Loudoun graduation speakers include authors, favorite teachers, an aspiring comedian


FILE: Jeff Kinney, author of the children's book series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," will be the graduation speaker at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County. (Gretchen Ertl/AP)

High school graduation season gets underway next week in Loudoun County. Graduation speakers this year include authors, business executives, favorite long-time teachers, a military hero, and one aspiring comedian.

Here’s a rundown:

Academy of Science

Liz Asai, a 2009 Academy of Science graduate and a graduate of Yale University.

Number of Graduates:64

Adult Education

Wendi Manuel-Scott is director of African and African-American Studies at George Mason University.

Number of Graduates: 137

Briar Woods High School

Jeff Kinney, author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

Number of Graduates: 450

Broad Run High School

Jo Ann Pearson, chair of the English Department and the final faculty member left from Broad Run High School’s first year.

Number of Graduates: 425

CAMPUS

Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Offices

Dr. Francine DeFerreire, management consultant and associate professor with American University.

Number of Graduates: 109

Dominion High School

Steve Hicks, chairman of the Social Sciences Department and a charter member of the Dominion faculty.

Number of Graduates: 310

Freedom High School

Scott M. Hamberger, CEO and co-founder of Fortessa Tableware Solutions, LLC.

Number of Graduates: 438

Heritage High School

Heritage High School English teacher Ken Schiffer. Schiffer served with the FBI for 29 years and was the 1995 National Team Roping champion.

Number of Graduates: 275

Loudoun County High School

Kathleen “Kitty” Saylor, retired chief executive of REHAU North America, a Leesburg based company.

Number of Graduates: 313

Loudoun Valley High School

Troy Mohler, 1996 Loudoun Valley graduate. After graduating from the University of Virginia medical school in 2005, Mohler treated patients in Ghana, Azerbaijan, New Zealand and Antarctica before returning to Lovettesville to set up a practice.

Number of Graduates: 247

Monroe Technology Center

Katie Geaneasm a Family Nurse Practitioner and 2001 graduate of Monroe.

Number of Graduates: 280

Park View High School

Wendall Fisher, supervisor of outreach for Loudoun County Public Schools. A former member of the Loudoun County School Board, Fisher served for 20 years as the executive director of the Loudoun County YMCA.

Number of Graduates: 278

Potomac Falls High School

Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence.

Number of Graduates: 395

Stone Bridge High School

Peter Bladel, a 2004 graduate of Stone Bridge who works for Turner Broadcasting in New York while pursuing his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.

Number of Graduates: 490

Tuscarora High School

Navy Vice Adm. David Dunaway, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command. A graduate of the United State Naval Academy, Dunaway has accrued more than 2,900 flight hours and 290 arrested carrier landings.

Number of Graduates: 330

Woodgrove High School

Mark Stavish, president and general manager of Evergreen Partners, which helps people and organizations achieve their goals. Stavish is the former executive vice president of human resources at AOL.

Number of Graduates: 385

Young Adults Program

Blue Ridge District Supervisor Janet Clarke

Number of Graduates: Six to eight

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.
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