The Senior of the Month for March from Smithfield High School is Olivia Pack. a senior that has not let COVID-19 restrictions impede her determination to engage and be a dynamic leader at SHS. She is a great mentor and is always seeking input while respecting the opinions of others. As President of the SCA, she organized activities to recognize our school counselors, school administrators, and School Board. Liv maintains SCA's social media sites with great attention to detail and creativity. She distributed a survey before second semester started to give students the opportunity to ask questions about the new semester and to receive answers. She has assisted freshmen and students new to the school and tutored underclassmen in math and history. She has helped fellow seniors with college applications and essays. Liv recently participated in a DECA competition and placed first in the region. This first place finish has opened the door for Liv to be recognized by national companies to be a spokesperson. Dorm Decor has signed Liv to be an influencer due to her great communication skills. “She is an amazing, creative leader, with maturity beyond that of her peers and has no limits with her can-do attitude. Olivia has spent countless hours serving Smithfield High through philanthropic programs, as a member of the Soccer and track teams, and participation in multiple school-sponsored clubs. Olivia is a role model in the classroom and in the community as she creates an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for all people.” Pamela Greenberg, Teacher and SCA Sponsor, and Tricia Hoff, Librarian. Olivia plans to go to college and eventually medical school to become a doctor.
The Senior of the Month for January from Windsor High School is Alex Juda. Alex Juda is an exceptionally bright student who is not afraid to jump into a class discussion to share his thoughts. Alex is always up to date on his assignments; he has been dutiful during this difficult time in remaining imminently conscientious about his work. “Alex is a very pleasant student and always has a smile--you can tell even with his mask on because his smile reaches his eyes. Every day he makes a point to say, ‘Good morning, Mrs. Presson’ and tells me to have a nice day as he leaves the class.”—Cassandra Presson, English teacher, WHS. Alex plans to pursue a 4-year university degree.
The Senior of the Month for January from Smithfield High School is Chris Gundy. Chris has been offered the opportunity to play football while attending the Naval Academy next year. “Chris has always been a stand out student who pushes himself both on the football field and in the classroom. I am so proud of what he has accomplished in his four years at Smithfield.”—Margaret Challand, Science Teacher, SHS.
The Senior of the Month for December from Windsor High School is Jessica Coffield. In addition to being brilliant and hardworking, Jessica is reliable, responsible, and mature. All of these qualities combined with her friendly disposition make her a joy to teach and work with. The university that is lucky enough to enroll her next year will find they have acquired a young woman of a caliber that is rarely seen. She has continued to do what she does every month: being a bright star in all of her teacher’s classes and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the craziness of this school year. In addition to this, she continues to demonstrate her leadership skills by helping her fellow students whenever they are in need. She is an asset to all of her teachers and peers. “I’m so glad that Jessica was chosen for the honor of Senior of the Month: she is one of the most deserving students at WHS. She is easily one of the kindest, friendliest, and most genuine young adults in the senior class. These traits will help her find success in the years to come, both at the university and professional level,” Matt Burgess, Teacher. Jessica plans to continue her education at a four-year university.
The Senior of the Month for December from Smithfield High School is Annika Eng. She is the top student in her class and has always worked above and beyond in everything she does. She is kind, helpful, polite, caring, dependable and is focused on what she wants to achieve in and outside of high school. She is a Beta officer and is currently assisting in the planning of the State Beta Convention. The task is even more challenging this year since the Convention will be held online due to COVID-19. She always has a positive attitude and will never hesitate to lend a hand. In addition, Annie was a Senate Page last fall semester in DC. There are only 30 students chosen in the entire country for this program. “Annika is always friendly, helpful and always goes above and beyond in school and in her community. She has hundreds of Beta service hours, which is way more than is required. She is a fantastic student and deserves this honor,” Mrs. Farey, Teacher. Annika is planning to attend a four year university and eventually obtain her Juris Doctor degree. Her goal is to be a Navy JAG lawyer and eventually work to get people off of Death Row.
The Senior of the Month for November from Windsor High School is Terrell Pittman. All four years of Terrell's high school career have been marked with academic success. He has met every challenging course with academic integrity and excelled in his educational performance. Terrell has proven to be successful not only in the classroom but also on the field of play, court and track. Terrell has excelled physically in basketball, football and track, playing for WHS locally and traveling internationally with his track endeavors. He was also recognized as a State Champion for track. He has demonstrated the ability to meet demanding physical requirements and the ability to lead others to reach their full potential as a leader on his teams. Terrell has represented WHS in many leadership roles including, the Rotary Youth Leadership conference, WHS's nominee for the Harry Byrd Leadership Award, and this year was voted by his peers to represent them as the Student Government President. "While many students meet the criteria for a devoted student-leader and athlete, Terrell stands out in his personable approach to staff and students alike. In the years that I have known Terrell, I have yet to see an interaction between him and another individual that he did not treat him or her as an immediate friend. He consistently looks for ways to make others feel accepted and seen. This character trait of Terrell's makes him a stand out amongst our students." -Laura Sullivan, Principal. Terrell plans to attend a four-year university, participate in track/field and major in political science or pre-law studies to become an attorney.
Leah is outstanding in every area. An avid student, she challenges and questions, always seeking to grow. She is a talented forensics team member, in addition to her academic skills, which are formidable. Leah is an exceptional young woman whose goals and aspirations reach high. She attended a leadership academy at the University of Virginia this past summer, reaching, as always, to improve her skills and to ready herself for a bright future. Leah was recently announced as a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
"Leah is every teacher's dream: a self-motivated and persistent scholar who loves to learn and tackles every assignment as a personal mission. She is, as well, a champion for human rights. Social justice issues are very important to her and she's forthright in sharing her beliefs. She will achieve great things."--Luann Scott, teacher. Her goal is to attend a 4-year university, hopefully UVA, and major in political science and eventually attend law school.
Hunter has remained active during this pandemic. He has continued his college and scholarship search while serving as the state representative for Beta at the National level. Hunter also recently has been in correspondence with NASA AERONAUTICS AND AIR & SPACE ADMINISTRATION. He is working with them to be able to volunteer each day between his classes at school and Governor's School. Hunter is a very kind, charismatic young man that is always working to be the best him he can be.
"Hunter is one of the top students in his graduating class because of his positive attitude, work ethic, kind heart and academic achievements. I have seen Hunter go out of his way to include others that are feeling left out or who tend to keep to themselves." Yanci Williams, School Counselor. Hunter plans to attend a Four Year University, hopefully Virginia Tech, majoring in Meteorology and Minoring in Music. He also plans on becoming a cadet through ROTC to work toward his career of commissioning as a Weather Officer in the United States Air Force.