School/Education News

The Rapp for July 12

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Castleton Festival's upcoming weekend and beyond, historic doings in Chester Gap, a show-saving piano donation, a deal for Shenandoah National Park visitors, fighting invasive plants and lots more.
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The Rapp for July 5

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July 5
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It's a Saturday of art openings and more in Sperryville at Old Rag Photography Gallery, River District Arts, Middle Street Gallery and more; RAAC awards its Mitchell Fund honors to Wakefield graduate Amanda Carroll of Castleton.
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Washington column for June 28

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June 28
From left, Ora Roy, Nina Peyton, Marie Atkins and Phil Drevas from the Rappahannock Senior Center sell baked goods of many kinds at CFC Farm and Home Center’s Customer Appreciation Day Saturday.

Patriotic readings; Salem Education Foundation's scholarship available; customers appreciated at CFC Farm and Home Center; Cooter's "Hazzard Homecoming" is coming to Ben Venue.
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The Rapp for June 21

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It's the Fourth (Estate) Friday of the month, so we'll see you in Sperryville; lots to do, including theater auditions and the start of the fourth annual Castleton Festival this weekend; a butterfly outing next month; local Eagle Scouts get their wings.
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School News: RCHS Commencement 2012

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On June 9, Rappahannock County High School’s 45 seniors – one of the school’s smallest graduating classes in recent memory, but one that boasts four of its members about to enter U.Va. – received their diplomas at the school’s 62nd annual Commencement Ceremony. Photos and a report.
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Photos: DARE to have fun

Photos: DARE to have fun

For the annual DARE Day expo at Rappahannock County Elementary School, the Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education organizers put together a well-attended mix of law-enforcement demonstration and education booths, fire and rescue displays and plain old fun and games – the latter including Headwaters’ egg walk, above. At least two young attendees were...
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Photo: Ready for some summer reading

Photo: Ready for some summer reading

Headwaters Starfish mentees (from left) Kayla Butler, Colin Kelly and Mahlet Yonas-Yirgu enjoy sharing gift bags full of summer reading for 12 Rappahannock County Elementary School students.  The Headwaters Foundation’s Starfish Mentoring Program’s mentors and mentees selected and packaged the books for other children ages 6-12 as a community outreach effort to “make reading...
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Wakefield holds 33rd commencement

Wakefield holds 33rd commencement

On June 3, upper school students, faculty, families and friends of Wakefield Country Day School gathered in the senior garden to congratulate the school’s 12 seniors on their accomplishments at Wakefield’s 33rd commencement ceremony. The program began with a procession of the faculty and graduates to Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major.” Honoring a...
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Letter: What the Scholarship Awards made clear

It was my pleasure recently to attend the Scholarship Awards ceremony at Rappahannock County High School. When I arrived I was impressed, though not surprised, to find the auditorium full and abuzz with fresh-faced and bright students, dressed for an important occasion, eager with anticipation and full of accomplishment. With the good leadership of...
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Washington column for June 14

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June 14
Washington column for June 14

Fifth-graders help with Visitors Center project; remembering Gene Leggett, Dareing speaks at Sunday services, Garden Club presentation, birthday wishes and Fathers Day celebration and remembrances.
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Financing (education) provided by Union First

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June 14
Financing (education) provided by Union First

Union First Market Bank went back to school on May 30, when Sherry Cillo, vice president and senior branch manager, stepped into Bradley Weeks’ economics and personal finance class at Rappahannock County High School. During her 45-minute presentation, she introduced students to basic banking services from a banker’s perspective: savings and checking accounts, how to...
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School and Sports News for June 14

School and Sports News for June 14

Volleyball, soccer camps at RCHS Besides a football-related meeting June 21 for players and parents (see Meetings and Notices on this page), there’s other sports-related goings-on at the schools: A James Madison University volleyball camp for rising eighth- to 12th-graders is June 21-22 at Rappahannock County High School’s auxiliary gym, noon to 7 both...
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Editorial: Congratulations, graduates!

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June 7
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At this time of year, when Rappahannock County High School as well as local private schools send their seniors on their way rejoicing out into the “ big, wide world” (see the graduates’ photos on pages 8-9 today), we are poignantly reminded of the county’s singular strength: its very smallness. Yes, small is beautiful....
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Washington column for June 7

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June 7
Washington column for June 7

New piot! Mission to Haiti and Trinity bible school, bloodmobile coming and free clinic date. Bookbarn sale and community greetings.
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Passing the torch, at RCHS’ Baccalaureate

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June 7
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On a warm Sunday evening (June 3), Rappahannock County High School seniors donned their caps and gowns for their first formal farewell ceremony – the 62nd annual Baccalaureate service.
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RCHS’ spring, year-end athletics awards

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June 7

Commitment was the night’s theme at Rappahannock County High School’s annual Spring Sports Awards last Thursday (May 31) in the RCHS auditorium. Athletic Director Jim Swindler teamed with the coaching staff and Kurt Streu’s culinary crew to host the event. Strue’s students prepared and served a fabulous meal to the estimated 350 in attendance....
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School and Sports News for June 7

Wakefield academic awards and athletics update; college degrees awarded to several Rappahannock young people.
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Teachers feel taxed by budget

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May 31
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More than 10 unhappy public school teachers, and Jackson district school board member Amy Hitt,  squeezed into a single pew in the back row of the Rappahannock County courthouse at Tuesday night’s (May 29) final board of supervisors budget work session.
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Photos: Onward and upward

Photos: Onward and upward

Twenty-one Rappahannock County High School seniors garnered 47 scholarships worth $62,000 at the recent Scholarship Awards assembly held at the high school. Jason Gochenour, RCHS’ director of college guidance, and Dr. Paula Howland, director of the Headwaters Foundation’s Next Step program, organized and officiated at the ceremony that recognized and lauded the students for...
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Photos: Chelsea’s first graduates

Photos: Chelsea’s first graduates

At Chelsea Academy’s first-ever graduation on Friday (May 25) at St. Peter’s Catholic Mission in Washington, the seven graduates of the four-year-old Front Royal school celebrated by tossing their graduate caps in the air. Two of the grads are Rappahannock County residents, including Emily Little of Boston and salutatorian Maria Lee of Woodville (shown...
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Baccalaureate this Sunday

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May 31

“Visible,” the Rappahannock County High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes club, and their sponsors, invite you and your family to attend the 62nd annual Baccalaureate Service. The public service is 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in RCHS Auditorium. Included in the program are: speeches from the 2012 student leadership, music from the Panther Band, student vocalists, an...
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Dodson sentenced to 60 days

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May 24
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In a highly publicized case of betrayal that took unexpected turns – the repeated misappropriation of funds from a school nonprofit made public in February, a plea bargain that included a $25,000 restitution payment rejected by a judge in May – the end was as compelling as the beginning.
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Sperryville column for May 24

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May 24
RCHS’ boys varsity soccer team members pause during their Sperryville Rescue carwash duty for a portrait, including (from left): Matt Lombardi, Ben Estes, Clayton Hatcher, Tanyon Lee, Edwin Garcia, Logan Vest, Robbie Adams, Case Kramer, Logan Welch, Smith Clifton, Shane L’Amoreaux, Brian Baumgardner, Jon Letson, Patrick Foley, Alex Jung, Amrit Tamang, Andrew Oyster and coach James Lofton.

Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad welcomes soccer team and bike club; remembering those who served; People to People outreach; more yoga and the bridge construction continues.
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Lady Panthers pounce into Districts

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May 24

Rappahannock County High School’s Lady Panther varsity soccer team stood strong on their home turf Monday (May 21) to secure a first-round Bull Run District playoff win (1-0) against William Monroe’s Dragons. These rivals have met on two previous occasions this season, both resulting in dramatic overtime decisions with split results. The first half remained...
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School and Sports News for May 24

School and Sports News for May 24

After-prom activities, a tortoise for pre-K, and an athletics update from Wakefield.
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Photo: Ruritan scholarships

Photo: Ruritan scholarships

Amissville Ruritan Club President Jerome Mallory (center) presents the 2012 Ruritan Build-Your-Dollar Scholarship to Adam Ryan Carter (left) and the 2012 Ruritan Memorial Scholarship to Matthew Scott Murphy (right). Carter, a senior at Rappahannock County High School, will be attending the University of Virginia this fall. Murphy is a student at George Mason University.
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Jones, Wayland qualify for regionals

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May 24

Rappahannock County High School’s co-ed varsity track team took the field of competition in Strasburg on May 18. At day’s end, Josh Jones and Seth Wayland both qualified for regionals when they placed among the top six runners in their individual races. Jones and Wayland ran in the second-fastest heat of their events and put...
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Letter: Support our schools: an alternative

Like so many residents of Rappahannock, I watched the unfolding annual story of the debate about whether or not we should have higher property taxes to pay for the increasing cost of services, especially education, in the county. Again the center of the discussions focused on increasing or cutting the school budget. I was...
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Letter: Thanks for making After-Prom possible

We would like to thank the following local businesses for donating to the 2012 Rappahannock County High School After-Prom Celebration: The Inn at Little Washington, Union First Market Bank, Wegman’s, Oak View National Bank, Country Chevrolet, Rappahannock Electric Co-Op, Shenandoah Ford, Warrenton Toyota, Rose Hill Vet, Maloney and Ward Insurance, Costco, Flint Hill Methodist...
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School and Sports News for May 17

School and Sports News for May 17

Wakefield benefit auction and sports update; alumni news and honor roll achievement.
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Letter: A ‘joyful evening’ at Montpelier

Letter: A ‘joyful evening’ at Montpelier

The Belle Meade School community would like to thank all those who attended our fundraiser at Montpelier on Saturday evening (May 12). We are especially grateful to to Sarah and Jim Wildasin for opening their beautifully restored, historic house and grounds. The combination of the spectactular setting, Sylvie Rowand’s (Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery)...
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Varsity soccer teams come close, JP girls come in first

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Rappahannock County High School squared off against perennial league winners George Mason and Clarke; JP girls soccer are conference champs.
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Supervisors cut $280K from school budget

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No one left happy from Monday afternoon’s monthly Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meeting – as several of its members had predicted – after the supervisors approved what the county would spend on schools for 2012-2013.
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School and Sports News for May 10

School and Sports News for May 10

RCHS shines at Technosphere Rappahannock’s Technology Student Association (TSA) earned their Panther pride last Friday (May 4) at the Technosphere state competition in Richmond. Adam Carter and Amber Dodson won first place with their paired debate about technology’s impact on food supply, environment and other related issues. The team of Peyton Bailey, Adam Carter,...
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Panther soccer advances in district, community

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Over the past week, Panther varsity boys’ soccer battled for position in the Bull Run District and still found time to reveal their inner integrity by, once again, giving back to their community.

The boys are no strangers to service. 
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‘Outstanding’ Lady Panthers defeat two more district foes

In the 2012 women’s soccer season, athletes in the Bull Run District find themselves in an epic battle amongst the state’s most competitive Single A teams and Junior Panther girls soccer hosted its last regular season game on Friday, April 27, when they took on Shenandoah Valley for a 3-0 triumph.
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Supervisors asked to ‘be the adults’

Joe Reinboldt addresses the supervisors at Monday night’s public hearing on the county budget.

A last-second joint work session with members of the Rappahannock County School Board and Board of Supervisors was planned at the end of Monday night’s (April 30) public hearing on the county’s proposed $22.1 million fiscal-year 2013 budget – after Piedmont supervisor Ron Frazier insisted that both boards address school budget-related concerns raised by...
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Letter: ‘Into the Woods’: See you on Broadway, RCHS

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“Into the Woods,” the musical performed by the Rappahannock County High School Drama Club last weekend, takes us from the safety of the pavement and the path, into a twisted wonderland of fairy tales turned upside down. It takes us back into childhood, and offers us a chance to see what might lurk between...
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Lady Panthers shut out Cougars, turn the corner at Monroe

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Lady Panthers v Cougars and Monroe, Panther varsity matches, and track stars.
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School and Sports News for May 3

School and Sports News for May 3

Grandparents visit Wakefield About 80 grandparents of students came to Wakefield Country Day School April 25 for Grandparents Day. The event began in the school’s auditorium with a lavish breakfast. The special guests sat down at tables with tablecloths and flowers and laminated souvenir placemats made by their grandchildren. After a greeting by Head...
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