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School Board Recognitions
April 4, 2017

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. VHSL Theatre Champion
The School Board is proud to recognize Virginia High School League Group 5A Outstanding Actor: Salem High School sophomore Chapman Hallbauer!

Chapman, who is enrolled in Salem High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy, had an outstanding one-act play season portraying main character “Max” in Henry’s Law, a powerful play about the consequences of cyberbullying. His school’s team started by winning the conference championship, which was a first for Salem High School in 20 years. The team advanced to regionals before winning third place at State where Chapman was one of four Group 5A performers awarded the Outstanding Actor Award. He was the only cast member to receive this honor at both the regional and state levels.

Please join me in congratulating Chapman on this notable achievement!

6B. VHSL Girls’ Basketball Champions – Group 5A
Our second of three recognitions is for the Group 5A Virginia High School League state basketball champions: the girls’ basketball team from Princess Anne High School! Let’s meet them:

  • Siarra Ambers
  • Kaysha Banks
  • Jasha Clinton
  • Shiann Cochran
  • Makayla Dickens
  • Bryonna Ferebee
  • Tiyanna James
  • Kendra Johnson
  • Mahogany Lester Hymons
  • Jasmine Nagel
  • Nyla Pollard
  • Jada Richardson
  • Xaria Wiggins
  • Team manager: Shanayasia Olds
  • Assistants:
    • William Alston,
    • Marc Velbis
    • And Kahealani Vick
  • And last but certainly not least: Coach Darnell Dozier

Let’s just say it: Four-time state champions! After a remarkable 28 wins and only 2 loses season this year, the Lady Cavaliers went on to win the Group 5A state championship, making them the first girls’ basketball team in Virginia High School League history to capture the state title four consecutive times! For Coach Dozier, this championship made it his eighth state title. What makes this an even more remarkable story is that the team is comprised of four freshmen, five sophomores, three juniors and only one senior. That makes for a promising future for this powerhouse team!

Let’s hear a big cheer for Virginia’s girls’ basketball state champions: the Cavaliers from Princess Anne High School. Congratulations!

6C. Region II Superintendent of the Year – Aaron Spence
We have one additional special recognition this evening. Dr. Spence, if you would please remain in front of the dais.

The School Board is pleased to recognize Dr. Aaron Spence for his selection as the 2018 Region II Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

In his three short years with VBCPS, Dr. Spence has led the launch of our Digital Learning Anchor School initiative which lays the groundwork for a divisionwide 1:1 technology initiative. He has directed the creation of the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School, and he has engaged our community in important conversations around student discipline, equity and rigorous learning opportunities for every child.

Dr. Spence is a tireless advocate for our students and staff and is constantly seeking innovative ways to strengthen the teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms and schools all across this city.

On behalf of our students, teachers, administrators and community members, the School Board is pleased to recognize Dr. Spence for his outstanding work and his selection as the Region II Superintendent of the Year.

Furthermore, we wish you the best of luck, Dr. Spence, as you are now eligible for consideration for the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.


Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018