Students of the month – February | Local News


Mary Guckianthe daughter of Amie and Patrick Guckian, is in final year at Colonial Forge High School. Mary has served as Senior Class President, Junior Class Vice President and FCA Vice President. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Mary is a varsity cheerleader and has three varsity letters. She is also a three-time recipient of the Colonial Forge Academic Award, and she received the Math Department Award and the FACS Department Award. Mary has volunteered with Forge Feeds, Special Olympics, Colonial Forge Gymnastics WinterFest and Colonial Forge Learn and Serve. She is a spokesperson for Peggy Dunn Photography. Mary will be attending James Madison University with the intention of becoming a middle school or high school teacher.

Kylie Watkins is senior at Courtland High School. Kylie played field hockey for all four years, serving as team captain and progressing with her team to the state championship. Kylie is Vice President of the Drama Club and has acted in many school productions. She is also part of a selected and auditioned vocal ensemble. Kylie will be attending James Madison University as a theater major.

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Taylor Thomasthe daughter of William and Emily Thomas, is in senior year at Fredericksburg Christian School. Taylor made an impact at FCS in track and field. As a member of the varsity volleyball team, she served as captain and won numerous awards. She set the school record for most digs in a season and in a career at FCS. She also received All-Conference and All-State honors. As a member of the varsity basketball team, she has been a captain since ninth grade. She was selected to the All-Conference and All-State teams and passed the 1,000 point milestone that season. She was also named VCAC Player of the Year. As a member of the varsity football team, she served as team captain for three years. She was selected to the All-Tournament, All-Conference, and All-State Honors teams. Academically, Taylor has been a member of the National Honor Society, where she is now a chaplain. She has won High Effort awards in various subjects and is part of the school’s management team. She was selected by the FBI to attend their summer camp and received the Rotary Club Ethics Award. She has been chosen by teachers to receive Christian Character Awards for the past three years and the Association of Christian Schools International Award for Academics, Leadership and Christian Character for the past three years. Taylor was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where she served as president. Taylor’s main hobbies are drawing and painting, and she has illustrated a children’s book due out this year. She also competed in a weightlifting competition where she won first place for her age group and in the women’s bench press division. Taylor will attend Bridgewater College and play on the football team. She plans to major in biology to become a forensic biologist at the FBI.

Katie Fidlerthe daughter of Robert and Tristin Fidler, is in final year at James Monroe High School. Katie has served as president of the Beta Club, president of Jayem Pals, secretary of the National Honor Society and JM Ambassador. She was also a member of DECA. She also captained the cross country, swim and lacrosse teams. Katie served as a project leader on the Ceili Leahy Service Day planning committee and served on the St. Jude No More Cancer Rally planning committee. Katie was named to the All “A” Honor Roll and a Monroe Scholar. She was named IB Diploma Program Student of the Year, and she was named Outstanding Student in IB Latin, IB Mathematics and IB Theory of Knowledge. As a delegate from the American Legion Auxiliary Virginia Girls State, she organized a winter clothing drive at JMHS. She has served as Senior Leader of Youth in Philanthropy, Advocate/Advisor at Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference, and Swimming Instructor at Little Fish Swimming. She is the organizer/founder of the Summer Cheer project with Harbor House. She is a presbytery member of the James Youth Council. At Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, she is a deacon, educator, member of the high school youth group, and sings in the Cantata choir. Katie will be attending four-year college to study aerospace engineering or environmental engineering.

Carmen Melendez Laboythe daughter of Carmen Laboy Correa and Rudys Osoria Jasmin, is a senior at Massaponax High School. Carmen is the battalion commander of the JROTC program. She enjoys researching historical subjects and psychology. Carmen will attend four-year college to major in psychology so she can then work alongside veterans’ hospitals, helping veterans deal with their emotional wounds because they are as important as physical wounds.

Kaitlyn Williams is a full IB student at Mountain View High School. Kaitlyn is a member of the varsity tennis team and president of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. Kaitlyn will attend Duke University, where she plans to major in environmental science and policy.

Maya Mitchellthe daughter of Michael Mitchell and Lucy Passos, is a senior at North Stafford Secondary School. Maya is an exceptional student and a born leader, always finding ways to help others in need. She has long been drawn to work in the medical field and has the natural ability to do so. Maya is president of the Old Dominion Equestrian 4-H club; she also served as secretary and treasurer. However, that’s just a small snippet of the clubs and outside activities she’s been a part of.

Oniya Smiththe daughter of Paula Smith and Oronde Smith, is a senior at Riverbend High School. Oniya enjoys playing the piano, dancing, acting, exercising, and participating in church and school events. She is the founder and president of E-GLOW, End Global Warming Club; vice president of the National Honor Society and the Black Cultural Union; and a member of the Thespian Honor Society. She received Certificates of Excellence in Specialized English and Chemistry. Oniya is the captain of the dance team and she dances for the Land of Promise Church. She led Easter plays, Christmas plays and an online vacation Bible school during the pandemic for Gethsemane Baptist Church in West New York, New Jersey. Oniya will attend college and medical school to become a doctor.

Cambray-Walmerthe daughter of Kim Walmer and Jack Walmer Jr., is a senior at Spotsylvania High School. Cambray attends the Commonwealth Governor’s School. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Cambray is also a member of the FFA where she served as president and student advisor. Cambray was named Calculus Student of the Quarter and received the Academic Excellence Award in Mathematical Analysis and the Olympic Award for Positive Leadership and Work Ethic. In the FFA competition, she finished 12th overall for the Cattle and Bridle Judge competition and her team won first place in the Cattle category; she also placed fourth in the sheep and goat category in the livestock judging competition. Through the Virginia Area Dressage Association, Cambray received the Gary Locke Jr Award and achieved bronze, silver, and gold levels, and she placed at entry-level shows. Cambray has volunteered with Wallers Baptist Church, the Virginia Area Dressage Association and his school. Cambray will earn an associate’s degree at Germanna Community College, then transfer to a four-year institution.

Elizabeth Armstrongthe daughter of Rebecca Armstrong and Aric Armstrong, is a senior at Stafford High School. Elizabeth is a member of the HAVE Club. She served as an office and attendance assistant, and she teaches students in her spare time. Elizabeth has received Academic Letter Awards, the Summa Cum Laude Award and a Certificate of Excellence in Cooking II. She has obtained her ServSafe certification. Elizabeth is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 199G, where she works on her Eagle service project. She has also served the community by helping other Scouts with their service projects and at the Ceili Leahy Service Day. Elizabeth will complete an associate’s degree at Germanna Community College before transferring to the University of Mary Washington, where she will pursue environmental studies or social work.


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