WHS student a finalist for award

Published 8:50 pm Saturday, February 2, 2013

Windsor High School senior Racquel Doherty is one of three state finalists for the Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award.

Doherty was nominated for the award by Principal Daniel Soderholm, who noted that she contributes to the school and her class in several capacities, including serving as senior class president, Beta Club president and an “Isle-guide” for the division’s iPad program.


Soderholm described Doherty as “wonderfully creative, mature, levelheaded and that rare student who excels in all areas.”

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She has applied to Harvard, Princeton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Virginia, and the College of William and Mary.

“I am honored to have been chosen as a finalist for the Byrd Leadership Award,” said Doherty. “To have been selected as one of only three finalists from our entire congressional district — including Isle of Wight, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Petersburg and Southampton among others is a true privilege, and I would like to thank my school for nominating me.”

The Award Selection Committee has begun interviewing finalists and letters will be mailed to all recipients by the end of the month. Recipients will be presented with their award at a ceremony being held Feb. 14 in Richmond.