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Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Honors Student Athletes

from Across the Commonwealth

 

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Sixteen student athletes from across the state were honored Sunday night as part of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Education Foundation’s 14th annual Student Athlete Achievement Awards.  The ceremony, held at the Westin Hotel in Town Center of Virginia Beach, recognizes high school aged student-athletes for their excellence on the field of play, in the classroom, as well as their contributions within their communities. The event was emceed by WAVY-TV morning and midday anchor, Katie Collett, with Pro Football and Virginia Sports Hall of inductee, Kenny Easley serving as the keynote speaker.

The Hall received over 100-nominations, from which 16-finalists were chosen by an awards committee.  Among the 8-girls and 8-boys, the committee picked two from each group as the Hall of Fame’s Student Athletes of the Year.  This year’s winners were;

2018 Student Athlete Achievement Awards Finalists. (Back row, left to right; Kenny Easley, Noah Bateman, Logan Rawlings, Jason Kaiser Jr., Oliver Siegfried, Cason Wilburn, Matthew Davidson, Zachary Coldsnow, Jarius Howard. Front Row, left to right; Katie Collett from WAVY-TV, Haleigh McLean, Cayla Katz, Marciana Castillo, Cassandra Watts, Julia Galbraith, Gracie Allen, Betsy Pollard, Josephine Williams)

 

  • Cayla Katz from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach

  • Cassandra Watts from York High School in Yorktown

  • Jason Kaiser Jr. from Brooke Point High School in Stafford

  • Cason Wilburn from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach

In addition to being named the Student Athletes of the Year, this year’s winners are the recipients of a $1,000.00 scholarship to be used towards furthering their education.

This year’s finalists included a number of student-athletes with grade point averages above 4.0, athletes who have already committed to further their careers with Division-I scholarships, and individuals who have participated in mission trips to serve underdeveloped communities. Post graduate aspirations include, pediatricians, neuro-scientists, economists, NASA engineers, and President of the United States.

2018 Student Athlete Achievement Awards Finalists

 

Gracie Allen, 11th Grade, Norfolk Christian High School, Norfolk, VA

Marciana Castillo, 12th Grade, Norview High School, Norfolk, VA

Julia Galbraith, 12th Grade, St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA

Cayla Katz, 12th Grade, Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach, VA

Haleigh McLean, 12th Grade, Denbigh High School, Newport News, VA

Betsy Pollard, 12th Grade, Western Branch High School, Chesapeake, VA

Cassandra Watts, 12th Grade, York High School, Yorktown, VA

Josephine Williams, 12th Grade, Loudon County High School, Leesburg, VA

Noah Bateman, 12th Grade, Granby High School, Norfolk, VA

Zachary Coldsnow, 12th Grade, Tabb High School, Yorktown, VA

Matthew Davidson, 12th Grade, Jefferson Forest High School, Forest, VA

Jarius Howard, 12th Grade, Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, VA

Jason Kaiser Jr., 12th Grade, Brooke Point High School, Stafford, VA

Logan Rawlings, 12th Grade, Atlantic Shores Christian School, Chesapeake, VA

Oliver Siegfried, 12th Grade, Maury High School, Norfolk, VA

Cason Wilburn, 12th Grade, First Colonial High School, Virginia Beach, VA

 

“It truly is inspiring to see the impact these young-people have made in their communities at such a young age,” says Hall of Fame President, Eddie Webb. “We are honored to have them associated with the Hall of Fame and it’s Education Foundation.”

 

The Hall of Fame would like to thank our sponsors for this year’s Student Athlete Achievement Awards; ADS Management Group, Mike Duman Auto Sales, Davenport and Company, Riesbeck Contracting, Towne Investment Group, Davcon Inc., and All-Star Photobooth.

 

2018 Student Athletes of the Year

 

Cayla Katz – The senior from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, VA is a three sport star, and on-track to become a 12-time letter winner, with a 4.0628 GPA.  Katz has been named captain for her school’s cross-country, indoor track, and soccer teams. On the soccer pitch, Katz has been selected to the region and state Olympic Development Program Teams, while also serving as a representative from Cox at the Student Athlete Leadership Training program, sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach. Katz is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, National English Honor Society, as well as her school’s Science, Math, and Spanish Honor Societies. In addition to her contributions in the classroom, the track, and the field for Cox, Katz has volunteered her time and participated in numerous school organizations and clubs including Key Club, the school’s Advisory Board, Operation Smile Club, and the Cox High School Annual Leadership Workshop. Katz has also been an active Junior Volunteer with the Virginia Beach SPCA, accumulating over 100 volunteer hours. Upon graduation, Katz hopes to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering, or a related field.

Cassandra Watts – A four-sport athlete at York High School in Yorktown, VA, Watts currently has a 4.4 GPA, and has committed to play field hockey for Kent State University. Athletically, Watts has been named to the all-conference and all-region teams for both swimming and field hockey, and has achieved varsity status in both tennis and outdoor track and field. In the classroom, Watts has been named to the National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Science Honors Society, and has participated in her schools Key Club and SCA. Watts is making an impact in her community as well. She participates for a week every summer and throughout the school year with the Appalachian Service Project, and organization that helps take care of household repairs for those who may not be able to afford them. Watts also volunteers at St Luke’s United Methodist Church with activities such as homeless shelter food preparation, coaching youth basketball camps, mission work at retirement home, scripture reader at youth service.

 

Jason Kaiser, Jr.– Kaiser, a senior from Brooke Point High School in Stafford, VA has enjoyed an illustrious career as a two-sport star for the Black Hawks.  A member of the wrestling and baseball teams, Kaiser has been a state qualifier in wrestling, helping his team to back-to-back 5A Virginia State Wrestling Championships. Kaiser has achieved a GPA of 4.62, and has earned numerous awards for his academic excellence including the Virginia House of Delegates Academic Excellence Award, and being named a National High School Coaches Association All-American. Kaiser is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and founded and serves as President for the Future Conservative Leaders of America Club. A member of his school’s NJROTC program, Kaiser is currently the Battalion Executive Officer, and oversees more than 150 cadets in the program. Kaiser is a three-time recipient of the Honor Cadet and Outstanding NJROTC Cadet Award, and in 2018 he was awarded the Distinguished Cadet Award. Within his community, Kaiser has logged countless volunteer hours with the Semper Fi Fund’s Kid Camp at Outdoor Odyssey, the Special Olympics, and community cleanup efforts at Prince William Forest National Park, the Rappahannock River, and the Moncure Estates Homeowners Association. Kaiser will attend the United State Naval Academy, plans on receiving a military commission as a Marine Officer. Following his career in the US Military, he hopes to run for public office.

Cason Wilburn – From First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, VA, Wilburn is a two-time 6A state champion swimmer in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. The 2018 Virginian Pilot Male Swimmer of the Year, Wilburn has been named the Norfolk Sports Club Swimmer of the Year three times, and has been selected as an All-American in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle, in both 2017 and 2018. Checking in with a 4.33 GPA, Wilburn is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, and has been named a Scholastic Achievement Award three times, and the Brickell Scholar in 2018. In addition to his achievement in the classroom and in the pool at FCHS, Wilburn volunteers his time as a youth swim coach and instructor for USA Swimming, and the Boys and Girls Club. Wilburn is also very active in his church community at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. A qualifier for USA Swimming’s National Select Camp, Wilburn hopes to secure a place at the Olympic trials with the goal of representing his country in a future Olympic Games. Wilburn will be attending the University of Notre Dame on a swimming scholarship.