Sherando grad works toward multiple goals

Graduating Sherando senior Jeremy Linaburg talks about his experience presenting his DECA group project at the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, late last month. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

STEPHENS CITY – When a student’s passions and interest vary as greatly as graduating Sherando senior Jeremy Linaburg, they know their future is wide open with opportunities.

Along with his diploma, Linaburg said he’ll be graduating on Saturday with an emerging leader award, seal for community service, a merit award and a tassel for being a member of the Virginia DECA Honor Society, along with a number of certifications earned from taking exams in business courses. He said he’s anticipating graduating with a 3.8 GPA, and expressed his gratitude toward his teachers for their guidance.

“The business, marketing and the finance teachers are amazing,” he said. “All the teachers are remarkable…they give you so much actual experience.”

While interning with the commonwealth’s attorney for a service learning course at school, Linaburg said he helped present a project addressing sexting to the Frederick County Board of Supervisors and the school system – with an encouraging response.

Participating in the DECA club, he and his team took their business operations research project to the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, last month.

Besides his academic achievements, Linaburg has been an active member of the school’s swim team as well as swimming in the summer “off season,” serving as captain during his junior and senior years. He said his interest in swimming also helped to give him direction for future education and plans.

“I’ve got a lot of stuff going on,” he said. “I know what I want to major in and I know that I love to teach because I’m a lifeguard as well as a certified swim instructor.”

He said he’s decided to pursue a business major and a minor in environmental science, but will also be working toward one goal of teaching at the collegiate level. So far, he said he’s gained at least a little experience in the field teaching eighth graders through his Shenandoah University dual-enrolled teacher cadet class.

In the fall, Linaburg will be heading off to Phillipi, West Virginia, to attend Alderson Broaddus University with both an academic and a swimming scholarship. He said he’s also one of four candidates eligible for Sherando’s Star Leadership Award for $10,000 toward his future.

Before he heads to Alderson Broaddus, Linaburg said he’ll be keeping busy during the summer working at two internships: one at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm and one at Singhas Tax & Bookkeeping Services, a business his grandmother owns.

He’s worked at Blandy over the summer before, which he said was a fun opportunity to gain some field experience in environmental science. Another landmark program that grew his interest in environmental science was his participation in the Great Smokies Experience last year – a program that he said accepted only 20 students nationwide.

“I didn’t think in a million years (that) I would get in,” he said. “That allowed me to get six credits of environmental science credits through Maryville College.”

Among the many goals Linaburg said he’s considered, he said he’d like to be able to head his own business one day.

“I’d like to create hydroponics systems out of renewable materials and be able to do it at a cheap price for consumers,” he said.

Linaburg will be among 339 other Sherando graduates receiving their diplomas at the school’s ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, to be held at Arrowhead Stadium. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Linaburg and his peers will listen to the pre-commencement address of teachers Dong Truong and Erica White, who have been named teacher of the year by school faculty and the school’s National Honor Society respectively.

James Wood High School
Commencement of around 303 James Wood seniors was held Wednesday at Kelican Stadium. Hosts of radio station Q102’s “The Chris and Rosie Show,” Chris Mitchell and Rosie Walsh, spoke to students during the ceremony.

Millbrook High School
Millbrook will celebrate 290 students receving their diplomas starting at 6 p.m. today at Millbrook Pioneer Stadium, with a rain date at 6 p.m. Saturday. Daniel Friend, the school’s 2016 teacher of the year, will serve as pre-commencement speaker at the ceremony.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com