Meet Chesterfield County’s Students of the Year

An amazing kid with a positive attitude. Creative thinker. Goes above and beyond in everything. A smile that brightens everyone’s day. Great team player. Hard working. Outstanding citizen, tremendous student-athlete, highly involved in school community. Great leadership qualities.

Those are descriptions of students selected as 2016 Students of the Year.

Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools honors two students from every school for demonstrating citizenship and the school division’s core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and accountability. During an April 21 celebration sponsored by the Midlothian Rotary Club, 128 students will gather with their families, principals, teachers and others to be recognized as Students of the Year for 2016. Video of the Students of the Year celebration will be shown online at chesterfieldschoolsva.swagit.com and on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Channel 26 at 7 p.m. April 28 through May 5.

Here are additional descriptions from teachers and principals of these remarkable students:

  • very mature … and extremely intelligent
  • an engaging young man with a positive personality
  • consistently attentive, motivated and welcomes challenges
  • mature attitude, eagerness to please and polite mannerisms are just a few of her shining qualities
  • begins each day with a smile, has an infectious laugh and a wonderful personality
  • perseveres and succeeds even when tasks are difficult
  • a valuable part of the … school family
  • constantly challenges herself and exceeds expectations on a daily basis.
  • a true servant leader
  • exuberant with her learning … lights up when she learns something new
  • makes a point to reach out to and engage individuals who would typically not feel comfortable
  • one of the most delightful students that we have ever had the pleasure to teach
  • loves to read and is a great writer
  • This student is an inspiring reminder of why I teach.
  • kindness and positive attitude are inspiring
  • excels in the classroom but also cares about those around her
  • positive and vibrant attitude toward learning and school
  • a wonderful bus buddy and friend to our students with disabilities
  • strong sense of responsibility and … always willing to try something new
  • always on his best behavior
  • one of the brightest, charismatic and caring students
  • demonstrating patience, determination and creativity
  • very driven and motivated to be the best
  • His teacher says she would love to have a whole class of students just like him!
  • will do great things
  • takes responsibility for her academics and her attitude … exhibits self-control, humility and kindness
  • spends every day at school choosing to do the right thing
  • I can count on [this student] to display excellent behavior regardless of the situation.
  • brings joy to everyone she encounters, works hard in everything she does, treats everyone with kindness and respect and is accountable for all of her actions
  • involved in many outside school activities
  • hard-working, respectful, conscientious, compassionate and an absolute joy to be around each day
  • ensures other students feel valued and included
  • an exceptional student in every way
  • willing to go against the crowd to do what is right
  • extremely creative, kind-hearted and always has time for her peers
  • intrinsically motivated to learn
  • a voracious reader
  • a well-rounded individual
  • not only excels in the classroom but also in the community
  • by far one of the most organized and prepared students I have ever met
  • cares deeply about others’ feelings
  • can always be counted on to do her best
  • a pleasure to teach
  • [Our school] is a better place because she is a student here.
  • manages a demanding academic schedule and juggles an impressive list of extracurricular activities
  • asks relevant and thought-provoking questions in class

Elementary schools

  • Bellwood Elementary — Zoe Woodward and Cameron Dabney
  • Bensley Elementary — Rosi Gonzalez and Crystal Guillen
  • Beulah Elementary — Jayvon Kelley and Ruth Hawkes
  • Bon Air Elementary — Samuel Collins and Sirene Phillips
  • Chalkley Elementary — Allison Aviles Quintanilla and Joshua Johnson
  • Marguerite Christian Elementary — Jevaughn Watson and Elleena Mohamed
  • Clover Hill Elementary — Mackenzie Knott and Leela Phillip
  • Crenshaw Elementary — Alicia Hall and Anna Kim
  • Crestwood Elementary — Julia Salazar Moran and Samantha Hanson
  • Curtis Elementary — Jovani Bourguillon and Jodie Baldwin
  • Davis Elementary — Ana Rebecca Chaffins and Logan Henderlite
  • Ecoff Elementary — Isabella Sisson and Marcus Mason
  • Enon Elementary — Jacelyn Halvorson and Tucker Sloan
  • Ettrick Elementary — Taryll Lungai and Akira Aikens
  • Evergreen Elementary — Mallory Anderson and Tara Richio
  • Falling Creek Elementary — Mikayla Strane and Ashley Mejia
  • Gates Elementary — Isabella Pew and Dylan Bradshaw
  • Gordon Elementary — Ella Hairston and Taylor Schooley
  • Grange Hall Elementary — Madelyn Seay and Zachary Seay
  • Greenfield Elementary — Mariam George and Shabaz Wali
  • Harrowgate Elementary — Hunter Williams and Alice Zambrano
  • Hening Elementary — Finnegan Craig and Caitlyn Rodriguez
  • Hopkins Elementary — Noah Crist and Micah Jenkins
  • Jacobs Road Elementary — Brooklin Stephens and Janiece Jeffries
  • Matoaca Elementary — Devon Clarke and Michael Patterson
  • Providence Elementary — Brynn Hawkins and Jacob Vann
  • Reams Road Elementary — Carter Mustian and Kymara Fernandez
  • Robious Elementary — Sophia Trinh and Berend van der Meer
  • Salem Church Elementary — Allison Ardon and Hannah Hassell
  • Elizabeth Scott Elementary — Pedro Lopez III and Stefani Lugo Hing
  • Alberta Smith Elementary — Rachel Sidari and Nicholas Stalley
  • Spring Run Elementary — Finnigan Thomson and Justin Porta
  • Swift Creek Elementary — Ava Mojaddidi and Jaliya Elmore
  • Watkins Elementary — Ella Grace Bazemore and Elizabeth Swecker
  • Bettie Weaver Elementary — Maya Rasmussen and Ainsley McNeer
  • Wells Elementary — Danya Abed and Josephine Soares de Souza
  • Winterpock Elementary — Ryan Mincey and Mary Haney
  • Woolridge Elementary — Leila Ames and Kyle Biggins

Middle schools

  • Academy 360 — Jade Delaney and Tanneer Escobar
  • Bailey Bridge Middle — Spencer Hoisington and Alexis Moore
  • Carver Middle — Emma Scott and Neil Baptiste
  • Elizabeth Davis Middle — Jack McCall and Brigitte Barker
  • Falling Creek Middle — Makiyahh Dent and Dhru Patel
  • Manchester Middle — Hannah Gross and Shadeja Giles
  • Matoaca Middle — Anna Brink and William Shaw
  • Midlothian Middle — Reagan Carris and Maombi Mvuyekule
  • Providence Middle — Youstina Sakhy and Caitlin Wanamaker
  • Robious Middle — Abigail Hines and Virginia Warren
  • Salem Church Middle — Taurus Patterson and Christina Zappa
  • Swift Creek Middle — Julia Raugh and Savannah Jacocks
  • Tomahawk Creek Middle — Jessie Roberts and Sarah Aud

High schools

  • Bird High — Laura Beaudet and Lily Tran
  • Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse — Katherine Edwards and Samuel Wilson
  • Career and Technical Center @ Hull — Laquan Williams and Kimberly Mullenbrock
  • Carver College and Career Academy — Clemente Espino and Kazohn Mason
  • Clover Hill High — Abbigail Nunes and Nolan Zunk
  • Cosby High — Alexis Hawbaker and Amanda Werner
  • Thomas Dale High — Kambria Cook and Trevor Amato
  • James River High — Jaylon Brooks and Gracie Verlander
  • Manchester High — Tierra Ferebee and Patricia MacCabe
  • Matoaca High — Katie Robbins and Lillian Wilmarth
  • Meadowbrook High — Jasmin Zeineddine and Dae’Quan Young
  • Midlothian High — Neha Kulkarni and Bethany Crisp
  • Monacan High — Alexandra Parson and Abigail Oguich