Pankow wins state athletic scholarship

Christine Pankow

Christine Pankow, a senior at Flint Hill’s Wakefield Country Day School, was selected as a winner of a John C. Youngblood Scholarship by the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (the state athletic directors organization).

The VIAAA awards four scholarships each year to qualified seniors in the name of their founder and athletic administration pioneer, John C. Youngblood. He was also a key figure in the national organization, the NIAAA.

Pankow, from Flint Hill, was a candidate in a pool public and private school seniors from all over the state. The one-year scholarship award is for $1,500. Pankow was the conference Co-Player of the Year this fall in volleyball; she is currently a starter on the basketball team.

“Christine Pankow is a very deserving winner of the John Youngblood Scholarship from the VIAAA,” said Wakefield Athletic Director Mike Costello. “The pool of applicants is always highly qualified if not over qualified for the criteria. This year’s winners were no exception and include a young lady who plans to attend MIT. Christine demonstrated community service and leadership in her athletic career, the qualities the VIAAA looks for when awarding these scholarships. This award is a testament to her hard work and dedication to be the best student athlete she can be. This is a great reflection on Christine, her family and Wakefield Country Day School.”

Pankow and her parents will be recognized at the awards banquet at the VIAAA annual conference in Norfolk at the end of March.