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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.
Vincent is a strong academic student who is always willing to help others. He is participating in a Jefferson Lab mentorship program and plans to study to be an aerospace engineer upon graduation. Vincent participates in various clubs and attends the Governor’s School. Vincent served as a Freshman mentor this year and stepped up in a leadership role to help our freshman transition during freshman orientation. “Vincent is a great asset to the school community. I have enjoyed getting to know him while he has been at SHS. He is a dedicated student and one others look up too. He has helped his family working while maintaining extremely competitive grades. Through this he has also kept a smile on his face and continued to challenge himself and be active at school. He also helped with the transition day welcoming the new freshman to campus. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Vincent!” –Yanci Williams, School Counselor.  Vincent plans to attend a 4-year University and, as stated earlier, study aerospace engineering.  

MacKenzie is diligent in her academics, as well as her extracurriculars. She participated in an internship with youth over the summer and proved to be a natural leader. Her organizational skills and eye for detail makes her a cut above the rest. MacKenzie was one of several students who worked tirelessly after school hours to prepare the senior hallway and float for Homecoming, while keeping up with her studies. She is always the first to step up and volunteer to facilitate group work. She has the innate ability to get others to open up and share ideas and opinions within a group while making them feel heard. "MacKenzie is an extremely hardworking and dedicated student. She always goes above and beyond what is asked of her. In her internship at the Tidewater Regional Governor's School, MacKenzie stepped in where she was needed without hesitation or complaint. She is never afraid to ask questions when she needs to and always willing to lend a helping hand. MacKenzie has a bright future ahead of her and I can't wait to see where life takes her.” Macey Sauber, History Teacher.  MacKenzie plans on attending the University of Virginia to earn a degree in science followed by medical school.

Neelie Harris embraces the spirit of community involvement. She is involved in her school community and her local community. She is engaged, respectful, and cooperative.  Neelie embodies all that we hope to see in a well-rounded student: leadership, academics, volunteerism, athleticism. She is involved in her school community and has been active all four years of school. She continues to be involved even during the summer. She is editor of the yearbook staff, she takes advantage of leadership opportunities by running for offices, and she maintains a solid grade point average. Neelie is a serious academic student who embodies the characteristics of a well-rounded student: she embraces the spirit of community involvement., she challenges herself by taking rigorous courses, she exhibits good sportsmanship on the athletic field, and she is a friend to all." -Mrs. Jan Healy.  Neelie plans to attend a four-year university where she will study communications with a concentration in public relations.

Conner is a stand-out student because he goes above and beyond. He challenges himself by asking deep questions, taking initiative in his learning, and demonstrating curiosity. This month alone, Conner was placed in quarantine. He took ownership of his education by seeking out and asking if teachers would zoom with him during his quarantine so that he didn't get too far behind. This spoke volumes about his character and his drive.

"Conner's work ethic and attention to detail make him a joy to have in the learning environment. He is a free-thinker with the ability to translate what he has learned into ideas that can be applied outside of the classroom. "—Deb McManaway, Science Teacher.  His plan is to attend Virginia Tech and study computer science.