WillowCroft World Language Fluency Scholarship

“How do you say surprise in Spanish?”


With those words, Woodgrove High School Principal Sam Shipp led a group of guests into Robert Harbaugh’s Spanish classroom to present the first WillowCroft World Language Fluency Scholarship.


Sponsored by WillowCroft Farm Vineyards, the scholarship provides $8,000 for a high school junior to attend an intensive world language program abroad and $2,000 for his or her mentor teacher.


Junior Kyle Caylor will spend four weeks in Spain this summer, living with a host family and developing his language skills. Kyle is a member of the World Languages and Cultures Honor Society, Physics Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He volunteers with Athlete to Athlete and the Partners Club, organizations that assist children with special needs. He has been the class council vice president for two years and serves as an advisory committee member for the Virginia Student Council Association. He is a member of Students United and Men’s United. He previously played on Woodgrove’s basketball team and coached this year’s Powderpuff team. Kyle has been named to All-District Chorus for three consecutive years.


The award is modeled after another prize presented by WillowCroft, the WillowCroft Science Scholarship and the WillowCroft Science Scholarship Teacher Award. These awards have been presented at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair for the last 18 years.


Kyle was notified of the award ahead of his teacher due to the deadline for his application to the language institute. The early notification also allowed Kyle to be in on the surprise for his teacher. Robert Harbaugh was surprised by the entourage who accompanied Shipp into his classroom. The entourage included Lara Major, daughter of WillowCroft owner and winemaker Lew Parker; Loudoun Education Foundation Director of Development Samantha Courtney; Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Supervisor of World Languages and Cultures Suzette Wyhs; Harbaugh’s colleagues in the World Languages and Cultures Department at Woodgrove; and Harbaugh’s wife and their six children.


Wyhs read from Kyle’s nomination of his teacher for the award. “Mr. Harbaugh has a unique way of pushing curriculum through the minds of his students in a way that I have never seen before. He always tries to encourage his students to use Spanish while in the classroom, however he never hesitates to offer words of advice if we become frozen while speaking in front of our peers.”


Kyle and Harbaugh posed for pictures with their large checks and attended a reception in their honor.


And that Spanish word for surprise? It’s “sorpresa.”