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Seniors of the Month

March

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Taylor Jenkins 
Jenkins named CHHS “Senior of the Month”
 
COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Taylor Jenkins, a senior at Colonial Heights High School (CHHS), was recently awarded one of the school’s most prestigious titles, “Senior of the Month” for the month of March.

A tradition at the high school since 1998, students named “Senior of the Month” are considered the best representatives of their class. Nominations are collected from the CHHS staff each month as the committee looks for outstanding scholars, exceptional leadership skills, a wide array of activities, and sound character and judgment.

“When I first found out I was awarded Senior of the Month, I was ecstatic,” Jenkins said. “I am so grateful and blessed to be awarded this wonderful honor alongside the other nine recipients, whom I call friends.

“This recognition is motivating and humbling- a reminder that all of my hard work, dedication, and commitment  has been recognized,” she added. “I understand there are many other well-deserved seniors in the Class of 2019, and to be awarded such a prestigious title means so much.”

An alumna of Lakeview Elementary School and Colonial Heights Middle School, Jenkins has enjoyed how the small size of Colonial Heights Public Schools (CHPS) has allowed for a closer connection between the teachers and students.

“The tight-knit community setting of CHHS has allowed me to form special bonds with so many teachers and counselors that I feel I could go to them anytime for anything,” she said. “They have been so supportive and have truly prepared me for college.

“I have enjoyed waving and speaking to people in the hallways and having special connections with the staff at CHHS, which is something I will really miss when I graduate,” she added.

In addition to challenging herself with rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses - including AP United States History, Honors English 11, and AP Calculus - Jenkins has taken full advantage of the extracurricular opportunities offered at CHHS. She played varsity tennis as a freshman, and she’s involved herself in a variety of organizations including National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, CHHS Ambassadors, Key Club, Students Organized for Developing Attitudes (SODA), Crime Solvers, Interact club, Leo Club, and AgriProject.

Additionally, Jenkins is a SCA representative, and she serves as Secretary for three separate organizations, including the Class of 2019, the Science National Honor Society, and the JOI club. She is also president of the BETA Club.

And she doesn’t take a break outside of school. Jenkins has has been employed at the Colonial Heights Public Library for the past three years. She also spent the last four summers volunteering at Southside Regional Medical Center as a Jr. Volunteer, and she volunteers at the Dunlop House on a monthly basis. Both of Jenkins’ volunteer experiences led her to discover a passion for working with both the youth and elderly populations - a passion she intends to explore in college.

While she hasn’t quite decided if she will attend Christopher Newport University or James Madison University in the fall, Jenkins is sure she wants to pursue a career in the medical field.

“Following graduation, my educational aspirations include acquiring a bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Pre-Physician Assistant,” she said. “Following my undergraduate years, I hope to attend James Madison University’s Master Physician’s Assistant Program, pass the PANCE exam, and ultimately become a Physician’s Assistant.”

Jenkins notes she may even return to the Tri-City area in the future, where she hopes to help make the community a better place to live and raise a family.

“To know that I can make a positive impact on another person’s life is rewarding to me. I hope to return to the Tri-city area to give back to the community that has greatly influenced my life,” she said. “I have been considering returning to Southside Regional Medical Center as a PA because that hospital, in particular, has had such an impact in my life during my summers volunteering.”

Jenkins is excited to gain new experiences, meet new people, and attend classes that will benefit her future career. She also looks forward to being more independent and taking on adulthood in college.

“I think my parents have definitely prepared me for the next chapter in my life,” she said.

As her senior year quickly comes to a close, Jenkins has some words of advice for upcoming Colonial seniors:

“Do not slack off, but also do not stress yourself too much. Stay on top of college applications and scholarship due dates,” she said. “But most importantly, have fun and make memories that you will look back on when you are 40 years old. Enjoy your time at CHHS, because senior year flies by and if you don’t absorb every minute, you will definitely miss it.”

Jenkins also wishes to thank the many people who have helped propel her toward success.

“I would like to thank everyone - God, my family, friends, and the staff at CHHS, but most importantly my mom,” she said. “Without her I would not be where I am today. She has been the one to help me whenever I was lost and could not make an important decision or when I was drowning in homework and having an emotional breakdown.”

Jenkins also shouts out her stepdad, brother, great grandma, nana, papa, uncle, and aunt for their support and belief in her.

“Aside from my family and friends, several teachers have helped me grow along the way, including Mrs. Creasey, Mrs. Grammer, Mrs. Smith, and Ms. Strickler,” she added. “A big shout out goes to my amazing ‘Go-To Lady’ and role model, Ms. Kristin Crowder. She look me under her wing like I was one of her own children; she never let me give up and always went the extra mile to help in any ‘crisis’ situation.”

In June, Jenkins will join the other nine students who were awarded Senior of the Month at a Colonial Heights Education Foundation-sponsored “Senior of the Month” banquet, where the honorees will receive a $500 scholarship from the Colonial Heights Loyal Order of the Moose.
 
 
February

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Adrianne Dew
 
Dew named CHHS “Senior of the Month”
 
COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Adrienne Dew, a senior at Colonial Heights High School (CHHS), was recently awarded one of the school’s most prestigious titles, “Senior of the Month” for the month of February.

A tradition at the high school since 1998, students named “Senior of the Month” are considered the best representatives of their class. Nominations are collected from the CHHS staff each month as the committee looks for outstanding scholars, exceptional leadership skills, a wide array of activities, and sound character and judgment.

“I was very surprised when I was told,” Dew said of receiving the honor. “I try to be the best version of myself, and I am glad that someone feels that I am.”

Dew grew up attending Colonial Heights Public Schools and thoroughly enjoyed the tight-knit community the small school system offers, especially as an athlete who was cheered on by stands full of her friends and classmates.
 

In addition to taking several rigorous courses, including Advanced Placement Calculus, Dew has participated in a plethora of extracurricular activities throughout her high school career including the Science National Honor Society, National Honors Society, Beta Club, Junior Optimist International Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Mu Alpha Theta. This past year she also became involved in Innovators for Change, a book club in which students read an educational book and later meet the author and ask him or her questions. Additionally, she played Varsity Tennis during her junior year, and became number four on the team.

While her high school career has been quite a success, Dew looks forward to the future. She has already been accepted into her dream school, Christopher Newport University, where she plans to study science in the fall.

“I have loved this school since my sophomore year. I applied Early Decision,” she said. “I am a part of the President's Leadership Program at CNU.

“My favorite subject is science, so it would only make sense for me to major in Biochemistry,” she added. “The two of these classes were by far my favorite classes in high school. Not only did loving my teachers make me love the classes, but also just being so engaged and wanting to know more about it all.”

Dew even has plans for after college, which include getting into medical school and one day owning her own private practice as an Obstetrician.

As her senior year continues to pass her by, Dew has some words of advice for upcoming Colonial seniors: “Try not to let senioritis get to you! Have fun, but do not get so distracted that you let your school work get affected,” she said.

“I have had my fair share of hard classes where I wanted to give up,” she added. “How much you give is how much you get. I have learned to never let anyone look down on me, and to be proud of where I am.”

In June, Dew will join the other nine students who were awarded Senior of the Month at a Colonial Heights Education Foundation-sponsored “Senior of the Month” banquet, where the honorees will receive a $500 scholarship from the Colonial Heights Loyal Order of the Moose.
 
January

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Claire Hill 
 
Hill awarded CHHS “Senior of the Month”
Hill to continue pursuing art in college
By Contributed Report

COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Back in January, Colonial Heights High School (CHHS) senior Claire Hill was awarded the school’s prestigious title “Senior of the Month.”

A tradition at the high school since 1998, students named “Senior of the Month” are considered the best representatives of their class. Nominations are collected from the CHHS staff each month as the committee looks for outstanding scholars, exceptional leadership skills, a wide array of activities, and sound character and judgment.

“I truly was grateful to receive such an award,” Hill said. “It is awesome to be recognized for being a good human, and I am so proud of the other ‘good-human’ seniors who received this accomplishment as well. We have great seniors at the highschool, [so] I bet it was hard to choose just 10; another reason why I am so grateful.”

Hill was born in Hopewell and moved to Colonial Heights when she was about two years old. Growing up attending Colonial Heights Public Schools, she enjoyed the small, close-knit environment.

“I like being close with my peers and always being valued in the classroom. Specifically in high school, I liked growing up and conversing with my teachers and staff in a mature manner,” she said. “They have helped me so much throughout the last four years and have made me feel very prepared to leave the high school and take on my next chapter.”

In addition to a rigorous, time-consuming course schedule, Hill took full advantage of extracurricular activities offered at CHHS, including the National Latin Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society, National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, BETA Club, Joi Club, and Art Club. She also thrived in soccer, playing defense for the Richmond Strikers and varsity soccer at CHHS. Additionally, she has been a girl scout since 2007.

Of all the activities she’s delved into, Hill has found her true passion and talent in art. So much so that she plans to major in the craft in college.
“My absolute favorite subject is Art. I cannot express enough how important it is to my life,” she said. “In college, I plan to major in art and minor in secondary education. I hope to return to Colonial Heights to teach.
“My current art teacher, Ms. Unger, has helped me grow both individually and artistically,” she added. “I cannot thank her enough for her support and teachings that have helped me become the artist I am today.”
Hill notes she is 99 percent sure she will be attending Guilford College in the fall to play soccer and major in art. She believes the school is the best fit for her because it is similar to Colonial Heights - an extremely small school where she will feel valued as an individual student. She is looking forward to new beginnings and new friendships.
“Though Colonial Heights has done a lot for me, I believe Guilford will offer excellent opportunities for me to expand my individuality and my maturity to be my own person,” she said.

While Hill’s work ethic has undoubtedly contributed to her success, she attributes credit to several family members, friends, and teachers for propelling her to where she is now.
“Mom and Dad, thank you for supporting me, and raising me to be a great young woman. You have done so much for me, and I cannot thank you enough,” she said. “Also, my boyfriend and his family have helped me greatly. Thank you guys for your continued support and love.
“My high school art teacher, Ms. Unger - the greatest role model you’ll ever have: thank you for the memories and teachings to make me the best artist I can be,” she added. “The staff at the high school, my counselors and administrators, thank you for your support and guidance.”

As her senior year continues to quickly pass her by, Hill has some words of advice for upcoming Colonial seniors:

“As cliche as it sounds, truly cherish your last year at CHHS. It feels like I just came to the school
as a freshman, and with the blink of an eye, I am three months away from graduating high school.
Be kind and roll with the punches. With stress comes college applications, scholarships, essays,
and more. You will be rewarded. Trust the process.”

Hill will join the other nine students who are awarded Senior of the Month at a Colonial Heights Education Foundation-sponsored “Senior of the Month” banquet in June, where the honorees will each receive a $500 scholarship from the Colonial Heights Loyal Order of the Moose.






December

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Logan Kidd
 
 
Kidd named CHHS’ “Senior of the Month”
Kidd to attend George Washington University to study exercise science
By Contributed Report

COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Back in December, Colonial Heights High School (CHHS) senior Logan Kidd was awarded one of the school’s most prestigious titles, “Senior of the Month” - an honor that is extended to only 10 seniors annually.

A tradition at the high school since 1998, students named “Senior of the Month” are considered the best representatives of their class. Nominations are collected from the CHHS staff each month as the committee looks for outstanding scholars, exceptional leadership skills, a wide array of activities, and sound character and judgment.

“It is an absolute honor being awarded Senior of the Month,” Kidd said. “It is very humbling being chosen because there are so many deserving candidates throughout the my class and to be chosen as one of the ten out of 223, is something that means the world to me.”

In addition to taking several rigorous advanced placement and honors courses through his high school career, Kidd participated in a hefty load of extracurricular activities, sports, and volunteer work. He has been a member of the Student Council Association, the Science National Honor Society, the National Honor Society, Beta Club, CHHS Ambassadors, DECA, and the Students Organized for Developing Attitudes (SODA) Club.

He is also the the vice president for the class of 2019, the current president of the Interact Club, and the Co-Founder and President of the Leo Club. Outside of school hours, Kidd volunteered for the Colonial Heights Public Library Summer Reading Program for several years.

As if those activities didn’t crowd his schedule enough, Kidd also delved into athletics, playing varsity volleyball for his first three years, and JV baseball his first two years, and after a break last spring, he will play varsity baseball this season.

Kidd notes that his accomplishments haven’t always come easy, as his first three years of high school were plagued with injuries. From a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) to a stress fracture in his lower back, he was never able to complete a full season of sports until hopefully this upcoming baseball season.

But by far, the most difficult challenge Kidd faced was watching his mother fight a lengthy battle against breast cancer, from which she passed away at the beginning of the year.
“She was my go-to person and to see her struggle with such a disease was horrific,” Kidd said. “But now that she is no longer in any pain and watching over me, I can rest a little bit easier every night.”

High school hasn’t been a walk in the park by any means, but Kidd is looking forward to what lies ahead. He’s been accepted into George Washington University where he plans to attend in the fall and major in exercise science with a focus in pre-physical therapy. He hopes to one day become a physical therapist.

“A career in physical therapy or sports medicine is definitely something that I want to pursue because of my liking in anatomy and physiology,” Kidd said. “For the longest time, I could never quite figure out what my favorite subject was. I thought it may be math or even english. But after numerous amounts of injuries because of sports, I was intrigued with how the body works and why it does what it does.”

Kidd is also looking forward to experiencing life outside of Colonial Heights and beginning a new chapter in Washington D.C.

“I am really excited to meet new people that come from very diverse backgrounds,” he said. “I am also very excited to live in the middle of the most powerful city in the world and the opportunities that will present themselves while I am there.”

While it’s a long way off, Kidd already has plans for post college graduation. He hopes to attend VCU or continue his education at George Washington University to obtain his doctor of physical therapy. He hopes to continue living in the D.C. area and eventually have a wonderful family.

While Kidd’s ambition and drive undoubtedly contributed to his ability to obtain the “Senior of the Month” title, he credits a plethora of people including his family, friends, teachers and administrators for propelling him toward success.

“I first want to thank every single person in my class for being such great friends and classmates,” he said. “There is never going to be another group of people that I would have wanted to grow up with and to experience the beginning of life with. You all are truly amazing in your own way and I am eternally grateful for you all being apart of my life during the hardest of days.”

Kidd went on to thank the CHHS guidance department, his “moms” at the Colonial Heights Public Library, and his family.

“I’d like to thank my family. We have been through it all, but we’re going to be stronger than ever,” he said. “Thank you all for being my biggest supporters with whatever I do in life. All of you have never given up on me and I’m so thankful for that.”

Kidd went on to thank his beloved mother. “Mom, you did everything for me to ensure that I had the best life possible,” he said. “No matter your condition, you made sure I was happy. You were my backbone and I can never tell you how much I love and miss you.”

As Kidd’s last year of high school quickly passes by, he has some words of advice for upcoming Colonial seniors: “Keep on pushing and never give up. You will have those days where you will want to throw in the towel and not continue with school. Trust me, everyone has those days, but you have to keep on going. Your life is only getting ready to begin and you have to ensure that you are able to prepare yourself for whatever you may pursue after high school.”

In June, Kidd will join the other nine students who were awarded Senior of the Month at a Colonial Heights Education Foundation-sponsored “Senior of the Month” banquet, where the honorees will receive a $500 scholarship from the Colonial Heights Loyal Order of the Moose.
 
November

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Benjamin Burchard
 
Benjamin Burchard named CHHS ‘Senior of the Month’
Burchard to study law at William & Mary University
By Contributed Report

COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Back in November, Colonial Heights High School (CHHS) senior Benjamin Burchard was awarded one of the school’s most prestigious titles, ‘Senior of the Month’ - an honor that is extended to only 10 seniors annually.

A tradition at the high school since 1998, students named “Senior of the Month” are considered the best representatives of their class. Nominations are collected from the CHHS staff each month as the committee looks for outstanding scholars, exceptional leadership skills, a wide array of activities, and sound character and judgment.

“It truly is a great honor to receive this award,” Burchard said. “To be selected as one of ten of a class of 223 students is a very humbling experience, and I am extremely grateful to those who chose me for this honor as well as to those who helped shape me throughout my life.”

A city native, Burchard has attended Colonial Heights Public Schools since kindergarten and has thoroughly enjoyed his experience. Over the years he’s taken full advantage of the wide array of extracurricular programs and athletics offered by the school system.

Burchard has been a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, SODA, Science National Honor Society, Key Club, Innovators for Change Book Club, Latin Honor Society, and Ambassadors. He’s also held several leadership positions including the President, Vice President, and co-founder of the CHHS National English Honor Society, Vice President and two-year Senator of the SCA, three-year leadership team member of the FCA, two-year Captain of the Academic Challenge Team, and Consul of Latin Club.

As if the extracurricular activities weren’t keeping him busy enough, Burchard also delved into athletics, playing two sports each year of high school: volleyball in the fall and tennis in the spring. Burchard also made time to give back to the community through events and service projects sponsored by his church, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

In addition to involving himself in multiple school programs, sports, and community service projects, Burchard took on a variety of challenging courses that required him to think at the collegiate level. Of those courses, he notes his favorite has been Latin.

Burchard first took Latin in seventh grade, and his love for the subject continued to grow over the years - so much so that he went on to attend a Summer Regional Governor’s Academy in the subject at Randolph-Macon College between his sophomore and junior years. However, despite his undoubtable passion for the language, Burchard doesn’t currently intend to pursue a future in it. Instead, he sees himself becoming an attorney one day.

But first, he plans to enjoy all that college has to offer at William & Mary University - his first-choice school to which he was recently accepted. In college he hopes to continue glorifying God and becoming the best version of himself.

“The thing that I am looking forward to the most about college is the ability to be what I make myself,” he said. “Few to no people will know who I am while I am at college, and that seemed daunting at first, but I recognize the blessing in it: I am free to become who I want to be, and I can maintain the lifestyle that I have lived, but I can also continue to improve myself and grow in new ways in a new environment.”

Once he finishes his undergraduate education, Burchard plans to attend law school at William & Mary and eventually become an attorney. He also hopes to build a loving family.

While much of Burchard’s success has undoubtedly been a result of his ambition and drive, he attributes significant credit to the many people who have helped him along the way, especially his teachers.

“No matter what grade in which I found myself, I always strongly believed that my teachers were willing to go out of their way to help me in any way that they could,” he said. “These relationships that I have built have only increased in quantity and quality as I have gone through my high school career.

“Particularly in high school, I can say with confidence that many of my teachers are truly my friends,” he added. “I hope that I am able to continue these relationships throughout my life, despite the inevitable splitting of paths that we will experience.”

Burchard notes his gratitude for teachers including Mr. Gelven, Mrs. Major, Mrs. Goforth, and Mr. Boyd, guidance counselor Mrs. Crowder, and pastors at his church, Joey and Luke, who he notes have all given him invaluable guidance in his life.

“My girlfriend, friends, and other peers have been completely kind and supportive at all times, and I am immensely thankful for them,” he added. “Finally, I owe my grandparents, my uncles and aunts, my brother Grayson, and my mom and dad for giving me so many opportunities to succeed and to become someone in my community, and to be loved as a part of a beautiful family.”

As Burchard’s final year of high school speedily passes him by, he shares a few words of advice for upcoming Colonial seniors:

“One single piece of advice to upcoming seniors at CHHS, or really anywhere, is not to give up on what you believe. Life is tough, and senior year is truly the beginning of your life,” he said.

“Build what you want to build; do not be afraid to stick to your values while you do it,” he added. “Seize the day, and remember that there will be trials in your life, but hold fast to what you believe and you will not fail in the end.”

Burchard will join the other nine students who are awarded Senior of the Month at a Colonial Heights Education Foundation-sponsored “Senior of the Month” banquet in June, where the honorees will each receive a $500 scholarship from the Colonial Heights Loyal Order of the Moose.