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Halifax County High School honors 181 students

Talent comes in bunches as evidenced by the 181 Halifax County High School students honored Monday at the annual All-Star reception for both academic and athletic achievements.

Halifax County High School seniors Matthew Ballou, Brian W. Brooks, Jessie T. Glass and Mikeala J. Skelton were named Four-Time All Stars during the reception. 

The quartet of Four-Time All-Stars were recognized for their accomplishments from the ninth grade through their senior year and were presented silver, engraved bowls for their outstanding work during their tenure at HCHS.

Ballou had perfect SOL scores in earth and world geography in 2009, a perfect SOL score in world history in 2010, perfect SOL scores in English 11-reading/literature/research and biology in 2011 and a perfect SOL score in chemistry in 2012.

He was an all-district cast member in the One Act Play in 2010 and was all-regional selection in Drama in 2011.

Brooks achieved a perfect SOL score in world geography in 2009, a perfect SOL score in earth science in 2010 and a perfect SOL score in World History II in 2011.

He achieved a perfect SOL score in Virginia and U.S. History (Part B) in 2012, was a candidate for 2012 first-year studies certificate and was 4-H Teen Honor Club president.

Glass was Corona Olivae in 2009 in the Medusa Mythology Exam.  In 2010, he won the FFA Outstanding Greenhand Degree and won first place as part of the FFA Parliamentary Procedure team.

In 2011, Glass achieved a perfect SOL score in biology, and he was a candidate for 2012 First Year Studies Certificate.

Skelton placed first in Dolls and second in Modern Myth at the VJCL Convention for the Latin Club in 2009, and she won a bronze medal in the national mythology exam competition that same year.

She placed first in cartoons in 2010 at the VJCL Convention, and in 2011 she placed first in watercolor and first in storytelling at the VJCL Convention while also winning a silver medal in the national mythology exam competition.

In 2012, Skelton achieved a perfect SOL score in English-writing, served as consul (president) for the Latin Club and won a silver medallion in the national mythology exam competition.

Nine Three-Time All-Stars were recognized Monday evening, including Kate Bane, Cary Carrington, Miles Claiborne, Michael Good, Parth Patel, Kataijah Rogers, Julia Scott, Dillon Wazeka and Andrea Wright.

The annual All-Star awards ceremony honors students for exceptional academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments and is one of the largest events at the school honoring outstanding students for their achievements.

Halifax County High School Principal Albert Randolph presided over the event, and Halifax County Public Schools Superintendent Paul Stapleton was the guest speaker.

For a full list of the 181 students honored, pick up the print edition of The Gazette-Virginian or subscriber to Digital GV.