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School Board Recognitions
June 3, 2014

Parents and guests, we ask that if you are here for student recognitions that you please remain seated until ALL the recognitions have been read. Thank you.

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. VHSL 2014 State Debate Champions
The school board is pleased to recognize the V-H-S-L 2014 State Debate Champions – division 6A - from First Colonial High School. Members of this outstanding team are:

  • Cecilia Cerja
  • Tommy Cerja
  • Sarah Conley
  • Brandon Brinsfield
  • Brianne Habit
  • Jenelle John-Lewis
  • Sean Lewis
  • Isabel Mastrangeli
  • Bhakti Raval
  • Connor Reid
  • Brittany Russell
  • Danielle Spach
  • Elizabeth Spach
  • Kelsey Terry

The team is coached by teacher Aaron Pratt, who is here to accept the plaque on behalf of the school.

The patriot’s debate team had a total of 14 students who qualified for the state tournament. Members placed third in the Policy Debate category and second place in the Student Congress Debate.
In the Public Forum Debate category, two teams from First Colonial took home first and second place honors. Please congratulate the students and their coach, Mr. Pratt, for their hard work and dedication.
There is no “debating” that they are outstanding representatives of First Colonial and our school division.

6B. 2014 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence
The School Board is proud to recognize Kemps Landing Magnet School for receiving the prestigious 2014 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. This is the seventh consecutive year that Kemps Landing has earned this award. Representing the school this evening are eighth-graders Madison Boone and Justin Costello and KLMS Principal Charles Foster.

The Governor's Award of Educational Excellence is the highest honor given as part of the Governor’s Virginia Index of Performance initiative. To qualify for this honor, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Schools and school divisions earn bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor's Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.

Please join me in congratulating Kemps Landing Magnet School students, teachers and staff for achieving these benchmarks and for earning the 2014 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence!

6C. National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the NASC
We have yet another example of student, staff and school excellence this evening as we recognize four high schools for earning the National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils.
The Board is happy to welcome the following students from Landstown High School:

  • Ivan Bailey;
  • Destiny Holland;
  • Summer Holland;
  • Monica May Lombos; and
  • SCA Advisers Mikaela Gilchrist and Kimberly Nurse.

Representing Ocean Lakes High School are:

  • Jazmine Aguilar;
  • Jessica Carpenter;
  • Megan Fajardo;
  • Lauren Rowell; and
  • S-C-A advisor Carlin Conaway

From Salem High School, we welcome the 2013-14 S-C-A officers:

  • Ian Imperial;
  • Allie Brown;
  • Zack Raidl;
  • Morgan Treon;
  • Nick Eda;
  • Darla Imperial; and
  • SCA Advisors Laura Tyler and Leslie Miller are also here from Salem tonight.

Representing Tallwood High School are:

  • Arthur Daquer
  • John Hood
  • Joanna Tan
  • Deanna Morris; and
  • Kristen Long - SCA Advisor

Each year, the N-A-S-C honors schools which demonstrate a record of leadership, service and activities focused on improving the school and the community. This year these four Virginia Beach high schools were among the eight winners selected from across Virginia to receive the 2014 National Gold Council of Excellence Award.

The two-year process for the Gold level award requires schools to demonstrate performance well beyond the basic requirements of a written constitution, regular meetings, democratic election process and membership in NASC. Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Salem and Tallwood high schools were selected for the honor based on its leadership training for council members; teacher/staff appreciation activities; student recognition programs; school and community service projects; spirit activities; goal setting; financial planning; and active participation in the state and national student council associations.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding student leaders and their sponsors!

6D. VASCA Administrator of the Year – 2013-2014
Finally this evening, the school board is pleased to recognize Dr. Brian Matney from Landstown High School for being named the 2013- 14 Virginia Student Councils Association Administrator of the Year.

The Virginia Student Councils Association is the oldest state leadership organization in the nation. Its goals are to support leadership and student involvement in public and private schools by providing learning experiences and opportunities for students to practice good citizenship and leadership skills within the school community.

Dr. Matney was selected as the 2013-14 V-S-C-A Administrator of the Year for his on-going efforts to foster a collaborative environment in which all students have the opportunity to grow and learn through service leadership.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Matney for receiving this prestigious honor!

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