– I am Diana Gulotta and
I’m executive director of public relations and marketing
for Hampton City Schools and I’m very proud to
serve as your MC today. As I was preparing for today, I conducted a little bit
of research on citizenship, and I came across a website
called educationworld.com. This research led me to
the five characteristics of a good citizen and
I would like to commend each one of you for
demonstrating one, more or all of these citizenship traits. First, honesty is a basic
theme of good citizenship. A person must be honest with others, and with himself or herself, in order to be a good citizen. Secondly, compassion. Compassion is the emotion
of caring for people and other living things. Compassion gives a
person an emotional bond with her world. Third is respect. A good citizen has self-respect, respects others, respects property, and respects rules and laws. Out of honesty, compassion and
respect comes responsibility. Responsibility is about action. It includes much of what people think of as good citizenship. Finally, the theme of courage is important to good citizenship. People are capable of moving beyond mere goodness toward greatness. Courage enables people
to do the right thing even when it’s unpopular or difficult. Thanks to each one of your here today for your role as a good
citizen in our schools, in our Hampton community,
and in our world. It is now my distinct pleasure to introduce our school
superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith. (clapping) – Good morning. – [Audience] Good morning. – Oh, come on, let’s od better than. Good morning, boys and girls. – [Audience] Good morning. – Well, I wanted to say
that I’m certainly delighted and honored to be present with you during the Citizen of the
Month Recognition Luncheon. As outstanding young people you certainly embody scholarship, character, respect,
courtesy, and sportsmanship. Indeed, you are leaders and other students no doubt look to you as role models. Because of you I know that our
future as a school division, and as a country both
are absolutely bright. Give yourselves a round of applause. (clapping) Congratulations on your selection as Citizen of the Month. I encourage you to continue
to do as Gandhi said, be the change you wish
to see in the world, and now it is my honor
to recognize the chair of our school board, Mr. Jason Samuels. Please join me as he comes forward. Thank you. (clapping) – Good morning, boys and girls. – [Audience] Good morning. – Alright, it is such a
honor to be in your presence and to see so many
students being recognized for Citizen of the Month but I would also like to
recognize our teachers, and also our administrators
for being here with us to help us celebrate this great day as you are being recognized
for Citizen of the Month. As Dr. Smith and Diana
Gulotta alluded earlier in reference to some of the
qualities and characteristic of being good citizen, I will not go and speak
about other qualities because they have said great things about what are some of the
qualities and characteristic of being a good citizen. However, there are a
few people in attendance that are here to help you celebrate this accomplishment and they are former school
board member Dave Pearson, who is in attendance. We also have our student rep that serve as members of
the Hampton School Board. Stand and be recognized our student reps. We also have Miss Ann Stephens Cherry who is our vice chair. Miss Cherry could you be
stand and be recognized. (clapping) And also this event would not be possible without our gracious sponsors, and our sponsors today or this morning are Wells Fargo with Greg Snow and Mr. Snow is invited
to make a few remarks. We also have Candice Jones from Hampton Roads Educators’ Credit Union and she’s also given the
opportunity to say a few remarks. We also have Crystal Ford from Hampton Association of
Education Office Professionals and she will say a few word but Mr. Greg Snow is with Wells Fargo, and at this time Mr. Snow,
please come to the podium. Thank you. (clapping) – Good morning. – [Audience] Good morning. – I’m the same, thank
you, Dr. Smith, thank you. It’s really a pleasure to be here. We’ve been working with
Hampton Schools for 18 years. I think this is our fifth year of sponsoring the luncheon, so I’m glad to be back. How many of you all are repeat Citizens of
the Month here today? I know there’s a lot of you. And how many are first timers? Alright. So, who’s graduating this year. Okay. So, everybody else, I expect
you to be back here again for the next Citizen of the Month, right? Can you all do that? I think you can. Well, I think you all have really laid out what it takes to be a good citizen. I would tell you that as you look at those qualities, the one thing I thought
about today was decisions. If you take those qualities and really grasp them
and let them guide you, you’ll always make good decisions. I’ve never regretted
making a good decision, so it’ll be tough at times but if you do the right thing, you’ll make the right decision, you’ll never regret it, so I’ll just leave that with you today. Again, thank you so much for
the opportunity to be here, and keep up the great work. You should be very proud of what you do, and those that are not graduating, I will see you back here again next year. So, thank you. (clapping) – Miss Jones from Hampton Roads
Educators’ Credit Union. And Crystal, you’ll be up next. – Good morning everyone. – [Audience] Good morning. – I would like to say to our children that have chosen this
path of good citizenship, Hampton Roads Educators
want to congratulate you from the bottom of our hearts. In a world that often
rewards poor behavior and glorifies poor decision-making, we congratulate you
choosing morals and values that were once so near and dear, such as honesty, compassion,
respect and courage. As a good citizen, you not only exhibit those behaviors, you encourage those around
you to be a little bit better and try a little bit harder. People are not comfortable
making poor decisions such as bullying or using
foul language around you because they know what you stand for. I want to encourage you that
even though it may get hard, and even though you may lose
a few friends along the way, stay true to yourself, dig deep inside and
pull your greatness out each and everyday. Children are not born good citizens. Good traits are instilled in them and cultivated by all the
greatness around them. Parents, family, teachers, school staff, pastors and the list goes on. Everyone plays a part in
building our children up or unfortunately tearing them down. So, for those that work so tirelessly to harness the goodness in our children, we also honor you today. This is what we do at
Hampton Roads Educators. Even with changing trends and rising fees, we stay true to the
motto of our institution when we first started
in Hampton High School, people helping people. The flashy lights of big
banks do not sway us, spending our members’ money
on fancy advertisements is not an option. We are good citizens in our community, rooted in our educators and serving them since 1954, and again, I would like
to say congratulations to all of Hampton’s good citizens. (clapping) – Thank you Miss Jones. And now we have Crystal Ford from HAEOP. (clapping) – Good morning everyone. – [Audience] Good Morning. – It’s so wonderful to see
you all here this morning. HAEOP, we are a sponsor of this event and we are here because we wanna celebrate all that you have done. Will HAEOPs please stand. (clapping) HAEOP is here to support
you all in your endeavors and we are glad to celebrate you on today. Thank you for the opportunity to support something positive happening with our children
at Hampton City Schools. We do not take it lightly
what you have accomplished, and we look forward to
you all accomplishing more great things. Thank you. (clapping) – Thank Crystal, Mr. Samuels,
Dr. Smith and our sponsors. Thank you very much. Now it’s time for the best
part of the luncheon, the food. We will come to your
table and let you know when to get in the buffet line. Before eating I would like to
ask our school board members, city council members, superintendent and valedictorians pause for a quick photo in the
back corner of the room. Armstrong, what’s your
table number over there? Well, that makes sense, number one. We will start with number one. You all may go and get in line. Enjoy your lunch. – Hello, my name is Daphne Dunn. – Hello, my name is Elise Mouton. – Hello, my name is Emma Hughes. – Hello, my name is Jayalani Piotrowski. – [All] And we attend
Armstrong Elementary School. – Hello, my name is William Lax. – Hello, my name is Wisdom Ames. – Hello, my name is Jenaya Ripley-Prieto. – Hello, my name’s Anthony Groller. – Hello, my name is Amari Wooten. – [All] And we attend Andrews School. – Hello, my name is Landen Edwards. – Hello, my name is Sade Waller-Stith. – Hello, my name is Aniyah Simpson. – Hello, my name is Shakayla Clark. – [All] And we attend
Bassette Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Kaylei Kipper. – Hello, my name is Danae Battle. – Hello, my name’s Rylan Zeman. – Hello, my name is Sarah Wright. – Hello, my name is Aiden DeGuzman. – Hello, my name’s NaTayshia Bogucki. – [All] And we attend
Spratley Gifted Center. – Hello, my name is Edward Byrd. – Hello, my name is Trina Furman. – Hello, my name is Tenderly Diaz. – Hello, my name is Denell Johnson. – Hello, my name is Ashley Ellerbee. – Hello, my name is Zion Lee. – [All] And we attend Phoebus High School. – Hello, my name is Nevaeh Butler. – Hello, my name’s Isabel Goudie. – Hello, my name is Chrislin Littlejohn. – Hello, my name is Jayden Fansier. – Hello, my name is Niamah Banks. – Hello, my name is Monique Gilford. – [All] And we attend
Bryan Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Jacob Carpenter. – Hello, my name is Olivia Washington. – Hello, my name is Zoie Gallaway. – Hello, my name is Brayden Ellis. – [All] And we attend
Smith Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Jon Janae Smith and I attend Bridgeport. – Hello, my name is Ramazini Mohamed. – Hello, my name is Hussein Nafea. – Hello, my name is Joshua Volk. – Hello, my name is Haley Roberts. – Hello, my name is Elyse Reantaso. – Hello, my name is Stephanie Harris. – Hello, my name is Ky Nguyen. – Hello, my name is Kalia Stone. – [All] And we attend Hampton high School. – Hello, my name is Dejah Moore. – Hello, my name is Malik Hardy. – Hello, my name is Claire Kasongo. – [All] And we attend
Lindsay Middle School. – Hello, my name is Richard Oben. – Hello, my name is Emily Woodall. – Hello, my name is Anthony Southcombe. – Hello, my name is Alaysia Liburd. – Hello, my name is Tru Gerhard. – Hello, my name’s Makayla Brown. – [All] And we attend Syms Middle School. – Hello, my name is Benjamin Atteberry. – August Olson. – Mirra Tobey. – Sam Hayat. – And Queen Lee-Mayes. – [All] And we attend
Kecoughtan High School. – Hello, my name is Jamaal Coppedge. – Jayla Bass. – Marcus Edwards-Hendry. – [All] And we attend
Burbank Elementary School – Hello, my name is Ayana Smith. – My name is Nevae Anderson-Seawell. – Hello, my name is Emma-Elise Rodriguez. – Hello, my name is Reese Dowden. – [All] And we attend
Machen Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Madison Runge. – Hello, my name is Jailon Smith. – Hello, my name is Jeremy Millikin. – [All] And we attend
Asbury Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Adaijah Hinton. – Hello, my name is Jordan Watson. – Hello, my name is Stacy Martin. – Hello, my name is Antonio Davis. – [All] And we attend
Barron Elementary School. – Hello, my name’s Kimani Andrews. – Hello, my name is Quanasia Leary. – Hello, my name is Amelia Griffiths. – [All] And we attend
Cary Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Tenaj Johnson and I attend Cooper Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Tyler Sweeney. – Hello, my name is Romari. – Hello, my name is Anya. – Hello, my name is Julian. – [All] And we attend
Booker Elementary School. – Cool. – Hello, my name is Bishop Upton. – Hello, my name is Sasha Adams-Sutton. – Hello, my name is Brenden Frazier. – Hello, my name is Ja’Shyn Adams. – [All] And we attend
Aberdeen Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Jonathan Coronado. – Hello, my name is Sophia Tobey. – Hello, my name is Makayla Barkley. – Hello, my name is Ryan Felkner. – Hello, my name is Zachary Carpenter. – [All] And we attend
Jones Magnet Middle School. – Hi, my name is Matthew Coleman. – Hi, my name is Cameron Kea. – Hello, my name is Natalie Burton. – [All] And we attend
Kraft Elementary School. – Hi, my name is Zuri Claypoole. – Hi, my name is Cynthia Cheatham. – Hi, my name is Brooklyn Owens. – Hello, my name is Laila Gray. – Hi, my name is Christian Adams. – Hi, my name is Angel Hock. – [All] And we attend Eaton Middle School. – Hello, my name is Kayla Valentine. – Hello, my name is Kiairra Avent. – Hello, my name is Adrianna Felder. – Hello, my name is Imani Belcher – Hello, my name is Kortney Wren. – [All] And we attend Davis Middle School. – Hello, my name is Joshua Reynolds. – Hello, my name is Annabella Esqualin. – Hello, my name is Eliana Jefferson. – Hello, my name is Mikey Howe. – [All] And we attend
Tucker-Capps Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Kendall Ocheltree. – Hello, my name is Jeremiah Buszek. – Hello, my name is Timothy Williams. – Hello, my name is Neveah Desgraviers. – [All] And we attend
Forest Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Alonzo Smallwood. – Hello, my name is Omaya Shahata. – Hello, my name is Ayanna Chambers. – Hello, my name is Michael Mitchell. – Hello, my name is Jada Blueford. – Hello, my name is Katlynn Steighner. – Hello, my name is Jansy Tunche-Chuc. – Hello, my name is Jeliyah Bryant. – [All] And we attend Bethel High School, the home of academic excellence. – Hello, my name is Tyrone Cothon. – Hello, my name is Ryan Forrest. – Hello, my name is Sophie Hadley. – Hello, my name is Desci-Ann Hunter. – Hello, my name is Willard Davenport. – Hello, my name is Kadence Grase. – Hello, my name is Kacie Martorana. – Hello, my name’s Alexis Flowers. – Hello, my name is Aneissa Hood. – [All] And we attend Phenix School. – Hello, my name is Kelvin Talton and I attend Tyler Elementary School. – Hello, my name’s Aniya Pettus. – Hello, my name is Olivia Foreman. – Hello, my name is Jack Pirtel. – [All] And we attend
Phillips Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Michael Vartuli. – Hello, my name is Jason Barahona. – Hello, my name is Lylith Rodriguez. – Hello, my name is Melany Veliz Aboyte. – [All] And we attend
Langley Elementary School. – Thumbs up. Good. I know some of you are still in line and getting some dessert but that’s okay, just take
your time, we’re good. I know you’re all in a hurry
to get back to school, right? – [Audience] No. – Okay, well, we have three
wonderful speakers today. They are the top citizens. If we can stop talking. Thank you so much. Our speakers today are the top
citizens in our high schools earning the highest grade point averages in their class as they
prepare for graduation. We’re going to start with Bethel. The 2017 valedictorian
for Bethel High School is Ashley Orgain, graduating, listen to this, with a accumulative grade
point average of 4.46, wow, an SAT score of 1320 and a 30 composite on the ACT. This impressive Bruin is a scholar, a writer, a
director and a performer. She has received numerous honors including Early College Scholar, Outstanding Mathematics, foreign language, advanced placement and
senior academic awards. Serving as president for
the national honor society, Ashley also led Bethel’s
international thespian troupe number 290 as president of the drama club. Outside of school she trains in English-style
equestrian horseback riding where she practices flat
work and jumping for shows. In addition to this, she aids in teaching children basic writing skills and how to care for their horses. Ashley will attend the
College of William and Mary in the fall where she will
be majoring in theater with a minor in marketing. Ashley, please come forward. (clapping) – Good afternoon. – Audience] Good afternoon. – Congratulations to all of you for your many achievements, one of which is obviously that you are
here to join us today. I have a few words on citizenship which I think we all here embody. A model citizen is someone
whom others respect because of their character and success. Ideally we strive to be kind, open minded, grounded and giving, all while being successful. However, there are
instances where our pride may be a little excessive. We act out of character
and snap at someone, or we forget that there are
others less fortunate than us. In spite of these moments, we must still work to keep our humility and kind nature. At this point in our lives, aside from balancing time commitments, personal goals and volunteering, we also work toward that balance between our academic and social lives. But as we all know, this unfortunately isn’t always possible. As my mother likes to put it, no one can do everything. At some point, something has to give. For example, I put off studying for a test until late the night before. As I had just started to read the chapter, I got a frantic call from a friend. His grandmother had kicked
him out of her house and he had nowhere to sleep that night. Naturally, I told him he could
spend the night at my house. Needless to say, I didn’t get any studying done. Being there for my friend when
he needed someone to talk to was infinitely more
important than any grade, despite the fact that I
needed to ace the test to get an A for the semester. The following day my test was first block and I contemplated skipping but thought better of it. Instead, I went in and I failed miserably. It is these types of
choices that define us. Although we care about material things such as grades and money, we also care about friends and family. It is these times when
we are forced to choose between personal goals or
being there for someone that shows who we really are. For good citizens we’ll always pick the truly important qualities, like friendship, compassion and generosity over any pursuit for one’s self, be this money, a grade or a job because nothing speaks louder
than our drive to succeed, coupled with a humble mind and kind heart. Thank you. (clapping) – Thank you, Ashley. The Hampton High Crabbers have
two students sharing the rank of number in the senior class and a grade point average of 4.62. We will begin with Ankush Hommerich-Dutt. Ankush has a SAT score of 1530. He balances his academics
between Hampton High School and the engineering strand of the Governor School for
Math, Science and Technology. He is the captain of the
Crabbers’ Scholastic Bowl team, a member of the Mu Alpha
Theta Math Honor Society, forensic team, and soccer team. He serves as the treasurer
of the German Club and Community Builder’s Network. Ankush has superb spacial intelligence as he is ranked number
one for speed solving the Rubrics cube in the state of Virginia. Yes. It’s quite impressive to watch as he can speed solve in
an average of 9.24 seconds. Seconds. He will be attending the
California Institute of Technology in the fall where he will
major in computational and applied mathematics with a minor in computer science. Please come forward Ankush. (clapping) We want to see it. – [Audience] Oh. – [Diana] Do you want to see it? – [Audience] Yes. – Hello. – [Audience] Hello. – It’s kind of bright
I’ll solve it anyway. Okay, three, two, one. Oh, I can’t see. (clapping and cheering) Wow. What an honor it is to stand in front of such a model group of students who have shown others that they care for not only themselves but also for the people around them. You all should be the ones teaching me about good citizenship because I can learn so much
from the characteristics that you all value in your life. I will do my best to tell you about some of the traits that I
have made a point to have so that I can be in a
position that I am in now. First off, although in many situations, it can be hard, always be honest. It means more than you think it does, not only because you will
feel like a better person, but also because the people around you can gain trust
and respect for you. I learned this through an experience I had back in ninth grade. As you guys must know by now, Google Drive is a platform that allows for easy
collaboration with others. In my information technology class, our teacher assigned us some
homework to do on Google Drive. She made it clear though that this was an individual assignment. A close friend of mine sat
next to me in that class, and he was not as motivated as I was. He asked me if he could get my answers after I was done. I didn’t even hesitate
to share them with him because well, he was my friend and why would I not help out a friend? But them after a couple of days, I thought to myself, is this the kind of person I want to be? Is this what my parents would want me to do in this situation? I didn’t feel right and so
I decided to tell my teacher what happened, and guess what? She actually had realized that we cheated because we had had the exact
same answers on our assignment, so she knew we had collaborated even though she had told everyone not to. She was proud of me for having
the morals to approach her about what I had done, and she decided to not give me a zero even though she said she was going to had I not brought it up to her. And even though he got a zero, my friend was not mad at
me because he realized that I did not feel comfortable with what I had done, and he actually appreciated that I stood up for what
I believed was right. Always be honest because dishonesty is not only detrimental
to your conscience, but it also hurts the people you lie to. Trust your conscience. If you ever feel pressured
into doing something that doesn’t feel right, find the courage to let people know that you are not comfortable. Which leads me to my next idea. Being a good citizen means not
always following the masses. Stand up for what you believe to be right, even if it is contrary to social norms. There are many reasons that Martin Luther King Junior and Mahatma Gandhi are referred
to as extraordinary people. They had the courage to
change the rules of society, even when every odd was against them. Now, you don’t have to be the next Gandhi to be a good citizen. Just try to incorporate some of our values into your life. If you do not agree with something, use your voice to work for positive change. We need people like you who will have the guts to speak out because that is what being
a good citizen is all about. Lastly, think bigger than yourself. Being a citizen means that you will give back to your community in as many ways as possible. Volunteer to be active
in the world around you. Not only does it let you help others who may not be as fortunate as you but it also helps you expand your network. I’m a part of an organization called the Community Builder’s Network which does different projects for youth in the Hampton and Newport News areas, and I was also a member of
the Hampton Youth Commission which is a student council group that works to raise awareness to the problems youth
face in the community. Through these organizations I feel that I’m making a difference in the community that raised me, and also getting to know the
people in my community better. Being active makes you a
part of the bigger picture. And to extend on this, remember that the world does not revolve around one individual. Always make sure you show
empathy towards others, show compassion and
respect for others as well. If you see someone
getting bullied in school, don’t be afraid to stand up
for that person and help them because you would want the
same to be done for you. Good citizenship means
making positive contributions to the life of others. I know that all of
these traits are present in each and everyone of you and it’s up to you to
continue to exemplify them throughout the rest of
your education in Hampton and your entire life. The world will be a better
place with students like you taking initiative and continue to show what being a good citizen is all about. And with all that being
said, congratulations. (clapping) – You may have noticed that I said that there was a tie for valedictorian, and the other valedictorian
can’t be here today but I do want to tell you
a little bit about him. His name is Hunter Thompson and he’s actually not here because he’s studying in Germany as part of the youth exchange program where is representing the United States. He has a 1450 SAT score. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Crabbers’ soccer team. He attended the 2015 Residential
Summer Governor’s School for French language immersion, and held a summer 2016 internship at the Jefferson lab. He is a QuestBridge scholar and he has a full-ride scholarship to University of Chicago, so that’s Hunter Thompson. Let’s give him a hand. (clapping) The class of 2017 valedictorian for Kecoughtan High
School is Caitlin Hermann, graduating with a accumulative
grade point average of 4.59, and a 1250 SAT score. Caitlin’s a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society. She is an active member of
Community Presbyterian Church and the Warrior Varsity Field Hockey team of which she is the team captain. Caitlin is also engaged in volunteering and community service work
with the Salvation Army and Relay for Life. Both have provided her
with the opportunity to continually engage
within her community, and give back to others. Caitlin will be joining the Cavaliers as she attends the University
of Virginia in the fall, majoring in premed. Please come forward. (clapping) – Good morning. – [Audience] Good morning. – Or afternoon, I’m not
sure what time it is but I would like to thank the
Hampton State School Board, Hampton City Council, Dr. Smith and the division leadership team for their support of
myself, and all the students at Hampton City Schools, and of course, I would
like to congratulate all of you here today on your outstanding citizenship and say that I’m honored
to have the opportunity to speak with you. I will begin by asking everyone this. If the words you spoke
appeared on your skin, would you still consider
yourself beautiful? As a young child, being
kind to those around you, your classmates, your peers, your friends, everyone, was the absolute embodiment of good citizenship. We were drilled with that golden rule. Treat others the way
you want to be treated. In elementary school this is the lesson that our parents and teachers made sure we were stained with but as my age grew, so did my
understanding of citizenship. As Winston Churchill once said, we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. As a new middle schooler, citizenship took on a whole new meaning. I was inducted into the
National Junior Honors Society at Jones, I became active
in community service at my grandmother’s church and I finally understood that the feeling of doing good for someone out of the kindness of your heart is the most satisfying reward of all. However, as I entered the
vast chaos of high school, I found myself having trouble wondering how I could further my
understanding of citizenship. I joined more community service clubs, was inducted into multiple
more honor societies, and further involved
myself in the community. I continued to celebrate difference and be kind whenever possible. But something so simple that
many forget to do at this stage amidst all of the chaos
is to be themselves. During these times it is hard to make sure you do not get caught up in the drama of who’s dating who or
who is the most popular, and let them influence the
way you act in your morals. My mother always told me you are dong an injustice to the world by not being completely yourself. This is because everyone has
something unique to offer. It is just up to you
to find within yourself what you are able to give. So, back to elementary school at Asbury, I was Citizen of the Month in my classroom nearly every year. However, in middle school and high school, as the pool of students grew, I was never awarded this honor. This never discouraged me from
being a good citizen however. The point is that many
times throughout your life you will realize that your
actions can go unrecognized but know they will never be unnoticed. The last new girl you made
friends with in elementary school will never forget how you
made her feel welcome, the elderly person that
you served lunch to at the retirement home will
never forget the happiness that you radiated onto them, and the people you meet will never forget how much you inspired them. Never let anything stop you because even if you do not realize it, an act of kindness is never wasted. So, what exactly does it
mean to be a good citizen? It means many things, it means all the things I
have mentioned today and more. It means be kind to everyone, it means to give back
with no expectations, it means be who you are unapologetically. It means that your life is
your message to the world. Make it inspiring. Thank you and congratulations. (clapping) – Unfortunately the valedictorian
for Phoebus High School could not be here today but I want to tell you a little bit about this great young man. The valedictorian for the
Phoebus Phantom’s class of 2017 is Michael Hendrickson with a grade point average of 4.57, a 1450 SAT score, and an ACT composite score of 30. Michael’s enrolled in
Phantom’s IDEA academy and attends the engineering strand of the Governor’s School
for Science and Technology. He is a team leader for the award-winning
Phoebus robotics team, and a member of the Mu Alpha
Theta Math Honors Society, president of the National Honor Society, and plays for the Phoebus soccer team. During the summer Michael will be working with NASA Langley Research Center on the Mars electric
flier internship project, researching and testing
vertical takeoff and landing for vehicles that will
go to Mars in the future. That’s pretty impressive. In the fall Michael will
be attending Virginia Tech, studying mechanical engineering. Let’s give Michael a hand. (clapping) Before we close our luncheon I would like our
valedictorians to come back up for a small gift. Caitlin, Ankush, Ashley. We hope you like chocolate. These are large chocolate bars. – Thank you. – Thank you. – Thank you again. Let’s give them another round of applause. (clapping) Thanks again to our sponsors and congratulations to all
of our Citizens of the Month. Shortly we will dismiss
our students by bus number, and also don’t forget your packets which will include a schedule sharing when this luncheon will air on our television station. Congratulations again
and have a great day. (lively music)