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Prestigious Accomplishment for VHS Student

Dante Van Wyhe

Dante Van Wyhe, VHS senior, was awarded the The William Andrew Mullins Courageous Achievement Award, which includes a $1500 scholarship, at the Virginia High School League luncheon/awards ceremony in Charlottesville, VA, on Monday, May 15, 2017. He is the sole recipient of this prestigious sports and academic award!  He is the second person from VHS to be recognized in the VHSL since its inception for this particular event.

Dante is an autistic student who has persevered and achieved a 3.0 grade point average in all general education classes. He is an outstanding young may who has participated in track, cross country and swimming and contributed to those teams qualifying for state meet participation. Dante will be attending Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA this fall with a planned course of study in construction and carpentry.  

Dante also received an engraved silver bowl, and Virginia High School was given a smaller silver bowl in his honor for the trophy case.


In May 2000, Andrew Mullins from John Battle High School in Bristol, VA., became the first recipient of a Courageous Achieve­ment Award. In fact, the award was created as a result of An­drew's application for Group A Male Athlete category.

While he was active in VHSL athletic and academic pursuits, it was his courage and determination to participate that the se­lection committee found most impressive and truly inspira­tional.  Andrew was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1995. Although cancer took away his ability to compete on the athletic fields, it never lessened his desire to be a part of the team.
"Keeping statistics for the basketball team helped me still feel like I was a member of a team and that I was making a contri­bution to the team," Andrew wrote in his application essay. He also competed for the school's ac­ademic team in the Southwest Academic Completion and as a junior helped his Scholastic Bowl team qualify for states. He graduated as valedictorian of his class.

Andrew lost his battle with cancer in December, 2000. The Allstate Foundation and the VHSL salute this outstanding young man and his inspiration to all of us by naming the Courageous Achieve­ment Award in his honor.
Andrew Mullins