Three high school seniors chosen for scholarships

Published 2:04 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Thomas W. Mastaglio, Ph.D.


American Legion Post 49 recently awarded its 2018 annual scholarships to one senior from

Smithfield High School, Isle of Wight Academy and Windsor High School. Each received a $1,000 to help them defray the costs of their university education.

  • Katherine Henk of Smithfield is the recipient from Smithfield High School. She plans to study engineering at Virginia Tech or GMU. She achieved a Girl Scout Gold Award. and is heavily involved in school and community activities focused on community service and volunteering. Katherine is the daughter of Steven and Linda Henk. She also received scholarships from the Virginia Elks Association, Carrollton Ruritan and a $3,000 James C. Copeland scholarship.
  • Anjali Patel of Franklin attends Windsor High School. The daughter of Minal and Hetal Patel, she will study neuroscience in a premed program at the University of Virginia. She also received the Daughters of the American Revolution scholarship. Anjali is fluent in four languages, and has completed courses at the New Horizon’s Governor’s School in Hampton. She has been active in performing research in microbiology, presenting papers in this area that received awards at the state level for her work.
  • Jaxson Hooper of Smithfield graduated with honors from Isle of Wight Academy where he was vice president of the student body, co-captain of the football team and played basketball. Jaxson is the son of Chris and Julia Hooper. He has been a delegate to American Legion Boys State, a member of the National Honor Society, and involved in Oral Forensics at the Academy.

These three students were selected by Post 49 for their academic achievement, community and school involvement and their positive attitude toward Americanism and their responsibilities as citizens. American Legion Post 49 annually supports and awards scholarships to deserving local high school graduates to help them achieve their academic goals for higher education.


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