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FHYAA Names Fort Hunt Students Mary Prater and Grant Seiffert, Jr. Winners of 2023 Jackson Casey Scholarships

The Casey family with Mary Prater and her parents.
(Photos: FHYAA)

Alexandria, VA – High School students Mary Prater and Grant Seiffert, Jr. have been named winners of the 2023 Jackson Casey Scholarship by the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association. Prater and Seiffert met with the Casey family and Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association leaders to receive their awards.

Mary Prater is in the Class of 2023 at West Potomac High School.  She played t-ball, basketball, and lacrosse through FHYAA and played varsity basketball at West Potomac this past winter. She plans to study sports management at James Madison while continuing her love of basketball on the club team.

Seiffert, Jr. is also in the Class of 2023 at West Potomac High School. He played baseball, basketball, football, and lacrosse through FHYAA and played varsity football this past fall. He plans to study Kinesiology at Christopher Newport University next year, hoping to become a Physical Therapist someday.

This scholarship program is an annual reflection of the life of Jackson Casey and the impact youth sports has on the development of young adults in the Fort Hunt community.

The Casey family with Grant Seifert Jr.

The Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association serves the youth of Fort Hunt and surrounding communities, providing opportunities to experience recreational sports in an atmosphere that encourages and promotes teamwork, friendship, and self-confidence in a positive, safe, and supportive environment. FHYAA supports softball, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, rugby, volleyball, football, and cheerleading. To learn more about Fort Hunt Sports, go to

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Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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