Get Schooled: YCSD Honors May Seniors of the Month is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Get Schooled IanThe York County School Division recognizes one senior from each of the division’s four high schools during the school year for their exceptional achievements in academics and community involvement for the Senior of the Month Award.

The York County School Board recognized May’s outstanding seniors at its meeting May 18.

The YCSD Seniors of the Month for May are:

Kayla Copeman, Bruton High School

Copeman has stood out as a leader at Bruton High School, serving as the senior class vice president 2015 vice president of Panther SCA and president of the chemistry honor society. She is also an accomplished athlete for Bruton, playing for four years on the school’s varsity field hockey team and serving as team captain this year. Copeman has also excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.42 GPA and receiving high academic honors each year at Bruton. In her free time, Copeman volunteers with Sentara and CHKD, and plans to attend Lynchburg College in the fall of 2015.


Megan Crow, Tabb High School

Crow has shined as a scholar at Tabb High School, earning a 4.57 GPA, ranking in the top 4 percent of her class and gaining induction to four honor societies. She was also named a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar. Crow is also a leader at her school, serving on the Student Council Executive Board and attending Virginia Girls State. Crow has also had success on the field, playing three varsity sports and earning first team all-conference honors in cross country. Her achievements have earned her the DAR Good Citizen award and the York County Youth Commission’s Outstanding Youth-Overall Acievement award.


Hyeon-U “Daniel” Kang, Grafton High School

Kang has excelled academically at Grafton High School, earning a 4.89 GPA and gaining induction to the National Honor Society and the math honor society. Kang has a passion for mathematics and computers, demonstrated by his team’s first place victory at the Christopher Newport University Math Competition and first-place showing at the Great Computer Challenge at Old Dominion University. Kang is also a successful athlete, playing on Grafton’s tennis team for four years and earning the most improved and most valuable player awards. He plans to attend the College of William & Mary as a Monroe Scholar in the fall of 2015.


Elizabeth Ruzicka, York High School

Ruzicka has had success in the classroom at York High School, earning induction to the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and the mathematics honor society. She is an active member of many clubs and organizations at York, including the Drama Club, and helped craft the International Baccalaureate Programme’s new student honor code. Outside of school, Ruzicka is involved with the Girl Scouts, attended the summer session of the Governor’s School for the Humanities, and was York’s Jefferson Scholar nominee. An outdoors enthusiast, Ruzicka spent last summer backpacking through Yosemite National Park as an Alcoa Scholar, working with the National Park Service on conservation efforts.


YCSD Employees Honored with Division Awards

Christina Majka (left) and Karen Neal-Shafer received honors from the York County School Division. (Courtesy York County School Division)
Christina Majka (left) and Karen Neal-Shafer received honors from the York County School Division. (Courtesy York County School Division)

The York County School Division recognized two teachers for their dedication to their schools and communities.

Tabb High School Teacher Christina Majka and Waller Mill Elementary School teacher Karen Neal-Shafer received high honors for their efforts inside and outside the classroom.

Majka was honored with the Superintendent’s Award to recognize her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for which she also honored by the Virginia Chapter of the CFF.

Neal-Shafer received the Spirit of Education Award, which goes to employees who embody the essence of public education. Neal-Shafer’s collaborative approach and connections to students and parents were also recognized.