Outstanding Youth, Adults & Businesses Chosen for “Virginia Beach’s Best All Around” Awards

Top nominees were recognized at 35th Annual “Best All Around” Ceremony May 4, 2013.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Twenty six honorees were recognized as Virginia Beach’s Best All Around on May 4, 2013 by the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Team and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Award recipients are youth and youth groups who demonstrate exceptional leadership, courage in overcoming adversity, community involvement, or advocacy for social change. Other awardees are outstanding and inspirational adults who work with children and teens, and businesses or organizations that have created an organizational culture of support for young people.


The 2013 Virginia Beach’s Best All Around Award recipients are: 


  • Ricky Acosta, Junior at Ocean Lakes High School’s Math and Science Academy
  • Kamren Anderson, fourth grader at Linkhorn Park Elementary School
  • Bria Beamon,  first grader at Diamond Springs Elementary School
  • Grace Candia, sixth grader at Landstown Middle School
  • Austin Cleto, fifth grader at White Oaks Elementary School
  • Sylvia Diep, a senior at Ocean Lakes High School
  • Madison Dozier, a third grader at Alanton Elementary School
  • Olivia Fox, an eighth grader at Kemps Landing Magnet School
  • Jenna Marie Hasher, a seventh grader at Kempsville Middle School
  • Reed Howard, a senior at Princess Anne High School in the International Baccalaureate Program
  • Grace Liu, an eighth grader at Kemps Landing Magnet School
  • Kourtney Reese,  a ninth grader at Landstown High School
  • Joanna Tan, a junior at Tallwood High School
  • Tara Tassone, a tenth grader at Green Run High School
  • Maya White, a fifth grader at Indian Lakes Elementary 

Youth Groups

  • The Panthers In Action (PIA) Step Team at Parkway Elementary School
  • The Central Library’s Teens Advisory Group

Businesses & Organizations

  • Village Church
  • Virginia Beach SPCA
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Program, Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union & Virginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union: Partnerships


  • Daryl “Coach Buck” Buckner,  Green Run Spartan and TUFF Programs
  • Tenesha Mack-Thorn, Home Away from Home
  • Beryl Poster,  Indian Lakes Elementary Out-of-School Time Afterschool Program
  • Diane Shelton, Friends of the Virginia Beach Juvenile Court

Sheila Vereen, Recreation Specialist with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, was presented the 2013 C. William Boyce Youth Development Award. This award was named for the first coordinator of the Parks and Recreation before and after school programs.  This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates a strong focus on incorporating the principles of youth development in their work with young people. 

The winner of the 2013 Malissia Lee Asset Builder Award was Ms. Jacqueline Davis, an English teacher at Princess Anne High School. This award is given in honor of Malissia Lee who worked in the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Services for 30 years, providing opportunities for youth in communities who might otherwise not have had them. The Lee Award recipient is someone who understands that all young people need assets, no matter where they are in life and goes above and beyond to provide experiences to establish those foundational building blocks.

These Best All Around Awards are based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets®, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that help young people grow up to be healthy, principled and caring adults. A complete list and description of the Assets® is available at www.search-institute.org.  For more information about the 2013 Best All Around Awards, please contact Barbara Brinson at (757) 385-0464  YOPPS@vbgov.com.

The Youth Opportunities Team’s mission is to work collaboratively to insure the health, success and well-being of all Virginia Beach youth through awareness, education and training, partnerships and prevention. The Youth Opportunities Team strives to insure that opportunities and supports are available and accessible to all youth, while maintaining an emphasis on those who are most at-risk. For more information, call (757) 385-0464 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), or visit http://www.VBgov.com/yoo.


Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit VBgov.com/parks or sign up for our email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews.