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The following students were recently selected as Fredericksburg Optimist Club Students of the Month at Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center:

Ahmad Shawwal was selected for September. He has a passion for computer systems, programming, and aerospace, which led to his current involvement in the Robotics CTE Program, where he is learning of the multifaceted aspects of electrical analysis and industrial robotic systems. Ahmad is senior class president and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council Association and Psychology Club Board. He is a SkillsUSA State Officer, American Legion Boys State delegate and Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar. He also works as a graphic designer at the Smithsonian Institution to develop science programs for K–12 students.

James Triplett, son of Robert and Rae Triplett, was selected for October. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, German Honor Society, JROTC, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, National Society of High School Scholars and German Club. His hobbies are soccer, basketball and bowling. He is currently serving in the United States Army Reserve as an intelligence analyst, and plans to continue in the reserves and attend George Mason University while enrolling in Army ROTC and one day commissioning active duty into the Army as an officer.

Emmaleigh Cook, daughter of Mike and Terry Cook, was selected for November. She is a senior at Spotsylvania High School and duel enrolled at Germanna Community College in the nursing program. She played field hockey and participated in color guard and winter guard. Emmaleigh is a member of the National Honor Society and Drama Club. She is a member of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Youth Group and participated in several mission trips, both international and domestic. She assists in the church nursery and Sunday school program. Emmaleigh volunteers at Mary Washington Healthcare, Christian Youth Theater, Vacation Bible School, Micah Ministries, the food bank and area sporting events.

The following students were selected as Fredericksburg Optimist Club Students of the Month for November:

Natalie Wilson, daughter of Valerie and Christopher Wilson, was selected at Chancellor High School, where she is president of the National Honor Society and reporter/historian of the Latin Club. She is also a member of the French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Society and the National Art Honor Society. Natalie is the anchor and executive technical director of the school’s Broadcast Program, and a member of the Key Club and Language Club. She is founder and editor of “The Geek Sheet,” which is the Commonwealth Governor's School’s first official student publication. She is also staff reporter for the school newspaper, “The Lightning Bolt,” and a member of the varsity tennis team. Natalie plans to attend a four year university in the fall.

Bealory Gutierrez, daughter of Beatriz Gutierrez, was selected by her teachers at Courtland High School, because, as one teacher stated, “Bealory is a sweet, respectful young lady. She is honestly the hardest working student I’ve had the privilege to teach. Bealory is the type of student that renews your love for teaching.”

When Bealory is not busy at school she is helping out her mom at the family restaurant. She takes pride in doing her best at school and has done a great job learning time management skills. Balancing the time spent doing her homework and working can be demanding but she enjoys the opportunity to get an education and to spend time with her mother. Bealory’s goal is to become a preschool teacher. She is enrolled at the Spotsylvania County Career and Technical Center in the Early Childhood Education class, and after graduation she plans to attend Germanna Community College and then later a four-year university.

Zachary Batt, son of Brian and Patricia Batt, was selected at North Stafford High School, where he is enrolled in the Commonwealth Governor’s School. Zachary has been named AP Scholar with Distinction, maintained above a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and earned numerous academic awards. He is captain of the varsity cross country team, student body vice president and member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. As a member of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams, he earned 10 varsity letters, received All-State honors twice and All-Region honors five times, was runner-up at the 2014 Virginia 5A state cross country meet and most recently was named The Free Lance–Star All Area Cross Country Athlete of the Year. This past summer Zachary was selected to attend the Governor’s School for Humanities at Radford University. This program strongly influenced his passion for the social sciences. Outside of school, Zachary is a youth education volunteer at Mount Ararat Baptist Church and an Eagle Scout with Troop 121 of Quantico Marine Corps Base. Following graduation Zachary is planning to attend a liberal arts college.

The following students were selected as Fredericksburg Optimist club Students of the Month for December:

Alexis Delgado, daughter of Kim Wallace and Luis Delgado, was selected at Brooke Point High School, where she is a member of the Naval JROTC program, executive officer of Blackhawk Company and previously held positions of cadet senior petty officer and academic team commander. She swims competitively, participating in the high school regional meet and summer league for Leeland Station Swim Team, a part of the Rappahannock Swim League. Alexis competed in the spring state track meet for shotput. She has earned ten varsity letters, in NJROTC, swimming, softball, track and academic, for maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Alexis volunteers at Lifepoint Church as a production assistant in backstage help, and also at the summer league swim meets, working with the younger children, training new recruits and as a runner for time cards. She enjoys studying the art of leadership, a skill she acknowledges is not easy to learn but certainly worth the time and effort. Alexis hopes to attend University of Rochester to earn a bachelor of science degree is applied mathematics, and has applied for a NROTC scholarship and if accepted, hopes to graduate as a naval officer.

Aliyah Cox was selected at Colonial Forge High School, where she is a member of the Army JROTC program, serving as battalion commander overseeing more than 225 students, and previously serving as historian, training officer, platoon sergeant, company commander, class leader and squad leader. She earned a varsity letter for indoor/outdoor track, attended Naval Academy STEM Camp, Naval Academy Summer Seminar and other leadership events.

Aliyah is a member of Teachers for Tomorrow, Learn and Serve, Forensics Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Her goal is to attend a service academy, and then attend law school and serve her country as an active duty officer while practicing law.

Jay Michael Scroggins, son of Andrea and Mike Scroggins, was selected at James Monroe High School, where he is captain of the varsity football team and a member of Kappa League. He was named to the A/B Honor Roll, and received many athletic awards, including Virginia Coaches Association Player of the Year, Battlefield District; Player of the Year conference 27; All Region Player of the Year; September 2014 Student Athlete of the Month and more. He set several James Monroe football records.

Jay volunteers at the Bragg Hill Family Life Center serving holiday meals and distributes baskets to the community during Thanksgiving. He plans to continue playing football at the college level and major in engineering.

Indiana Wright, daughter of John and Caroline Wright, was selected at Massaponax High School, where she recently started the Massaponax Book Club. She was a captain when the Massaponax Volleyball team became 2014 District Champions. She is also senior class historian, and a member of Spanish Honor Society, SADD, Mathletes, and The Study (a psychology group). Indiana plans to go to a four-year college and study pre-med.

Joshua Stacy, son of Teresa Stacy and Darrell Stacy, was selected at Spotsylvania High School, where he is a president of the Student Council Association and a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Junior Council, National Honor Society. He is JROTC battalion commander, lead mentor in the Freshman Mentor program and captain of the varsity wrestling and varsity football. He is also a varsity cheerleader and a delegate to Boys State. Joshua has received many award in JROTC, including Distinguished Cadet, Academic Excellence, Proficiency and Commendation. He received the American Legion Academic Excellence award and Varsity Football, varsity Wrestling and Academic letters. He volunteers with the Wrestling Club, Spotsyfest, Little Feet Meet and Toys for Tots. Joshua hopes to attend the United States Military Academy, West Point, and major in military science and minor in military history.

Daniel Forrest Mann, son of Suzan and Gerry Mann, was selected at Riverbend High School. He is a member of the Student Council Association, Latin Club Sports Committee Chairman and vice president of the Service Club. He enjoys spending time with family and friends; and football, basketball and hiking. His favorite subject is physics.

Jordan Glisan, son of Stephanie Finley, was selected at Chancellor High School. Jordan enjoys being involved with extracurricular activities at Chancellor, loving the experience of helping to better the school and the surrounding community. He is secretary of the Spanish Honor Society and a member of the Senior Class Board, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, Key Club, Debate Team, Academic Team, Skills USA and the newly founded Game Club. Jordan plans on attending a four year university and majoring in aerospace engineering.

Blake Showers, son of Craig and Delisa Showers, was selected at Courtland High School, where he is vice president of the Key Club and a member of DECA, 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America and National Honor Society. Outside of school, Blake is a camp counselor at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center and is a mentor to elementary school students at Oakley Educational Farms. He volunteers for “Reaching for the Stars” Cerebral Palsy Kids Coalition.

Blake served as congressional intern for Senator Mark Warner and received first place in the Daughter of the American Revolution Essay Contest. He is also deputy clerk in the Fredericksburg Circuit Court. Blake plans to study economics in college and has applied to the College of William and Mary, Radford University, James Madison University, George Mason University and University of Mary Washington.

William Smith was selected at Fredericksburg Christian School. Will played on the varsity football team for four years, winning the Virginia Division 3 State Championship, and earning All-Conference Honorable Mention at Quarterback in 2014. He received the ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for Academics, Leadership, Athletics and Christian Service. He volunteered as a huddle leader at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer Power Camp for the past three years. Not only is Will involved in many extracurricular activities, he excels in academics and is at the top of his class, earning multiple scholastic awards all throughout high school. After high school, Will plans on attending the United States Military Academy and becoming a commissioned Army officer.

Other students named as December Student of the Month include the following:

Rachel Marie Showers, daughter of Anna and Drew Showers, was selected at Stafford High School. She is a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society and varsity swim team. Previously she participated in Latin Club, Key Club and SCA General Assembly.

Rachel received the UVA Alumni Jefferson Book Award, certificate of excellence in French, Academic Letter Award, certificate of excellence in advanced geometry, Award of Excellence in Virginia and USA swimming, VHSL Award of Excellence, and has been named summa cum laude every quarter. She plans to get a bachelor of science degree in engineering.

Nicolas Sean Dalton, son of Curtis and Christie Dalton of Milford, was selected at Caroline High School. Nicolas has maintained an exceptional academic record, taking multiple advanced and college level courses. He received the Award for Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Sciences as well as the College of William and Mary Leadership Award and the UVA Jefferson Book Award. Along with his academic successes, Nicolas is involved in many extracurricular activities. He is a member of the varsity tennis team, National Honor Society, Society of the Torch and Laurel, and National Society of High School Scholars. Nicolas is also a member of the drama department and recently participated in the VHSL Theatre One-Act competition, helping Caroline High School to win first place in Conference 20. He won the Best Actor Award at the Conference level and Honorable Mention at the 4A South Regional competition.

Nicolas is a youth leader at Ladysmith Baptist Church and a member of the 2014 Homecoming Court for Caroline High School. After graduation, he plans to attend a four-year university and to study biomedical engineering.

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