School & Sports News, Part 1

Student athletes celebrated

Coach Jamie Harris, back row left, with wrestlers and a $12,000 check for new mats.

The Rappahannock County School Sports Association (RCSSA) hosted the combined fall and winter Sports Banquet Sunday, and Rappahannock County Public Schools student athletes were treated to a wonderful meal prepared by Melissa Hipple, Gail Czekaj, Cynthia Volk and Stacey Devine. (For award winners, see School & Sports News, Part 2.)

An emotional moment occurred when two students were given the Logan McKiernan BFS Award. This new award will be given each year to a male and female athlete who participate in the “Bigger, Faster Stronger” program at RCPS during summer conditioning, in preparation for the upcoming sports seasons. Coach Jamie Harris, instrumental in bringing the program to RCPS, presented the awards to Julious Lucas and Lauren Settle for the 2009-2010 school year.

RCSSA is a proud sponsor of the awards banquet, just one of the many events that RCSSA sponsors for the students at RCPS. Please help support the fund-raising efforts of RCSSA.
— Amy Hitt

Wrestling gift fills RCHS with mat-itude

On Thursday, March 11, coach Jamie Harris received a rare donation of $12,305 for new wrestling mats at Rappahannock County High School.

In the weeks preceding the contribution, RCSSA member Amy Hitt put the word out to try to find used mats, and the appeal reached the ears of a former wrestler, Robert Grey.

Grey is founder, president and CEO of IntelliDyne Corporation; the corporation donated the funds to purchase top-of-the-line new mats. Harris is eagerly working with the mat designer to incorporate the emblazoned Panther logo he hopes will inspire RCHS wrestlers to victory for many seasons to come.

Daly on dean’s list

Colleen Daly of Sperryville, a 2008 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, was named to the dean’s list at Whittier College for the 2009 fall semester — with a 4.0 grade point average. She is the daughter of Michelle Daly Armor of Sperryville.

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