Natalie Tupper of Sperryville spent Thanksgiving break serving others as part of James Madison University’s (JMU) Alternative Thanksgiving Break program. Instead of returning home to family and friends and celebrating over turkey and mashed potatoes, Tupper joined a group of eight students who worked with New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) in Boston.
The Alternative Thanksgiving breaks planned by student leaders took place during JMU’s Nov. 17-25 break. The Massachusetts trip focused on providing assistance to veterans who are facing homelessness. While in Boston at NECHV, the JMU students worked in their store, assisted in the kitchen, and interacted and socialized with the veterans. Students learned about the strength and hardships of being a veteran.
Tupper is majoring in communication sciences and disorders and is scheduled to graduate in 2014.
Wakefield Country Day School junior Alex Foster was named the unanimous Player of the Year in soccer in Division II of the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) by a vote of the other coaches in the league. Foster, a goalkeeper from Flint Hill, was also a unanimous choice for the All-Conference First Team, an honor that he also earned last year. Foster allowed just five goals in eight conference games and gave up just 22 goals on the season. He recorded shutouts in the post-season tournament in both the semi-finals and finals. Overall, he had five shutouts on the season, and scored the only goal as a field player in a 1-0 win by the team earlier this year.
Foster, who was picked for the All-Conference First Team in Basketball last winter, was also named one of three MVPs of his team. Wakefield’s athletics director Mike Costello said, “Alex Foster had an exceptional season playing in goal for our varsity boys’ soccer team this season. He has honed his skills over the past few years to develop into a top-notch goalkeeper. With the help of his defense, he had a 1.3 goals-per-game average on the season. I am sure that Alex would give praise to the defenders who assisted him . . . This award is a reflection of Alex’s hard work and dedication to continually improve as a keeper. Alex is a true team player and I am sure that he would tell you that he shares his honor with Coach Tisera and his teammates. Everyone here at Wakefield Country Day School is proud of his accomplishments.”
Piedmont Regional Adult and Continuing Education Programs were awarded the Race to GED grant for planning district nine, which includes Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. This grant pays for extra GED testing within the region, free GED testing vouchers for test takers and the salary of a regional specialist.
Caroline Smeltz, the new regional specialist, is integrating employment soft skills with GED curriculum for more enriched instruction. Smeltz is also coordinating with the local Workforce Investment Act (WIA) One-Stop for training in basic computer skills, problem-solving, decision-making and keyboarding skills. This new workforce program offers hard skills which prepare students to transition into the workforce. Additionally, these skills help prepare students for the new GED test in 2014, which is computer-based. For more information on the adult education programs, call 540-829-9914.
Varsity Girls Basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls opened their season hosting the Pioneers of Fresta Valley Christian in a non-conference game on Nov. 27. The girls came out strong and lead 25-3 at the half, before ultimately winning 49-16. Leading scorer Maeve Dale scored eight of her game-high 12 points in the first half. Makenzie Magaro contributed nine points and five steals, while Kim Pankow tallied seven points and five assists. Emily Hennessey scored six points in the fourth quarter on her way to eight total points and led the team in rebounding with 15. Their record is 1-0.
Varsity Boys Basketball: The Owls had a good game in their opener against Fresta Valley Christian on Nov. 27. The boys led 26-15 lead at halftime and won 49-26. Daniel Chadduck had a double-double consisting of 14 points and 10 rebounds, along with three assists. Sam Lilburn provided a spark as the first substitute off the bench, blocking two shots and contributing 10 points. Alex Foster led all scorers with 17 points and added seven rebounds and three assists. Sean Brown and Tim Johns led the team with five assists each. Their record is 1-0.
Varsity Swimming: The Owls traveled to Saint Michael the Archangel High School for an invitational on Nov. 16. Both teams had strong meets. Members of the Owls’ swim team recorded five first-place finishes and seven second-place finishes in their opening meet. Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams and the team as a whole finished in third place in the meet.
The first-place finishers included senior Rachel DuMez in the 500 freestyle (5:34.65) and 100 backstroke (1:02.09), with both times qualifying her for the post-season State Championship Meet; senior Will Scaring in the 200 freestyle (2:41.54); sophomore Anne Katherine Burns in the 200 individual medley (2:43.71); and the 400 freestyle relay team of eighth-grader Tatumn Vaught, freshman Mollie Miller, DuMez and Burns (5:21.50). This was the first relay first-place finish for a girls’ team in the school’s history.
Second-place finishers were senior Conor O’Heir in the 100 butterfly (1:01.66) and the 100 backstroke (1:09.25); Burns in the 100 butterfly (1:11.01); eighth-grader Lucas DuMez in the 200 individual medley (2:26.72); and the boys team in the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. C. O’Heir, L. DuMez and Shane O’Heir swam on all three of the relays; Scaring swam on two and Michael Chen swam on one. Almost every swimmer recorded a personal best time at the meet and, collectively, the team had just over 50 seconds in total dropped time.