At Altavista High School’s 108th annual Commencement Exercises on June 3 at Williams Stadium, the administration acknowledged numerous seniors for their achievements and awards.
The Valedictorian was Savanna Dawn Hundley, finishing as number one in Number One Colonel Country. The Salutatorian was Chase Dillon Lavinder. Other students achieving Top 10 status (in alphabetical order) include Casey Mae Allen, Nicholas Early Brooks, Lillian Alexandria Castro, Tyler Daniel Hutcherson, Makayla Allysse Oulds, Dana Olivia Phillips, Elizabeth Catherine Reynolds, and Brooke Louise Spencer.
Students successfully completing the Early College program and earning their associate’s degree from Central Virginia Community College were Allen, Lavinder, and Adam Fredrick Schubert. Castro and Spencer both completed studies at Central Virginia Governor’s School. Hundley and Holly Elizabeth Lagos completed STEM Academy.
A number of students completed dual enrollment programs at Central Virginia Community College in their senior year: Brooks, Donald Lee Bryant III, Gary Brian Case, Chance Michael Cheek, Tanner Lynn Cox, Jacob Douglas Haskins, Hutcherson, Phillips, and Chardashia Nichole Waller.
Students successfully completing a course of study at Campbell County Technical Center (CCTC) included Kyla Marie Barnwell, Case, Cox, Andrew Carter Duff, Haskins, Faith Nicole Klitzka, Jeremiah Calvin McGann, Nataziah Deshanti Moon, Justin Richard Peterson, Phillips, Isaac Abraham Quishpe Velasquez, Christopher Allen Robertson, Devin Wayne Rowland, Alexis Mckenzie Scearce, Hannah Gracyn Towler, and Caleb Peter Westbrook.
Members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) included Amber Dianne Bennett, Dana Shaylia Donigan, Hundley, and Spencer. Spanish Honor Society members included Castro and Spencer.
National Honor Society (NHS) members are Allen, Winter Gwynn Ballowe, Bennett, Castro, Cheek, Luke David Dollyhite, Duff, Jacob John Gowen, Hundley, Hutcherson, Lagos, Lavinder, Moon, Lexi Grace Nichols, Oulds, Phillips, Reynolds, Taylor Elise Schiltz, Schubert, Spencer, Towler, Erin Ray Tucker, Rose QingLing Viers, and Joseph Hammons Ware.
Honor Graduates included all of the NHS members, plus Magde Maged Almakaleh, Paige McCoy Andrews, Jalynn Taylor Austin, Barnwell, Brooks, Bryant, Case, Donigan, Gracie Elizabeth Emerson, Jamil Jamis Farrakhan, Kathryn Anne Alexander Johnson, Quishpe, Tyler Scott Reynolds, Robertson, Scearce, Hayden Michael Smith, Autumn Grace Smither, Kristene Nichole Warner, and Aaliyah Desarae Yuille.
Barnwell, a cosmetology student at CCTC, was named CCTC Student of the Year.
The program for the commencement ceremony included a list of students who received other awards and scholarships. They are as follows.
Casey Allen: Misericordia University Merit Award, Misericordia University Deans Award.
Chance Cheek: The English Foundation.
Alexis Gonzalez: Altavista Rotary Club.
Jakob Haskins: Colonel Club - Jeff Cocke, Deborah Mason Scholarship, Eccles Leadership & Service Scholarship Day, University of Lynchburg Presidential Scholarship, U of L V Tuition Assistance Grant, Virginia Dixie Boys & Majors Scholarship.
Savanna Hundley: Altavista High School Alumni Scholarship, C. Edwin Temples Scholarship, Colonel Club - Jeff Cocke, Deborah Mason Scholarship,, Ralph & Mitchell Miles Walker Scholarship, the English Foundation, The Lynch Station Ruritan Club, Virginia Baptist Auxiliary Teen Volunteer Scholarship.
Tyler Hutcherson: The English Foundation.
Kathryn Johnson: C. Edwin Temples Scholarship.
Holly Lagos: English Construction Scholarship, Fray Family Charitable Trust, Virginia Baptist Auxiliary Teen Volunteer Scholarship.
Makayla Oulds: C. Edwin Temple Scholarship, Colonel Charles Lynch Chapter, NSDAR, Deborah Mason Scholarship, The English Foundation, The Joel Herschel Minnis Memorial Scholarship.
Dana Phillips: ACS Vocational Education Scholarship.
Elizabeth Reynolds: The English Foundation, Fray Family Charitable Trust, University of Lynchburg Hopwood Scholarship, U of L Sigler Scholarship, The Lynch Station Ruritan Club.
Keyana Robinson: St. Peters Episcopal Church Scholarship.
Taylor Schiltz: The English Foundation.
Adam Schubert: Colonel Club - Kathy Dodson Volunteerism, Christopher Newport University Presidential Leadership & Scholarship, Hodges-Mattox Scholarship.
Brooke Spencer: Spanish Senior Award.
Erin Tucker: ACS Vocational Education Scholarship, Altavista Presbyterian Church, Deborah Mason Scholarship, The English Foundation, The John Ross LaRonda Memorial Scholarship.