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School Board Recognitions
August 4, 2015

6A. FBLA National Leadership Conference National Champion
The School Board is pleased to recognize a 2015 VBCPS graduate for placing first in the nation at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) skills and awards competition.

Hunter Jozwiak graduated from Salem High School in June. This former Salem and Advanced Technology Center student represented the school division at the national FLBA conference and skills competition in Chicago this summer. I am happy to report that Hunter earned first place in the nation in the Networking Concepts category. The national FBLA competition recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

FBLA helps prepare student members for careers in business and business-related fields by bringing together business leaders, teachers and mentors to support student success.

Please join me in congratulating Hunter on his outstanding performance at the national conference.

6B. Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Champion
The School Board is pleased to recognize Michelle Wu, a rising junior at Princess Anne High School as the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist - U.S. National Champion in Microsoft Word.

Michelle earned the title from amongst 85 finalists at the national competition. Participants were given a printed document, spreadsheet or presentation to recreate along with printed instructions and digital assets. They were scored for accuracy when comparing their work to the original.

As a national champion, Michelle will compete next week in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Dallas.

Please join me in wishing Michelle the very best of luck!

6C. FCCLA National Leadership Conference Champions
The School Board is pleased to recognize the VBCPS winners at the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Conference.

Three recent graduates from the Technical and Career Education Center earned first place honors at the F-C-C-L-A national competition. Please welcome:

  • Maggie Demarco
  • Carson Moreland; and
  • Nicholas Witczak (who is not able to be with us this evening)

These students planned and prepared a culinary masterpiece at the competition including a seared chicken with mustard sauce, broccoli side dish and apple dessert.

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

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding students for their national honors.

6D. 2014 VHSL Group 5A & 6A State Outdoor Track and Field Champions
Moving now from culinary competitions to athletic feats. Athletes from Bayside, First Colonial, Kempsville, Landstown and Princess Anne high schools earned first place titles at the 2015 V-H-S-L High State Outdoor Track & Field Individual Championships.

Please welcome 2015 graduates:

  • Tayvon Burris from Bayside High who won the boys 800 meter with a time of 1 minute 51.27 seconds;
  • Phontavia Sawyer from First Colonial who took first place in the shot put with a toss of 44 feet 4 ½ inches; and
  • Devonta Doyle from Kempsville High won the triple jump in Group 5 with a mark of 45 feet 2 ½ inches.

Two other students - Quincy Watts Landstown High School and Doria Martingayle of Princess Anne High School also took top honors in their group for triple jump and the 32-hundred meter race respectively. These student athletes are unable to be with us this evening.

Please join me in congratulating all these outstanding student athletes for earning first place at the VHSL Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

6E. VHSL 2014-2015 Wells Fargo Academic Cup
And speaking of the VHSL, the school board is pleased to recognize Princess Anne High School for receiving the VHSL 2014-2015 Wells Fargo Academic Cup.

Principal Dr. Daniel Smith and Student Activities Coordinator Katie Cosimano are here to represent the school this evening.

Princess Anne was one of six schools across the state to earn the Wells Fargo Academic Cup, honoring the school’s participation and performance in VHSL academic activities.

Princess Anne is the first Virginia Beach school to receive a Wells Fargo Academic Cup in the award’s 25-year history. Recipients are determined by a point system based on performance in VHSL state competitions. Six cups are presented, one for each of VHSL’s classifications.

Please join me in congratulating the students and staff at Princess Anne High School for earning this prestigious honor.

6F. IAIE Paula H. Stanley Fidelity Award
The awards and recognitions just keep coming tonight! The School Board is pleased to recognize Ocean Lakes High School for receiving the Paula H. Stanley Fidelity Award from the International Alliance for Invitational Education – also known as the I-A-I-E.

Here to accept the award on behalf of the school are a delegation of SCA students including::

  • Max Colombo
  • Jordan Hall
  • Katie Knapp
  • Mehron Kouhestani

This is the third time that Ocean Lakes High School has earned the International Alliance for Invitational Education’s (IAIE) Paula H. Stanley Fidelity Award. This award acknowledges schools for creating, sustaining and enhancing welcoming environments that lead to better learning outcomes and increased personal growth for students. At Ocean Lakes, they call that –quote- “doing it the Dolphin Way!”

Please join me in congratulating the staff and students at Ocean Lakes High School!

6G. IAIE Gold Fidelity Award
The School Board is also pleased to recognize Creeds Elementary School for receiving the IAIE Gold Fidelity Award. Here to accept the award on behalf of the school is:

  • Principal Casey Conger;
  • Tonna Harris- 2nd Grade Teacher;
  • Lynn Dove- PTA President and
  • Olivia Edenfield- a 3rd grade student.

Creeds Elementary School has been awarded the International Alliance for Invitational Education’s (IAIE) Gold Fidelity Award. It is the highest recognition the Alliance presents to a school for continuous membership with five Fidelity awards over ten years. This award acknowledges the vision of creating and maintaining caring and welcoming schools which lead to increased student growth and learning.

Please join me in congratulating Creed Elementary School for this outstanding honor and for the staff’s commitment to excellence!

6H. GFOA Certificate of Achievement & ASBO Certificate of Excellence Award
The Board is pleased to recognize the Department of Budget and Finance and Office of Business Services for earning two prestigious awards.

First, representing the Office of Business Services, please welcome Director Crystal Pate. This office has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and a Certificate of Excellence from the Association of School Business Officials.

Members of the Office of Business Services are in the audience tonight. I’d like to ask them to stand while we acknowledge their accomplishment.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded for this staff’s diligence, accuracy and attention to detail during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

The Certificate of Excellence award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) was based on their work on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 2014.

Please join me in congratulating the Office of Business Services!

6I. ASBO Meritorious Budget Award
And finally, the School Board is also pleased to recognize the Department of Budget and Finance for earning the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials.

Here to accept the plaque on behalf of the department is Chief Financial Officer Farrell Hanzaker.

Mr. Hanzaker and his staff do an outstanding job assisting the Board in developing our annual budgets, maintaining a system of checks and balances and looking for opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce spending.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Hanzaker and the Department of Budget and Finance!

Mr. Chairman that concludes our student and employee recognitions for this evening.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017