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School Board Recognitions
November 1, 2016

6. Student, Employee and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. VHSL Golf Champion – Boys 5A

The School Board is proud to recognize Kempsville High School freshman Jaron Leasure who is the boys 2016 Virginia High School League State Golf Champion in group 5A.

Jaron won the state championship in an exciting one-hole playoff and is the first golf champion from Kempsville High School in more than 20 years. Part of a proud military family, Jaron first picked up a club at age 2 when his dad would take him out on the course. He briefly stopped playing when his family relocated to Guam but picked up the game again at age 10 when they moved to California. He has been—as his dad said—“all golf” since that time.

Jaron competes in multiple junior golf tours and won several, including winning three straight Virginia State Golf Association Junior 18 Hole tournaments this summer. He also qualified for the Drive, Chip and Putt Nationals to be played at Augusta National the weekend before the Masters.

Even though he’s all golf, he excels in other areas. He’s been an Innovative Video in Education award honoree and a Junior Optimist International award winner. His ultimate desire is to play on the Pro Tour but not before going to a good college to earn a degree in either aerospace or engineering.

Congratulations state golf champion, Jaron Leasure!

6B. Sister Cities Youth Ambassador for 2017
Our next honoree is Princess Anne High School senior Mindy Medrana, the first-ever Virginia Beach Sister Cities Youth Ambassador.

An International Baccalaureate student, Mindy will make an ideal representative for the program, which was created in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower to promote peace by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world. As an IB student, Mindy has greatly enjoyed interacting with classmates from Norway, Denmark, France and Turkey. As a Virginia Beach lifetime resident, she is immensely proud of local events and centers that year-round share the world’s cultures. In her application, she indicated that she “embraces the uniqueness of each one.”

Mindy is also a passionate advocate for the disabled, which began after she received praise from three deaf strangers for signing the entire alphabet while waiting in line at a theme park. This seemingly insignificant event propelled her to learn even more sign language and participate in events to support the deaf. She also volunteers with Special Olympics and Noble Teens, a club that assists the disabled in our community.

As the 2017 ambassador, Mindy will receive a $2,000 scholarship and participate in several local events. Congratulations Mindy, the 2017 Virginia Beach Sister Cities Youth Ambassador!

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018