Shelby Burnett, Rappahannock County High School Class of 2014 valedictorian and Rappahannock News Scholar Athlete of the Year has received another honor —- this one at the state level.
Burnett has been chosen to receive one of 12 Wells Fargo Citizenship Award scholarships, given jointly by Wells Fargo Bank and the Virginia High School League (VHSL), the governing body for Virginia’s public school athletics and activities. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship and is recognized as the Group 1A female winner.
Graduating seniors must have previously participated in one or more VHSL activities to be eligible for the award. During her high school career, Burnett played volleyball and soccer for four years each, was part of the Scholastic Bowl team for two, and threw discus and shot put for track and field one year.
Additionally, students had to demonstrate — through their application, letters of recommendation and an essay — their contributions to family, school and community, as well as their promotion of good citizenship and sportsmanship.
Among other philanthropic activities, Burnett has served as president of the 4-H Community Club, which hosts the Jingle Bell 5K Run & Walk to raise funds for local causes, and is a Red Cross blood donor. She’s also been an avid member of the RCHS Student Council Association, National Honor Society and served as class president during her junior and senior years.
A statewide committee of athletic directors, media and Wells Fargo representatives, and VHSL staff reviewed hundreds of nominations. Each candidate, said VHSL communications director Mike McCall, “was deserving in unique and special ways, but the committee narrowed the field to 12 outstanding students whose contribution to family, school, community, the arts, the environment, education, health and volunteer activities were above and beyond.”
Burnett will attend Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, where she plans to major in interior design and earn minors in business and in leadership and social change. She has also been accepted to the college’s University Honors program.
She is the daughter of Mark and Amy Burnett of Washington, and sister to Austin Burnett, RCHS class of 2010 and a 2014 graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.