Foundation announces Mast scholarship winner

Published 7:33 pm Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Suffolk Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 recipient of the Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship is Casey Jade Wood, a Nansemond River High School senior. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Barry Wood, who reside in the city of Suffolk.

In making the selection, the committee reviewed the applicant’s academic performance, extracurricular activities, character, and recommendations. The selection committee was especially impressed with Wood’s ability to participate in numerous athletic activities, particularly varsity tennis (2010-2013) and volleyball (2009-2013), work a part-time job, and maintain exceptional academic success, according to a press release from the Suffolk Foundation.



In both volleyball and tennis, Wood served as team captain, was a four-year letterman, was named the MVP, and made the All-District Team. She was able to balance her challenging course of studies, participate in athletic activities, receive early admittance into the National Beta Club, and receive the Academic Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2012.


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It was obvious to the scholarship committees Wood is a firm believer in Mast’s philosophy that “nothing worthwhile can be gained without dedication and hard work.” The committees felt Wood demonstrated this attribute in everything she undertook, according to the press release.

Wood will be an honor graduate this spring and plans to attend Radford University next year. The $2,500 scholarship award will be sent directly to Radford University.

Wood stated in her essay that she thought Mast would be proud of her achievements and involvement in the community.

Wood will receive the 2013 Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship at the senior awards ceremony in the school auditorium on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.