Newport News Public Schools update – April 2023

NNPS students raise nearly $11,000 to support United Way of the Virginia Peninsula

As part of its annual giving campaign, students across Newport News Public Schools held fundraisers and collected money to donate to United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s Live United campaign. 

Students representing each school came together during a special celebration in February to present United Way officials with their generous donations. The donations will help support numerous organizations that do great work in Peninsula communities.

Menchville student named a finalist at Virginia Hall of Fame’s Student Athlete Achievement Awards

Atiana Williams

Atiana Williams, a senior at Menchville High School, stood among student-athletes across the Commonwealth at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s 18th Annual Student Athlete Achievement Awards in February. Williams was one of 16 finalists, the only one from the Virginia Peninsula to be selected. The finalists had the following in common: they participate in multiple sports, earn numerous academic awards and have logged hours upon hours of volunteer work and community service.

Atiana is involved in the National Honor Society, is senior class president and a member of the Spanish Honor Society while maintaining a grade point average of 4.5, all while being a captain of the Monarchs’ girls’ varsity basketball team that finished the regular season with a record of 22-0.

Will Driscoll, executive director of Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, said, “Each year we are amazed at the quality of individuals nominated for our Student-Athlete Achievement Awards scholarships. While sports participation is a requirement for this program, the academic and community engagement exhibited by these students is what sets them apart.”

More than 120 nominations from across the Commonwealth were submitted. Five of the 16 were selected as the Hall of Fame’s Student-Athletes of the Year. As a finalist, Williams received a $750 scholarship from the foundation.