In recent years, organizers of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® have continued to build the “program within the program” that is the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast Student Honors. These prestigious recognitions are presented each year to deserving students from local high schools, private schools and Shenandoah University; students who not only achieve success on the playing field and in the classroom; but, also exhibit obvious qualities of leadership. These students and their parents are invited to attend the perennially sold-out Sports Breakfast; mix and mingle with celebrities like Cal Ripken (2016), Hines Ward (2017), and Richard Petty (2018); and, receive their awards from these sports legends. As is its custom, the Festival is trying to build indelible memories even as it strives to entertain. This year’s nominees are as follows:
School: Clarke County High School
Parents: Nancy and Dave Juday
Career and Life Highlights: A three-sport athlete, Eamon is a four-year Class 2A State finalist swimmer, two-time Bull Run District Champion, and school record holder in the 100-yard butterfly. His senior year he also lead the Winchester Star area with the fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle. He is a three-year varsity letter winner in football and was team captain his senior year, earning second-team All-Bull-Run-District honors his junior and senior years as an all-purpose defensive player, and honorable mention Winchester Star All-Area as a linebacker. Eamon currently is a member of the varsity baseball team, where he also earned letters in his sophomore and junior years and was named second-team Winchester Star All-Area as a junior. In the classroom, Eamon has a 3.8 GPA, and is dual-enrolled in Clarke County High School and Lord Fairfax Community College. Throughout high school he has been a member and volunteer in 4H.
School: John Handley High School
Parents: Kim and Jeff Beard
Career and Life Highlights: Tayler has achieved tremendous athletic success, winning seven state titles in track and field: four indoor high jump titles, two outdoor high jump titles, and one indoor triple jump title. She was twice All-American at the New Balance National Indoor Meet. Her jump at Nationals is the best jump for a Virginia girl…indoors…ever. She was All-District twice in basketball and All-Region once. In 2018, Taylor was the Winchester Star Athlete of the Year. Taylor is also a proven teammate and leader. Taylor is positive and encouraging of her teammates; and, she works hard to “set the bar high” for everyone she meets.
School: Mountain View Christian Academy
Parents: Ginger and Kevin Anderson
Career and Life Highlights: Kooper has maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout his high school career. While at Mountain View, he played both varsity baseball and basketball. His accomplishments in basketball include earning 3 NCSAA first team all-tournament awards. In baseball, he has been a three-time NACA 1st Team All American. In both sports, he has earned MVP honors for multiple seasons. Kooper enjoys hunting and fishing.
School: James Wood High School
Parents: Susie and Clay Grove
Career and Life Highlights: GPA/Academics: 4.06; Northwestern District All-Academic 10,11,12; Class Officer, SCA Rep – 10,11,12; Member of National Honor Society; Football: Lettered as a junior and senior; Northwestern District All-Academic – 11,12; Indoor Track and Field – 12; Lettered (2019); Team Captain (2019); FCPS Student Athlete of the Month – January 2019; Shot Put: 2ndin Northwestern District Meet (2019); 5thin Region 4C Meet (2019); 2ndall-time for indoor shot at James Wood with a mark of 46’ 6” (2019); Outdoor Track and Field: JV- 9 Varsity-10,11,12; Lettered as a sophomore and junior; James Wood Athletic Association Most Outstanding Field Athlete (2018); Shot Put: PR: 45’ 1” (2018); 6thin Region 4C Meet (2018); Discus: PR: 162’ 8” (2018); School Record Holder in Discus; Northwestern District Champion (2018); Region 4C Champion (2018); 3rdplace at 4A State Meet (2018); All State Honors (2018); Winchester Star All Area team (2018).
School: Millbrook High School
Parents: Kellie Cox-Philyaw and Thomas Philyaw
Career and Life Highlights: Kaycee Cox-Philyaw is currently a senior at Millbrook High School. She was born on January 22nd, 2001, in Fauquier, Virginia to her parents Kellie Cox-Philyaw and Thomas Philyaw. She has two older brothers: Tyler and Matthew. She attended Sacred Heart Academy from preschool to 1stgrade, and then, from 2ndto 5thgrade, she attended Redbud Run Elementary. She then attended James Wood Middle School where she began her running career in 6thgrade as a manager for both the cross country and track teams. Before she started running competitively, she did Irish dancing, gymnastics, and baseball. In 7thgrade, she started competing in both cross country and track. At Millbrook High School, she continued her running career and also began to run indoor track her freshman year. Her current GPA is a 4.02. She will be attending William and Mary next year where she plans on studying computer science and continuing her athletic career.
School: Shenandoah University
Parent: Lamair Wilkerson
Career and Life Highlights: As a senior: named to ODK national leadership honor society… earned ODAC Track Athlete of the Week honors on December 10 after posting a 7.99 seconds in the 60 meter dash at the CNU Holiday Open… the time is the best in the league and 21st nationally… earned a second honor after winning the 200 and finishing second in the 60 meters at the Collegeville Open on January 19… her 200 time is 19th in the nation… earned All-ODAC honors indoors in both the 60 meters and 200 meters… was the league’s 200 meter champion… earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors indoors in the 60 meters and the 200 meters… earned All-America honors in the 200 meters after qualifying for the finals with the seventh best time… finished eighth in the finals. As a freshman: earned second eam All-ODAC honors at the 2016 indoor championships in the 60 and 200 meter dashes… named All-Region in the 200 meters… grabbed All-ODAC accolades outdoors in both the 100 and 200.
School: Sherando High School
Parents: Lindsay and Doug Entsminger
Career and Life Highlights: Hunter Entsminger has had a very successful high school athletic career and is currently committed to play baseball at JMU. In baseball, Hunter has been a two-year captain, four-year starter, and earned four varsity letters. He has been selected to 2ndTeam All-Region along with 1stTeam and 2ndTeam All-District. He has been recognized as 1stTeam All-Area twice and 2ndTeam All-Area once. In football, Hunter has been just as successful. He was a team captain, four-year varsity letter winner, and three-year starter. He was named 2ndTeam All-State, Region Player of the Year, and 1stTeam All-Region twice. Hunter was selected District Player of the Year twice along with two 1stTeam All-District selections. He was the two-time Winchester Star Player of the Year, Northern Virginia Daily Player of the year, and was a three-time selection for First-Team All-Area. Hunter also excelled in the classroom earning three Northwestern District All-Academic Awards for maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA while lettering in a varsity sport.