Mary Wallace Baker, daughter of Erma and Brian Baker, attends James Monroe High School and has been selected as the Fredericksburg Optimist Club Student of the Month for November. Wally, in her junior and senior year, has been captain of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, a member of the Typhoon Elite Field Hockey Club travel team and a member of the winter track team. In her junior year, she was named Second Team All Conference for field hockey. In her senior year, she was named to the First Team All Conference, All Region and All State for field hockey. She is involved with the Key Club and the Beta Club. She is a Monroe Scholar. She studies piano at Yamaha Music School and has been awarded Gold Cups in piano for Solo, Concerto, American Patriotic & Folk Songs, Sonatina and Composition. Wally’s community and church services include volunteering with Liberty Sports and Physical Therapy. She plans to attend Old Dominion University to play field hockey.
Grace Sharlun, daughter of Glen and Trish Sharlun, is a senior at Fredericksburg Christian School and was selected as the Fredericksburg Optimist Club Student of the Month for November. She is the president of National Honor Society, a student council officer and a part of the FCS Leadership Institute. She is also a member of the pro-life club and plays varsity volleyball. Her love for people and desire for excellence has allowed her to excel both in and out of the classroom. She also has a love for music and theater. She participates in school concerts, musicals and plays. She loves the thrill of performing and the bond that forms with those she works with. Grace also leads worship at Spotswood Baptist Church and loves helping with the middle school events. She spent the last summer volunteering at the Word of Life Ranch Camp in New York as a camp counselor. This experience brought about a new passion in Grace for helping and serving people. She plans to attend Christopher Newport University and partake in the President’s Leadership program in the Fall of 2017.
Morgan Becker, daughter of Jiyeon and Elmore Becker, was selected as the Student of the Month for November at Riverbend High School. Morgan is vice president of Riverbend DECA, president of the Spanish Honor Society and secretary of the English Honor Society. She is a fourth-year leader for field hockey, is a hockey Parks and Recreation coach, an Academic team member, a member of the Math Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society and a Virginia Cello Ensemble member. Morgan’s awards include the Award for Excellence in English Language, the DAR Good Citizen award, an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Peer Mentor award. Her volunteer and community experience include being an advocate for Domestic Violence survivors at Empowerhouse, a Special Olympics volunteer, a hospice volunteer through Mary Washington Healthcare and an elementary school tutor through Wilderness Elementary School. Morgan plans to attend a four-year university to study English Literature and International Business.
Lilly Church was selected as the Student of the Month of October at Chancellor High School. Lilly has been an honor roll student since ninth grade and has been a member of National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Latin Club, French Club, YADAPP, Drama Club, Forensics, News Broadcasting, Newspaper and her school’s Wind Ensemble. Her favorite subjects are English and Science, and her favorite class is Drama. Lilly has played field hockey for Chancellor all four years of high school, and she was honored to lead the team as captain her junior and senior years. This year she received an award as an All-Conference First Team Forward for field hockey. Lilly has also played for the varsity girls soccer team all four years of high school, and she has won All Conference awards for soccer the past two years. Outside of school, Lilly takes French Horn lessons, plays on a travel soccer team, volunteers for her church, participates in Young Life, and spends time with her family. Her family means everything to her and comes second only to her relationship with God. After high school, Lilly plans to attend a four year college.
Zoe Garrick, daughter of Ronald and Jennifer Garrick, was selected as the Student of the Month of November at Chancellor High School. Zoe has been very involved in theater since her freshman year. She has stage managed seven shows at the high school and with community theater, Stage Door Productions. Zoe is the president of the Drama Club at Chancellor High School and is an active member of National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Key Club and French Club. After graduation Zoe plans to attend a four-year university to major in technical theater.
Shelby Davidson, daughter of Anne Locklear and Edward Davidson, was selected as the Student of the Month for Spotsylvania High School. Shelby is Student Council Association Treasurer, Mu Alpha Theta officer, National Honor Society member, National Art Honor Society member, Health Occupations Student Association member and varsity soccer player. She has also been involved with and held the vice president position in DECA. Shelby’s awards include Senior Homecoming Queen 2016 and perfect attendance all throughout high school. Her community service has included volunteering with America’s 9/11 Ride yearly and having more than 14 hours of community service, and serving holiday dinners at UMW at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shelby plans to attend the University of Virginia to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
Sydney Jones, daughter of Brenda and Anthony Jones, has been selected as the Student of the Month at Massaponax High School. Sydney is a member of the Student Council Association, the National Honor Society and co-founder of Panther Pals, a group that helps special needs students interact with others and develop social skills. She is also the president of her school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter and the secretary of the regional chapter. In her spare time, she plays basketball and volleyball and enjoys reading. After high school, Sydney plans to attend Virginia Union University or Hampton University.
Brittany Cox, daughter of Heather and Michael Cox, was selected as the Fredericksburg Optimist Club Student of the Month for November at Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. Brittany is a member of HOSA, attended Head Start Ice Cream night and taught children about dental health on Career day at Battlefield Middle School. She holds a GPA of 3.8 and has held a 3.5 GPA or higher at Courtland High School. Brittany has been a member of the Sideline and Competition Cheer Squad for four years. Her volunteer experience has included participating in races and other events at YMCA, running concession sales at high school sporting events and volunteering at elementary and high school events. Brittany plans to attend Germanna Community College for two years to pursue the Dental Hygiene Program.
Sierra Espeland, daughter of Nancy and Eric Espeland, was selected as Student of the Month for Colonial Forge High School. Sierra is a member of the National Honor Society, the varsity field hockey and JV and varsity soccer teams, FIRST Robotics (Kilroy), French Honor Society, Technology Student Association. Her awards include Outstanding Presenter at 3rd Unmanned Systems Integrated Workshops and Technical Exchange, Technology Student Association State Finalist, West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference Leader Among Leaders Award, CFHS Commonwealth Governor’s School Junior of the Year, AP Calculus BC Student of the Year and AP Scholar with distinction. Sierra’s volunteering and community involvement include helping Kilroy Robotics organize outreach and STEM events and coaching club field hockey. She plans to attend a four-year university to study astrophysics and play Division I field hockey.
Emily Anne Kresho, daughter of John and Deborah Kresho, has been selected as the Fredericksburg Optimist Club Student of the Month of November at Stafford High School. While attending Commonwealth Governor’s School, she has served as vice-president and president of SkillsUSA, been a member of the National Honor Society and played varsity tennis and field hockey, serving as captain of the hockey team in her senior year. She was the SkillsUSA Technical Drafting District and State Champion last year, when she placed fifth nationally; and she is the SkillsUSA Architectural Drafting District, State and National Champion for 2016. She has also received the William and Mary Leadership Award for 2016 and has also been named All-Conference Player of the Year for Conference 15 field hockey. She plans to study Computer and Electrical Engineering and play Division I field hockey at the University of Delaware.
Hannah Kenkel, daughter of James and Donna Kenkel of Stafford County, is the Mountain View High School Student of the Month for November. A senior enrolled in the Full International Baccalaureate program, Hannah is the vice president of Mountain View’s chapter of the National Honor Society and is a chapter officer of the Technology Student Association, for which she has been a member of teams recognized at state and national competitions. Hannah plays for Stafford Soccer’s travel program and competes as a member of Mountain View’s varsity basketball and soccer teams. Hannah is also a volunteer sound technician at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. She will travel to Central America in the spring to participate in a service project with Students Helping Honduras. Hannah plans to study Chemical Engineering in college and is interested in pursuing a commission in the military.
Malika Malik, daughter of Kamela and Bashil Malik, was selected as the Student of the Month for October for Brooke Point High School. Malika is co-captain of the Academic Team, a junior volunteer shift leader, a delegate for the Virginia ACA Girls State, and she tutors the Farsi language on the weekends. Her awards include receiving magna cum laude on the National Latin Exam, the Academic Achievement award, the varsity letter for the Academic Team, the AP Scholar award and being named a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar. Malika’s community involvement includes more than 100 hours volunteered at the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. Her plans after high school include attending a university to study biochemistry and political science.
Margo Rayner, daughter of Manya and Raymond Rayner, has been selected as the student of the month for November at Brooke Point High School. Rayner is captain of the varsity field hockey team and captain of the varsity soccer team to 11th grade. She has received first and second place in Team All-Conference. She is the founder of the Knitting Club and is the Student Council Association’s class publicist. Margo’s awards include being a member of the National Latin Honor Society and the National Honor Society. Her community involvement includes volunteering with the Gifted Advisory Committee and the Girl Scouts. After high school, Rayner plans to attend the College of William and Mary.
Anya Mary Pfeiffer, daughter of Fritz and Shana Pfeiffer, was selected as the Student of the Month at North Stafford High School. She serves as the president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Virginia Alumni Association and secretary for the Future Business Leaders of America. Additionally, Anya has served as a delegate for Virginia Girls State, has participated in the “Girls Who Code” program and holds membership in the Interact Club, Spanish Honor Society, Debate Team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Anya is an avid musician and athlete. She has been playing piano since age five and is a member of the North Stafford High School women’s varsity tennis team. Anya is passionate about service and leadership. She spends countless hours volunteering in the local community and has attended numerous leadership workshops through the HOBY program. After high school, Anya plans to attend a four-year university to major in computer science.