Jason Kaiser, the son of Jason Kaiser Sr., and Larizza Kaiser, is a senior at Brooke Point High School. Jason is a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. He established and is the current president of Future Conservative Leaders of America. He is a member of Boys State and participated in the full International Baccalaureate program. As a member of Navy JROTC, Jason has served as battalion company commander and battalion executive officer, been named Honor Cadet and received the Outstanding NJROTC Cadet Award three times, and he has received the Distinguished Cadet Award. He has been a member of the varsity baseball team. On the varsity wrestling team, Jason has served as captain and been named 2018 All Area wrestling honorable mention, 2018 Class 5A Region 50 individual wrestling champion and Class 5A State individual wrestling third place. Jason has been named 2018 Student Athlete of the Year from the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and 2018 NHSCA Academic All American, and he has received the Virginia House of Delegates Academic Excellence Award, American Legion Academic Excellence Award and academic varsity letters. Jason has volunteered to serve as a mentor at the Semper Fi Fund kids camp at Outdoor Odyssey to assist children of military members with secondary PTSD for four years. He has also volunteered at Special Olympics, tutored in math and history, cleaned teachers’ classrooms and participated in parks and river clean-ups and with a community clean-up and beautification project at Moncure Estates. Jason plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy to study aerospace engineering.
Kamryn Cherrell Hayward, the daughter of Bernard and Kim Hayward, is a senior at Caroline High School. Kamryn is a member of the Student Council Association, the National Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, the Scholastic Bowl team, the Technology Student Association and the swim team. She was nominated by her teachers because she is a compassionate, friendly and creative student with high achievements both in and out of the classroom. After graduation Kamryn plans to attend a four year university and major in psychology.
Jessica Bachman, the daughter of Angela Bachman and the late Jeffrey Bachman, is a senior at Colonial Forge High School. Jessica has been a member of National Honor Society and Math Honors Society, and she serves Spanish Honor Society as vice president. She attends the Commonwealth Governor’s School, earning an academic letter every year of high school. Jessica has earned a varsity letter in soccer and has played club travel soccer for four years. She has also earned varsity letters in band and chorus, been named to District Chorus and Outstanding Student in Women’s Chorus. Jessica serves her community through Catholic Youth Ministry on the Leadership Team, during Catholic HEART Workcamp and Semper Fi Kids Camp and as a Stafford Hospital junior volunteer. Jessica plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and participate in an ROTC program during college to develop a nursing career through the military.
Robert Gunia is a senior at Courtland High School. Robert feels that cultivating optimism has been what has carried him through some difficult times in his life. Born with a vision condition and a medical condition that affected the development of his legs, Robert was in therapy for his legs for years and grew up being told by doctors and therapists that he would never “really” be able to run. When he started high school he made the choice to join clubs and honor societies and to learn how to run for the cross country and track and field teams. Robert knew that if he kept a positive mindset, stayed focused and listened to his coaches, he could change the outcome of his path. Robert exploited his setbacks as motivation to flourish and have the determination to succeed. Predominantly, mentality overcomes physicality, and he aims to sustain this optimistic mindset and determination on his journey to college. Robert has been accepted to Coastal Carolina where he has committed to the cross country and track and field teams.
Allie Garrison is a senior at Fredericksburg Christian High School. Allie has participated in National Honor Society, serving as secretary and president. She has also been a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has served her class as vice president for four years. Allie has played varsity volleyball, serving as captain her junior and senior years and earning Second Team All-Conference, First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State; she broke the school career dig record her senior year. Allie has played varsity soccer for two years, serving as captain her junior year, and looks forward to her final season of soccer in the spring. Allie has received Outstanding Academic Achievement and Effort Awards in various classes throughout her high school career along with the Stewardship Award her junior year. Allie served on the Guatemala missions trip her sophomore year, assisting local orphanages and churches. She enjoys volunteering at the Presbyterian Home with her fellow classmates and chemistry teacher, Mrs. Turner. Allie has thoroughly enjoyed her time at FCS, growing in her faith while simultaneously furthering her education.
William Rowe, the son of Jennifer Rowe, is a senior at James Monroe High School. William is Yearbook Editor in Chief, VA Boys State Best Reporter, captain of the varsity cross country team, and a member of Beta Club and National Honor Society. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Monroe Scholar. William is a Ruling Elder at Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg; he also volunteers with The Community Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy Program and is a member of the Ceili Leahy Day of Service planning team.
Hakeem Mutebi, the son of Safina Kichoncho, is a senior at Massaponax High School. Hakeem is one of the co-presidents of Inspired African-American Males, team captain of the track and field program, first sergeant of the Junior ROTC 4th Brigade Knight Battalion Charlie company, and has been a member of several other school and community organizations, including National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Young Life and the Teen Enrichment Network. He has received Academic Excellence awards and completed Preliminary Leadership Training for Junior ROTC. Hakeem is an All-Conference and All-Region athlete, receiving the VHSL State Completion Award of Excellence and five seasons’ worth of varsity track and field letters. Hakeem is most proud of being a part of a positive change in his school and having the opportunity to mentor young African-American males at Cedar Forest Elementary School through IAAM. He also enjoyed his JROTC class because it provided him with the chance to excel and gain experience in the fundamentals of the program which he plans to continue to pursue in college. Hakeem plans to major in computer science and enter the field of network security through the military.
India Mazona Franks, the daughter of Maceo and Zonya Franks, is a senior at North Stafford High School. India is known as the eternally optimistic, hard-working and motivated student that all wish to have. She never loses sight of those around her, offering to help and counsel those in need. Everyone leaves their interactions with her feeling better about themselves and the world around them. An avid learner of the Chinese language, India also balances a busy academic schedule with golf team, winter and spring track teams, and serving as cross country team captain. She also plays an active role in Art Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Multicultural Club and Anime Club. India beautifully embodies the spirit and service of a true optimist.
Savannah Haley, the daughter of Jennifer Haley and Kevin Haley, is a senior at Riverbend High School. Savannah has played junior varsity field hockey, where she served as captain and received the Character Award, and varsity field hockey. She has also played junior varsity lacrosse, where she served as captain and was named Most Valuable Player; she currently plays in the winter indoor varsity league. Savannah is a member of National Honor Society, has received multiple academic awards and has been named Top Student in Agricultural Science. Savannah has served her community as a peer mentor, volunteering more than 150 hours to mentor and befriend students with severe and moderate disabilities. She has also served as a Bear Squad leader to mentor underclassmen. Savannah plans to attend a four-year college to major in history and graphic design.
Kellam Ezzell, the son of Jill Ezzell, is a student at Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. Kellam was the SkillsUSA Technical Computer Applications Virginia State Champion 2018. He is an Underhill Financial Executive Assistant, is IC3 Digital Library Certified, Microsoft Office Specialist Certified, and is pursuing CompTIA A+ Certification. At his academic high school, Spotsylvania High School, he has earned three academic letters and is pursuing an Advanced Diploma. Kellam plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and secure an entry level position within the IT industry. He would also possibly like to enter the world of investments, run a brokerage firm, or be a networking specialist or system administrator.
Carmen Rodgers, the daughter of Carri and Kenneth Rodgers, is a senior at Spotsylvania High School. Carmen has been a member of FCCLA, serving as treasurer and secretary. She has also been a member of DECA and FBLA. Carmen has been a member of the varsity softball team for three years; she has been named first team All Conference, honorable mention All Area, second team All District, second team All Region and team MVP. She has volunteered with the Athletic Boosters club, Little Feet Meet and as a freshman mentor. Carmen also works at Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation and at Loriella Pool in the summer. Carmen has been an athletic training student for three years, taking care of athletes daily after school. After graduation, Carmen would like to attend either Bridgewater College or University of Lynchburg.
Caleb Duniver, the son of Diallo and Natalie Duniver, is a senior at Stafford High School. Caleb has been a member of the marching band, serving two years as sousaphone section leader; he was named Marching Band Most Outstanding Junior. He has also been a member of the varsity basketball team. Caleb has received three Outstanding Academic Achievement awards. He has served his community through Victory Baptist Church and as a camp counselor during the summer. Caleb plans to attend a four-year university and major in engineering.