Stellar 7 Over 70

2019 Winners

2019 STellar 7 Over 70 Award Winners

Inaugural awards, celebrating the achievements of those of 70 in Winchester



Creative Engagement – Jacquetta Owen
Jacquetta Owen teaches music and reading to the children at her church and before the 2019 awards, organized and ran STEM-related summer camps for children in grades K-5. She also teaches sewing classes to people of all ages at Hobby Lobby and the senior center in Stephens City.



Environmental Awareness – Douglas Butler
Douglas Butler’s philanthropic endeavors are environmentally conscious and include planting new trees each year in Jim Barnett Park, caring for the park’s existing trees and shrubs, and actively serving in local Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Street clean-up programs. He also finds time to use his snow blower to ensure local neighbors have their walkways, sidewalks and driveways cleared in each snow storm.



Fitness and Health – Joseph Young
Joseph Young is an avid bicyclist and an active member of the Winchester Wheelmen Bike Club. He rides 25 miles per day or 125 miles per week. At age 84, he participated in a bicycle tour from Charleston, South Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, and the following year he completed a six-day, 160-mile ride encompassing 11,000 feet of climbing in Sonoma, California.



Intellectual Growth – Vicky Edwards
Vicky Edwards is the longest-tenured volunteer at Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area (LVWA) and the creator of LVWA’s computer program. She has taught 24 courses in the last four years, has recorded and released over 60 songs, and volunteers at Winchester Medical Center on a weekly basis.


Social and Community Involvement – James R. Wilkins, Jr.
James R. Wilkins, Jr. is a founding member of the Frederick County/Winchester Law Enforcement Foundation and actively serves in a leadership capacity on numerous boards for such institutions such as Shenandoah University, Bank of Clarke County, Winchester Equipment Company, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation. Since turning 70, he has aided in raising $10 million for the Winchester Medical Center Cancer Foundation and $25 million for the Shenandoah University Athletic Center Field House and Community Center.



Spiritual Expression – Rev. Dr. Diedra Kriewald
At the age of 72, she and her husband, Jim, embarked on an adventure to Africa, sharing their expertise and gifts by teaching at a college in Kenya for a year. She has written three original music pageants on the lives of spiritual leaders including Paul and St. Francis of Assisi. Kriewald is also a member of the abiders at Orchard Ridge, fulfilling the group’s mission of sitting with and providing comfort to those in their last days of life.



Vocational Connectivity – John Tyson
John Tyson serves as chairman of the Winchester Day Pre-School Board of Directors. His preschool helps children whose parents have limited means. Tyson is an active Rotarian, serving as co-chair for the past eight years of the Coats for Kids Committee that provided 900 new coats to kids in the local area last year alone. Tyson also is a member of Rotary’s Pit Crew, which prepares meals for children with cancer, their families, camp counselors and medical personnel who attend Special Love’s Camp Fantastic at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center.