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the developing community leaders award

The Developing Community Leaders Award is given to graduating seniors from Hanover’s public high schools who demonstrate strong leadership potential and a mindset of community betterment. Applicants must intend to continue their education at a two or four-year college or vocational training school. A team of reviewers assessed applicants on an essay response, an outside recommendation, their activities and community involvement, any employment to date, their academic performance, financial need and their interest or potential in leadership or business fields in hopes of gathering a full picture of the student. Recipients were selected through a two-phase review process.

Each of the six $1,000 scholarships listed below are made possible by the financial support of Camptown Charities and Foundation donors - we are so very grateful for their continued partnership.

The 2020 Developing Community Leaders Award recipients are:

Megan Brooks, Lee-Davis HS: Megan is an accomplished scholar and athlete whose application and recommendation show strong leadership skills, a desire to learn and the ability to grow.

Cady Cordle, Lee-Davis HS: Cady’s driven spirit, gift for collaboration and hope for a stronger community set her apart and will surely enable her future success.

Sofia Fischbach, Patrick Henry HS:Sofia is a motivated and entrepreneurially minded student. Her artistic ability and commitment to her studies is inspiring.

Kayla Maxey, Patrick Henry HS:Kayla is an outstanding scholar with a well-rounded set of interests. Her self-determination and natural leadership qualities are apparent and encouraging.

Sara Paige Mudd, Atlee HS: Sara Paige’s leadership abilities and creativity, on and off the stage, demonstrate an adaptable student who also cares for her community.

Tyler Waldman, Atlee HS: Tyler is already a leader within his DECA and volunteer efforts, and his interest in a business degree will unquestionably be pursued with the same energy and heart.

This year we hope to celebrate with students and their families at a summer event, as we have in previous years, though this will depend on the pandemic conditions. The Hanover Chamber Foundation congratulates all scholarship nominees and the 2020 recipients – we are fortunate to have so many outstanding students in our county!


Eligibility Open to graduating high school seniors who intend to continue their education in an accredited two or four-year college, university, junior college, or a vocational training school. Open to students who intend to pursue a business or leadership related field (such as business administration, marketing, political science or international relations) or have a personal interest in entrepreneurship. 

Career Counselor Contacts Atlee and Patrick Henry High Schools: Shannon P. Edwards > spedwards@hcps.usLee Davis and Hanover High Schools:  April Corbin  > ktaylor@hcps.us.


Atlee HS: Zachary Boyd Zachary’s interest in developing his own leadership skills, through DECA and as an Eagle Scout, and an understanding of the value of entrepreneurship demonstrate a well-rounded student who is also very attentive to his studies.

Hanover HS: Rachel Andrzejewski Rachel’s impressive academics, athleticism, and a well-written essay set her apart. The longevity and intensity of her participation in focused activities displays great commitment and time management. 

Lee-Davis HS: Ashlyn Doane Ashlyn is an accomplished scholar and athlete whose application and recommendation show strong leadership skills. Her ability to ask questions and desire for collaboration set her apart and will enable her future success.

Patrick Henry HS: Mary Holland Mary’s application demonstrates a motivated and entrepreneurial student who is committed to balancing her physical, mental and spiritual self. Her self-determination and awareness paired with an understanding of the importance of inclusion make her a natural leader.

Congratulations to these amazing students!


Atlee HS: Colin Donohue Colin’s application shows a well-rounded student attentive to his studies while participating in community activities. His employment experience, numerous leadership roles and a strong essay focused on the value of entrepreneurship set him apart.

Lee-Davis HS: Parker Spear Parker is an accomplished scholar and athlete whose application and recommendation show strong leadership skills. A creative essay about his passion, golf, demonstrated personal growth and a desire to pursue business management.

Hanover HSHannah Davis Hannah’s impressive academic performance, well-written essay and a clear desire to be a leader in her community are notable. The longevity of her participation in various activities displays great commitment and self-awareness.

Patrick Henry HS: Adela Novakis Adela is well-versed in balancing academics, athletics, volunteering and personal interest. The variety in her activities and employment shows a wonderful energy to gain leadership experience useful for any future endeavor.


Atlee HS: Jessica Roberson Jessica’s reviewer scores show excellent ratings in all categories. Her academic strength and collegiate goals are promising, and her involvement and leadership roles in clubs and activities demonstrate a strong desire to care for and build up others.

Lee-Davis HS: Pamela Mulvaney Pamela is in the top 3 of her class while also demonstrating a clear desire to be active in her community. She has held numerous leadership positions during high school, and her recommendation notes her state-level successes in research and public awareness projects.

Hanover HS: Hunter Sparanga Hunter’s application shows a well-rounded student attentive to his studies while participating in community activities. A strong and creative essay, focused on his view of leaders as trail makers and leadership as a tool for community betterment, set him apart.

Patrick Henry HS: Madison Brown Madison is a scholar, athlete, leader and volunteer. The longevity of her participation in various activities displays great commitment. Her letter of recommendation included the descriptors “dependable, conscientious and motivated”, which showed through in her essay. 


Atlee HS: Prakrit Shukla Prakrit’s reviewer score shows excellent ratings in all categories. He is currently ranked 1 in his class, works as a tutor, shows strong leadership ability and a desire to pursue business. His reviewer said Prakrit’s was the ‘best essay’ of the bunch.

Lee-Davis HS: Nicholas Reisenweaver Nicholas stood out because of his well-rounded application. He is a good student and is involved in activities both in and outside of school, but it was his desire and interest in entrepreneurship that set him apart. This includes starting a small-business, Moo-Rise Landscaping, which he has been operating for 5 yrs.

Hanover HS: David Dustin David is in the top 5 of his class and has shown strong participation in activities both in an out of school, in addition to gaining paid work experience. His expressed desire to help others succeed was seen in both his essay and his recommendation. The reviewer also noted his positive attitude came through in the application and agrees that this is a skill that will serve him well.

Patrick Henry HS: Olivia Phillips Just as her recommendation noted, “Olivia’s leadership record is remarkable” especially for a HS student. She excelled in each assessed area, is in the top 10 of her class, and submitted a very strong essay. Olivia plans to be a pre-law student and wants to pursue advocacy law and political science.

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