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Seniors of the Month

During the months of October through May, the Isle of Wight County School Board recognizes an Outstanding Senior from each high school at a School Board meeting.  As part of the recognition program, the seniors will receive a $500 scholarship to the post-secondary school or program they will attend to further their education.

Kaitlyn is a true scholar. Her scholastic accomplishments include taking at least 5 AP classes and 4 Dual Enrollment classes. She has been able to excel in her classes while also active in sports and volunteering in her community. She has an outstanding work ethic and is an exemplary role model for her peers. Kaitlyn's leadership skills in the classroom and in her community warrants her nomination. One of the ways her leadership has been demonstrated is through her involvement in school clubs and organizations. She is involved in Key Club, Green Club, and Operation Smile. She mentors ninth grade students and volunteers at Riverside Hospital and Sentara Obici Hospital. She is a member of BETA, the current president of the Math Honor Society, vice president of the senior class, and the current captain of the Girls Soccer team. Kaitlyn is a very humble, hard-working student who always has a smile on her face and will go out of her way to help anyone. “Kaitlyn Worrell is a conscientious citizen, and a hardworking young person. She is a scholar, a stand-out athlete, and a proven leader. It has been a pleasure watching her grow into a well-rounded student.” –Mrs. Terry Spady, Math Teacher. Kaitlyn will attend the University of Virginia where she plans to major in Biology on her way to becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Bryce as a student who is a natural born leader. He has earned every opportunity he has through his hard work, dedication, and his willingness to take risks in the academic setting. He is ambitious, quick witted, and has worked hard to earn his academic success. Bryce has also served in his community. He volunteered at Obici Hospital in Suffolk and participated on mission trips to serve the Navajo Indian Tribe. He volunteers in his local community through his involvement with the Windsor High BETA club and Student Government Association. His hours of community service show that he is devoted to the betterment of the town of Windsor and that he is a true asset to our community. Bryce is an outstanding student role-model at Windsor High. He is always helpful, thoughtful, and an advocate for his peers in his role as senior class vice-president. “Bryce is an excellent representative for Windsor High and displays the qualities we aim to develop in our students. Bryce has been incredibly involved and has excelled at all of his activities, including academics, sports, and student leadership. His many experiences will allow him to tackle complex problems and bring unique perspectives to the universities and companies in his future. I'm proud to have played a small part in Bryce's education, and know that he will go on to great success in life.” - Mr. Burgess, History teacher.  Bryce plans to attend college and Major in English and Minor in Business prior to attending law school.

Kevin is a well-rounded student athlete. He is polite, intelligent, outgoing, and a positive role model for his peers. Kevin is a hard worker who has set high academic goals for himself.  He has been a member of the football and basketball teams for the past four years and this year he was named to the All-Academic first team in basketball. Kevin is an usher on the youth usher board at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. He volunteered at the Kickin' it for Cancer tournament and also with Toys for Tots. He has also mentored and tutored a 3rd and 4th grade males to help with academics and support.  “Kevin has been an influential force within the classroom this semester and always gone above and beyond, both in class and outside. Kevin is goal-oriented and committed to giving his all in everything he does.” - Mr. Lonecke, English teacher.  Kevin plans to attend a four-year college and study to become an electrical engineer.

Kylee has a natural curiosity and a strong work ethic. She asks thought provoking questions, is driven to seek her own answers, and has the ability to take charge in situations when necessary. She performs quality, timely work, and is able to balance her school, home, and work life effortlessly. Kylee is a quiet individual to which others gravitate. She is a good friend to many and is often sought out for her ability to listen. She also sees all sides of the discussion, which allows her to empathize and guide her peers when they seek her advice. “Although I only taught her for one semester, she is one that I will never forget because of her kindness towards everyone,” -Mrs. Halstead, AP Government.  Kylee hopes to narrow her focus of study while exploring the many options at Tidewater Community College in the fall.

Ayden attends the Governor’s School for Science and Technology where he studies Biological Sciences. He is currently interning at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office as part of the GSST Mentorship Program.He was named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.  He is a member of the BETA club and helped to pack gifts as part of the club’s community outreach program. Ayden is captain of the Lincoln Douglas division of the Smithfield High School debate team and is undefeated this year. He has also volunteered at the regional library and helps tutor Algebra from Smithfield Middle School. “Ayden Shannon is a standout student offering insightful and discerning opinions in class, leading class discussions with a unique and astute perspective.”—Mrs. Julie Eng, Advanced Placement English teacher.  Ayden has earned a full scholarship to Princeton University. He is currently undecided on his major.

Cori currently serves as the BETA Club president where she leads over 100 academically-minded students through services projects for the school and community. In addition to her service work, she collaborates with the BETA Club officers to prepare for both the state and national convention. She also serves as the senior class secretary and, as such, helped plan and execute December’s community outreach activity where Windsor High Seniors connected with the seniors at Windsor Consulate Care by delivering stockings full of necessities to each resident. She is a true multi-tasker and manages to balance her life with school and her involvement outside of the Windsor High community. “Corinne Walters is one of the most giving students at WHS. She uses her time and talents every day to make our space a joyful place to be. I thoroughly love working with her both inside and outside of the classroom.” – Mrs. Deb McManaway, Chemistry teacher.  Cori plans on attending VCU in the fall and pursuing a degree in Biology. She is hopeful this will lead to medical school, as she plans on becoming a doctor.

Noah is an active volunteer in her community. She volunteers at Studio 17 as a mentor to the younger dancers. She also volunteers at her church as a youth leader and teacher. Noah is Smithfield High’s Bayport representative and is an excellent role model for her peers here in the building. She always has a smile on her face and does not hesitate to help her classmates or teachers when called upon. "Noah has a work ethic that is highly commendable. She is very organized, dependable, and always on time. She takes her responsibilities seriously and has high expectations for herself."--Mr. Kmiec, Economics Teacher.  Noah plans to attend either Liberty University or Bowie State University after graduation and major in Business.

David strives for excellence in his classes and works to inspire those around him. He never has an unkind word to say about his peers and will volunteer to help others without a second thought. David has overcome many obstacles and has chosen to continually look on the bright side. He is willing to stand his ground on issues that may not be deemed popular and takes class discussion and activities seriously. “David is one of kindest and funniest young men I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. He always brings a smile to my face and those of his classmates. He is reliable, friendly, and responsible. David is going to do amazing things with his life.”- Mrs. Halstead, Government Teacher.  David plans on attending a four-year college to obtain a bachelor's degree in psychology and, ultimately, becoming a licensed psychiatrist.

Garrett, who serves as the Battalion Commander of the Smithfield JROTC Packer Battalion, was recognized recently with the  Legion of Valor Award for 2022.  The award was presented to Halle by LTC (ret) Rich Rinaldo, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient.  Only 1 cadet in approximately 4,000 cadets participating in JROTC is honored with this prestigious award. Garrett is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and the Rifle Team.  He has received numerous awards, including the Special Forces Award of excellence and the Superior Cadet Award.  He also served on the JROTC Leadership, Academic, and Drill Teams. He is active in both his community and his church. JROTC Instructor Lieutenant Colonel Badoian stated, "In my experience, Garrett is in the top 1 percent of the cadets I have ever observed or instructed."  After graduation, Garrett plans to attend Brigham Young University on an ROTC scholarship and serve in the US Army as an officer after earning his degree.

Elizabeth takes every assignment, every lesson seriously. She wants to do her absolute best on every task she is given, no matter how small. She seeks help when she needs it; she advocates for herself; she is extremely conscientious. In addition, she is a kind and caring person.  Knowing she would be out for a college tour, she met with her teachers to get her assignments ahead of time so she could do them before she left. Elizabeth has advocated for herself with her testing anxiety and that is so brave of her! She also is curious, which isn’t seen much in students these days. "If I had a class full of students like Elizabeth, I would never retire." Cassandra Presson, English Teacher.  Elizabeth plans on attending N.C. State or JMU to pursue a degree in Biology with the hopes of becoming a Criminal DNA Analyst.

Liz is a self-starter who works hard and is extremely creative. She is dependable and a great role model for her peers. Her artistic skills in the areas of film, photography, and communication are exemplary. Liz is the president of the Library Advisory Council, and this month she created a tagline for the club - "Everyone has a place, why not make it here?" She has a vision for the club that is fun, inclusive, and supportive of all students. Lana Booth, school counselor stated, "Liz is amazing!" Not only did she design the t-shirts worn by the mentors this year, she created a peer-mentor Instagram account to spread positivity throughout SHS. She was the lead mentor for the mentor program and modeled high expectations and positivity.” Elizabeth would like to attend VCU and study Arts and Communication.

Jamya represents the Windsor Way in every way possible. She is helpful and kind to everyone. She possesses a caring nature that her classmates and staff immediately recognize upon meeting her. She is quick to volunteer to help out, no matter the need. She is welcoming and often assists new students as they traverse the hallways and get accustomed to their schedules. She understands the importance of and is able to maintain a balance between academics and extracurriculars. Jamya served as a guide for the freshmen during Windsor High’s “Welcome to the Castle Open House” night. She is a member of the Color Guard with the Marching Dukes Band and an active member of the Beta Club. She is in the second year of the Cosmetology program, working to obtain her license, and is always professional when speaking with clients via the phone or in person. She is a wonderful role model for other students in our school. Donna Bassett, cosmetology teacher, stated, “Jamya is a mature young lady whose attention to detail is second to none. She strives for perfection in all tasks. She exhibits leadership qualities, readily stepping up to perform duties without hesitation and without prompting from me. She takes pride in her work and brings a positive attitude to our class every day.” Jamya plans on attending either PDCCC or CNU to study economics and/or political science.