first annual Karen Minner Scholarship has been awarded to Kristin
Michelle Thomas, a 15-year-old sophomore from Manassas, Va. The
award was presented at Highland View Academy's Alumni Homecoming
Saturday, May 4, 2002. The $1,000 scholarship will be credited toward
Kristin's tuition for the 2002-03 school year.
Kristin was chosen by the faculty because of her commitment to Christian
leadership on campus and her academic record. Her cumulative grade-point
average is 4.0.
She has served the Student Association as Religious Vice President
during the 2001-02 school year, and was re-elected to that office
for 2002-03. A member of the girls' varsity soccer team, Kristin
is also in the drama group, Highlanders (choir), and bell choir.
"I've heard a lot about Karen," said Kristin, "and
from what people have said, she sounds like the kind of person I've
always wanted to be. So I'm kind of in awe that people would look
at me and see a little bit of Karen."
Kristin is the daughter of Kevin and Susan Thomas, members of the
Manassas Seventh-day Adventist Church. She graduated from Fairmont
Christian Preparatory School, which is operated by that church.
She has an older brother, Kevin, and two younger brothers, Stephen
She identifies J.R.R. Tolkien as her favorite author, but she also
enjoys C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Newsboys and Michael
W. Smith are the recording artists she listens to most.
Her career goals have shifted a few times--presently, her vision
centers on pediatric nursing.
"The faculty felt Kristin came the closest to personifying
what Karen meant to HVA," said Jennifer Payne, English teacher
and Karen's sister. "It was a consensus choice."
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