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2017 Named Scholarship Recipients


Harriet "Ozzi" Mask Scholarship

Hannah was not only an IB Diploma Candidate, but also spent four years on the Stuart crew team and was a bronze medalist in the state championships her junior year.  However, Hannah is most passionate about theatre. While at Stuart she took IB Theatre and was a three-year member of the Thespian Society and participated in several plays.  Hannah is attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.

Laya came to the United States in 2015 when she was 14.  She demonstrated her hard work ethic by graduating from ESOL classes in a very short time and managing to recuperate credits that allowed her to graduate at sixteen.  Laya also devoted time to helping others in her community by tutoring children in the Islamic Association of the Afghan Community.  She will be attending NVCC.

John was an active member of the Stuart Drama Department.  He participated in over 10 major productions at the school. His senior year he was President of the Stuart Chapter of the International Thespian Society.  He also attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was reorganizing and making safety improvements to the Stuart scene shop. In addition, he was captain of the Stuart swim team and was in the AA-State Choir for two years. He attends William and Mary.

Norene Thomas Scholarship

Deniz came with his brothers to this country from Guatemala. In spite of the many hardships he encountered, Deniz excelled as a student and became a full IB diploma candidate. Deniz brought the same work ethic into his volunteer work in his community.  While at Stuart, he was a four-year member of the Students Training in Advocacy and Responsibility (S.T.A.R.) program. Deniz is attending George Mason University and hopes to major in Biology.

Svendsen Memorial Scholarship

Tien came to the United States from Viet Nam in 2013.  She quickly learned English and became an integral part of the Stuart community. She helped start the ESOL Book Drive and was a member of the Stuart Student Technology Support Team for four years. During summers Tien returned to Viet Nam where she volunteered in a hospital and an orphanage. As a student Tien challenged herself by taking seven IB courses. Tien is attending Virginia Commonwealth University and plans on becoming a pediatrician.

Jeremy Munga Scholarship

Donald overcame a physical challenge his sophomore year when he tore his ACL playing on the Stuart football team.  In spite of a lengthy hospital stay and extensive physical therapy, he was able to meet his academic challenges through hard work and persistence.  Donald is described as “a young man with high expectations and is respected by both faculty and peers.”  Donald plans to major in Child Psychology at Bluefield College.

Carlos played football at Stuart for four years and was the quarterback his last two years.  He is described as a “natural leader who has a strong, positive influence on his peers and community.”  Carlos believed it was his job to keep everyone on his team motivated after the tragic death of their teammate.  Carlos attends NVCC.

Class of 1966 Scholarship

Sharon was a full IB Diploma Candidate. She maintained a 4.1 GPA while actively participating in school sports and clubs.  Sharon became the assistant coach for an 8th grade girls basketball team and also found time to tutor math at the local middle school.  Sharon is attending Virginia Tech and anticipates majoring in Biology.

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