School and Sports News for May 10

RCHS shines at Technosphere

Rappahannock’s award-winning TSA team members are (front row, from left) Amber Dodson, Matt Lombardi, Peyton Bailey, Lyndie Paul and Paige Paul, and (back row) advisor and teacher Scott Schlosser, Trey Swindler, Case Kramer, Adam Carter and Maddie Kopjanski.Stacey Bailey
Rappahannock’s award-winning TSA team members are (front row, from left) Amber Dodson, Matt Lombardi, Peyton Bailey, Lyndie Paul and Paige Paul, and (back row) advisor and teacher Scott Schlosser, Trey Swindler, Case Kramer, Adam Carter and Maddie Kopjanski.

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, Amber Dodson, Maddie Kopjanski, Matt Lombardi, Lyndie Paul and Paige Paul successfully developed a video about the average day in the life of a student. At the competition, they created a storyline, wrote a script and shot a one-minute video to earn sixth place.

In the Bio Technology competition, Adam Carter and Peyton Bailey took home fourth place with their display about agricultural runoff.

The Construction Renovation competition required students to design a scale model for a music studio above a garage. The duo of Case Kramer and Matt Lombardi placed seventh in this event.

Finally, the team of Peyton Bailey, Amber Dodson, Lyndie Paul and Paige Paul placed fourth in the Fashion Design contest. These students researched, designed and sewed dresses that they modeled for the judges. Garments represented the theme of a specified historical period.

Advisor and Technology Education teacher Scott Schlosser said: “Congratulations to all of these students on a great showing of skills and knowledge at Technosphere.”

– Melissa Delcour

Wakefield’s park study

On April 27, sixth-grade students from Wakefield Country Day School conducted a macro-invertebrate study in Shenandoah National Park. The students did water testing and a macro-invertebrate population study as culminating activities in their year-long Trout in the Classroom project. The students performed PH and dissolved oxygen tests on a stream and counted mayflies, stoneflies and other aquatic insects. The data will be analyzed for a report on the stream’s health to the park administration.

Teachers Margaret DiDomenico and Jeff Perry supervised the project’s students, who are: Bernie Cieplak, Ben Cotter, Catherine Deane, Grayson Galeone, Connor Glennon, Douglas Griffin, Tyler Johnson, Andrew Kwolek, Drake Lynn, Emma McGunigal, Chris O’Heir, Connor Poe, Jackson Romine, Ben Scaring, Emerson Shepard, Alex Smith, Landon Thede and Owen Youngquist

Battle of the Books report

Six- and seventh-graders from Rappahannock County Elementary School last month traveled  to compete in the annual Battle of the Books, a competition that readers in those grades began competing in last year, trying to read 20 books in a few months and then participate in a challenge against 12 other schools.

In all nine joined: Morgan Flanagan, Virginia Wyatt, Mahlet Yonas-Yirgu, Gabriel Hernandez, Bridget Daly, Haley Streigtiff, Tatyana Yates, Cydney Chambers and I. By the time of the competition four people had completed reading all of the books. The team that would be traveling to Floyd T. Binns Middle School consisted of those four with three alternates, who switched in and out to fill out the five required team members.

We left right after school to go and eat before it started. When we arrived, five of us, along with the competitors from the other schools, individually took a 50-question multiple-choice test on all of the books. Then we competed against five other schools separately in five rounds, in which each school had to answer 10 questions as a group. Missing a question would lower your school’s score and the other team would have the chance to answer that question for bonus points. After that, we headed towards the gym where we were told 10 quotes and required to identify the book they came from.

When all was finished, the scores were shown, and we came in sixth out of the 12 schools. Considering our school hasn’t been involved with this for many years, this is great, and we expect better next year! Keep on reading, Rappahannock!

– Connor Culbertson