The following students have been selected as Fredericksburg Optimist Club Students of the Month for November:
Daniel Alvarenga, the son of Jesus and Cecilia Alvarenga, is a senior at Brooke Point High School. Daniel is a member of National Honor Society and has served as vice president. He is a Huddle leader with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Homeroom Renaissance leader, and has tutored at the Learning Lab. He has been a member of All-County Orchestra and is a Worship Band violinist. Daniel is a Capital Caring Hospice and Bereavement Program volunteer and Stafford Hospital volunteer. He has earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the bronze level, the Above and Beyond Community Service Award, and the Brooke Point High School Academic Honors Award with varsity letter and bars. Daniel plans to attend the University of Virginia and major in biology. He then intends to attend the university’s school of medicine with the goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Erin Liebe, the daughter of Jodie and Bob Liebe, is a senior at Colonial Forge High School. Erin has served as class president and PTSO Student Body Representative during her junior and senior years. She has been a member of Spanish Honor Society, serving as president, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. She has also served as vice-president of Ski Club, and she has been a member of Buddy Club and Environmental Club and a Special Education Aide. Erin has been named Student of Outstanding Excellence in Child Development. She has played varsity soccer and been named to the ODP Soccer Regional Team. Erin has been a U5 soccer clinic coach, Church Four set up volunteer and a volunteer for school spirit activities. Erin plans to major in engineering and minor in special education at an in-state four-year college.
Corrinn Ford is a senior at Fredericksburg Christian School. She has served as a class officer for four years as well as participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Pro-Life Clubs. Corrinn has swum for the varsity swim team since seventh grade and now serves as a captain. She was awarded the Intensity and Spiritual Leader awards during her sophomore and junior seasons. She earned All-Conference Swimmer in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Corrinn has also played varsity soccer since her eighth grade year, receiving DAC All Conference Team in 2017. Corrinn received the ACSI Distinguished Christian Student Award for Outstanding Academics, Leadership, Athletics and Christian Service in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. As an FCA member, Corrinn serves as a FCA power camp leader. She attends LifePoint Church and still finds time to enjoy her friends and family. Corrinn is close to deciding on where she will attend college next year and swim competitively.
Jonathan Allan Washington, the son of Greg Washington and Tesha Scott–Washington, is a senior at James Monroe High School. Jonathan is a James Farmer Scholar and a member of the football team. In his junior year, he was named Most Improved Football Player. He has also been named 2nd Team All-District for defensive tackle/defensive end and offensive lineman. He serves his community through Strong Tower Church. Jonathan plans to attend a four-year college or university and play football.
Alexis Parker, the daughter of Julia and Chris Whitley, is a senior at Massaponax High School. Her favorite subject is history. The accomplishments she is most proud of throughout her high school tenure are completing AP classes, earning a DECA varsity letter and being the founder/president of Seniors Standing Up Against Bullying. Alexis plans to attend college and participate in Army ROTC so she can fulfill her dream of being a psychiatrist for the Army.
Jacob William Pfeiffer, the son of Fritz and Shannon Pfeiffer, attends North Stafford High School. A genuine optimist, Jacob has earned the admiration of his teachers and peers with his moral integrity, work ethic, unrelenting drive, humility and selfless consideration for others. Jacob has demonstrated a spirit of service by volunteering in the Special Olympics with passion and pride, Semper Fi Fund, Brain Builders, TOPS Soccer, Spanish National Honor Society and National Honor Society. In his own words, “I strongly believe that in order to be a leader, you need to first be the servant of your followers.” Jacob has held numerous leadership roles. He served the varsity golf team as captain for three years, also qualifying for states. He has been a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador and student staff member for two consecutive years, Virginia Boys State Delegate, and a member of Debate Team, Academic Team and Future Business Leaders of America. Jacob plans to pursue a career in business consulting and hopes to own his own business.
Keegan Fredrick, the daughter of Jennifer and Adrian Fredrick, is a senior at Riverbend High School. Keegan is a member of Young Democrats and Civics club, serving as vice-president and president. She is a board member of Key Club, organizing volunteer events, and has served as a board member and co-secretary of French Club. She is also involved in Debate, qualifying for Virginia Regionals, Super Regionals and States. In Chorus, Keegan has been a member of Virginia District Chorus, ranked eighth, and a member of a select audition high school choir. Keegan is also a documentarian, examining feminism’s impact on music, interviewing senators, state legislators and musicians like Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls. Keegan has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, received a selection for the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference, been accepted into the Virginia Governor’s School Summer Program for Humanities, and been inducted into National French Honor Society, National Honor Society and National Math Honor Society. Keegan has served the community as a library volunteer, a political campaign volunteer, a Math Honors Society tutor and at the SPCA. Keegan plans to attend Christopher Newport University, University of Mary Washington or Roanoke College, earn a master’s degree in political science and mathematics and pursue a doctorate degree.
Cassandra Lee, the daughter of Cathy and Gary Lee, is a senior at the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. Cassandra has been a member of the sideline and competition cheer squads at her academic school, Courtland High School. Cassandra has volunteered for Braswell Run Against Teen Violence for four years, and she has volunteered at a food bank monthly for a number of years. Cassandra has been an intern at a local salon since she was 15 years old and has been promoted to stylist assistant. Cassandra plans to attend college and take business classes with the goal of opening her own salon after building a client base.
Melissa Alsop is a senior at Spotsylvania High School. Melissa is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Latin Club and Spanish Club. She is also a participant in the International Baccalaureate program, seeking a world diploma. She has been a member of the varsity volleyball team, serving as captain, and she has been named second team All District. Melissa has also been a member of the varsity soccer team, serving as captain, and she has been named second team All District, first team All Region and second team All State. Melissa has served her community as a Spotsylvania High School Relay for Life team captain, a Mary Washington Hospital volunteer, a Special Olympics coach and volunteer, a Spotsylvania Athletic Boosters volunteer and a math tutor. Melissa plans to attend the University of Lynchburg and major in biomedical science. Her goal is to become a neurosurgeon.
Haley Lucinda Stocks, the daughter of Phillip and Lucinda Stocks, is a senior at Stafford High School. Haley is a student in the Commonwealth Governor’s School. She has served as page editor and editor-in-chief of Stafford Smoke Signal, and assistant editor of The Mirage, a literary magazine. She is a member of Quill and Scroll Honor Society and National Honor Society, and she is president of Science National Honor Society. She has served on the leadership team of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she has been a member of the cross country and track and field teams. She has also participated in Model U.N. Haley was selected to participate in the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences. She was named Outstanding Journalism III Student in 2018. Haley serves her community by assisting the minister at Christ Lutheran Church and as a junior volunteer at Mary Washington Hospital. Haley plans to attend a four-year university to study chemistry on a pre-med track.