pursue a master’s degree in evidence-based social intervention and policy assessment. She will build on her undergraduate studies by exploring possible intervention strategies for vulnerable and underrepresented youth inside and outside the classroom and how best to create more equitable learning environments for them.

Phillips was one of only two juniors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society, in Spring 2022, and one of 13 juniors selected into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, in Spring 2022. She is the Head Community Assistant for Woods Creek and Theme Houses for the Office of Residence Life, Executive Director of the Perry Minority Athlete Coalition, Treasurer and Public Affairs Chair of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Student Representative on W&L’s Student Affairs Committee.

She is also the captain of the varsity women’s basketball team, co-president of W&L’s all-female acapella group, research assistant at a cognitive and behavioral sciences research lab, and three-time student co-moderator for W&L’s recently launched First-Year Experience course, the to introduce freshmen to college life.

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Alleghany Highlands Public Schools partners with Randolph-Macon for medical careers

Alleghany Highlands Public Schools and Randolph-Macon College are partnering to provide sixth form students with an in-depth look at medical careers that require advanced education and specialization.

Twenty-four students from Alleghany High School and Covington High School attended a first session of the Advanced Healthcare Pathways Program on October 28. The first session, led by Erich Grant and Christi Hughes of Randolph-Macon, was held in the AHS library.

In Alleghany Highlands Public Schools, the Advanced Healthcare Pathways partnership with Randolph-Macon College aligns with the school department’s Alleghany Highlands Healthcare Advancement (AHHA) initiative. AHHA supports students in exploring careers in the health sciences. The initiative is used to help students earn their diploma, industry certification and associate degree at a community college.

However, the Advanced Healthcare Pathways Program is designed for students interested in medical careers that require a higher level of education and training.

About 33 percent of the AHS and CHS students stated in the first interview after completing a career goal survey that they were considering training as an occupational therapist, for example. The students could select several possible future careers. Other popular career options for the students surveyed were physician assistants, 8 percent; and dentistry, 5 percent.

Occupational therapists, like many health professionals, must meet rigorous education and training requirements. To become an occupational therapist, a person must earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and pass the required qualifying exams. High school students considering occupational therapy as a career can expect to spend six or seven years in school: four years for a bachelor’s degree and two to three years for a master’s degree. Advanced Healthcare Pathways is designed to help students navigate the paths available before them as they consider these types of career options.

“We want to give them information about those areas and connect them with people in those areas who can answer their questions,” Grant said.

The Advanced Healthcare Pathways Program consists of six sessions. It will culminate with a visit to the Randolph-Macon campus to allow students to immerse themselves in the career they are interested in.

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Wytheville Community College Choir. Courtesy WCC.

The Wytheville Community College Choir will perform two Christmas concerts this December, their first in-person performances since 2019. The 45-strong choir is presenting Gloria: a holiday concert on Thursday evening, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 225 Fulcher Street in Hillsville.

A second performance will be on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 330 Church Street, Wytheville.

There is no entrance fee for these events; However, donations to the WCC Choir Fund are welcome.

The WCC choir was founded in 2013. The choir has performed with members of the New York Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. They also performed with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Cynthia Jackson is the choirmaster. For more information about the WCC Choir, visit www.wcc.vccs.edu/wcc-choir.

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