School briefs

- Posted on Jul 24, 2013 - 01:54 PM

Taylor Lynn Distefano of Gloucester, was inducted into Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization at West Virginia University. The organization promotes and rewards academic achievement and provides members with opportunities for community service, personal development and professional fulfillment.

Travis Fisher of Gloucester, graduated from the Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester program, receiving his GED on June 4, according to program coordinator Dawn Brown.

Mathews High School student Baynham Parker recently completed a four-day leadership development program in Washington, D.C. Themed "Courageous Leadership," the National Young Leaders State Conference helps young scholars take an introspective and highly personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities. Acceptance is through nomination of students with demonstrated leadership potential and a history of academic achievement. Baynham, a rising sophomore, is the son of Max and Jani Parker of Deltaville.

The Over the Hill Club, a Gloucester-based charitable organization, has awarded $225 book scholarships to Kierra Sparks and Jermal Corbin. Sparks, a 2013 graduate of Woodside High School in Newport News, will attend Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C. She is the daughter of Yvette Sparks and the granddaughter of James and Fremona Sparks, all of Newport News. Corbin is a 2013 graduate of Samuel Fels High School in Philadelphia, Pa., and will attend Penn State University. He is the son of Jermal Cobin Sr. and Selina Cobin and the grandson of Angela Corbin, all of Pennsylvania.

Allison Scribe, a 2013 graduate of Mathews High School, was named a winner of a National Merit Scholarship, financed by Tulane University, the school she will attend in the fall. Scribe was among the approximately 1,800 additional winners of scholarships announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation on July 15. These Merit Scholar designees joined approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Scribe, the salutatorian of the MHS class of 2013, is the daughter of Jason and Liz Scribe of Hallieford.

Seven Gloucester students graduate from Junior Law Academy

Seven local rising high school seniors were among the 38 teenagers who graduated from the Junior Law Cadet program at the Virginia State Police Academy in Chesterfield on Friday.

The local graduates were Khadijah Payne of White Marsh; Roman S. Eppig, Patrick J. Graham and Alex Palus of Hayes; and Abigail L. Glock, Taylor L. Lovelady and Cody R. Terzich-Waters, all of Gloucester. Lovelady received the female Physical Fitness Award during graduation ceremonies.

The weeklong program provides a glimpse into the training a Virginia state trooper undergoes. It includes instruction led by troopers on operations, crime scene investigations, officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, defensive tactics, and firearms safety, along with physical agility exercises. The American Legion selects and sponsors the Junior Law Cadet students.