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School Board Recognitions
May 6, 2014

6A. Solve for Tomorrow Environmental Award
The School Board is pleased to recognize the students and staff at Plaza Middle School for earning the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Environmental Sustainability Innovation Award.

Representing Plaza Middle School these evenings are the following students:

  • Lucas Alexander
  • Kristen Malosky
  • Joanna Tanap
  • Chloe Wetzler; and
  • Teachers Catherine Susewind and Robert Carroll who will accept the plaque on behalf of the school.

You may recall that at a previous school board meeting, we honored Plaza Middle School as a state winner in the Solve for Tomorrow contest which strives to raise an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning across the country.

I am pleased to tell you that after moving forward to the national competition, Plaza Middle School was once again victorious. The team earned the Environmental Sustainability Innovation Award for its efforts to restore oyster beds in the Lynnhaven River.

In addition to the field work, the team produced a video explaining the importance of the project and the connections between classroom learning and real-world sustainability efforts.

Plaza Middle School’s project was selected from more than 2,300 submissions nationwide. The school will now receive $50,000 in Samsung Technology to support innovative teaching and learning.

Please join me in congratulating the students and teachers of Plaza Middle School for their outstanding achievement.

6B. SkillsUSA Virginia Leadership Conference Champions
The School Board would also like to recognize students from the Advanced Technology Center, Renaissance Academy and Technical and Career Education Center for placing first in the 2014 Skills USA Virginia Competition.

From the Advanced Technology Center:

  • Jessica Abulencia – Internetworking
  • Cory Hogan – Quiz Bowl
  • Connor Mann – Quiz Bowl
  • David Rawls – Quiz Bowl
  • Caitlyn Mann – Quiz Bowl and State Pin
  • Brentin Martin – Telecommunications; and
  • Christopher Palm – Spelling

From Renaissance Academy:

  • Verlin Phillips – Building Maintenance; and

From the Technical and Career Education Center:

  • Brandon Whalen – Electrical/Construction/Wiring

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The SkillsUSA motto is “Preparing for leadership in the world of work.” Certainly, experiences in the many career fields mentioned a moment ago allow our students to make real-world connections to the lessons they are learning in class.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding 21st century learners!

6C. Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
The School Board is pleased to recognize students from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at the Advanced Technology Center who earned first place at the FBLA state leadership conference.

Students from the ATC placed first in the following areas:

Computer Problem Solving:

  • Alexander Patchin

Computer Game and Simulation Programming:

  • Killian Chargualaf
  • Hunter Menefee
  • Charles Young

Network Design:

  • Tyler Grizzle
  • Zachary Smith
  • Jacob Wilson

Digital Video Design and Production:

  • Howard Buckley
  • Nathaniel West

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding group of students!

6D. Virginia Virtual Enterprise Competition Champions
The School Board is pleased to recognize the following students from the Advanced Technology Center for earning first place in the 2014 Virginia Virtual Enterprise Trade and Business Competition:

  • Daniel Mejias
  • Curtis Rowe
  • Michael Williams; and
  • Andrew Wilson

The Advanced Technology Center’s Advanced Internet Web Professional Team, “Spyder Web Design” placed first in the video commercial division. The team created a memorable commercial for its Web design company using innovative frame-by-frame animation techniques. Partners in education from InMotion Hosting mentored students in developing the business plan for their Virtual Enterprise business.

Please join me in commending these creative and innovative students for a job well done!

Mr. Chairman, that concludes our scheduled recognitions to this evening.

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018