Jessica Farthing Memorial Scholarship
The Jessica Marcelle Farthing Memorial scholarship is presented by the Farthing Family in memory of their daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. Jessica grew up in Centreville, graduated from Centreville High School in 2000, and from George Mason University (GMU), Cum Laude, in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Her academic pursuits resulted in earning an Academic Letter in high school, the Chancellor’s Academic Award at UNC-Wilmington, and the Outstanding Senior Award by the Psychology Department at GMU. Jessica intended to return to school to become a clinical psychologist to help people in need before she was killed in a car accident. This scholarship is provided to a Mountain View senior to honor Jessica’s memory and her desire to help those in need of support. Each graduation the scholarship committee identifies the candidate who completes the selection process for the Academic Scholarships with the highest composite score.
One of Jamie’s most influential teachers was Mrs. Culik, “Jamie was a student of mine for a year before she became my nanny/babysitter. She was a great role model for the other students. She was extremely hardworking, did everything I asked her too with a positive attitude, and was well-liked by her peers.' Jamie received the School Board Character Award for all of Fairfax County Public Schools the year she graduated. Jamie has continued to excel in academics. She is now working on her Early Childhood Education Degree at George Mason University, and she did an internship at Mountain View last year.
Reynaldo Gonzalez Martinez truly cares about learning. He has shown this in ALL of the 25 courses he has completed over the last 3 ½ years. Reynaldo came to Mt. View as a level 2 ESOL student with no high school credits. He had been out of school for 10 years. He was basically on his own in the United States and completely self-driven to get his education. He was an overwhelming success! He has earned 12 academic awards while at Mt. View and was selected as a student representative to the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. He earned a 3.63 grade point average and plans on studying auto mechanics at Northern Virginia Community College. He is also a true gentlemen and a very deserving winner of the Farthing family’s academic scholarship.
A scholar is defined as ‘a learned or erudite person, especially one who has a profound knowledge of a particular subject.’ Douglas Samukai fits this definition. The preparation and hard work he invests into his learning process is evident in his performance across all subjects. He shows a lot of initiative and his self-motivation constantly pushes him to do his best. He is the only person to get a pass advanced on the Algebra 1 SOL over the past 2 years; he also received a 600 on the Algebra 2 SOL, and an almost perfect 598 on his World History SOL. In his scholarship essay, he wrote “Hard work and preparation produces excellent performance…the more you work at something, the better you become at doing it.” Great lessons for a future civil engineer. The Farthing Family is pleased to present him with Jessica’s scholarship.
When Timothy Choo first came to Mountain View he was surprised at how much teachers and staff cared about students. Through these teachers he learned life lessons that helped him grow and improve as an individual. Ms. Carr taught him to love English and helped him acquire the academic skills he would need to no longer fear college, but embrace it, knowing that he was well prepared for its challenges. Mr. Trotman taught him the importance of hard work – that there are no true shortcuts in life, but if you put in the work you get it back tenfold. His teacher recommendations were replete with words and phrases such as “model student”, “superstar”, “extremely bright” and “outstanding”, unusual descriptors for a student who claims to have never taken school seriously before Mountain View. The lessons Timothy learned here will serve him well as he begins Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall as an English major, the first step in his path to law school and realizing the potential he found during his time at Mountain View.