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Chase Ford, Millbrook High School

Chase Ford is a senior at Millbrook High School, where he has distinguished himself as a student-athlete. He boasts a three-year tenure on the Varsity basketball team and has been a member of the varsity baseball team for four years, starting in the outfield for three of those seasons. He has received 1st team All-Northwestern District and receipt of All-Region 4D honors for his contributions to the basketball team. On the baseball diamond, Ford has been a consistent three-year starter in the outfield, earning recognition with All-District and All-Area Honors during his sophomore year, followed by another standout season in which he was named 1st team All Northwestern District and received All-Region 4D honors as a junior. Additionally, Chase Ford maintains an exceptional academic record, boasting a 4.0 GPA. His dedication and talent have been recognized by Bridgewater College, where he has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the collegiate level.

McKenna Newcome, James Wood High School

McKenna Newcome has earned 4 varsity letters at James Wood High School in soccer. Prior to a medical condition this year, she has been the starting attacking center midfielder for the Colonels since freshman year accumulating 57 goals and 56 assists. As a Freshman, McKenna was named to the All-Region 2nd team. Sophomore year, she was named the Winchester Star Girls Soccer Player of the Year, District Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year, and 2nd Team All-State. As captain during her junior year, she was recognized as Winchester Star All-Area 1st Team, District Player of the year, Region Co-Player of the Year, 1st Team All-State, Colonels team MVP and helped lead her team to both their district championship and first-ever. state tournament berth. As a junior, she also earned the title of James Wood’s All-Time Assist Leader. While the beginning of her senior season has been impacted by her medical diagnosis, she continues to lead/inspire her team as captain from the sidelines. Along with high school, McKenna has balanced playing travel soccer for the ECNL Loudoun Soccer Club in Leesburg, VA, where she accumulated accolades within her conference (National Selection Games in FL and NJ, All-Conference 1st and 2nd teams). She has worked hard to maintain her academic standing at the very top of her class with a current GPA of 4.4 as well as attending Mountain Vista Governor’s School. She is a member of Key Club & the National Honor Society. McKenna has signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent with Marshall University to play soccer in the fall.

Emmanuel Lusca, John Handley High School 

Manno Lusca, a senior at John Handley High School, earned 9 varsity letters (3 Football, 3 Indoor Track, 3 Track).  He was a three-year starter for the Judges on the gridiron.  His senior year he led the Judges to the Class 4 Northwestern District Football Championship; winning the Barr-Lindon Crimson Apple along the way.  The Winchester Star’s Offensive Player of the Year was second in the area with 1,344 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns and 108 points. He was named the Class 4 Northwestern District’s Offensive MVP and made First Team All-Region 4D and All-District as a linebacker and running back.  As a track athlete, Manno competed in the 55m and 4×200 relay in Indoor Track and the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay in Outdoor Track winning multiple District, Region, and State honors.  He is a member of the Black Student Union and the Varsity Club.  Manno has a 3.3 GPA and has signed a letter of intent with Emory & Henry College to play football. 

Elisa Velasquez, Shenandoah University

Elise Velasquez has played field hockey at Shenandoah University since 2020 appearing in 66 games and making 59 starts.  Elise has been a stalwart on the defensive side of the ball, earning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Defensive Player of the Year for the last two seasons.  Elise has been recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) for her outstanding play as a Third-Team All-American.  Elise has also earned NFHCA All-Region honors three times and Elise has also earned NFHCA academic honors on the National Academic Squad.  The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) has recognized Elise with All-State honors twice.  Elise’s leadership is evident as she has been a team captain for the last three seasons and Velasquez and her team have compiled a 54-13 record over her time as a Hornet.  Elise is an exercise science and business major at Shenandoah and has a 3.894 GPA and will be back for her Covid year working towards a master’s degree at Shenandoah.  

Jaclyn Grace Clark, Warren County High School

Jaclyn Grace Clark has earned 7 varsity letters at Warren County High School in Soccer and Basketball. She has been a 4-year starter for the Varsity Basketball team, and a 3-year starter for the Varsity Soccer team. She has played AAU basketball for 8 years and Soccer for 6 years. She served as the Varsity Basketball Team Captain for 2 years and was named the Most Valuable Player for both her Junior & Senior Years. She was selected to Northwestern District 1st teams as both a Junior & Senior, Region 3B 2nd team as a Junior, and Region 3B 1st Team as a Senior. She was named the Warren County Soccer Defensive Player of the Year and earned All District and Regional Honors. Jaclyn earned the Northern Virginia Daily All Area Team in both Soccer and Basketball for multiple years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Warren County Athletics Student Council, and the Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Jaclyn has a GPA of 3.9 and has received an offer to play basketball at Randolph Macon College and has also been accepted to Virginia Tech and James Madison University.

Aidan Vaught, Skyline High School

Aidan Vaught has earned 5 varsity letters at Skyline High School (4 football/1 basketball). He will earn a 6th varsity letter for outdoor track at the end of the season. Aidan was a 4-year varsity starter in football and captain of the team his junior and senior years.   Aidan’s freshman year, he was selected 1st team All-Area and All-District kick returner and 2nd team All-Region kick returner. Aidan’s sophomore year, he was selected 1st team All-Area running back, 1st team All-District running back and kick returner and 2nd team All-region running back. Aidan’s junior year, he was selected 1st team All-Area offensive all purpose and punt returner, 2nd Team All-Area defensive back,1st Team All District offensive all purpose, kick returner and punt returner, 2nd team All- district defensive back, 1st team All-Region offensive all purpose, kick returner and punt returner, 2nd team All-State kick returner and punt returner. Aidan’s senior year he was selected 1st Team All-Area running back, 2nd Team All-Area punt returner, 1st Team All-District running back and kick returner, 1st Team All-Region running back and 2nd Team All-Region punt returner.   Aidan is the current record holder at Skyline High School for career rushing yards, kick return yards, punt return yards, career all-purpose yards, career touchdowns, and single game rushing yards. Aidan also holds several weightroom records at Skyline High School. Aidan was voted Offensive Player of the Year by his teammates his sophomore, junior, and senior years.  Aidan rushed for 452 yards on 26 carries with 5 touchdowns in our win vs. Meridian High School (34-20) in October 2023. That ranks him as the 8th most rushing yards in VHSL history in a single game.  Aidan has a 3.3 GPA. He plans to attend Ferrum College to continue his football and academic career majoring in Business Management.

Will Booker, Clarke County High School

Will Booker has earned 8 varsity letters at Clarke County High School (3 football/3 basketball/2 track) He has been a 3-year starter at the cornerback position and a 2-year starter at the running back/wingback position in football. In his 3 years playing varsity football, he has earned 1st Team Bull-Run District and 1st Team All Region 2B cornerback all 3 years. His junior year he received, 1st Team All Bull-Run and 1st Team and All Region 2B at the running back position. Will’s senior season he was awarded 1st Team All-State at cornerback in the Class 2 division. Will Booker was elected 1st Team Defense in the Winchester Star all 3 years of varsity football. In Basketball, Will has been a 3-year starter at the varsity level and earned 1st Team Bull-Run, 1st Team All Region, and 1st Team All Area in the Winchester Star his junior year. In his senior year he received, 2nd Team Bull-Run District and 1st Team All Region 2B. He ran track his sophomore year and placed 3rd in High Jump in Regionals his sophomore year and has placed top 3 in many invitationals in the 2022 season. He was also a part of the 4×1 team that year. He is now in his senior season for track and plans to earn even more medals in his events than he did his sophomore year.  In the weight room, Will has earned the Iron Eagle award which is lifting over 1200 combined pounds within bench, squat and hang clean.   Will has a GPA of 3.677 and plans to go to a college of his choice in the fall of 2024.

Dylan McGraw, Sherando High School

Dylan McGraw has accumulated a total of 11 varsity letters across Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track while at Sherando High School.  For the last two years, Dylan has been designated as a Team Captain. He concluded his high school cross country career with the second-fastest time ever for Sherando, earning All-State Honors with a 5th place finish at the 2023 VHSL Class 4 Cross Country State Championship. In addition, Dylan secured All-State Honors once again at the 2024 VHSL Class 4 Indoor Track State Championship, with a 6th place finish in the 1600m run and contributing to a new school record as the anchor of the 4x800m relay team, which also placed 6th. His performances have earned top-ranking positions on the Sherando All-Time Indoor Track list. He holds the #1 time for the 3200m run and the 2nd fastest time in the 1600m run. Dylan was named the 2023 NVDaily Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year and earned Winchester Star All-Area First Team Honors in 2022 and 2023. 
Dylan has a 3.3 GPA and has committed to University of Lynchburg and will compete in Cross Country, Indoor Track & Outdoor Track.

Gaven Vaughn, Mountain View Christian Academy

Gaven Vaughn has earned 8 varsity letters as a senior at Mountain View Christian Academy (1 cross country, 1 soccer, 3 baseball, and 3 basketball). He has been a captain of the basketball team the past 2 years, baseball last year, and soccer this year. In his sophomore year, he earned the Coach’s Award for baseball and was the Male Scholar-Athlete of the year. During his junior year, he achieved the Coach’s Award for cross country and Leadership Award for baseball. As a senior he earned the Winchester Star spotlight for soccer. Gaven has been a 3-year starter at shortstop for baseball and a 2-year starter for basketball. He has a 4.0 GPA and intends to join the Air Force this fall. 

Lillian Blevins, Legacy Christian Academy

Lillian Blevins a standout senior at Legacy Christian Academy. Lillian was 4-year player on both varsity basketball and volleyball teams.  She served as the basketball captain during her junior year. She has is a member of the National Honor Society. Lillian’s integrity and character earned her the esteemed Good Character Award and the honor of Homecoming Queen. In addition to her commitments at Legacy, Lillian channels her artistic passion through ballet at Rhythm Studio.  Lillian has a 4.0 GPA.  She has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholarship to Cedarville University, a testament to her academic achievements, leadership qualities, and potential for future success.

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