DN-R Leadership Awards — ERHS: Frye’s Impact No Joke
ELKTON — If Darren Frye could run for another term as senior class president, he would build his campaign around a strong record in office, topped by “actually” getting a senior prank approved.
But Frye — he would not disclose the prank, because it hasn’t occurred yet — doesn’t need any more schooling at East Rockingham High School. He’s more than ready to move on to the University of Virginia in the fall to begin studies to become an anesthesiologist.
Frye, 18, is one of four ERHS finalists for this year’s Daily News-Record Leadership Award. He is the son of Whitney and Gail Frye in Elkton.
Frye has a 4.1 GPA and ranks fourth in his class of 149. They were the first class to spend all four years at East Rockingham.
“When some of us stop and think about it, we think it’s cool. There [was] no Spotswood Blazer coming in our school anymore,” Frye said.
For the career he wants to pursue, he has kept in close contact with Dr. Barry Horner, a family friend and the anesthesiologist at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Anesthesiology interests him because it’s a “straight-forward type” job that has a definitive answer, Frye said, adding that he’s a “big fan” of chemistry.
In two years at the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School in Mount Jackson, Frye has tested the soil and water of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, developed “green” buildings and cities and studied macro invertebrates on the North Fork, environmental science teacher Richard Newcomer said.
“Darren’s potential to excel in any educational endeavor is limitless,” he said. “Darren has a friendly demeanor that exudes confidence and an intellectual curiosity that portrays maturity. These attributes have enabled Darren to be one of the most respected and best liked individuals in his senior class.”
Along with being senior class president, Frye is president of the National Honor Society at East Rockingham and has served as a captain on the soccer and indoor track teams.
In soccer, he was captain his freshman year for a team that won one game.
“Darren has been such a vital part of the growth of our program and he will be very hard to replace,” coach Charles Metz said.
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