MECHANICSVILLE – Virginia Dolan and Alex C. Earls are leading the 2019 Class of Lee-Davis High School as valedictorian and salutatorian with grade point averages of 4.76 and 4.667, respectively.
Virginia is the daughter of Kevin and Darlene Dolan of Mechanicsville.
At Lee-Davis, she has been a member of the Key Club since her freshman year. She served as secretary of the Key Club during her sophomore and junior years and as vice president her senior year.
Virginia has been a Beta Club member since her sophomore year, a National Honor Society member during her junior and senior years, a Tri-M member since she was a sophomore, and a Tri-M Orchestra representative in her junior and senior years.
She has been a member of the lacrosse team since she was a freshman. She was a varsity member during her sophomore and junior years.
Virginia was an Advanced Orchestra member since her freshman year, an Advanced Orchestra Section Leader, and an Advanced Orchestra Concert Mistress.
In her community, she started volunteering at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital when she was a freshman.
She has given 250 hours of her time to the medical facility.
“After graduation, I will be attending the University of Virginia and majoring in biology. My long-range plans include attending dental school and pursuing my dream of becoming a dentist,” Virginia said.
When she looks back on her high school experience, she said, “I have made many wonderful memories and learned a lot of important lessons during my time in Hanover County Public Schools. I am grateful for the leadership and guidance I have received along the way and especially want to thank all of the inspirational teachers I have had not only at Lee-Davis High School, but also Stonewall Jackson Middle School, and Battlefield Park Elementary School.”
“These last four years have been the best years of my life,” she continued. “I’ve acquired both great friends and great memories. When I entered high school I never planned on being valedictorian, but I am thankful all my hard work has paid off.”
“Although the future is still largely unknown, I’m excited to begin the next stage of my life at the University of Virginia,” Virginia said.
Alex’s parents are Robert and Katherine Earls of Mechanicsville.
He has served as president of the French Club and French Honor Society.
He is vice president of the Debate Club. He also has been vice president of the National Honor Society and is a member of the BETA Club.
Alex has been in the Marching Band since the 8th grade and has been a Section Leader for three years.
He attended the French Governor’s School during the summer of 2018.
For many years, Alex has volunteered in the nursery at the Episcopal Church of the Creator.
He coordinated a Mario Kart tournament to benefit the MCEF Food Closet in November 2018.
In 2017, he attended the Senior High Youth Conference, a week-long service camp at Shrine Mont Camp.
He was a summer volunteer at the Mechanicsville Public Library in 2016.
Alex will be attending William & Mary in the fall and plans to double major in French and Film.
As he prepares to graduate, he said he was “honored to be salutatorian,” and he “is elated to be done with high school and is very much looking forward to starting college in the fall.” He also said he feels that the IB (International Baccalaureate) program has prepared him extremely well for college.