Karli E. Foster of Collinsville is a senior at Bassett High School. She was a page in the Virginia Senate in 2013, on the Henry County Schools Superintendent's Student Advisory Board 2012-15, Bassett High School marching band, swim team, SCA, academic competition math team, and Junior Beta Club and Beta Club. She has been involved in CHILL, 4H and RELATE training, and has volunteered with numerous events and groups.
"Serving on the Harvest Youth Board would give me the opportunity to focus on youth related issues in Martinsville and Henry County and hopefully develop projects that would address these issues. I feel this board could have a huge impact not only on the youth in our community, but our community as a whole."
Kendall R. Cope of Bassett is a senior at Bassett High School. He was Junior Beta Club treasurer (August 2013-May 2014); received a perfect score on the geometry Standards of Learning test, the second person since 2009; and is a Beta Club member. He has volunteered with the Faith Fellowship, Patrick County Library, SPCA and Bassett High School.
"The first and main reason that I want to be a member of this board is to be a leader in our community. I want to hold a position in our community where I can be an inspiration to others and make a difference, and I think being on this board is the perfect chance to make an impact. If I have the chance to serve as a member my main goal would be to work with the other members to make Martinsville and Henry County a place where young people can have fun ways to spend their time, but be doing it in a positive way."
Sophia Esdaile is a junior in the Warrior Tech Academy at Magna Vista High School. She's on the A/B Honor Roll and she's received two Anchor papers. She's also volunteered for the Magna Vista Boosters Club, participated in the Sandy Level Stop the Violence Walk, was a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 943, and volunteered for a Martinsville Christmas Charity Event.
"MHC faces many challenges today, and youth development is high on the list. My concerns for MHC have led me to volunteer for several organizations; namely Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club, and Magna Vista Boosters, among others. My feeling is that you have to participate in order to make things better."
Sean Arroyo is a junior at Carlisle School. He is involved in CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) and is a volunteer for the SPCA.
"I desire to join the Harvest Youth Board, not because it looks good on a college resume, but because I feel as though education and health is taken for granted. In the U.S., education isn't valued nearly as much as it should be. ...I believe that this foundation will bring a much needed focus to the poor education system ... and will bring better health conditions for those who are afflicted with illnesses."
Adrian T. Hylton of Martinsville is a sophomore at Magna Vista High School. He is a member of the Beta Club, National Society of Black Engineers, and CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives). He also participates in football, indoor and outdoor track, and is an active member in his church. Adrian received the Lancer Award, was named Henry County Robotics Champion, and has several academic awards.
“When I heard about the Harvest Foundation Youth Board, and what it was doing in the community, I immediately became interested. It is the perfect opportunity for teens to make a difference and have a voice in the community. It provides an opportunity to have a say in what goes on in our area. I believe that it is very important to have input from the youth.”
Taylor L. Manns of Bassett is a junior at Bassett High School. She is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. Taylor enjoys volunteering her time to participate in service opportunities with her church and school. Her activities include community cleanups, serving community meals, and many other community fellowship events.
“My community service and church activities have prepared me to be a member of the Harvest Youth Board. I feel I can jump right in and help out with the youth board’s community activities, and the youth board will help me grow in areas such as budgeting, public speaking, and social interactions. I look forward serving the youth board and the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County.”
Murray Elliana McGovern of Martinsville is a junior at Martinsville High School. She is a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, SCA (class president sophomore year), travel and varsity soccer teams (captain, 2017), school marching band, and her church youth group. Ellie has volunteered at a local nursing home, the YMCA, Black Box Theater, Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association, and as a PYSL Volunteer Coach.
“As teenagers we wait. …However, now is the time to stop waiting to truly make a difference in our community. Now is the time to take on an opportunity that can impact Martinsville/Henry County in an important and positive way. As a member of the Harvest Youth Board, I would have a voice and be able to hear others as well. I would join a group of my peers that have the same goal in mind, to make Martinsville/Henry County a better place and help those who live here…”
Devin Page is a senior at Magna Vista High School. He has served as president of FFA, team captain of the baseball team, vice president of the student body, and he's a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Club and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). Page has received several awards including the LANCER Award (two-time winner), Homerun Derby Champion, First Teal All District 2nd Baseman, FFA Quiz State Bowl, and he's won numerous academic awards.
"I want to serve on the Harvest Youth Board because I want to make a positive change in the lives of other youth in Martinsville and Henry County. As a Christian, it is my duty to impact the lives of my peers in a helpful manner. ... I am a native of Martinsville and Henry County, and I know that our hometown needs to be more youth friendly. Having played travel baseball since I was eight years old, I have seen many towns that are geared towards the development of their youth."
Jarrett Pearson of Martinsville is a sophomore at Magna Vista High School. He is involved in the Beta Club, Spanish Club, Boy Scouts of America Troop 326, Boy Scout Order of the Arrow and Leadership Council, SCA, and his church youth group.
“The main reasons I want to join the youth board are so I can serve the community and be more involved in it. …Everyone is always complaining about how bad Martinsville and Henry County is but I rarely ever see anyone out there trying to help. …I will have my own voice that I can use to make our community a better place.”
Zariah D. Scales of Spencer is a sophomore at Magna Vista High School. She has been involved in the Beta Club, Spanish Club, Henry County Schools Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, Summer Governor’s School, Upward Bound Math & Science, a member of the softball and volleyball teams, and also attends Warrior Tech Academy. Zariah has volunteered at the First United Methodist Church Food Bank, SPCA, served community meals, and various other events in the area.
“There are so many reasons I would like to have the honor of being a member of the Harvest Foundation Youth Board, but the main reason is to help fulfill the potential that Martinsville and Henry County has, and to make it a place that people are proud to call their home.”
Jacob Tisdale of Martinsville is a sophomore at Carlisle School. He is a member of Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy, SCA (president, freshman year), junior varsity soccer, varsity baseball, participated in multiple Carlisle entertainment productions, and is a school mentor. He also plays the violin and guitar.
“It would be an honor to serve on the Harvest Youth Board because I want to use the position as a way to create positive change in the community, and to help the board use its influence in a way that will make the area the best possible version of itself. …I love Martinsville/Henry County, and I believe that being a part of something that has the ability to do so much is an opportunity I cannot pass up.”
Julian Vaughn is a senior at Martinsville High School. He is a member of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), and he has attended the SAE Government Convention for the past three years. Vaughn also is a video and technical producer for WMHS8 and MHS This Evening, newscasts produced out of Martinsville High School.
"People in our own town refer to Martinsville as the Ghetto and people often when referring to problems in Martinsville say 'It's Just Martinsville' in a sense that this area is nothing. While many people like to just complain about Martinsville and the surrounding areas, I actually want to see a change in Martinsville. I personally think the best way for change is through our youth."
Jeremiah W. Witt of Collinsville is a sophomore at Bassett High School. He participates in the Beta Club, Math SCALE team, and CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives); he also volunteers at the YMCA, Virginia Museum of Natural History, and several other events hosted by area schools.
“I have enjoyed making a difference by giving back to the community by volunteering my time and working through BETA and CHILL. I want to take on a larger role in helping by serving on the Harvest Youth Board. …We can build on the work already started. I want to find ways to keep current initiatives going so our community continues to move ahead and residents want to remain here.”