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School Board Recognitions
December 6, 2016

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. Virginia Association of School Librarians Student Media Festival Award Winners

The School Board is pleased to start our recognitions this evening by welcoming Princess Anne Middle School student Rylie Winston.

Unfortunately, students Aimee Fitzpatrick, Anna Lambert and Anna Royse who also participated in this project were unable to join us this evening.

Last year, while they were students at Princess Anne Elementary School, they produced a video that won first place in a statewide contest sponsored by the Virginia Association of School Librarians. The theme for the contest was “Charting a Course in the Library” and they won in the fourth-fifth grade category with their fact-filled video called “Aye-Aye Captain.” In the video, the students dressed up as the crew of a sailing ship, with Rylie as captain, to help classmates navigate the rough seas of research by discovering many great resources that can be found in school libraries.

Well done and congratulations on your winning entry!

6B. VHSL State Field Hockey Champions – Cox High School
Our next recognition is to celebrate the Virginia High School League state field hockey champions in Group 6A. Let’s meet the championship team from Cox High School:

Cassidy Atchison
Zoe Campisi
Leah Crouse
Georgia Drescher
Ashley Drum
Alexis Gingerich
Greta Hahn
Lauren Hillier
Phoebe Large
Kylie Marx
Anna Mason
Olivia Merklinger
Taylor Schoolar
Sarah Spear
Taylor Wilke
Sam Zywna

Assistant Coach Claye Rhea
Assistant Coach Taylor Rhea
and Head Coach Julie Swain

Going into the state tournament, the Falcons faced two undefeated, nationally-ranked teams. In the semifinals, they beat undefeated, #7-ranked Fairfax by a score of 1 – 0. In the finals, they also finished on top by winning over undefeated and #3-ranked team First Colonial by a score of 2-1. With the win this year, Cox High School adds to its storied programs success with its 19th state title. This is the most state field hockey titles in the state of Virginia and second highest in the nation. It was also the 50th state title in athletics overall for Cox High School.

Congratulations to our field hockey state champions: Cox High School!

6C. VHSL State Volleyball Champions – Kellam High School
Our teams keep winning. Next, let’s now meet Virginia’s 2016 State Volleyball Champions in Group 6A: Kellam High School! Team members are:

Kaitlin Ammons
Lauren Baumgardner
Abigail Bruce
Kasey Burke
Jessica Freeman
Sydney Graul
Morgan Ludovici
Savannah Marshall
Megan McGuire
Mia Montesa
Victoria Morris
Morgyn Moxey
Andi Mussett
Anna Salasky
Paige Smith
Jillian Hoffman
Ashley Thompson
Haley Thompson
Madison Trypuc
Carly Urquidez
Olivia Vendt
Gabrielle Woodbury
Trinity Woodbury

Assistant Coaches Janice Johnson and Chuck Lewis
and Head Coach Keira Peoples

With their win this year, Kellam High School is now a four-time state volleyball champion this decade, winning in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. The team overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and defeated an outstanding beach rival to capture the state crown once again—and it happened four years to the day since their last title in 2012. Kellam entered the final state match as the underdog, having previously lost to Ocean Lakes in the conference final and regional final matches. The championship game was an exciting one to watch with each team winning a set and then the other one coming right back to win the next. Ultimately, the state crown was pushed to a fifth and final deciding set with Kellam ending up victorious.

Please join me in congratulating the 2016 VHSL state volleyball champions: Kellam High School!

6D. Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Supervisor of the Year
Our last recognition of the evening is for Brenda Fuller, who was named the 2016 Supervisor of the Year by the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Ms. Fuller, the divisions’ K-12 coordinator of health and physical education, works tirelessly to support teachers and students. Principals describe her as a strong leader who they have sought out to take p.e. programs to the next level. Her input has added rigor to classes, streamlined schedules and improved the testing process by introducing an electronic database that helps teachers easily capture students’ scores on state fitness tests. This single change made it easier for teachers to track students’ progress, disaggregate data and communicate with parents. There are so many more reasons why she was the perfect person for this honor, including her expertise in curriculum development, teacher collaboration groups and active involvement in both professional local and state organizations.

Congratulations on this notable award!

Mr. Chairman this concludes our recognitions.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017