Loudoun Now’s Spotlight on Grads

Congrats, Class of 2017, from the team at Loudoun Now.

Our Spotlight on Grads series is our way of highlighting just a few of the graduating seniors who have changed the cultural landscape in our corner of the world.

As part of this special section, we met and interviewed students who have experienced homelessness, the death of parents or severe illnesses and come out on the other side. Others have launched mentoring programs, aced the SATs and led efforts to curb suicide among their peers.

Each of these graduates has left their communities better than they found them, and they’re just getting started. Join us in congratulating these exceptional individuals, their families and classmates—their resilience and perseverance is inspiration for us all.

Read their compelling stories here:

Meet Briar Woods’ Nadia Al-Akhras

Meet Broad Run’s Alejandra Roman

Meet Dominion’s Camryn Shulsinger

Meet Freedom’s Lelaina Silvester

Meet Heritage’s Weini Kelati Frezghi

Meet John Champe’s Mary Kamara

Meet Loudoun County’s Parker Barrett

Meet Loudoun Valley’s Rasheem Thornton

Meet Woodgrove’s Puneet Kaur

Meet Park View’s Matt Walter

Meet Potomac Falls’ Christian Tessman

Meet Riverside’s Severin Yao

Meet Rock Ridge’s Emily Sola

Meet Stone Bridge’s Alaina Bowen

Meet Tuscarora’s Kush Patel




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