Shenandoah County’s Class of 2017 top academic graduates

Rachel Shumway

Shenandoah County Public Schools has announced the top academic graduates for the 2016-2017 school year:

Stonewall Jackson High School

On June 10, 118 seniors graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School. Of these, 30 will be attending a four-year college, 39 will be attending a two-year college, five will be entering the military, five will be attending vocational schools, 19 will be entering the work force and 11 received Triplett Business & Technical Institute certifications.

Scholarships awarded totaled $1,452,549 with $156,629 in local scholarships.

Of these, 16 were recognized as magna cum laude Honor Graduates (cumulative grade-point average above 4.0) and four were recognized as cum laude graduates (cumulative grade-point average between 3.75 and 3.99). They are:

Maria Becerra Flores

Magna cum laude: Emily Ball, Maria Becerra Flores, Reganne Brinkley, Cesar Esquivel, Daniella Gonzalez, Simon Hensley, Ana Jermstad, Karina Juarez, Dawson Lear, Madison Long, Gwen Mallow, Madison McDaniel, Tyler Patton, Duncan Schroeder, Rachel Shumway, Hallie White.

Cum laude: Lukas Fultz, Brett Jones, Jessica Pechie, Rachael Poole.

Rachel Marielle Shumway is the school’s valedictorian. She is the daughter of Jane and James Shumway, of New Market. She completed the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School program, was a member of the Art Guild, National Honor Society, World Languages Club and Stagecraft. She acted in several of the school’s one-act plays and over the last five years, has been a part of 17 shows at the Schultz Theatre. She volunteers at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Sunday school at her church, the Salvation Army, the food pantry, and participates in summer reading programs at the New Market Area Library.

She plans to attend the University of Virginia where she will study biology, zoology and conservation sciences.

Maria Carmen Becerra Flores is the school’s salutatorian. The daughter of Zenaida Flores and Pedro Becerra, of Mount Jackson, she completed the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School program, was a member of the World Languages Club, National Honor Society and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program. She played both JV and varsity soccer and served on the yearbook staff. She volunteers at the Life Care Center in New Market, the Outreach Thrift Store at Saint John Bosco Catholic Church and helped run the concession stand at Rebel Park.

William Kenneth Woodward III

She plans to attend James Madison University.

Central High School

On June 10, 188 seniors graduated from Central High School. Of these, 47 will be attending a four-year college, 109 will be attending a two-year college, 10 will be entering the military, two will be attending vocational schools and 30 will be entering the work force.

Scholarships awarded totaled $2,555,816 with $205,500 in local scholarships.

Among those were 29 magna cum laude honor graduates and 19 cum laude honor graduates. They are:

Sydney Nicole Crosser

Magna cum laude: Sydney Shay Allwine, Matthew Scott Bromley, Catherine Rose Bulatko, Danielle Rose Cieslewicz, Jordan Allen Cooper, Taylor Ashlyn Cooper, Sydney Nicole Crosser, Emily Nicole Dellinger, Kasey Marie Fravel, Tim James Gilmore, Cady Elizabeth Scott Hockman, Madison Blake Hurston, William Cole Lam, Andrew Jacob Moomaw, Jonah Samuel Neri, Bree Kenzie Pifer, Tori Michaela Rohde, Brooke Nicole Sager, Tamra Alese Scott, Autumn Brooke Shelton, Joshua David Sherman, Carston Thomas Shockey, Zachary John Stewart, Bethany Rae Wakeman, Shennan Claire Waldron, Paige Matthews Wilson, Sarah Beth Wine, William Kenneth Woodward III, Jadi Thompson Wright.

Cum laude: Johnathan Robert Baker, Kaelyn Joy Cary, Ashlyn Marie Dispanet, Emalou Abigail Dublo, Lilliane Hope Frank, Stephen Thomas French, Collin Lee Hanson, Courtney Ann Hollins, Ashley Nicole Johnson, Jenna Clair Kibler, Emily Felice King, Alexis BreAnne Knox, Lexi Paige Rau, Benjamin Elias Romero, Benjamin Joseph Selby, Elijah Thomas Selby, Brittnee Cheyenne Selvage, Kylie Jordyn Stottlemyer, Erika Morgan Thorpe.

William Kenneth Woodward III is the school’s valedictorian. He is the son of Norma and William Woodward II, of Maurertown. He completed the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School program, is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Club and the Academic Team. The Science Department presented him an Inquiring Minds Award, he was a runner-up in the 2016 Poetry Society of Virginia Youth Contest and was named an Advanced Placement Honors Scholar because he received a score of “5” on three AP Tests: Biology, Calculus AB and U.S. Government and Politics. He participated in James Madison University’s summer physics program and completed an independent study program through World Science U and the National Institute of Heath’s “Protecting Human Research Participants” course. While still in high school, he earned an associate degree from Lord Fairfax Community College.

He volunteers at the Seven Bends State Park with the Friends of the North Fork and on the request of teachers and counselors, he has tutored students.

He plans to attend Bridgewater College.

Devon Nicole Eyring

Sydney Nicole Crosser is salutatorian. The daughter of Gretchen and Keith Crosser, of Maurertown, she is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as president during her senior year, is an AP Scholar and a dual-enrolled scholar. She is a member of the varsity swim team, was named to second team All-State her junior year and first team All-State her senior year. She is a member of the varsity soccer team, serving as captain during her sophomore, junior and senior years, a member of the Old Dominion Travel Soccer League and the Shenandoah County Swim League, where she served as a junior coach for three years. She volunteers at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter and Soul Food and participated in the March of Dimes and Military Benefit fundraisers. She also tutored Central students.

She plans to attend the University of Virginia where she will be enrolled as a pre-med student.

Strasburg High School

On June 9, 152 seniors graduated from Strasburg High School. Of these, 45 will be attending a four-year college, 56 will be attending a two-year college, 16 will be entering the military, eight will be attending vocational schools, 16 will be entering the work force and 13 received Triplett Business & Technical Institute certifications.

Scholarships awarded totaled $2,272,106 with $159,437 in local scholarships.

Lauren Elizabeth Gaudette

Among those were 17 magna cum laude honor graduates and 10 cum laude graduates. They are:

Magna cum laude: Devon Nicole Eyring, Lauren Elizabeth Gaudette, Courtney Nichole Funkhouser, Jesse Morgan Boyce, Nathan Michael McDonald, Kaylee Nicole Smith, Cortney Lynn McDonald, Eric Jaeger Steacy, Mason Allen Carter, Joy Anastasia Cantrell, Kyle Tiemeyer, Raven Daye McIntosh, Ryan Kines Davis, Dylan Wade Campbell, Austin Grover Cooper, Stewart Alonza Carlto Himelright, Sarah Elizabeth Mayberry.

Cum laude: Brooke Ann Callaway, Amelia Nicole Guthrie, McKenzie Lynn Copeland, Mikayla Rose Kohlhaas, Carolina Rebekah Williams, Madelynne Hamilton White, Benjamin Samuel Doehler, Sean Matthew Phillips, Brooke Leann Galvin, John Cooley Hisghman Jr.

Valedictorian is Devon Nicole Eyring, daughter of Laurie Doherty-Grassi, of Strasburg, and Thomas Eyring, of Edinburg. She completed the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School program, is a member of the National Honor Society, achieved a Governor’s Scholar certificate from Lord Fairfax Community College, which is awarded to students who have completed 33 college credits as a high school graduate. She is a member of Future Farmers of America, Tolerance Club, Green Club, SCA, Interact Club and was on the varsity soccer team.

She will attend Cornell University to study environmental sciences.

Salutatorian is Lauren Elizabeth Gaudette, daughter of Lisa Gaudette, of Strasburg.

She earned a Governor’s Scholar certificate from Lord Fairfax Community College for completing 33 college credits as a high school graduate. She served as treasurer of the National Honor Society and Fashion Club and secretary for the DECA and Interact clubs. She is a member of the Green Team, Tolerance Club, Scholastic Bowl team and the cross country and soccer teams.

She plans to attend St. Bonaventure University majoring in history.

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