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Name droppers: VMI cadet marches in Inaugural Parade

By From page A9 | February 15, 2013

Raymond J. Long of Davis was among 1,500 Virginia Military Institute cadets who marched in this year’s presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21. Long’s parents are Maj. and Mrs. Patrick R. Long.

The Corps of Cadets marched through the heart of Washington, D.C., from the U.S. Capitol Building to the reviewing stand at the White House. The Corps was the final group in the parade, passing the president in review at about 6:30 p.m. The cadets’ participation marked the 14th time that the VMI Corps of Cadets has marched in a presidential Inaugural Parade.

VMI, with an enrollment of 1,600 cadets, is the nation’s oldest state-supported military college.

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Julia Rodman, daughter of Laura and Bryan Rodman of Davis, has been selected to the dean’s honor list at Cal State Long Beach for the fall semester 2012. Rodman graduated from Davis High School in 2012 and was a member of the varsity volleyball team during her high school years.

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Kaitlyn Dawson of Davis and Ashtin Bechtold of Dixon were named to the 2012 fall semester dean’s and presidential honor rolls, respectively, at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Full-time undergraduate students who completed 12 or more hours with a grade=point average of 4.00 were placed on the president’s honor roll, and students with a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher with no grade below a “C” were placed on the dean’s honor roll.

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Air Force Reserve Airman Elizabeth M. Watson of Woodland graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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.

Watson is the daughter of Reyna Madueno of Woodland. She is a 2005 graduate of Woodland High School.

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Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Mickey S. Gibbs, of Davis, has arrived for duty to the 940th Wing at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville.

Gibbs has served in the military for 12 years. He is the son of Helen Gibbs of Davis.

The technical sergeant earned an associate degree in 2010 from the Community College of the Air Force. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from American InterContinental University in Atlanta.

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Braeden Van Deynze of Davis has earned placement on the Gonzaga University dean’s list for fall semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students, and is situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Wash.

— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to [email protected], or to Name droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617.

Enterprise staff

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