[WCS News] Uniting the Division

Nancy Morgan nmorgan at wcs.k12.va.us
Mon May 17 13:23:30 EDT 2010



AHS All-Sports Banquet Awards:
The Abingdon High School All-Sports Banquet was held on Monday, May 10, at
the Higher Ed. Center in Abingdon. The following awards were given out:

Football - Whitey Johnson Memorial - Clark Case; Joe Latture  Blocking
Award - Joe Quetsch; Danny Counts Memorial - Corey Spencer;  Falcon Award
- John Riley Wilkinson. Volleyball - Offensive Player of  the Year -
Taylor Leland; Defensive Player of the Year - Julie Stepp;  Teammate Award
- Lynsi Viers. Cross Country - Boys - Outstanding Runner - George Tolton;
Coaches’ Award - Ryan McMurray. Girls - Outstanding Runner - Madison
Turner; Coaches’ Award - Madison Skeens, Kensie Skeens.  Cheer -
Competitive - Most Valuable - Keely McCormick and Kelsey Peterson; Coach’s
Award - Mackenzie Jarvis. Sideline - Most Spirited -  Mackenzie Farris;
Captain’s Awards - Mackenzie Jarvis and Callie Summerfield. Golf - Falcon
Award - Robert Stallard; Medalist - Jordan Patrick. Girls’ Basketball -
Lady Falcon Basketball - Lauren Wilson; Coach’s Award - Katie Mullins
Boys’ Basketball - Mr. Falcon Basketball -  Randall Carter; Game Ball
Award - Nathan Hess; Coach’s Award - Chris  Dixon. Wrestling - Most
Valuable - Alex Hollomon; Most Improved -  Matthew Nash; Most Outstanding
- Grayson Toler. Swimming - Boys - Most Valuable - Clayton Brown; Most
Improved - Chris Robertson; Most  Dedicated - Scott Roblee. Girls - Most
Valuable - Christie Wilson; Most  Improved - Sarah Stallard; Most
Dedicated - Hayley Necessary. Indoor  Track - Boys - Most Valuable - Aaron
Waldrop; Coach’s Award - Nick  Noland; Most Outstanding - George Tolton.
Girls - Most Valuable - Jessica Tyler; Coach’s Award - Kensie Skeens; Most
Outstanding - Madison  Skeens. Tennis - Girls - Falcon Award - Katie
Mullins; Most Improve -  Rachel McClanahan; Most Valuable - Sidney Shuman.
Boys - Most Valuable -  Randall Carter. Girls Soccer - MVP - Lauren
Morelock; Rookie of the Year  - Haven Leland; Coach’s Award - Sarah
Hawsey. Softball - Teammate Award - Kellie Dickey Outdoor Track - Girls - 
Coach’s Award - Madison Skeens; Most Valuable - Haley Jenkins; Most 
Outstanding - Jessica Tyler. Boys - Coach’s Award - Corey Spencer; Most
Valuable - George Tolton; Most Outstanding - Aaron Waldrop. Phil Odum 
Memorial - Julie Stepp & Ryan McMurray. Jack Musser Memorial - Randall
Carter. Charlie Price Sportsmanship - John Riley Wilkinson. Most  Athletic
Female & Male - Lauren Wilson & Nathan Hess. Additionally, the Academic
Team of the Year was Girls' Swimming. Some awards were not presented due
to the spring season being incomplete at this time.


Holston SADD Club Donates to Tennessee Flood Relief:
The SADD Club at Holston High School recently sent a check to the American
Red Cross for disaster relief.  This money will be used to help families
that had their homes destroyed in the recent floods in Tennessee.  The
SADD Club does fundraising throughout the year for community service. This
is their fourth service learning project of the year.


Virginia PTA Reflections Winners:
We are proud to announce that several of our students have been recognized
by the state PTA for their entries in the PTA Reflections Contest. This
year’s theme was “Beauty is
” and the students showcased their talents in
a variety of ways. Ashley Rector, 7th grade, placed 2nd in Film /Video
Production; Casey Hicks, 8th grade, placed 2nd in Visual Arts; Isabel
Harrison, 6th grade, placed 3rd in Visual Arts; and Caitlyn Deel, 7th
grade, placed 1st in Literature. Each student received a plaque to
commemorate their award.

Jr. Washington County Community Scholars:
Forty-one students from Damascus Middle School traveled to the VA Ballroom
Senior Center in Abingdon on May 11 for the Jr. Washington County
Community Scholars Luncheon. Students were treated to a buffet lunch
complete with cake, cookies and ice cream sundaes. All proceeds from the
event go to support the Meals on Wheels Program.  Honored guests included
Mr. David Lambert, DMS principal, Ms. Belinda Mullins, Dr. Janet Lester,
Dr. Foney Mullins, Dr. Barry Yost, and Mr. Bo Catron. The featured speaker
for the event was Mr. Trey McCall, Baseball Coach at Emory & Henry College
and former teacher and coach in Washington County.  He addressed the four 
requirements necessary to become a Jr. WCC Scholar; the student must
maintain a B average throughout the year, have a 95% attendance record,
less than two office referrals for discipline with no suspensions and at
least eight hours of community service. He stressed the importance of the
program and how it would shape their character throughout the rest of
their formative years. Students will be receiving t-shirts with the
programs logo and 2010 year to remember the school year. Congratulations


2010-2011 SCA Officers Selected:
Congratulations to the following students as they were selected by their
peers to serve as the 2010-2011 SCA officers for the EBSMS eighth grade
class: Treasurer: Anna Merritt, Secretary: Zachary Baldwin,
Vice-President: Jenna Gilbert, President: Carter Newton. The SCA officers
for the 2010-2011 Abingdon High School ninth grade class are: President:
Gabrielle Lloyd and Vice President: Symone Hohensee. Congratulations to
these students!

8th Grade Chorus Performs:
On May 13th, the Eighth Grade Chorus presented their annual spring
concert, Destination Rock ‘n’ Roll, to a theater packed with friends and
family. The performance opened and ended with the song, We Built This
City. The program included songs from the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, Motown,
and the British invasion. The students did an excellent job and are to be
commended for an awesome performance. Kerisha Kegley and Marva Wheeler
direct the chorus program at EBSMS.

Junior Washington County Community Scholars:
The Junior Washington County Community Scholars at E. B. Stanley Middle
School were recognized Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at a luncheon at the
Abingdon Ball Room.  Mr. Hawsey, Vice President of Enrollment Management
at Emory and Henry College, was the speaker.  His message was entitled,
“Are You Smarter Than a Middle Schooler” and took on the format of the
television show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader”. After the message,
students were honored individually.  All students received a certificate
and will receive a water bottle with a Falcon logo.  The eighth grade
students were given a medallion as well.  Principal Kathy Laster,
Assistant Principal Wendy Davis, Guidance Counselor Buford Wright and the
JWCCS sponsor, Jean Harley also attended the event.

EBSMS Junior Washington County Community Scholars:
6th Grade: Heather Andrews, Denham Bays, Lyndsay Boyd, Megan Caldwell,
Dustin Chapman, Drake Clevinger, Emma Cox, Delaney Edwards, Justin Fannon,
Savannah Fulton, William Gifford, Chandler Graybeal, Courtney Hall, Nick
Kelly, Alicianna Leal, Macie Leland, Adriana Luke, Stephanie Maddox,
Morgan Merrill, Frank Morris, Duncan Okes, Kathleen Quigley, Heather
Robinson, Rachel Short, Haley Stallard, Abigail Smiley, Emily Stinson,
Haley Vandyke, Emma Wampler, Samantha Ward, Derrick Yates.

7th Grade:
Daniel Bailey, Zachary Baldwin, Samuel Bauserman, Taylor Blevins, Rebecca
Burlett, Evan Childress, Justin Colon, Emily Danko, Tyler Dixon, Bradley
Dolinger, Monica Edwards, Samantha Ford, Macie Frazier, Jenna Gilbert,
Zack Harless, Nathan Hawsey, Alexis Hall, Logan Hawk, Hayley Hine, Madi
Holloway, Brittany Jego, Cole Johnson, Zack Johnson, Wesley Kidd, Lynsie
Klug, Brenda McDiffett, Gage McCroskey, Shannon Murphy, Carter Newton,
Matthew Quigley, Cameron Phillips, Hannah Phillips, Ben Ritterbusch,
Clayton Sexton, Kayla Smith, Shannon Stacy, Breanna Tiller, Tori Upton,
Aleia Warren, Carrie Webb, Morgan Witt, Audra Yarber.

8th Grade:
Katie Alexander, Kaitlyn Barlow, Elise Bartz, Elizabeth Berry, Austin
Blankenship, Cayla Boyd, Emma Brewster, Alyssa Briscoe-Rose, Ashleigh
Carnell, Brianna Casey, Jake Edwards, Laban Farmer, Dima Ferreira, Jared
Griffith, Renae Griffith, Cassidy Grimsley, Reid Halsey, Truman Hawks,
Rebecca Kelly, Kathryn Large, Millie Leong, Michaela Lloyd, Lindsay
Massey, Sierra McMillan, Tess McNerlin, Grayson Moore, Jessica Moret,
Hunter Norris, Aldonza Olivo, Matt Parris, Allison Rhoten, Ebony Romanick,
Riley Sullivan, Sierra Smith, Amanda Stinson, Samantha Walls, Gage Webb,
Carah Whichard, Rutger Wilson.


GSMS Teacher Recognized As Lobster of the Month:
At Glade Spring Middle School, teachers have been challenged to think
outside of the box, or in this case, outside the shell.  Principal Scott
Allen encouraged teachers at the beginning of the year to be a lobster; to
grow and explore new ideas.  And just as a lobster takes risk, tries new
things, etc. all while growing a new shell, so too should teachers.  Each
month a teacher who has shown initiative and innovation is recognized as
the Lobster of the Month.

For May, the GSMS Lobster is Mrs. Barbara Manuel.  Mrs. Manuel teaches
seventh grade language arts and is the sponsor of the GSMS Newspaper.  In
her classroom, Mrs. Manuel uses a variety of technology with her students
both in providing instruction and in class assignments.  Throughout the
year, her seventh graders have created a variety of projects and presented
them to their classmates.  Mrs. Manuel has also engaged her students in
cross curricular projects completing research projects for both her class
and for their science classes.  Additionally, Mrs. Manuel has frequently
and generously given her planning period to assist in an eighth grade
English class.  As the Lobster of the Month, Mrs. Manuel received a gift
certificate to Red Lobster and gets to park in the reserved Lobster
parking space at the front of the school.  Congratulations to Mrs. Manuel!

GSMS GATE Gains New Appreciation for Nature:
For the students in the Gifted and Talented (GATE) program at Glade Spring
Middle School, this has been a year for learning more about the natural
world.  Throughout the year the students have participated in a variety of
activities designed to promote a better understanding of their environment
and the world around them.  Recently, the sixth graders in GATE had the
opportunity to travel to Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium in Kingsport,
Tennessee.  There they were introduced to the park’s most famous
inhabitants; the wolves.  They learned more about these beautiful
creatures and their role in the natural world.  They also participated in
programs which introduced them to other animals native to our area
including snakes and birds.

The seventh and eighth grade GSMS GATE students experienced “ruffin’ it”
as they spent three days at Camp Ahistadi in Damascus, Virginia.  The
students had the opportunity to get close to nature as they hiked and
explored the region surrounding the camp.  Dr. Hainsworth of Emory & Henry
College visited the campers and talked to them about the importance of
protecting our environment.  She led the students in an activity where
they examined the area creek and the animals who call it their home.  The
students also had time for some fun as they created some art projects
using natural materials and tie-died their own tee shirts.  For all it was
a fun learning adventure.

The following GSMS students participated in the camp out:  7th graders –
Emma Buchanan, Nikita Caudill, Lindsey Chafin, Cora Edwards, Any Garrett,
Autumn Hall, Joshua Parker, Stevie Reigel, and Anthony Reynolds and 8th
graders – Dustin Casey, Jake Caudill, Dylan Coe, Henry Davis, Ellie
Hainsworth, Lily Kingsolver, Isaac Rector, Catherine Stiltner, Chrisann
Tipton, Drew Williams, and Tyree Wilmoth.  The students were accompanied
by the following adults:  GATE Sponsors - Lisa McNeil and Kathy Brillhart,
and parents Diane Rector, Jamie Chafin and Mark Hainsworth.


Wallace Middle School Students Honored:
Sixty students at WMS met the requirements to be a Junior Washington
County Community Scholar. A luncheon was held in their honor at the Senior
Center in Abingdon on May 6.  The requirements for Community Scholar
included eight hours of community service, at least a "B" average in
grades, good attendance and behavior.  Each student received a
certificate, a ribbon and a t-shirt in recognition of their participation
in the program. Congratulations to these students:  Danielle Aldridge,
Haley Ball, Luke Ball, Trenton Banks, Chandler Blaylock, MaKenzie
Blaylock, Adam Blevins, Allison Blevins, Tristan Blevins, Faith Booher,
Ashley Bowman, Austin Bowman, Sarah Canter, Connor Carrigan, Noah Carter,
Seth Cunningham, Ian Dew, Ali Duckett, Gavin Felty, Chloe Harris, Duane
Harris, Billy Hatcher, Daphne Hawkins, Taylor Haworth, Andrew Holden,
Kaitlin Ingle, Mercedes James, Cody Jessee, Brittany Johnson, Samantha
Kibort, AJ Koloian, Joseph Lester, Matney Lilly, Blake Logan, Deeanna
Luchini, Baxter Martin, Brooke Martin, Sam Martin, Zane McCroskey, Jacob
Merlette, Peyton Morrison, Jake Mullins, Daniel Olsabeck, Courtney Owens,
Katelyn Sauls, Devin Sherfey, Matt Sherfey, Cameron Smith, Kylie Smith,
Kaley Spears, Meagan Stacy, Ashley Stevens, McKenzie Stevens, Kaitlynn
Stowers, Lascie Tasker, Chasity Teets, Justin VanHoy, Evin Whiteaker,
Michelle Widener, Emily Wilson.


Greendale Fifth-Graders “PAWS” to Help Out the Animal Shelter!
As part of the PAWS campaign (Providing Animals With Support), fifth-grade
students at Greendale Elementary School collected items to donate to the
Washington County Animal Shelter.  After doing a little math, courtesy of
Ms. Amy Merrihue, the students realized that their donation of over fifty
pounds of food would only feed the animals at the shelter for about a
week.  This math fact helped us all to recognize that supporting our
Animal Shelter is very important because the shelter strives to provide
many animals with food and shelter they would not receive otherwise.

An Afternoon of Tall Tales at Greendale Elementary School:
Students at Greendale Elementary School recently enjoyed an afternoon of
traditional Appalachian music and story-telling by the Blue Ridge Dinner
Theatre.  After mesmerizing the audience with an introduction of music,
the group performed two folk tales about Jack, the Appalachian hero who
finds a clever solution to several problems he faces.  This was a
wonderful time of learning and laughter, as students were introduced to
the Appalachian oral tradition, an important part of our cultural
heritage.  After the performance, the G.A.T.E. students from both
Greendale Elementary and Abingdon Elementary participated in a writing
workshop with the performers.  The students had the opportunity to read
"Jack and the Giants," another Jack Tale, and adapt it as a script, before
performing it with the help of the actors and actresses!

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