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Spotlight on Stonewall Jackson High School

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Isabelle Krieger

Valedictorian, Isabelle Krieger  

Isabelle Krieger, valedictorian of Stonewall Jackson High School, was inspired by the enthusiasm of her French teacher to realize that speaking French is more than just learning a language. “Monsieur has altered my perception of the language,” said Krieger. “I began to realize that learning was forming bonds with people halfway across the world, people who could add vitality to my life if only I learn to communicate in their native tongue.” This teacher has inspired Krieger to become a teacher of English as a Second Language.

Extracurricular Activities:

Spirit of Stonewall Marching Band – Drum Major (3 years)
Tri-M Music Honor Society – Secretary and Vice President
National Honor Society – Service Coordinator
French Honor Society – Secretary and President
National English Honor Society – President
Science Honor Society
Math Honor Society
Ecology Club
Peer Diversity
Key Club

Academic Achievements and Honors:
Student of the Year in IB English – grades 9-12
Student of the Year in IB Biology – grade 11
Student of the Year in IB French – grades 9 and 11
Student of the Year in Music – grades 9-11
Student of the Year in IB History – grade 12
International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate
Summa cum Laude scholar
William and Mary Leadership Award
National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Student
All-State Symphonic Band on Bb clarinet – grades 10-12
Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for the Performing Arts and Humanities for clarinet performance
ALA Auxiliary Virginia Girl’s State Delegate

Community Involvement:
Volunteered at the House of Mercy thrift store for three years
Assisted SERVE by helping to cook meals and serve them to people in need
Caroling at various retirement homes with fellow band members to spread holiday cheer
Volunteered to serve dinner to the homeless
Volunteered to watch over elementary school students at school event nights
Participated in Relay for Life

Schools Attended:
Stonewall Middle

College plans:
Krieger deferred entrance to attend Vanderbilt University for one year to volunteer as an AmeriCorps member in Washington, DC as a part of the City Year program. When she enrolls at Vanderbilt she plans to study education and French.

Ryan Klein

Valedictorian, Ryan Klein

Stonewall Jackson High School valedictorian Ryan Klein sums up his experiences at Stonewall with the saying, ‘Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover.’ When he was in middle school, he was one of the only people in his group of friends who chose to attend Stonewall Jackson High School instead of Patriot and that meant that high school was a fresh start for him. “I tried not to judge Stonewall preemptively and made the tough decision to just give it a try,” stated Klein. Shortly after arriving, he started to see what Stonewall had to offer and he took full advantage by joining the lacrosse team, trying out for and being selected for Chamber Orchestra, and joining the Ecology Club, among other things. His pride in graduating from Stonewall is evident. “I believe that my education here has been the best it could possibly be. It has prepared me for the rigorous academic program I will have at the University of Virginia this fall and I am so grateful for that,” said Klein.

Extracurricular Activities:
Spanish Honor Society
National Honor Society
Ecology Club – Recycling Coordinator

Academic Achievements and Honors:
International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate
Summa cum Laude Scholar
Pre-IB Spanish II Student of the Year
IB Spanish IV Student of the Year
First chair cellist in Chamber Orchestra – grades 10-12
JV Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete – grade 9
Varsity Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete – grades 10-12
All-County Orchestra
NSOA Orchestra Award
#1 rank in class – grades 11-12

Community Involvement:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Youth Group
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Summer Work Camps
SummerQuest Volunteer at Bull Run Library
IB Program events
Back-to-School Night Volunteer

Schools Attended:
Victory Elementary
Gainesville Middle

College plans:
This fall, Klein is attending the University of Virginia and plans to study business and psychology.

Ariel Macaranas

Valedictorian, Ariel Macaranas  

Ariel Macaranas, Stonewall Jackson valedictorian, said the most important experience she had was making new friends at Stonewall her freshman year. On the shy side, she had to step out of her comfort zone, and as she says, “I slowly but surely made friends. I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by the friends that I have, as they have supported and motivated me to the very end.”

Extracurricular Activities:
Peer Diversity Club – President
Key Club
Ecology Club
Creative Writing Club, Literary Magazine
Cross Country Varsity Team

Academic Achievements and Honors:
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Certificate
International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate
National Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society – Historian
English Honor Society
Summa cum Laude Scholar

Community Involvement:
Key Club service projects in the community
Ellis Elementary School – volunteer
Volunteered as a Buddy for the Miss Ability Pageant
Coordinated a drive for baby items to support the Playtime Project in Washington, D.C.

Schools Attended:
Pennington Traditional School

College plans:
Macaranas will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall and plans on studying political science, international relations, or pre-med track to be a pediatrician.

Valedictorian, Arianna Mortensen

Arianna Mortensen, Stonewall Jackson High School valedictorian, recounts two important lessons she learned while at Stonewall. The first is to explore who you are and to not let others bring you down. The second is to always ask questions. “I can’t count the number of people who have tried to put a damper on my enthusiasm for learning and life itself because I am so interested in what we are doing,” explains Mortensen enthusiastically.

Extracurricular Activities:

Ecology Club
National Honor Society
Science National Honor Society – President
Math National Honor Society – President
Stonewall Jackson High School Swim Team

Academic Achievements and Honors:
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Biology Student of the Year
Art Student of the Year
Swim Varsity Letter
International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Sciences Junior Student of the Year
International Baccalaureate Math SL Student of the Year
Summa cum Laude Scholar

Community Involvement:
Ecology Club hikes
Ecology Club recycling
Volunteer for National Honor Society events
Tutoring as a part of the Science National Honor Society
Tutoring as a part of the Math National Honor Society

Schools Attended:
Victory Elementary
Gainesville Middle

College plans:
Mortenson will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall and plans to study biological sciences, pre-veterinary sciences, and art.

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