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School Board Recognitions
March 3, 2017

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. VHSL Cheerleader of the Year – Group 6A

The School Board is proud to recognize the Virginia High School League Group 6A Cheerleader of the Year: Landstown High School junior Brianna Hawkins!

Practice makes perfect and Brianna is a great example. She put in countless hours practicing and participating in many cheerleading competitions. Her dedication showed in her performances which led to her being voted to 1st Team at both conference and regional tournaments. Her performance caught the eye of the Virginia High School League which selected her as one of only 20 cheerleaders in Virginia named to 1st Team All State. Of those 20, the league chose her as the 6A State Cheerleader of the Year—a first for Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Please join me in congratulating Brianna on this notable achievement!

6B. VHSL Wrestling State Champions
Next, the School Board is proud to recognize three Virginia Beach City Public School students who earned state wrestling titles. Let’s meet them:

  • Gavin Corbe, junior at Landstown High School;
  • Anthony New, junior at Salem High School; and
  • Aidan Murphy, senior at Ocean Lakes High School.

Each of these student athletes had one commonality: they worked hard to win.

After finishing second in last year’s state tournament, Gavin worked hard during the off-season and entered this season extremely focused. It’s no surprise that this motivated athlete captured titles at both conference and regionals before going on to win the state wrestling championship title in the Group 6A, 120-pound weight class—a first in Landstown’s history.

Meanwhile, Anthony finished with a remarkable 43 wins and 0 losses this season. Throughout his high school wrestling career, he garnered three conference championships, a regional championship and is now the state’s 5A, 126-pound wrestling champion.

Aidan was destined to be a state champion. A three-time conference champion and three-time reginal finalist, he placed fourth at state as a sophomore and third at state as a junior. This year—after an outstanding senior season of 39 wins and only 3 losses—he finished as the Group 6A, 138-pound state wrestling champion.

Congratulations to these hardworking student athletes!

6C. U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates
Our last recognition is for five students who are candidates to become United States Presidential Scholars. Please welcome:

  • Ocean Lakes senior Nicolette Pember; and
  • Princess Anne High School seniors Andrew Murphy, Sung Min Woo and Michelle Wu.

Unfortunately Ocean Lakes senior Nathan Luksik is unable to join us this evening.

Each year, 161 of the nation’s top high school seniors are chosen to be United States Presidential Scholars, a recognition established in 1964 by presidential executive order.

The road to becoming a scholar begins in late January with the United States Department of Education announcing each state’s candidates. Nathan, Nicolette, Andrew and Sung Min are candidates being recognized for broad academic achievement, including being among Virginia’s top-scoring candidates on ACT or SAT exams. Michelle is being recognized for distinction in career and technical education.

Candidates now proceed in the process by submitting essays, self-assessments and transcripts. Next month the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will announce the final 161 honorees who will invited to a special recognition ceremony at the White House.

Please join me in congratulating these very accomplished students.

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018