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The following students have been selected as the Fredericksburg Optimist Club's Students of the Month for October:
Mallory Kirby, daughter of Sam and Annmarie Kirby, was selected at North Stafford High School. She was named both a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Mallory is a co-captain on North Stafford's debate team and competed at the district, regional, and state levels for VHSL. During the 2011-2012 school year, she planned and executed a charitable 5K race that raised more than $1500 for rheumatic disease research. Mallory is the vice president of programs for the National Honor Society, has been a core leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years, and teaches Sunday School for 4- and 5-year-olds at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. She is a member of both the cross country and swim teams. Mallory attended the Governor's School for Life Science and Medicine over the summer; this program strongly influenced her desire to become a doctor. Following high school, Mallory hopes to attend either the University of Pennsylvania or Johns Hopkins University and major in neuroscience.
Daniel Patrick McManus, son of Patrick and Mary Elizabeth McManus, was selected at James Monroe High School. He is active in Key Club and yearbook, National Honor Society treasurer, participated in varsity swimming and soccer and was captain of the varsity cross country team and SCA representative. He was a Kick-Off Mentor council member and served on the executive council of the leadership team.
Daniel was named outstanding student in Advanced English 11; Biology II, Anatomy and Physiology; Discrete Math; and Advanced Placement Statistics. He was named a Monroe Scholar and nominated for Jefferson Scholar and was a member of the University of Mary Washington Chemistry Titration Tournament Champions.
In the community, Daniel is a Youth in Philanthropy Leader and participated with the Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association. He plans to attend a four-year university.
Anita Oh, daughter of Young Ran Oh and Byung Ik Oh, was selected at Colonial Forge High School. She participates in varsity dance, Key Club, FCCLA, 4:12 Student Ministry, TSA, FCA, Chamber Sinfonia, National Honor Society, Modern Music Masters, Ari's House of Dance and HOSA. She was a class officer in her junior and senior year.
Anita has received academic and varsity letters, and Presidential Service awards and dance awards. In her church she is a youth group officer, outreach coordinator, Praise Band leader and Saturday Korean School leader. She is also a volunteer at SPCA in Stafford and served as teacher's assistant at Park Ridge Elementary School in her junior year. Anita is applying to University of Virginia, University of Michigan and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is undecided on a major.
Catherine Conley, daughter of Donella Fields and Mark Conley, was selected at Spotsylvania High School.
She is a varsity swimmer and lead mentor for the class of 2016. Catherine received a Certificate of Appreciation, Varsity Swimming Letter and Bar and was named Top Junior Girl Swimmer of 2011-2012.
In her church, she does Vacation Bible School tech and sound set up, and is a praise and worship band member. Catherine plans to attend college to prepare for a career in education or nursing, and working with children.
Dylana Wilhelm, daughter of Brian and Petra Wilhelm, was selected at Brooke Point High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society and German National Honor Society, and vice president of the German Club. Dylana participates in the Stafford County Signature Programs Textbook Adoption Committee, is captain of the varsity gymnastics and participates in competitive gymnastics and community outreach with the Stafford Royals.
She has received many awards, including varsity gymnastics letter; varsity gymnastics coaches award; varsity gymnastics all district, regional and state honors; academic letter; academic honors award; academic achievement awards in AP and JB classes; and was named The Free Lance-Star All Area Athlete for Gymnastics.
Dylana participates annually in the Adopt-A-Family program during the holiday season. She plans to attend a university and pursue a master's degree in mathematics or other STEM discipline.
The following student was selected as the Stafford High School Student of the Month for October: Molly Ann Podlesny. She is the daughter of Mary and Robert Podlesny. She is senior class president and a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. She was nominated for Girls State and attended the Virginia Student Council Association Conference.
Molly's journalism activities and awards include staff writer and editor of the school newspaper, The Smoke Signal, a member of Quill and Scroll, journalism camp at Virginia Tech, Southern Interscholastic Press Association Conference and best news feature story award.
Molly is a lector at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and holds a part-time sales associate job. She plans to attend school for journalism and hopes to become a foreign correspondent or environmental journalist.
The following students were selected as the King George High School Students of the Month for October.
Samantha Hayward was nominated by Ms. Carpenter, who writes " Samantha is not only an exceptional student, but also an exceptional young woman. She is wise, compassionate and thoughtful. She always goes above and beyond her assignments and constantly helps her peers to better understand class material. Her contributions to class discussions are unmatched, she brings great depth through thoughtful questions. Samantha is a student who sees the need for education and strives to do her best in order to be a more successful member of society. Outside of school, she works with her family to promote a healthy environment and often helps those who are less fortunate than herself. I consider it a privilege to be able to teach Miss Hayward, as she is truly a dynamic individual."
Theresa Hardman was nominated by Mrs. Hummer, who writes "Theresa Hardman is a student who enjoys a challenge. Her positive attitude and openness to learn help drive her to success. Theresa's interaction with her peers allows those around her, as well as herself, to do the best they can in class."
--Information for Students of the Month is compiled by Peggy Carlson, pcarlson@freelance