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School Board Recognitions
June 30, 2015

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions

We have a large number of students and staff being honored this evening. We kindly ask that parents and guests remain seated until all of the awards and recognitions are complete. Thank you.

6A. Junior American Citizens Stamp Design Contest
The School Board is pleased to recognize rising sixth grader Olivia Spear as the winner of the Junior American Citizens Stamp Design Contest sponsored by the Virginia Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Olivia’s artwork was originally selected for the contest by the Princess Anne County Chapter of the D-A-R. Now that it has taken top honors in the state, her stamp design will be considered in the national contest. That’s pretty impressive for a young woman who just completed the fifth grade!

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding student!

6B. 2015 Congressional Art Competition
The School Board is also pleased to recognize the first place winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Please welcome, Alexia Estrada, a rising junior at Princess Anne High School.

Her original artwork, “Sole Power,” was selected from 65 entries by panel of judges included faculty members from the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.

Alexia’s art work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside artwork from students around the country.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding student artist!

6C. National SeaPerch Challenge
The School Board is pleased to recognize the winners of the National SeaPerch Challenge.

Recent VBCPS graduates Nathaniel Jensen and Allan Wiskowski placed second in the Open Class Poster Presentation at the National SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Massachusetts.

You may be wondering, “What is a SeaPerch?” Well, it is a remote-operated underwater vehicle. The national competition includes a variety of categories which allow students to build, demonstrate and present to a panel of judges about their learning experiences.

The former ATC students’ team was one of 140 teams from around the country that competed in this challenge. Both Jensen and Wiskowski were students in the ATC’s Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering class.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding graduates!

6D. Virginia ProStart Invitational
The School Board is pleased to recognize three VBCPS culinary arts students who earned first place in the Virginia ProStart Invitational.

Recent VBCPS graduate Shawn McChesney, and rising sophomore Brandon Maederer from the TCE culinary arts program recently won first place in the statewide competition.

ProStart was developed by the National Restaurant Association to foster the passion of students who are interested in the culinary industry. This event showcases students’ talents and creativity by asking them to apply what they have learned in authentic environments.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding students!

6E. FCCLA State Conference
The School Board is pleased to recognize the VBCPS winners at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America – also known as F-C-C-L-A - State Conference.

Six recent graduates and one rising-senior earned first place honors at the 2015 state competition. Unfortunately, not all of the honorees could be with us this evening. Please welcome:

  • Dolly Buesa
  • Maggie Demarco
  • Rhia Dimapelis
  • Bryle Garcia
  • Carson Moreland; and
  • Nicholas Witczak

FCCLA is a national career and technical student organization that promotes personal growth and leadership through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

The State Leadership Conference of FCCLA hosts a variety of competitions, from culinary arts where students must work as a food service team producing a quality meal to hospitality where students use all of the skills and knowledge gleaned in coursework to create a restaurant.

Clearly, our VBCPS students were “cooking up” something good at the competition! Please join me in congratulating them for their state honors.

6F. HOSA: Future Health Professionals of Virginia State Leadership Conference
The School Board is also pleased to recognize the Technical and Career Education Center students who earned first place in the areas of nursing and dental assisting at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Virginia State Leadership Conference.

Please welcome:

  • Whitney Campbell
  • Caroline Fitzpatrick
  • Brianna Good
  • Diego Roble
  • Michelle Singleton; and
  • Holly Smith

HOSA is the largest national career and technical student organization of secondary and postsecondary/collegiate students entering the healthcare industry. HOSA promotes career opportunities in the health care industry enhancing the delivery of quality healthcare to all.

During the HOSA State Leadership Conference, students competed in 58 individual and team events, ranging from medical and dental technical skills to comprehensive knowledge of healthcare.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding technical and career education students!

6G. Future Educators Association State Conference
The School Board is pleased to recognize the recent graduates and three current VBCPS students who were earned first place at the Future Educators Association State Conference. Joining us this evening are:

  • Daja Askew
  • Conrad Brinkman
  • Jasmine Clanton
  • Theresa Curtis
  • Emily Fuller
  • Sydney Jaxtheimer
  • Jacob Litzenberg
  • Savannah Martin
  • Madeleine McCullough
  • Summer Randels
  • Jenna Von Schlichting; and
  • Susan Wozniel

The F-E-A is an organization for students who are interested in education-related careers. Based on scholarship and service, FEA activities help prepare students to become advocates for and future employees of their school communities.

During the FEA State Leadership Conference, students competed in 19 individual and team events, including educational TED talks, learning plan delivery and administrative career exploration.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding students and future educators!

6H. Future Educators Association National Conference
Among those future educators, four recent VBCPS graduates also earned top honors at the F-E-A National Conference. This team from Bayside High School earned first place in the Ethical Dilemma Competition. Please congratulate:

  • Daja Askew
  • Summer Randels; and
  • Susan Wozniel

Joselyn Harris is also a member of the team, but she is unable to join us this evening.

In total, 22 VBCPS students earned the right to participate at the National FEA Conference and Competition.

Please join me once again in congratulating these young people!

6I. Virginia PTA Outstanding School Nurse
Moving on to employee recognitions now. The School Board is pleased to recognize the Virginia PTA Nurse of the Year, Sharlene Stovall of Shelton Park Elementary School.

Registered Nurse Sharlene Stovall was selected as the Virginia PTA Nurse of the Year. The Virginia PTA honors one outstanding school nurse in an Elementary, Middle and High School PTA.

Ms. Stovall, the school nurse at Shelton Park Elementary, had previously been selected as the Virginia Beach School Nurses Association (VBSNA) School Nurse of the Year. Stovall has been with the school division for 11 years.

Please join me in congratulating this amazing school nurse who takes such wonderful care of our children!

6J. Virginia Association for the Gifted Leader of the Year
The School Board is pleased to recognize the Virginia Association for the Gifted Leader of the Year, Dr. Kelly Hedrick.

Dr. Kelly Hedrick, principal at Kemps Landing/Old Donation School, has been chosen as the Gifted Leader of the Year by the Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG).

This award is given to an individual whose exemplary leadership and outstanding contribution to gifted education has affected Virginia’s children, teachers, school, program, services and policies.

Dr. Hedrick certainly fits the bill. She is a dedicated and compassionate instructional leader who is always looking for innovative ways to challenge and inspire students.

Please join me in congratulating this wonderful principal and instructional leader!

6K. 2015 STEM Teacher of the Year
And finally tonight, the School Board is pleased to recognize the Virginia Air Force Association’s 2015 STEM Teacher of the Year.

Keith Leonard is a physics and AP Physics teacher at Landstown High School. His students are routinely immersed in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration to solve real-world problems. As a result, students develop a deep and sophisticated awareness of the laws of physics and their applicability to their daily lives.

Leonard is now in the running to be the Air Force Association’s 2015 National STEM Teacher of the Year.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding STEM teacher!

Mr. Chairman, this concludes are recognitions for this evening.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017