Michaela Humphrey has been chosen PMHS’s Senior of the Month for February 2015. She is the daughter of William and Jennifer Humphrey of Buena Vista.
Michaela has been a member of National Honor Society for two years and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.77. She is ranked ninth in her class and has maintained this average while taking rigorous college courses her junior and senior years. She received an Academic Jacket at the All Stars ceremony. Michaela says she has enjoyed Biology. Her Biology teacher, Ms. Clemmer, states, “Michaela is an outstanding student and young lady who always gives 100%. She is a pleasure to have in class because she does what is asked of her and then does more! Michaela was a bright spot in my day!”
Michaela volunteers at Hoofbeats, a therapeutic riding center. She enjoys helping the disabled children and working with the horses. Michaela would like to continue to help children in this capacity throughout her life. The director of Hoof Beats said, “I have invested a lot of time and effort in this kid! Thankfully, it has paid off! We consider her as staff here with the lesson program, the stable management, the horse handling, and with special events. She has a lot of responsibility here and we will miss her when she goes on to college! Good luck, Michaela!”
Although Michaela has been accepted at several Virginia colleges and universities, she has not confirmed which school she will attend. She wants to major in Biology and attend graduate school. Her goal is to become a large animal Veterinarian.
Carmel Hardy has been selected as PMHS’s Senior of the Month for January 2015. She is the daughter Kenneth and Stephanie Hardy of Buena Vista. She is the youngest of seven children and enjoys taking care of her nieces and nephews. Carmel demonstrates many of the qualities that are appreciated by PMHS faculty and students. AP Literature teacher, Mr. Floyd, states, “Carmel is very bright, hard-working and does whatever is asked of her in class.”
Carmel has excellent attendance and grades. She is able to maintain a 3.6 GPA while taking rigorous college courses her junior and senior years. She received an Academic Jacket at the All Stars ceremony. Carmel has been a member of National Honor Society for two years. She is currently serving as NHS Secretary and Senior Class Secretary.
Carmel is also involved in many extra-curricular activities. She has been a member of the Volleyball team for three years, the varsity soccer team for four years and served as captain her junior year. She is also involved in activities associated with Chorus, SIRPHA and Interact Club.
Carmel is equally involved in the community. She is a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, belongs to the Young Women’s organization and has served as one of the officers.
Carmel has been accepted at Pacific University in Oregon. She wants to major in Elementary Education and has always wanted to be a teacher. Carmel is uncertain if she will go on a Mission after high school at this time.
Jasmine Carter has been selected as the December Senior of the Month. She is the daughter of Claudia Carter of Buena Vista.
Jasmine demonstrates many of the qualities that are appreciated by PMHS faculty and students. Her characteristic friendliness can be seen in the halls as she smiles at students and speaks to teachers while walking to class. Administrators and teachers state she is always respectful and willing to help with anything that is needed.
Jasmine has excellent attendance and grades. She is able to maintain a 3.6 GPA while being involved in many extra-curricular activities during her high school years. Some would describe Jasmine as a natural group leader. She is Treasurer of the Senior Class, Vice-President of the National Honor Society, President of the Spanish Club and serves as the Student Representative for the school board. Additionally, Jasmine is a member of Interact and SIRPHA (Students in Rockbridge Promoting Health Alternatives). She attended YADAPP and won a $250.00 grant to implement a plan for drug prevention.
As a sophomore, Jasmine was part of the District Choir. She performed in the Color Guard for three years and was Captain of the Color Guard her junior year. She also has participated in model UN.
Jasmine is equally involved in the community. She has a part-time job, as a dietary aid, at Golden Living and is an active member of Pentecostal Outreach Church. Jasmine has been accepted at Sweet Briar College. Her hope is to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country and later pursue a career as a History or Spanish teacher.
John Porter has been selected as Parry McCluer High School’s Senior of the Month for November 2014. He is the son of Thomas and Elaine Porter of Buena Vista.
John is a very bright young man who exemplifies what it means to be a great student. John is attentive, respectful and participatory in the classroom. All of John’s teachers speak very highly of him and the pleasure it is to have him as a student.
John has superior attendance and grades. He has an astounding 4.04 GPA and has received numerous academic awards as well. John is active in his church, the Buena Vista Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is also an intern in the IT department at SVU.
John plans to attend Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL in the fall and study video game development.
Jack Dryden has been chosen as Parry McCluer High School’s Senior of the Month for September 2014. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Brent Dryden of Buena Vista.
Jack has been an active member of the Cross Country team for six years. He was a member of the 2011 team that was Region Champion and State Runner Up and the 2012 team that was Region Runner Up and State Runner Up. Individually, Jack was All District Runner each year at PMHS. In 2013, he was All Region and All State. Jack has played soccer for four years at PMHS. Last year he was All Region and Second Team All State.
Jack is just as active in his community as his school. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and participates in the Young Men’s Youth Group at church. Additionally, he earned his Eagle Scout Award. To earn this, he completed a service project to repair a concrete public staircase in Buena Vista. Jack states that the things that are important to him include music, helping other people and, of course, his family and friends.
Jack is highly respected by the administration, faculty and coaches at Parry McCluer High School. Coach Chris Pollukis stated, “Jack often demands more from himself than what is expected by those directing him. When faced with adversity he does not look for and blame outside causes. His focus is completely on what he himself can do to remedy the situation. He is an ethical young man, directed more by intrinsic motivations, who does not do things simply because of rewards or consequences.”
In addition to his extracurricular activities, Jack maintains an “A” average, while taking college and AP courses, and is a member of National Honor Society. Jack was elected Class President his freshman and sophomore years and served as Vice President as a junior. As a sophomore he was selected to represent PMHS at the HOBY conference. After graduation, Jack plans to serve a two year mission for his church. After his mission, Jack wants to pursue a college degree, perhaps in the sciences.
Kevin Chandler Morrison – April Senior of the Month
Kevin Chandler Morrison has been chosen as Parry McCluer High School’s Senior of the Month for April 2014. Kevin is the son of Tim and Kathy Morrison of Buena Vista.
Kevin is an active member of the PMHS Marching Band, Chorus and Baseball. He lettered in all and was selected to be Drum Major for the PMHS Marching Blues for the past two years. Kevin is a member of National Honor Society and received the William and Mary Leadership Award his Junior year. Kevin is completing his school Mentorship program at the Lexington News Gazette and with Delegate Ben Cline. In addition to coursework and extracurricular activities, Kevin finds time in his schedule to read the Daily Announcements for PMHS.
Kevin is as active in the Buena Vista community as he is at PMHS. He is a member of the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church, the Church Youth Group and their Worship Band “Undefeated”.
Kevin is well-respected by the administration, faculty, coaches and students of Parry McCluer High School. Ms. Melissa Cobb states, “Kevin is a diligent student who has fabulous school spirit, makes all students feel welcome at PMHS and has made sure all NHS activities have been well executed.” PMHS School Counselors report that Kevin is always willing to help, which has greatly benefited the 8th Grade Transition Program. After high school, Kevin plans to attend a two-year college and transfer to the University of South Carolina. He will major in Journalism and minor in Pre-Law. His goal is to become an attorney and focus on defending the First Amendment with an emphasis on religious freedom.
Ali Patton Armstrong has been voted Parry McCluer High School’s Senior of the Month for March 2014. She is the daughter of Laurie and John Armstrong of Buena Vista. Teachers describe Ali as a very responsible young lady with a great work ethic. She is a member of National Honor Society and Interact club. Ali has consistently volunteered to help with 8th Grade Transition activities and served as a mentor/guide. Organizers of the program describe Ali as a wonderful role model for new students. Ali has also been a member of the PMHS Relay for Life team in past years. Last Spring, Ali was voted by her teachers to attend VA Girls State, which she attended last summer. A natural born leader who is quiet and unassuming, Ali said it was a great experience!
In addition to academic excellence, Ali’s discipline and hard work have been reflected in her athletic achievements. She has been a member of the PMHS cross country and track team for four years and represented PMHS at the State meets her 9th, 10th and 12th grade years.
Ali serves as an acolyte at Christ Episcopal Church in Buena Vista. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, camping and being outdoors. She also likes to attend outdoor music festivals. During her senior year, Ali participated in the mentorship program where she fulfilled her requirements by mentoring at “Smiles on Magnolia.” In the fall, Ali plans to attend Virginia Western Community College and pursue a degree in dental hygiene.
Collin has been chosen senior of the month for February. Collin began the Origami Club at PMHS. The origami club tries to meet each week at the high school. It is Collin’s hope to teach students this ancient art form that can be applied to so many things. He likes to share his creative abilities and finds it quite inspiring.
His English Teacher, Mr. Floyd said that Collin has always been a hard-working individual and is especially receptive to new ideas. He is a very creative individual!
Mr. Alexander said that Collin is a really nice young man who is dedicated to his faith and family and who is always kind to others.
He has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout! He remains involved with scouts and is a junior assistant scout master. He enjoys giving of his time by camping with the scouts, teaching the younger scouts important skills and spending time with them in general.
Academically, he does well, maintaining the A-B honor roll. He greatly enjoys his art classes at the high school!
Collin currently takes violin lessons; he enjoys making and solving puzzles, and spending time with his family. He is an active member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He attends services there as well as participating in the youth activities.
His plans upon graduation are to serve on a mission through his church before he goes to college. He has been accepted at Brigham Young University and hopes to pursue a degree in architecture which will help him to build on his strengths of math and art.
Joshua Perry has been chosen as the January senior of the month. Josh exemplifies “Blues Spirit and Pride.” He is an incredible athlete! Throughout his high school career, he has been involved in sports. He plays football, basketball and baseball. He is always excited about the games! He asks teachers and students on game days if they will be at the game. He wants to be sure that as many people as possible are present to cheer on the Blues.
Josh is respected by faculty, teachers and classmates. He is a leader and great role-model for many students. Following the games at school, Josh delivers devotions. He keeps the team connected athletically and spiritually!
Josh has a deep commitment to his faith and a strong sense of family. Josh has strong relations with the young group at First Pentecostal Holiness church. He participates fully in the church and remains active with the youth group. Josh also participates in numerous extracurricular activities. He does well balancing his academics and other activities. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Relay for Life team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This past summer he was also a part of “Renew the Blue!”
Josh plans to attend Liberty University in the fall. He hopes to pursue a degree in Education or Counseling.
In closing remarks for Josh, it shall be said “Go Blue!”