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Jonathan Forde
Leadership Award


 
Jonathan Michael Jex-Blake Forde, a Vienna resident, was a long-time participant in a variety of VYI sports and particularly enjoyed Lacrosse, which he played at Gonzaga College High School. After high school and college, Jonathan was a combat engineer with the Virginia National Guard and was in training for his second tour in Iraq when he died unexpectedly of meningitis. Jonathan was an accomplished athlete in high school. In the military he was a steadfast soldier who led his troops with courage and fortitude. Jonathan led by example. To his friends he was humble, kind and selfless. He had a big heart and he always gave all he had in every situation. Jonathan had a wonderful sense of humor and the gift to make people laugh. He had a positive attitude, even in the darkest moments, and he served his country with great honor. VYI is pleased make this award annually to the graduating varsity athlete, who most exemplifies the positive characteristics displayed by Jonathan during his short lifetime.


Applicants for the Jonathan Forde Leadership Award should use the current VYI Scholarship Application on the www.vyi.org WEB site and submit all required materials by the April 30 deadline. The same prerequisites set forth on the VYI WEB site for the standard VYI scholarships will be used with particular emphasis given to information that reflects that the applicant embodies some of Jonathan's most memorable traits.

DONATIONS

Donations to the Jonathan Forde Leadership Award can be made using the link on the
www.vyi.org WEB site.



PAST WINNERS

2008 - Jennifer Catherine Crumley, James Madison High School

2009 - Edward F. Reed II, South Lakes High School

2010 - Stephanie Jemison Zadora, Oakton High School

2011 - Justin Marquez Murphy, The Landon School

2012 - Kellen Schmitz, James Madison High School
 
2013 - Matt Hayden, James Madison High School
 
2014 - Tori Anderson, Oakton high School
 
2015 - Benjamin Forde, Gonzaga College High School
 
2016 - Ryan Partridge, Madison High School


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