School and Sports News for Aug. 30

Lady Panthers off to fast start

From scrimmage into regular season play, Lady Panther volleyball has started the year with five consecutive wins.

This Monday (Aug. 27), Rappahannock County High School traveled to confront Fresta Valley Christian School for a 3-0 decisive win. “It was a decent game,” said junior Maddie Kopjanski. “We didn’t really have any warm up time, so we used our first set of that, and we won. We won the next two sets and had some good hits.”

In a surprising moment of opportunity, Kopjanski unleashed her secret weapon. “I finally got to use my jump serve!” she said. “I’ve been practicing it since the beginning of the season. I was really excited. Coach told me I couldn’t use it until it was consistent. I was geeking out on the serve line because I wanted to do it right. The other team shanked half my jump serves, so I was really happy.”

Last Thursday’s match-up at Wakefield Country Day certainly paved the way for the atmosphere of terrific opportunities.

Freshman Kathleen Forrest “had an amazing kill,” Kopjanski said. “It was like Olympic standard; it was beautiful, straight down inside the 10-foot line. She was having a rough night with her hitting. Then, out of nowhere, came this radiating beauty. It was so pretty.”

The Lady Panther momentum promises a crowd-pleasing contest for the team’s first home game Thursday, Aug. 30 against the Culpeper Blue Devils.

– Melissa Delcour

Belle Meade welcome new students, additions

Belle Meade School opened its doors this week with seven new students – hailing from Warrenton, Madison, Charlottesville, Sperryville and even California, as well as new scholastic offerings.

Belle Meade’s Mike Biniek works to complete the hoophouse expected to enlarge the growing season, and the farm-related curriculum, at Belle Meade School. Courtesy photo.
Belle Meade’s Mike Biniek works to complete the hoophouse expected to enlarge the growing season, and the farm-related curriculum, at Belle Meade School. Courtesy photo.

“We are particularly delighted to welcome so many new students and were thrilled that one actually was so eager to come that she moved from California to live here with an older sister, so she could attend our school,” said Head of School Susan Hoffman.

Hoffman also unveiled a new scholastic partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton. “One student will launch this new study program – which is open to all students – by taking physics and math courses at the college, enabling him to earn both high school and college education credits this term.” Hoffman also noted that an education partnership with Rappahannock County Public Schools is also in the works, and would establish some part-time, class exchange courses for high school students.

The school, as well as the adjacent B&B farmhouse, are both sporting a new coat of paint. Hoffman noted the “crayon” scheme is her husband Mike Biniek’s creation – “soleil yellow” walls, “tahoe” blue roofs, “brick” window trim, and “nature” green accents. A new greenhouse is also emerging, designed to provide a longer growing season for the farm’s vegetables which, along with the farm’s eggs, chicken, beef, pork and other agricultural products, help support the school and its educational programs.

“Belle Meade School is open to all full-time students of sixth through 12th grades and also to homeschoolers, who participate regularly in our classroom instruction on a part-time basis,” Hoffman noted. “The backdrop for our college-preparatory curriculum is farming, social responsibility, and working to create harmony with the land. Here, young people are encouraged to develop self-confidence and are empowered further through challenging intellectual and physical activities in an atmosphere where their work is valued and respected.” For further information about courses offered, enrollment and school calendar, check out bellemeadeschoolorg.

Wakefield class looking for land for project

The ninth-grade biology class at Wakefield Country Day School is looking for a suitable habitat in the vicinity of the school for the erecting of wood duck nest boxes this winter. Students in the class, supervised by teachers and adult volunteers, will come to a cooperating landowner’s property to erect the nesting boxes that they have built for the wood ducks to use this spring. The proper habitat would include streams, ponds, marshy areas and beaver areas. If you have such a property and are interested in cooperating with the project, please contact teacher Jeff Perry at the school at 540-635-8555, ex. 232.

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