MHS senior wins VHSL Achievement Award
Mathews High School senior Aryah Hudgins received the Virginia High School League’s William Andrew Mullins Courageous Achievement Award during a ceremony Monday in Charlottesville.
The award consists of a $1,000 scholarship and commemorative silver bowls for the student and the school.
A four-year participant in the school’s theater program and two-year member of the forensics team, Aryah was recognized for excelling at those activities and maintaining a 4.1 grade point average while dealing with the effects of the lifelong autoimmune disease scleroderma.
In her application for the award, Aryah wrote, "My extracurricular activities give me a sense of accomplishment, balance and motivation. Theater and forensics have saved my life."
Mathews High School drama teacher Sherry Hamilton wrote that when the disease became active at one point, Aryah "had to go through a series of exhausting treatments. Through it all, she continued to carry a 4.1 GPA; she only missed one rehearsal and she never once complained."
The award was presented by former Mathews Superintendent of Schools Harry Ward, who was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. MHS principal Dave Malechek and forensics coach Kevin Hogge attended the ceremony, along with Aryah’s parents, Todd and Leslie Hudgins of Mathews.