The following students have been selected as Fredericksburg Optimist Club Students of the Month for January:
Annalisa Dick, the daughter of Regina Dick and Jim Dick, is a senior at Brooke Point High School. Annalisa is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the Equality Club. She has served the Brooke Point Theatre Company as vice president and president, and she has been recognized as Best New Actress, Best Supporting Role and Best Lead Actress. She is a member of the International Thespian Society. Annalisa has received academic excellence awards in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. She has been a Dulles Day Plane Pull volunteer for six years. Annalisa plans to pursue a degree in literary studies with a concentration in writing and a minor in theater.
Sophia Maldonado, the daughter of Eileen and Jose Maldonado, has been selected at Colonial Forge High School. Sophia has been an active member of the National Honor Society for three years. She is the treasurer of the Latin club. Sophia has received academic awards for Latin III, chemistry, world history and earth science. She has also received three academic letters. As a member of the Colonial Forge Environmental Club, she volunteered at Rappahannock Riverfest. Sophia has also volunteered at local soup kitchens, cooking and serving meals for the homeless, maintaining their gardens and organizing their pantries. Sophia plans to follow her older siblings to the University of Mary Washington, where she will pursue a major in history or art history.
Jacob Chang, the son of Martin and Tanya Chang, has been selected at Fredericksburg Christian High School. Jacob has served as the the co-captain of the varsity soccer team. In his junior year, he was part of the DAC all-conference team. Jacob is in the National Honor Society and has held a position of office. He was also part of the student council, the leadership institute, and the summer regional governor school program. During his junior year, Jacob placed excellent for his poem in the ACSI creative writing contest. He also earned effort awards in Honors Physics and Dreamweaver/Flash. Since his freshman year, Chang has been a part of the West Virginia Mission Team, a group that fixes homes for boys in need. He also volunteers at Spotswood Baptist Church every Sunday. Jacob plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall and study computer science.
Devin Jean Teri, the daughter of Drew and Stephanie Teri, has been selected at James Monroe High School. Devin is a member of the National Honor Society. She has served the Key Club as club DCON Chair and treasurer, and Leo Club as vice-president. She has played girls’ varsity basketball. Devin has earned the Girl Scouts Bronze Award and the Girl Scouts Silver Award. She is a Monroe Scholar and attended Virginia Girls State. Devin volunteers in her community through Girl Scouts and tae kwon do. She has been a Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation junior camp counselor, she has participated in Stop Hunger Now and Kiwanis River Clean-up, and she helped coordinate the Jingle Bell Jog and Color Run. Devin plans to attend a four-year college or university and major in biochemistry.
Cassandra Rodriguez, the daughter of Ariel and Omar Rodriguez, is a senior at Massaponax High School. Cassandra is a member of Spanish Honor Society, and she has volunteered at Mary Washington Hospital over the past few years. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and reading. While taking classes at Massaponax, she also attends classes at Germanna Community College. After high school, Cassandra intends to apply for an EMT program while continuing her education at Germanna. After two years at Germanna, she will transfer to a four-year university.
Savannah Olyniec has been selected at North Stafford High School. Savannah is a tireless worker in all of her classes but especially AP Government; she won the American Legion oratorical contest with scholarship money at the post level and finished second at the district level. The oratorical contest involved numerous hours of preparation in addition to the weekends involved in the actual competition. Savannah also attended Girls State and assisted in the American Legion food drive. She is involved in yearbook, track, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her educational goal is to enter the Coast Guard Academy. She lives out the Optimist creed everyday and is truly deserving of recognition as Optimist Student of the Month.
Brooke Talbott, the daughter of Patricia and Jeffrey Talbott, is a senior at Riverbend High School. Brooke serves as president of Crew Club, vice president of the International Thespian Society, and secretary of Latin Honor Society and National English Honor Society. She is a member of National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, Drama Club and Latin Club. Brooke attends Commonwealth Governor’s School and has received CGS’s Award of Excellence in Honors English. She has received academic letters and scored cum laude on National Latin Exam. She was honored as Drama Student of the Year and received the Corporal Brett Lundstrom Scholarship for performing arts. Brooke plans to attend the University of Virginia nursing program.
Abdel Hamid Shehata, the son of Nancy and Sherif Shehata, has been selected at Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. His home high school is Courtland High School. Abdel is Senior Master Sergeant in Civil War Patrol. He was awarded a silver medal at the state level SkillsUSA IT Services competition. He is a two-time Cyber Patriot competition, Platinum-tier team leader. He is a member of the National German Honor Society. Abdel plans to travel the world, work in IT and write a successful comedy radio show.
Reece Recabo, the son of Christopher Recabo and Loretta Roby, is a senior at Spotsylvania High School. Reece is a member of the Spanish club and DECA. He is a member of the Spotsylvania High Student Athlete club and Dr. Hester’s student council. He has earned four academic letters and honor roll for four years. Reece is a member of the varsity wrestling team. He has earned four varsity letters and served two years as varsity captain. He has placed second at States, first in regions and first at districts. He is a two-time state placer, three-time state qualifier, three-time regional placer, four-time regional qualifier, and three-time conference/district champion. Reece is also a three-year varsity starter at running back and outside linebacker, earning three varsity football letters and serving two years as varsity captain. Reece has participated in and helped run the Little Feet Meet, also called the Special Olympics, for two years. Reece has applied to Jamestown University, Bluefield College and William Penn University. He would like to study nuclear engineering, computer science or business.
Jason Joe Jabbour, the son of Gus and Lydia Jabbour, is a senior at Stafford High School. Jason is an active member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and is a Renaissance Club Ambassador. He has also been a member of the Link Crew. Jason has received academic letter and summa cum laude distinction awards for ninth through twelfth grades, and he has received Highest Achievement awards in AP Statistics, Programming and AP U.S. History. He has been a member of the Rappahannock Music Society and plays piano. Jason has been a member of the Rappahannock Swim League division champion Spotswood Sea Serpent swim team, and has placed second in 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle at the swim league’s national division championship. Jason is a member of the Stafford High School soccer team and Commonwealth Football Club men’s travel soccer team. He participates in the Rare Soccer Training Program and has played in the Virginia Cup Soccer and North Carolina Showcase tournaments. Jason has served as a guide and counselor at Kairos through Spotswood Baptist Church, where he has also served as an activity leader and organizer for the annual Fredericksburg Family Fall Festival and helped organize and lead a five-day soccer camp for inner city, underprivileged children. Jason plans to attend the University of Virginia and medical school.
Evan Leach, the son of Kelly Duke and the late Geoff Leach, was chosen as Student of the Month for December at Riverbend High School. Evan served the varsity cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams as captain for two years. He has served as captain of the forensics team and is an officer in the DECA chapter at Riverbend. Evan is a Fredericksburg All-Area cross country runner and has been a DECA State Finalist, twice, and a Forensic Regional Finalist, twice. Evan has committed to Virginia Commonwealth University to run cross country and track, and he plans to major in marketing.