Alumna Beirne Joins Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Jul 27 2006 - 8:31am

Terri Cofer Beirne, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, has accepted an interim appointment to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. According to an article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch, "Beirne, a 39-year-old attorney who works as a government lobbyist for
farm wineries, last night was appointed as the board's interim
Midlothian District representative. Congratulations Terri!

Click here to read the RTD article.

Marc Johnson at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 2:08pm

The Sorensen Institute's Marc Johnson addressed the audience gathered in Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia to conclude the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduation. Marc is himself a graduate of Sorensen's College Leaders Program Class of 2003.


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Ellen Marsteller at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 1:55pm


Ellen Marsteller of Manakin-Sabot was elected Class Chairman of the 2006 High School Leaders Program. She spoke  briefly about her experience this summer at the Sorensen Institute during the July 22 graduation ceremony.


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Program Managers at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 1:40pm

Steven Jones, Laura Harris, and Christopher Wrobel were the utterly capable, reliable and indispensable Program Managers for the Sorensen Institute's 2006 College and High School Leaders Programs. They each took a turn to say a few words at the recent HSLP graduation on July 22.


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Carlos Quintela Receives "Spirit of Citizenship" Award
Jul 26 2006 - 1:06pm

Carlos Quintela (on the right in the picture below) received the "Spirit of Citizenship" Award from his classmates at the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduation. In this podcast, Marc Johnson makes this announcement and explains exactly what the award means.


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Alia Stewart-Silver at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 12:55pm

Alia Stewart-Silver of Charlottesville was the Graduation Speaker for the Class of 2006 High School Leaders Program.

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Dr. Tom Shields at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 12:25pm

The Sorensen Institute's High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduation was held this past Saturday at the UVA Rotunda. Dr. Tom Shields, who has helped to teach the program since its inception, addressed the gathered group of students, parents, and friends. Dr. Shields was introduced by Marc Johnson, the Director of Youth Programs at the Sorensen Institute. (Click the "Odeo player" below to listen to Dr. Shield's remarks. This post and others to follow will include audio from the event).

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Webb/Allen Debate #1
Jul 24 2006 - 12:15pm

For those who are interested in hearing the first debate between Jim Webb and George Allen (held this past Saturday at the Homestead in Bath County), the Charlottesville Podcast Network has audio now available online.

Click here to listen to the debate.

High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 Graduates
Jul 24 2006 - 11:56am

Congratulations to the members of the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006- twenty one of Virginia's best and brightest young people who spent the last two weeks in Charlottesville studying Virginia politics. Their graduation was held at the UVA Rotunda on Saturday, July 22. The Sorensen Institute is especially proud of this year's High School Program, we were all so impressed by their smarts and determination. The Commonwealth is definitely in good hands for the future.

Note: A podcast with audio from the graduation will be posted to the blog later this week.

Two of this year's students, Ellen Marsteller of the Richmond area and Carlos Quintela of Northern Virginia, were  interviewed last Friday on "Charlottesville--Right Now." Click below to hear that interview.

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Fifer Informs Attorneys General
Jul 24 2006 - 11:23am

Craig Fifer, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2003, will be speaking this afternoon in Washington to the National Association of Attorneys General about podcasts, video, and blogging. Fifer is the E-Government Manager for the City of Alexandria.

Virginia's own Attorney General Bob McDonnell does not podcast; however, Sorensen's Coy Barefoot interviews McDonnell once a month on "Charlottesville--Right Now" and the interview is archived in its entirety online by the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

Click here for Barefoot's most recent interview with Attorney General McDonnell.

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