Thursday, May 17, 2012

Maritime Weekend June 1-3; Outstanding Youth Awards


Yorktown Maritime Weekend set for June 1-3 in Historic Yorktown
May 17, 2012
     Historic Yorktown will be full of waterfront activity Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3, as it kicks off three days of waterfront celebration.
     Yorktown, an affiliate port with OpSail 2012 Virginia, is the setting for Yorktown Maritime Weekend that Friday through Sunday at Riverwalk Landing.
     The weekend begins June 1 with free public tours of visiting tall ships theSpirit of Bermuda, Lynx and Jamestown Settlement's Godspeedat Riverwalk Landing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can also tour US Navy gunboats, USCG response boats and a US Army Tug. Additionally, static displays will be set up on Chischiack Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The evening will conclude with a free concert by "Doug Dunn and Island Style" highlighting the atmosphere and fun of island style Jimmy Buffett tunes at Riverwalk Landing from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
     The excitement continues June 2 with a maritime-themed Yorktown Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. featuring fresh market products, chef demonstrations, boat building demonstrations, fine arts and musical performances. Visitors can enjoy free public deck tours aboard the visiting tall ships and military boats/vessels from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. that evening. The static displays will be available from 2 to 7 p.m. A highlight event for Saturday will be the Parade of Sail along the York River from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy Parade of Sail music by the US Navy Band and The Fifes and Drums of York Town.  
     On June 3, events continue with free public tours of visiting tall ships and military boats/vessels as well as the static displays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conclusion of the event will include closing ceremonies, presentation of colors, and music performed by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at 5 p.m. 
     Throughout the weekend, don't miss out on the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. day sails or enjoy a sunset sail (tickets required) on Yorktown's home ported ship, the Schooner Alliance.  Additionally, visitors can obtain information on other public sails aboard visiting tall ship, the Lynx,(tickets required) on Saturday and Sunday. 
     The Watermen's Museum will host a variety of events and activities on Saturday and Sunday to include maritime living history exhibits, firing & naval drill demonstrations, construction and interpretation of Gun Boat HENRY, and light food and beverages will be available in the colonial tavern tent.  
     This event is freeand co-sponsored by the Yorktown Tall Ships Committee and York County. Public parking will be available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace on Water Street, York Hall, County Administration Building and Courts and Offices parking lots on Ballard Street. . 
     Yorktown Trolley transportation will be provided all weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The trolley will run its normal route stopping at several locations throughout town. The Yorktown Trolley is handicapped accessible.  
     No rain dates are scheduled for the weekend events. In the event weather conditions pose a threat, please call the York County event weather hotline for the most current information at 890-3520. For directions to Yorktown and a more detailed schedule of events, visit Specific inquiries may be addressed by calling 890-3500. For more information about events and celebrations during OpSail 2012 Virginia™, visit


Rose Mulherin wins Youth Award for Overall Achievement
May 17, 2012
     Grafton High School senior Rose Mulherin received the 2012 Outstanding Youth Award for Overall Achievement from the York County Board of Supervisors.
     Rose epitomizes excellence and outstanding achievement with her numerous accomplishments and superior performance in a wide variety of pursuits. Academically, she is ranked third in her class with a 4.63 grade point average in a demanding curriculum; she has earned Highest Academic Honors each year and straight A's since her freshman year; she has earned membership into the National and Spanish Honor Societies, as well as the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society; and she has received the distinction of being named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
     In terms of leadership and service, Rose has led and helped to organize various service projects and tutoring through her positions as President of Grafton's National Honor Society this year, President of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society the past two years, and Vice President of the Spanish Honor Society this year; was named Grafton's Senior of the Month last November; earned the Girl Scout's Golf Award last year when she created a two-week math camp for the Virginia Air and Space Center's camp; has served as President, Vice President and Secretary for her Senior Girl Scout's Troop; has served as a Special Olympics Soccer and Softball Coach the past three years; served this year as one of the assistant coaches for the Grafton Middle School Girl's Basketball Team.
     Rose's athletic achievements include: receiving the Paul Kirby Sportsmanship Award as a junior, one of the two highest athletic awards given at Grafton; playing JV Soccer her freshman year and serving as the team's captain her sophomore year while lettering with the Varsity Soccer Team the past two years and earning the team's Sportsmanship Award as a junior; starting all four years on the Varsity Basketball Team, on which she was named captain for the past three years and was named First Team All District and First Team All Region the past two years and also earning Bay Rivers District Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All State this year.
     "Rose is a stellar student, but even more remarkable is the person Rose is," said nominator and AP U.S. History Teacher Jamie Jacobsen. "She is a team player. Rose sees that she can extend herself to help others and is happy to do this. I don't know where she finds the time, not just to do all of these activities but also to excel in them, but she absolutely does."


Danielle Woolston wins Outstanding Youth Award for Compassion
May 17, 2012
     Grafton High School senior Danielle Woolston received the 2012 Outstanding Youth Award for Compassion from the York County Board of Supervisors.
     Danielle is widely admired and respected for her sincere compassion and concern for others, as evidenced by her more than 500 hours of community service. She has been active in such programs as the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter's "Change Bandit" program where she encouraged area schools to collect spare change to donate to the hospital. She has volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, served almost 300 volunteer hours as an athletic trainer at Grafton, and volunteers yearly with her family in support of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.
     Danielle also serves on the worship team at Water's Edge Church and volunteers each summer at Northside Christian Church's vacation bible school. She also participated in their summer mission trip to Ohio where she painted houses, cleaned yards and befriended the elderly. The summer after her sophomore year she volunteered in Bogota, Columbia, where she helped work at an orphanage and cleaned and painted a school following storm damage. She has also served as Grafton's Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Captain for the past two years, helping to collect over 5,000 pounds of food and more than $1,800 in cash to support local food banks.
     Danielle's compassion is also demonstrated on a personal level. She was deeply moved by the passing of one of her friends, Holly Shapiro, who died last July from complications of leukemia. To keep Holly's memory alive and help support Holly's family, Danielle set out to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by advertising the society's annual Light the Night walk. She also organized the sale of spirit links during homecoming week and spearheaded a project to sell "Team Holly" t-shirts in school, all of which resulted in the Grafton High School community donating $1,200 in Holly's name to the society.
     "Danielle is a strong role model," said nominator and FCA co-sponsor Jared Van Acker. Her many hours of community service "were not completed to fatten up her college resume, but because she enjoys giving her time and talents to others who may be less fortunate."


Drew Bentley wins Outstanding Youth Award for Courage
May 17, 2012
     Grafton High School senior Drew Bentley received the 2012 Outstanding Youth Award for Courage from the York County Board of Supervisors.
     As a young, bright, sports-minded 15-year-old, Drew began experiencing acute joint pain and was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a progressive arthritis and chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the vertebrae and can result in severe pain and stiffness of the spine, knees, hips, ribs and shoulder joints. There is currently no medical cure for the disease, which can frequently produce episodes of excruciating pain, as well as nausea and fatigue.
     Drew was suddenly confronted with the numbing physical, mental and emotional challenges of coping with this disease and its uncertain prognosis. His recommended medical treatment now includes a strict regimen of IV infusions every six weeks, a weekly injection Drew administers himself, and taking numerous pills each day in the hope of slowing the rate of the disease's symptoms and effects.
     Drew's doctors encouraged him to stay active, since regular exercise and movement is beneficial for his joints. Rather than letting this obstacle overwhelm him, Drew quietly determined from the outset to face his challenges head on and work to pursue his goals. Drew has excelled academically, is a member of the National Honor Society, was named Grafton's Senior of the Month last December, and has volunteered in a variety of school-sponsored service projects such as food drives, the Toys for Tots program, and the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's "Think Pink Day." Through his treatment plan, Drew has also continued to play lacrosse and football, where he has been a four-year letterman on Grafton's Varsity team and played as a starting Offensive Guard this year.
     "If you did not know that Drew had this disease, you wouldn't know it by meeting him either," said one of his nominators and Grafton's Fellowship of Christian Athletes co-sponsor Deborah Wright. "He does not allow others to treat him differently, nor does he ask for special treatment, but fights through this with courage. He is a determined young man who has been a strong role model for many and who truly believes that all things are possible."


Eddie Kuster wins Outstanding Youth Award for Community Service
May 17, 2012
     York High School junior Eddie Kuster received the 2012 Outstanding Youth Award for Community Service from the York County Board of Supervisors.
     Eddie has consistently demonstrated a genuine desire and commitment to serve others, and makes the time to do so in spite of his demanding academic schedule at York High, where he has earned a 4.2 grade point average. Eddie is active in several national honor societies and on York's Varsity Scholastic Academic Challenge Team and swims competitively on both York's varsity and the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins swim teams.
     Despite all this, Eddie has still found the time to donate almost 600 hours of his time to others. He has collected money for leukemia patients, supported needy children, participated in a blood drive, raised funds in support of those with diabetes, worked at the Virginia Special Olympics Swim Meet and volunteered every summer with the York County Public Library. He is also an Eagle Scout who has served as both a Senior Patrol Leader and a Troop Guide.
     Ever since the summer before his 9th grade year, Eddie has volunteered as a 4H-Peer Teacher at the Yorktown Victory Center, where he serves as an 18th Century Costumed Interpreter working at the military encampment. In this role, Eddie teaches visitors about life as a Continental Soldier, including demonstrating how to fire a flint-lock musket, using flint and steel to start fires, and giving colonial medicine demonstrations.
     "Eddie is a great all-around kid, always polite, always cordial, always willing to help others," said his York High Principal Antonia Fox. "He's just a very solid person and citizen."

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