The Columbia Hokies are proud to announce the winner of our 2015 scholarship winner, which is given yearly to a rising Virginia Tech freshman from the Midlands. This year’s winner is Joshua Stombler. Joshua graduated from Spring Valley High School this spring and plans to study business at VT.
Here is a brief note from Joshua, giving us a glimpse into what he has done in the past and how excited he is to formally join the Hokie Nation.
“My name is Joshua Stombler. I graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC. I played varsity tennis for four years at Spring Valley and 10 years collectively for fun. I am currently enrolled in University Studies at Virginia Tech, but I am looking forward to transferring into the Pamplin School of Business. For many years,
I volunteered with an organization called P.A.A.L.S. (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services) where I trained service dogs to help those in need. The training I did with the dogs ultimately helped others to lead as normal a life as possible. I helped train the dogs in obedience, and basic commands such as, turning on and off lights, and warning their blind owner’s about traffic. Working with these dogs gave me great skills to be able to handle the real world. I now have a better understanding of being patient and have the skills I need for problem solving.
I also completed a one-year program with Youth Corps in Columbia. This is an organization that takes 30-40 high school students in the Columbia area and teaches them to be better leaders in their own lives and how to positively impact others. Youth Corps used several modules to guide us: Business, Culture, Philanthropy, Justice, Journalism, Legislation, Investment, and Career. My favorite module was Business, where we created and ran our own flower business for Valentine’s Day. Learning how to communicate with customers and learning how to persuade people to buy the flowers appealed to me the most.
I am a Hokie Legacy. My dad graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Business. I was born to be a Virginia Tech Hokie. I am looking forward to not only being a fan of Virginia Tech, but finally a student! I have always loved the school and have great respect for what the school stands for. Now I am glad to call Virginia Tech not only my school, but also my home! I am very excited to get involved with Virginia Tech and the community of Blacksburg.”
Joshua we wish you all the best and know that you will do a great job representing Columbia in the Virginia Tech community.
Please join us for our fall social with Dr. Jim Wightman on Friday September 12th at 6:00pm. We have reserved the upstairs of World of Beer (902 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201). Come enjoy good friends, food, and beer.
Dr. Wightman is on a mission to complete 100 alumni speaking events and has traveled all of the country entertaining his guests with his energetic talk and live chemical demonstrations. Friends and family are welcome! A signed Virginia Tech football and basketball will be raffled off.
To RSVP or for questions, contact Whitney Sapp at whitney.h.sapp@ gmail.com
This is our only event to raise money for our scholarship, which is awarded to a local Columbia area student who has been accepted to Virginia Tech. We are asking for a $10 donation, which will go directly to our scholarship fund, but we will gladly accept more or less. Spread the word, invite friends and family, and we hope to see you there!
To ring in the new college football season we will be having a happy hour event at River Rat Brewery (1231 Shop Rd, Columbia, SC 29201) this Thursday 8/21. Everyone is welcome, so bring friends and family for a good time. Can’t wait to see all of you there.
Thursday, July 24th we will be having our annual student send off event. We have invited all 3 of the 2014-15 Virginia Tech freshman from the Midlands to join us at Carolina Ale House in the Vista. The send off will start at 5:30.
We are also in the process of organizing our yearly speaking event, this years topic will be “The Chemistry of Beer.” The location is yet to be determined, but save the date: September 12th.
Finally, we have the Football Game Watching Party games selected, so mark your calendars.
September – 9/6 @ Ohio State – 8:00 PM
October – 10/16 @ Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM
November – 11/15 @ Duke – TBA
As the summer heats up in “famously hot” Columbia, we wanted to update you on what the Columbia Hokies have been doing over the past couple of months:
The Christmas “Ho, Ho, Hokie” Party.
Or final event of 2013 was a success. It marked the end of 2013 and gave us an opportunity to get together during the hectic holiday season.
The April 16th Remembrance Dinner
On the seventh anniversary of the day which we lost thirty-two fellow Hokies we gathered to remember those we lost and to be together as a Virginia Tech community.
Come join us as we have our first event of the new year and raise money for our scholarship to benefit future Midlands Hokies! Our Spring Social will feature guest lecturer Dave McKee Director of the Virginia Tech Marching Band, The Marching Virginians.
When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Where: Julian’s in the Vista: 600 Gervais St. Columbia, SC
Admission is $20 and includes the lecture and appetizers. Please RSVP by March 5th if possible by contacting Whitney Sapp at (540) 312-4249 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
This Saturday, November 9th, the Hokies will travel down to South Florida to face the Miami Hurricanes. Come join us at Carolina Ale House in the Vista to cheer on the Hokies. Despite the fact the the Hokies are coming off of two losses in a row, the VT vs. Miami game historically is always a good game. So come on out, have some fun, and watch the Hokies take on the U. We look forward to seeing y’all there.