VBCPS staff and students recognized by Daughters of the American Revolution

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) teachers and students were recognized for their instruction and study of American history by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Feb. 23. The 40th Annual American History Awards Ceremony held in the school administration building was hosted by four local DAR chapters: Lynnhaven Parish, Adam Thoroughgood, Princess Anne County and Francis Land.

Each local chapter selects an American history teacher in grades five-12 who demonstrates a strong knowledge of our nation’s past, fosters a spirit of patriotism and maintains high academic standards. The following eight teachers were honored:

  • Russlyn Rose Wilkie – Bayside High School
  • Charles Traub IV – Cox High School
  • Christina Stepanovich – First Colonial High School
  • Matthew L. Brinton – Kempsville High School
  • Shawn M. Bolling – Landstown High School
  • Joshua Petrice – Renaissance Academy
  • David G. Holland – Tallwood High School
  • Mona R. Brandl – Creeds Elementary School

DAR Teachers

In addition, each VBCPS high school nominates a junior enrolled in Virginia and U.S. History or Advanced Placement American History. The student must demonstrate academic excellence in American history and participates in relevant extracurricular activities and community projects. The following students were recognized as Outstanding American History Students:

  • Brooklynn N. Jacobs – Bayside High School
  • Dominick LaCaze – Cox High School
  • Emma J. Jacobs – First Colonial High School
  • Ana Carolina Valverde – Green Run Collegiate
  • Jessica E. McDonough – Green Run High School
  • Grace N. Helmick – Kellam High School
  • Amarah K. Gray – Kempsville High School
  • Leeann A. Salas – Landstown High School
  • Sean R. Diment – Ocean Lakes High School
  • Justin T. Thorton – Princess Anne High School
  • Ralph S. Tamakloe – Salem High School
  • Jacob B. Mills – Tallwood High School

DAR Students

The DAR hosts the celebration in February as part of American History Month activities.

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