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School Board Recognitions
December 16, 2014

VHSL 2014 State Boys Volleyball Champions – Division 5A & 6A

Mr. Chairman, as you know, Virginia Beach schools sports teams play in two divisions of V-H-S-L competition – Division 5A and Division 6A. Tonight, we are fortunate to recognize the boys' volleyball teams from two of our schools for winning the state championship in their respective divisions. First – From Division 5A, the Cavaliers from Princess Anne High School. Representing the team this evening are:

  • Noah Banasiewcz
  • Aaron Barefoot
  • Kyle Barnes
  • Josh Best
  • Andrew Butler
  • Sean Calida
  • Jacob Crumbly
  • Andy Damm
  • Ryan Farmer
  • Chase Howard
  • Garrett Long
  • Jack MacLeod
  • Nick Modlin
  • Magnus Pope
  • Xavier Roberts
  • Courtland Scharenborg
  • Cam Shannon
  • Zach Sinacore; and
  • Patrick Trainor

The team is coached by Jeff Kinser, Tim Stacy and Mario Raden who are here to accept the plaque on behalf of the school.

The varsity boys' volleyball team from Princess Anne High School won the Division 5A State championship Friday, Nov. 21, at VCU's Siegel Center in Richmond. The Cavaliers defeated Deep Run High School of Glen Allen to take home its second consecutive state championship title. According to media reports, the Cavaliers –quote- kept Deep Run off balance and rarely committed serving or hitting errors –end quote.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding student athletes from Princess Anne High School.

It is also my pleasure to welcome the boys volleyball team from Cox High School tonight. The school board is pleased to welcome the Falcons as the 2014 V-H-S-L Boys Volleyball State Champions from Division 6A.

Here to represent the team and Cox High School this evening are:

  • Jordan Bernhardt
  • Brantly Bissette
  • Will Calaman
  • Matthew Calayo
  • Christopher Campbell
  • Bradley Creamer
  • Russell Dervay
  • Chad DuFour
  • Marc Dugas
  • Dalton Fanney
  • Devin Flaherty
  • Jacob Gibbs
  • Richard Gilden
  • Tyler Gooch
  • Carter Hall
  • Adam Hibben
  • Tanner Lane
  • Shaun McGovern
  • Brett Rosenmeier
  • Brett Wildman; and
  • Nicholas Williams.

The team is coached by Michael Albis and Jason Zuidema who will accept the plaque on behalf of the school.

The varsity boys' volleyball team from Cox High School won the Division 6A State championship on the same day. Down for part of the first set, the Falcons not only rallied but ultimately swept James River High School of Midlothian.

Certainly, this is a team of outstanding athletes. In fact, senior Brett Rosenmeier was named the All-Tidewater Player of the Year.

Please join me in congratulating Brett and each of the very talented student athletes representing Cox High School this evening.

6B. VHSL 2014 State Girls Volleyball Champions – Division 6A

The School Board is pleased to recognize the VHSL 2014 State Girls Volleyball Champions from First Colonial High School.

Dr. Magula, will you please join Mr. Edwards and Dr. Spence for this presentation? Dr. Magula's daughter coaches the team.

Representing the state championship volleyball team from First Colonial this evening are:

  • Abby Budorick
  • Caroline Crooks
  • Addie Czerlinsky
  • Ariana Davies-Hackenberg
  • Rowan Ennis
  • Catie Espinoza
  • Celia Greco
  • Emily Guimond
  • Elaina Hennessee
  • Kenzie Hohman
  • Marissa Hunter
  • Allison Ingraham
  • Caralyn Ingraham
  • Emily Moorefield
  • Lisa Mullins
  • Tyeshia Phillips
  • Kayla Reuss
  • Anna Sadowski
  • Kelsey Saunders
  • Julia Seliavski
  • Brie Severino
  • Bay Sheehan
  • Cassidy Shugrue
  • Sierra Smith; and
  • Courtney Wiles

The team is led by head coach Edie Magula and assistant coaches Del Rodil, Travis Snyder and Logan Pahno.

The First Colonial High School Girls' Volleyball Team took home the state championship title Friday November 21 after what can only be described as an intense and exhilarating match.

Tied at 2-2 after four sets, the Lady Patriots defeated Madison High School of Vienna, Virginia in the decisive fifth set, extending the set to extra points and fighting off seven Madison match points.

FC finished the season with a 26 and 3 record. This was the sixth State tournament appearance for the program and the school's third State title.

Please join me in congratulating these talented student athletes.

Students, you may return to the main lobby to meet up with your parents in just a few moments. Parents, we ask that you remain seated until the conclusion of our student, employee and public awards and recognitions.

6C. Partnership for 21st Century Skills – Exemplar School

The school board is pleased to recognize the students, teachers and staff of Ocean Lakes High School for earning the distinction of a 21st Century Learning Exemplar School by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills – also known as P-21.

Here to accept the plaque on behalf of the school is Ocean Lakes High School Principal Cheryl Askew and students Lindsey Kowaki and Sierra Paasch. Both young ladies are enrolled in the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow program and will hopefully – one day - work in our school division.

The 2015 21st Century Learning Exemplars were selected through a rigorous application process and evaluated for educational excellence and 21st century learning implementation. Ocean Lakes High School is one of only 15 schools nationwide to earn the honor for the school's innovative teaching practices and integration of 21st century skills into lessons across the curriculum.

P-21 is a nonprofit organization advocating for 21st century learning for today's students and the multiple pathways that learning creates for students once they leave high school.

Please join me in congratulating Ocean Lakes High School for earning this national recognition as 21st Century Learning Exemplar School.

6D. Recognize Service for Members Departing the Board
December 31, 2014

The school board would like to take a few moments to recognize several members of the Board who will complete their terms of service at the end of this month. I'd like to ask the following Board members to step to the front of the dais please:

  • Em Davis – who has served the Lynnhaven District since 2002;
  • Bill Brunke – who has served the Princess Anne District since 2008 and who has served as vice chairman of the Board since 2010;
  • Sam Reid – who has served the Beach District since 2011; and
  • Bobby Melatti – who has served as an At-Large member of the Board since 2012.

It is an honor and privilege to thank these dedicated men and women. They have admirably represented the families and staff of our schools; making difficult decisions based on what they truly believed was in the best interest of children.

Collectively, these four have served on nearly two dozen city, school, regional and state committees related to curriculum, the arts, finance and community improvement. When others might have said "I'm too busy," these public servants ask "how can I help."

Later this evening a resolution honoring each of these exceptional members of the School Board will be approved as part of the consent agenda. It reads:

Whereas, the direction of public education is of paramount importance to the quality of life in the City of Virginia Beach and the children and young adults are the City's most vital resource; and
Whereas, the importance of excellence in education is affirmed by the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach; and
Whereas, their participation has enhanced the School Board's efforts, in partnership with the entire community, to empower every student to become a life-long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community.
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved: That the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach commends and extends its grateful appreciation to these Board members for a job well done, and be it
Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread across the official minutes of this Board; and be it
Further Resolved: That the original resolutions be presented to the departing Board members.
Adopted this 16th day of December, 2014.

Again, we thank you all for your many years of service. As a token of our appreciation, a copy of the newest Virginia Beach Education Foundation print will be forthcoming. We hope it will serve as a reminder of your time on the Board and the many roads we paved to improve public education for the children of Virginia Beach. Please join me in a round of applause to thank these departing Board members.

That concludes the scheduled recognitions for this evening, Mr. Chairman.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017