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School Board Recognitions
August 6, 2013

6A. VHSL One Act Play Outstanding Actor
The School Board is pleased to recognize Shelby Imes, a rising senior at Landstown High School, as a Virginia High School League One Act Play Outstanding Actor. This recognition is the highest possible individual state award in Theatre Arts. Shelby was selected by a panel of judges, including secondary and collegiate theatre arts professionals from throughout the state for her performance of Emma in the comedy Twitch, written by Stephen Gregg. Please join me in congratulating this outstanding student!

6B. VHSL Achievement Award Winner – The Allstate Foundation
The School Board is pleased to recognize Gabriella “Gabby” Scalzo, a 2013 graduate of Ocean Lakes High School as a recipient of the 2013 Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award. This is the highest honor given by the VHSL to students who have excelled in the classroom, in athletics and in academic activities.

While attending Ocean Lakes High School, Gabby was an integral member of the Scholastic Bowl Team and served as editor-in-chief of the EbbTide, the school’s literary arts magazine, earning her VHSL first place honors in 2012. Her exemplary work on the Ocean Lakes High School yearbook, The Sandstone, also earned her a VHSL first place ranking in 2012. Gabby is a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, National Junior Classic League, Quidditch Club, Math and Science Academy and is a laboratory technician for the Chemistry Department. Following a presentation of her research project (in the Mathematics and Computer Science category) at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science State Research Symposium, she and co-researcher, Francisca Wood, were invited to present their first place award-winning research entry to the Senior Virginia Academy of Science. Their full paper will be published in the Virginia Junior Academy of Science publication, the Proceedings. Gabby ranked third in her graduating class of 473 with a 4.77 GPA. She will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall and plans to study neuroscience.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding 2013 graduate!

6C. VHSL Group AAA State Outdoor Track and Field Champions
The School Board is pleased to recognize the following student athletes for earning first place at the VHSL Group Triple-A State Outdoor Track competition last spring:

  • Abby Motely – 3200 Meter Run;
  • Deandra Doyle – Girls Discus Throw; and
  • Steven Dunbar - Boys High Jump.

From Kellam High School, 2013 graduate Abby Motley took top honors in the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 10:42.38. Abby began running during her freshman year, encouraged by her older sister, who just happens to be a six-time state champion in cross-country and track and college All-American.The talent certainly runs in the family as Abby has earned All-Beach District, All-Eastern Region and all-state honors, including placing seventh in the 1,600 meters at the Group AAA outdoor meet last spring. She's ranked fourth in the state in the 3,200 meters and 10th in the 1,600 and mile. She has been recruited to run track at Virginia Tech.

From Kempsville High School, 2013 graduate Deandra Doyle won the state title in the Girls Discus Throw with a distance of 134.2 feet. That championship throw was 8 feed better than her previous best. In addition to taking top honors in discus, Deandra placed fourth in the shot with a throw of 38 feet 11 ¼ inches.

Our final state champion we are honoring this evening is rising senior Steven Dunbar from Tallwood High School. Steven took top honors in the Boys High Jump by clearing 6 feet, 9 inches. Steven is in the Global Studies and World Languages Academy at Tallwood High School. He is a member of Tallwood's indoor and outdoor track and field teams, where he competes in the high jump, triple jump and sprints. Steven has a season best of 6'9 1/2" which is Tallwood's school record and was also the national leading mark during much of the 2013 indoor track season. Steven competed at nationals and placed 10th.

Please join me in congratulating Abby, Deandra and Steven as outstanding student athletes!

6D. 2013 National School Public Relations Awards
The School Board is pleased to recognize the Department of Media and Communications for receiving several national awards from the National School Public Relations Association. Accepting the awards on behalf of the department are:

Debbie Thomas, Education Foundation Coordinator, who received a 2013 Golden Achievement Award for Virginia Beach Education Foundation Marketing Campaign - Triple Play.
Jeff Barba, Public Relations Coordinator, who received two awards of excellence for “Compass to 2015 – Course to Success” and “How in the World,” and Eileen Cox, Director of Communications and Community Engagement who also received two awards of excellence for “Future Focus – Spotlight on Laura Beth Lawver” and “Future Focus – Spotlight on Brandon Simmons.”

These awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) recognize excellence in a variety of print, mixed media and electronic media projects.

The winning entries were selected from among public and private schools; vocational-technical schools beyond 12th grade; two-year community colleges; state/national education groups; and any public relations agency or private business serving such schools and colleges.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding department!

6E. 2013 LTG (Ret) H. G. “Pete” Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award
The School Board is pleased to recognize Virginia Beach City Public Schools along with Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Naval Air Station Oceana for receiving the 2013 LTG (Ret) H. G. “Pete” Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award. This honor was presented at the Military Child Education Coalition's (MCEC) 15th Annual National Training Seminar in National Harbor, Md. July 9.

Accepting the award on behalf of the military installations are Military School Liaison Officers John Hammer, Naval Air Station Oceana, Vernell Kilpatrick, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, and Debbie Patch, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story. Accepting on behalf of VBCPS is Laura Smart, Partnership Coordinator.

Military School Liaison Officers work as part of the division’s Partnership Advisory Link to engage military personnel with the more than 22,000 military-connected students and families in our schools. Thanks to this collaboration, the division is able to facilitate a variety of programs to promote academic achievement as well as provide the foundation, stability and consistency necessary for military-connected families. Military partners serve as mentors to students, as technical advisors for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) robotics clubs, volunteer at school events, collaborate on environmental projects at the schools as well as facilitate base tours and daylong field trips to enrich classroom experiences.

This national recognition is awarded annually to acknowledge outstanding partnerships between school districts and military installations that work together to meet the unique challenges facing the nation's military children and provide them with quality educational opportunities. Established in 2004 to honor LTG (Ret) H.G. "Pete" Taylor for his work and dedication to helping America's military children, it promotes and applauds the critical role that school-military partnerships play to foster the sharing of lessons learned and to recognize that "goodness starts at the local level."

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding partnership!

That concludes our scheduled recognitions, Mr. Chairman.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017