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School Board Recognitions
May 21, 2013

6. Student, Employee, and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. 2013-2014 Class of Brickell Scholars

The School Board is pleased to recognize the Virginia Beach high school students of the Class of 2014 selected as Brickell Scholars. From:

  • Bayside High School:
    • Myesha Jemison
    • Leah Doran
  • Cox High School:
    • Joseph Maddox
  • First Colonial High School:
    • Elizabeth Spach
    • Emily Pratt
  • Green Run High School:
    • Stephanie Noon
    • Diamond Lee
  • Kellam High School:
    • Abigail Newman
    • Mitchell Popielec
  • Kempsville High School:
    • Alexander Salvato
    • Matthew Wrocklage
  • Landstown High School:
    • Sinh Ly
    • Selene Croy
  • Ocean Lakes High School:
    • John Will, III
  • Princess Anne High School:
    • Stephen Tang
    • Gary Chen
  • Salem High School:
    • Elizabeth Cox
    • Ian Imperial
  • Tallwood High School:
    • Benjamin Drewry
    • Theodore Goosen, Jr.

The following students are also Brickell Scholars but are unable to be with us this evening: Naveen Iyer from Ocean Lakes High School and Jessie Reeves from Cox High School.

The E. E. Brickell Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Rotary Club. Its purpose is to honor students whose academic performance is exceptional. Selected at the end of their junior year in high school, Brickell Scholars participate in a seminar program and meet with Virginia Beach Rotary Club members on a regular basis throughout their senior year. At the conclusion of their senior year, one member of this impressive group of students is awarded the annual Brickell Scholarship by the Rotary Club.

Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2014 Brickell Scholars.

6B. 2013 Brickell Scholar
The School Board is also pleased to recognize the recipient of the 2013 Brickell Scholarship Ė D.J. Wang.

D.J. is a senior at Salem High School where he attends the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

Without question, D.J. is committed to academic and personal excellence in all areas. He is an AP Scholar, the schoolís National Honor Society vice president, and a member of both the National Art and Spanish honor societies. D.J. is an active member of the citywide SCA and Salemís Filipino American Culture Society. Heís chaired the Neptune Festival Student Art Show for the past two years, is nationally recognized as one of the top 10 young artists featured in Celebrating Art. He attended the Summer Residential Governorís School in the area of visual arts, the Teen Vogue Fashion University in 2012, and was awarded a Gold Key for exceptional fashion design portfolio by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

D.J. plans to attend the Parsons School for Design in the fall. He was presented with this Brickell scholarship last week at a dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Rotary Club.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding student and the 2013 Brickell Scholarship recipient!

6C. Future Teacher Awards
The School Board is pleased to recognize the 2013 Virginia Beach City Public Schools Future Teacher Award recipients. The purpose of the award is to honor and reward outstanding students who have indicated their intent to pursue teaching as a career. From:

  • Bayside High School:
    • Taylor Hooker
    • Aleceia Howard
  • Cox High School:
    • Sarah Wales
    • April Rae Stevenson
  • First Colonial High School:
    • Brooke Petersen
  • Green Run High School:
    • Sydney Hinkle
  • Kellam High School:
    • Madelyn Adams
    • Madison Crane
  • Kempsville High School:
    • Baylee Holloran
  • Landstown High School
    • Taylor Guckert
    • Marisa LoPreste
  • Ocean Lakes High School:
    • Monica Negron
  • Princess Anne High School:
    • Macy Pniewski
    • Clarissa Traub
  • Salem High School:
    • Alexis Greene
    • Brittany Miller
  • Tallwood High School:
    • Candace Weather
  • And, from the Technical and Career Education Center:
    • Sonya Swartzentruber
    • Miranda Wallace

The VBCPS Future Teacher Awards were instituted in 2008 by Superintendent Dr. James G. Merrill, and are administered through the Department of Human Resources. Each year any principal whose school has an active Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow or Early Childhood Education program may select up to two award recipients. In addition to being honored by the School Board tonight, these award recipients will receive a provisional contract to become a VBCPS teacher upon completion of a degree in an approved teacher education program.

And speaking of those provisional contracts, the School Board is pleased to recognize our first two Future Teacher Award recipients who have returned to work in our school division. Please welcome:

  • Ms. Katelyn King, a sixth-grade teacher at Kempsville Middle School; and
  • Ms. Sarah Read, fifth-grade teacher at North Landing Elementary School

Both of these outstanding educators are completing their first year as teachers. They received the Future Teacher Awards and provisional contracts back in 2007. We are grateful they have chosen to return to Virginia Beach. We hope many of tonightís award winners will do the same!

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding teachers and students.

6D. Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
The School Board is pleased to recognize students from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapters in Virginia Beach who earned first place at the FBLA state leadership conference last month.

Students from the Advanced Technology Center Computer Network Administration Program placed first in the following areas:

  • Cyber Security
    • Bruce Blair
  • Community Service
    • Marissa Bleier (who is unable to attend tonight’s meeting)
    • John Kielbowicz
  • Network Design:
    • Brian Caldwell
    • Hunter Colvin
    • Riley Walker

Accepting the school’s plaque is FBLA Sponsor, Linda Lavender.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding group of students!

6E. 2014 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year
And finally tonight, the School Board is pleased to recognize Carrie Gantt of Princess Anne High School as the 2014 Virginia Beach City Public Schools Citywide Teacher of the Year.

Gantt, an English teacher and Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow instructor is known for bringing literature to life and for consistently finding ways to connect some of history's greatest works with today's audience.

A veteran teacher of 23 years, she began her career as a high school teacher in South Carolina, before moving to Virginia. She has taught at Princess Anne High School for the 14 years she has been with the division.

In addition to her work as an English teacher, Gantt is an instructor for Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, which as you heard a moment ago is a designed to inspire and prepare students for careers in education. This is a passion for Gantt who also serves on the VBCPS Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow Citywide Symposium Leadership Team as well as the VBCPS Future Educators Association Advisory Committee.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education from Clemson University and a master's degree in English Literature from Old Dominion University.

As the VBCPS citywide teacher of the year, Gantt will now be considered for regional and statewide honors. We wish her the best of luck.

Please join me in congratulating our outstanding 2014 Citywide Teacher of the Year – Carrie Gantt!

That concludes our recognitions for this evening, Mr. Chairman.

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