The following students have been selected as Fredericksburg Optimist Club Students of the Month for May:
Joseph Stehly, the son of Joseph A. Stehly and Risaleo Stehly, is a senior at Brooke Point High School. Joseph has been a member of the varsity tennis team. He has been a member of the All-County and All-Regional orchestras. He is a member of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony and has served a year as concertmaster. He has also served as concertmaster of his high school orchestra. He participates with Rappahannock Summer Music Camp. Joseph is co-president of the Latin Club and has attended the State Latin Convention. He is on the Academic Team, third in Regional, and the debate team. He is a video intern for Stafford County. He has won academic awards and National Latin Exam awards. He is Microsoft Powerpoint Certified. Joseph plans to attend the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Anne Briggs, the daughter of Diane and Donald Briggs, is a senior at Colonial Forge High School. Anne has been a member of concert band, Advanced Percussion Ensemble, marching band, Imperial Dynasty Indoor Percussion, The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, EMT certification program, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. She has been awarded Personal Progress Award, Honor Bee Award, Top Student in Concert Band, EMT Certification, Distinguished Honor Graduate, three academic letters, two varsity letters for marching band, Concert Band Class President and Concert Band Percussion Section Leader. Anne has served her community through her Youth Group and as Youth Group President. She is a volunteer EMT at Aquia Harbor Volunteer Rescue Squad and worked at Boy Scouts of America--Claytor Lake Aquatics Base. Anne will attend Clemson University and major in nursing. She will also be part of the Clemson Corps and Air Force ROTC, Detachment 770.
Omaro Isaiah Barnum, the son of Zane and Nikki Johnson, is a senior at James Monroe High School. Omaro has been a member of both the varsity football and varsity track teams. He was awarded All-Region track honors and was named All-Region punt and kick returner. He volunteers at Thurman Brisben Center and School Dressing Days. Omaro will attend Virginia Military Institute and major in mechanical engineering.
Moyosore Abbey–Bada, the daughter of Abiodun Bada and Deborah Abbey–Bada, is a senior at Massaponax High School. Moyosore is an executive board member of the Student Council Association and the secretary of the Massaponax chapter of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the National Spanish Honor Society and holds the editor-in-chief position of the school’s yearbook staff. Moyosore volunteers at the Special Games and at her church. She has earned an academic letter each year and was a state finalist for her yearbook spread. She earned Student of the Month honors for Math Analysis, AP Calculus, Journalism I and Yearbook Production. Moyosore plans to study biology at James Madison University.
Isabelle Mehochko, the daughter of Daniel and Amy Mehochko of Stafford County, is a senior at Mountain View High School. Isabelle is a member of the school’s National Honor Society chapter as well as a full International Baccalaureate scholar. She is a member of her school’s science club, Envirothon team, HOSA club, orchestra, varsity cheerleading team, and is active in her church and youth group. Isabelle plans to continue her education at the college level, majoring in biomedical engineering.
Tyler Bell Danzig, the son of Brian and Christine Danzig, is a senior at North Stafford High School. Tyler is an extremely capable and diligent young man, a team player and always willing to take on a leadership role for the good of the group. Tyler has not always has it easy. During much of his childhood through elementary and middle school, his father was extremely ill, waiting several months before finally receiving a liver transplant. Nonetheless, Tyler managed to excel in school and come to high school well prepared for the rigorous Commonwealth Governors School curriculum. Tyler is passionate about meteorology, his intended major at the University of Pennsylvania, and he has spent the last two years studying how the National Weather Service can improve our hurricane prediction models. Tyler manages to excel in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. He has been active in marching band, percussion ensemble, swim team, tennis team, National Honor Society, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership representative, and Boys State delegate, Academic Team, Mathnasium tutor and, last but not least, as an Eagle Scout. He does all of this while maintaining an over 4.0 GPA. A true optimist, through all of this Tyler’s spirited and cheerful attitude has never wavered.
Pia Basillica, the daughter of Mark and Roberta Basillica, is a senior at Riverbend High School. Pia is a member of Drama Club, Spanish Club, Future Health Care Providers of America, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Science Honor Society. She is SCA Historian. She is a member of the Forensic Team and had a third place finish at regionals in her junior year. As a member of DECA, she has served as Historian during her junior and senior years; she is also a two-year ICDC competitor with a first place finish in the state during her junior year. She is a member of DECA Honor Society, winning the DECA Merit Award for two years. Pia has been a member of the varsity swim team and competed at the state tournament for four years, she has served the team as captain for two years. Pia is honored to be a Bear. She volunteers through various honor society projects and at Touch-a-Truck. She is a Mary Washington Junior volunteer during the summer and is a coach for Foxpoint Fintastics swim team. Pia will attend the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
Matthew LeBlanc, the son of Josh and Jenny LeBlanc, has been selected at Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. His academic school is Courtland High School. Matthew has been a member of the Courtland Marching Band and Drum Line for four years, Wind Ensemble for three years and Concert Band for two years. Matthew has given numerous community service hours volunteering at Music in the Parks and with the Knights of Pythias. His teacher says, “It is an honor to nominate Matthew LeBlanc as Outstanding Senior from the Electricity Level 1 course as he is an extremely polite, respectable, well behaved and proactive student. Matthew has progressed exceptionally well and goes above and beyond in improving the shop/classroom. His maturity is immaculate, demonstrating great character. He always demonstrates positive behavior and has made positive impacts on his classmates. Matthew assures the project is completed and goes the extra mile to ask for other assignments.” Matthew’s future plans include the United States Marine Corps, where he hopes to continue his education in the electrical and mechanical fields.
Jonathan Rivard, the son of Danielle Rivard and Jeffery Rivard, is a senior at Spotsylvania High School. Jonathan is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He is TSA vice president and robotics club captain. He is a member of Spotsylvania High School’s first graduating class of IB students. Jonathan has been a member of the varsity baseball team for four years, earning first team All-Conference and second team All-Region honors last spring. He is an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. As his Eagle Scout project, he built new bullpens for the Spotsylvania High School baseball field. He also volunteers with Little Feet Meet and Relay for Life. After graduation, Jonathan will serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He would like to attend and play baseball at Virginia Tech and major in biochemistry. He plans to earn a doctorate in biochemistry and advance as a tissue engineer.
Grace Catherine Fuller, the daughter of Scott Fuller and Marilyn Fuller, is a senior at Stafford High School. Grace is a member of Key Club and National Honor Society. She is president of Quill and Scroll, serves as editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and is Tribe Chiefs art and beautification president. She is photographer for the Stafford High School theater department and Stafford County Public Schools. Grace is a graphic designer for THRIVE Christian Fellowship. She has received an academic letter each year of high school and was named Most Outstanding Yearbook Staff Member, 9th-11th grades. She has been awarded Cub Scout Pack 213 Super Volunteer. Grace will attend VCUArts to study graphic design.
Kaylah Folson, the daughter of Lanon and Fredrick Folson, has been selected as Fredericksburg Optimist Club Students of the Month for June at Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. Kaylah’s academic school is Courtland High School. She is vice president of the Latin Club and a member of National English Honor Society. She is also a member of Future Healthcare Providers of America club at Mary Washington Hospital. Kaylah volunteers with AAMP program at Courtland Elementary School. According to a teacher, Kaylah always has a positive attitude. She is always supportive of her classmates. Her devotion and dedication to learning about the medical field is exemplary. She is always willing to assist in the class and is a pleasure to teach. Kaylah plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, later becoming an ICU nurse.