School News for Aug. 2

The Galls’ sister act

Sisters Hannah (left) and Rachel Gall of Castleton, graduates of Rappahannock County High School, each received university degrees recently.
Sisters Hannah (left) and Rachel Gall of Castleton, graduates of Rappahannock County High School, each received university degrees recently.

Rappahannock County High School alumnae and sisters Hannah and Rachel Gall each recently earned university degrees. After earning her undergraduate degree from Christopher Newport University in 2009, Rachel Gall on May 5 received her master of education degree from Regent University, where she was named to “Who’s Who Among American College Students.” Inspired by three Orphan Helpers outreach trips to Central America, she is completing her ESL (English as a second language) certification at the University of Mary Washington. Rachel will be employed this upcoming school year as an ESL teacher at Park View High School in Sterling, Va.

On May 12, Hannah received her bachelor of science degree in nursing, graduating cum laude from Shenandoah University, where she was a Valley Health Scholar. She was awarded the dean of the nursing division’s Outstanding Graduate Award. While at RCHS, her ambition to become a nurse was helped along by being the fortunate recipient of both the Darby Nursing Scholarship and the Emily Hilscher Passion Award, as well as with mentoring by local physician John McCue. Hannah is employed as a critical-care nurse at Winchester Medical Center. 

Said Rachel: “Thanks to all of the teachers, coaches, clergyman, mentors, role models and community members who had such a positive influence on my sister and I, in a place we consider to be one of the most special places in the world, Rappahannock County.”

Rappahannock students earn VT honors

Among the students enrolled at Virginia Tech who were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester were four Rappahannock County residents, including:

James R. White of Flint Hill, a sophomore majoring in general engineering; Matthew R. Wingfield of Flint Hill, a senior majoring in communication; Bennett T. Eastham of Washington, a sophomore majoring in communication; and Ella K. Miller of Washington, a junior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

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