School and Sports News for May 24

The after-prom experience

At RCHS’ After-Prom event, Cory Massey and Maddie Kopjanski test the laws of physics in the bungee race.Kelly Settle
At RCHS’ After-Prom event, Cory Massey and Maddie Kopjanski test the laws of physics in the bungee race.

Once the bright lights and glamour of Rappahannock County High School’s prom was over this year, my date and I headed over to where the real excitement was just getting started: “After Prom,” brought to us this year by teacher Joy Sours.

So many things caught my attention at the start that it was hard to decide where to go, but I followed my friend to what he had been thinking about for hours: the mechanical bull set up in the gym. He lasted for about 36 seconds before he was thrown off, much to the enjoyment of the surrounding crowd.

Seth Wayland takes a turn on the mechanical bull.Kelly Settle
Seth Wayland takes a turn on the mechanical bull.

I wandered to the other things set up in our usually lowly gymnasium: a Velcro/Bungee activity where we could race each other before being pulled back by an elastic cord; a twin Jacob’s Ladder where the first person to fall off lost; an inflatable basketball contest, and much more. While I surveyed the rest of the school, I found that classrooms where I was used to learning about history and English were now home to X-Box consoles and “Minute to Win It” games. These and other activities kept us all entertained into the wee hours of the morning, if a night owl like myself can call 5 a.m. that.

Janet Jenkins obtained donations of food and everyone had plenty to eat throughout the night. The commons held music that could be heard throughout the entire event as well as an inflatable Skeeball setup, while the art room was devoted to calmer activities like crafts and board games. I participated in, and consequently lost, “The Best Friends Game Show” held in the auditorium after “Footloose” had finished being shown, for which the tied winners won gift certificates to “After Prom” supporters the Blue Rock Inn and Griffin Tavern.

Five in the morning rolled around, and while some people had gone home earlier, many of us were left to say our goodbyes. I went home that morning, $250 richer – as well as tremendously happy that this tradition had returned to our school, even if I didn’t know my best friend’s shoe size.

 – Sarah Ames

Class adopts a tortoise

Wakefield’s pre-kindergarten class visits with their adopted tortoise in Luray.Ann Landis
Wakefield’s pre-kindergarten class visits with their adopted tortoise in Luray.

The pre-K class at Wakefield Country Day School took a field trip May 17 to the Luray Reptile Zoo, and while they were there, they adopted an aldabra tortoise on his very first day at the zoo. The students plan to stay in touch with him and follow his progress in the years to come. The school’s pre-kindergarten class is taught by Kim Shafran and includes Ethan Frost, Sydney Gerard, Kamran Mashaw, Carmen O’Neill, Mariel Scoville, Charlotte Summers, Mimi Walker and Lily Yacubian.

Wakefield athletics update

In varsity girls’ soccer, the Lady Owls advanced to play in the semifinals of the Delaney Athletic Conference Division II Tournament at Randolph-Macon Academy May 10. The Yellow Jackets scored a goal early in the first half and another in the second half to take the game by a final score of 2-0. Wakefield came on strong in the second half of the season, going 4-1-1 in their last six games. The team’s final record was 5-7-1.

In varsity tennis, the Owls had their final two matches rained out. The team’s season record was 4-3.

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