John Handley High School has a profound tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Through the generosity of graduates and in memory of those who have passed, the JAA coordinates and supports the following annual endowed scholarships:
Justus “Allen” Stryker Team Leader Scholarship – donated by the families of Michael and Scott Stryker, sons of Allen Stryker, an outstanding Handley quarterback and member ofthe Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame who died in 2008. Annually awarded to a Judges senior football player with strong leadership qualities.
Rudy and Shelley Worrell – Donated by the Worrell family in honor of their children and in the spirit of Handley Pride.
Two scholarships from a fund established in memory of the late Ron Lindon, beloved former Handley teacher, football coach and athletic director – a scholarship is awarded annually to one female and one male student athlete.
A scholarship from a fund established in memory of Robert Butler, a lifelong supporter of Handley athletics and father of a large family of Handley graduates.
A scholarship funded by the Jones family and Jones Funeral Home, established in memory of Donald “Butch” Jones, member of the Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame and former JAA president.
A scholarship funded by Rob and Laurie Frogale, owners of Annandale Millworks, a Winchester based corporation, and parents of two Handley graduates.
A scholarship in memory of Howard R. “Buzz” Hart, a three-sport Handley athletic star in the 1940’s, now a member of the Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame, and in honor of Elizabeth Hart, a former Handley
cheerleader who also served as a guidance counselor at the school for 32 years.
A scholarship established in memory of Beth Garber, an excellent Handley tennis player in the 1970’s. She hails from a family of outstanding Handley athletes. This scholarship funded by long-time family friend Mike Frazier.
A scholarship contributed in memory of C.B. Ashby, a popular former Handley Spanish teacher, wrestling, and football coach. This scholarship is funded by one of Coach Ashby’s former wrestlers, Jeff Hester.
A scholarship in memory of J.V. “Vic” Arthur, Jr., a community leader, businessman and father of four Handley alumni. This scholarship is funded by the Arthur family.
A scholarship in memory of George Weidig, Sr., a great fan of Handley athletics. This scholarship was established and is funded by Dr. George Weidig, Jr., a Hall of Fame inductee.
A scholarship honoring Handley graduate John Hughes, funded by his son, Larry Hughes, himself an outstanding Handley athlete and now a successful businessman in the State of Washington.
A scholarship honoring the late Eddie Manuel, a founding father of the JAA whose vision inspired the scholarship program that has assisted hundreds of graduating Handley student-athletes. This scholarship was established and is annually funded by the JAA.
A scholarship from a fund established in memory of Larry Nelson, 1967 Handley graduate who is said to have “bled maroon and white” and who worked tirelessly for the JAA to help Handley student-athletes.
A scholarship established in memory of Melvin Aikens, a 125-pound halfback for the Judges who did not know the meaning of the word “quit”. This scholarship is funded by his wife.
One or more scholarships from generous contributions of members of the Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame, designated to assist students whose outstanding athletic achievements render them potential candidates for selection to the Hall of Fame when they become eligible.
A scholarship established in memory of Charlotte DeHart, a Handley graduate who was lifelong dedication to public service is consistent with the highest display of “Handley Pride”. Mrs. DeHart became principal of Virginia Avenue Elementary School, which now bears her name.
A scholarship funded by proceeds of the annual Whittier Acres Luminary Project donated to assist a resident of Whittier Acres or Omps Drive with college expenses.
The Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics scholarship funded by the firm and presented to a current or former patient of the practice. Dr. Damon DeArment of the practice was a member of the 1984 state champion Judges football team and a former JAA president.
A scholarship established in memory of Charles and Lucille Dick, parents of seven Handley graduates funded by the Dick family business, Miller & Anderson Mechanical & Electrical Contractor and family members.
A scholarship in memory of Charles I. Garrett, Jr., grandfather of Justin, Anne, and Mykenzie Garrett, all Handley graduates and outstanding tennis players; funded by Steven and Susan Garrett. Dr. Steven Garrett is a former JAA president and scholarship chairman.
A scholarship in honor of Terry Plank, alumnus, Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame inductee, former JAA president, and father of three Handley graduates.
A scholarship funded by Don, Carol and Jody Vaden, owners of the Lee-Jackson and supporters of local high school athletic programs.
A scholarship in memory of H. Russell Potts, Sr., a fervent supporter of Handley athletics, established by his son, Senator H. Russell “Russ” Potts, Jr., Handley Class of 1958.
A scholarship established in memory of Homer “Pete” Ice, Jr., a science teacher at Handley who for many years assisted at track meets and other Handley sporting events, funded by the Ice family.
A scholarship in memory of Jacob “Jake”Johnson superintendent of the Winchester Public School from 1965-79 under whose leadership the Handley athletic program found strong support and grew and prospered, donated by good friend and colleague, John Capehart, and wife Jane.
A scholarship given by Jeff and Patricia Hester in memory of Jeff’s parents, Wendell and Dorothy Hester. Dorothy Hester was an accomplished swimmer. The Hesters are strong supporters of Handley athletics and parents of three Handley graduates; Jeff is a former JAA president and scholarship chairman.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarship presented to a student who embodies the FCA mission of service to school, church and community. The FCA is working hard to re-establish itself as a vital part of the Handley athletic tradition and appreciates the support it has received.
A scholarship in memory of Strother R. “Sonny” Shiley, Jr., a graduate of the Handley class of 1953 who played football under the legendary Hunter Maddox. Sonny was a life-long Judges supporter who could always be found in the stands at Handley athletic events with his family and friends. A former officer and devoted member of the JAA, Sonny exemplified “Handley Pride”.
A scholarship in memory of Colby Whitmore, a free-spirited child who lived from 1992 to 2001. She was a very bright girl who loved to read and pretended to be a teacher. Colby’s life ended much too soon, but her spirit and love of learning will continue on, as graduates assisted by this scholarship continue their educational pursuits.
The Robert Shickle Memorial Scholarship, funded by proceeds of the annual JAA Golf Tournament, fundraising efforts by the Winchester Police Department through the Kids and Cops program, and friends of Robert Shickle . Robert Shickle was a 1993 Handley graduate and athlete who later served this community as an outstanding police officer. He died in late 2010 at age 35.
A scholarship in memory of Meredith D. Bowers, Jr., a tennis and golf enthusiast, who officiated at area sporting events and was a strong supporter of high school athletics, contributed by his wife, Kathy.
A scholarship contributed by the Eagles Club of Winchester, a fraternal organization which each year contributes thousands of dollars to area charitable causes.
A scholarship in honor of Don Smallwood, Handley Class of 1948, a founding father of the JAA and a member of the Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to Handley athletics over many years.
A scholarship honoring Jimmy and Betty Carroll donated by their daughter, Beth Carroll Lewin. Jimmy
Carroll was an outstanding Handley athlete of the 1950’s. Betty Carroll became one of Virginia’s first female bank presidents. The children and grandchildren of the Carrolls are also Handley graduates.
A scholarship in honor of Ron Shickle, Handley graduate and basketball player, who has made a big impact on this community by his strong support of many charitable causes. Ron and his wife, Anne, have supported the JAA scholarship program and the Senior Gavel program for many years.
A scholarship funded by the JAA in honor of H. Russell “Russ” Potts, Jr., Handley graduate, successful businessman in the field of sports promotions, former Virginia state senator, executive director of the Winchester Education Foundation, and loyal JAA supporter.
A scholarship in memory of William “Bill” Baker, Handley graduate, JAA founder, and two-term JAA president, funded by his son and daughter-in law, Mark Baker and Ellen Lokker.
A scholarship established to honor Dick Kern, one of Handley’s greatest athletes who went on to star at Virginia Tech and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles; a JAA founder and scholarship contributor.
A scholarship from a fund established in memory of Kathy Dutton, former teacher and cheerleading coach at Handley; mother of four children, three of whom were Handley graduates and outstanding athletes.
A scholarship from a fund established by former football players of Ron Rice, one of the greatest football coaches of the Winchester area of all time. At Handley, he compiled a record of 43-5-2.
A scholarship from a fund established to honor Jimmy “J.O.”Omps, alumnus, former teacher, basketball coach, and athletic director from 1967 to 1995; embodiment of the term “Handley Pride”.
A scholarship from a fund established in memory of Jon Toxepeus contributed by friends and family of the bright, friendly Handley soccer player whose life was cut short in an auto accident while a Handley student.
A scholarship in memory of Dick and Dora Rosenberger. The JAA was founded in 1957 in Dick Rosenberger’s basement by five Handley alumni who strongly supported Handley athletics, including Rosenberger himself who later became the JAA’s second president.
A scholarship in honor of Ken E. Smith, a former Winchester businessman and civic leader who strongly supported youth sports, helping to found several area youth sports leagues; donated by his son, Kim Smith.
A scholarship in memory of Gaylen Strunce, renowned band director of the Marching Judges for many years, donated by his son, David Strunce, a three-sport Handley athlete and Hall of Fame member.
A scholarship in honor of James R. Wilkins, Jr., one of only two three-sport All-State athletes in Judges history, starring on the football, basketball and track teams in the early 1960’s. This scholarship is funded by the Wilkins Family Trust from the estate of the late Jim Wilkins, Sr., prominent businessman and civic leader.
A scholarship in honor of Stephen H. Lake is funded by his friends and family. He was known to his teammates as “Capt. Jack” or “Capt. Crazy.” As his nicknames suggest, he was a headhunter and was the defensive captain for the undefeated 1967 team coached by Ron Rice.
A scholarship in honor of George Weidig Sr., sponsored by his son and Hunter Maddex Hall or Fame Member, George Weidig Jr. George Sr. was advent fan of Handley Athletics.
A scholarship in honor of Michael M. Foreman, a graduate of Handley High School, who return to the school as a teacher and administrator. He later served as the Clerk of Court for the City of Winchester for 28 years. An outstanding community leader who loved Handley High School, Mike was a great supporter of young people and a life-time member of the JAA. This scholarship is funded by John and Jane Capehart.
A scholarship sponsored by A $1000 scholarship in honor of Denny Bromley for his tireless support of the JAA and Handley athletics. This was established by the JAA and many friends of Denny’s. Through his efforts and leadership as board member, President and Sr. Board member, over many years, the JAA has grown to the outstanding organization it is today