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.
ANDREW MULLINS COURAGEOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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.
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.