School & sports news for March 7

Freshman Smoot No. 1 in Norfolk

RCHS freshman David Smoot (center) poses with his first-place award  in the Freshman States in Norfolk last weekend. Courtesy photo.
RCHS freshman David Smoot (center) poses with his first-place award in the Freshman States in Norfolk last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Last weekend, Rappahannock County High School freshman David Smoot competed in the Freshman, Sophomore & Junior States in Norfolk and came back the freshman state champ in the 182-pound weight class, vying successfully with wrestlers from mostly AAA and AA schools and on his way to the podium. RCHS junior Dylan Hitt finished fourth in the 152 weight class in the Norfolk tournament. Both wrestlers will be competing March 17 at Fauquier High School in the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association invitational tournament.

RCHS band scores again

In a competition of 16 regional bands held at Millbrook High School in Winchester by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (a division of the Virginia Music Educators Association) the RCHS Concert Band last Saturday (March 2) continued its winning ways by scoring an “Excellent” rating in its rendition of four pieces. RCHS played “The Big Four March,” “Celtic Voyage” and “Joy Revisited,” and then participated in the sight-reading part of the competition, which involves a seven-minute study of a piece never before seen by the band – and then performing it. Under the direction of David DeBoer, the RCHS band continues to make us proud. Congratulations to all!

– Joanne Tepper

DuMez wins VIAAA scholarship

Wakefield Country Day School senior Rachel DuMez was selected as a winner of a John C. Youngblood Scholarship (worth $1,500) by the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (VIAAA), one of four winners this year.

DuMez recently won conference championships in two swimming events and made the all-conference swim team for the third straight year. She also finished in the top seven in two individual events at the state championship meet this month, her fourth straight year of scoring points there.

This is the third straight year that a Wakefield student has earned this award in competition with all other nominated independent school candidates. Last year’s winner was Michael O’Heir; Christine Pankow earned the scholarship the year now. Both now attend Virginia Tech.

DuMez and her parents will be recognized at the awards banquet at the VIAAA annual conference in Norfolk on March 21.

RCHS grad makes dean’s list at Loyola

Malcolm Perry, a Rappahannock County High School grad and member of the class of 2015 from Chester Gap, has been named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland. In order to qualify, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.5, with a minimum of 15 credits.

Wakefield’s Cieplak makes state choir

Wakefield Country Day School sixth grader Rachel Cieplak has been chosen as a member of the 2012 American Choral Directors Association Virginia Middle School Honor Choir. Cieplak auditioned with 700 other middle school students and was one of the very few selected to be in the choir. She’s going to Mechanicsville in late April for rehearsals and a concert there.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Rachel and our school,” said music teacher and ACDA member Brittany Dietz. Cieplak is one of the choirs sopranos. Fellow sixth grader Brooke Miller also auditioned for the choir. “Brooke was nominated to audition for this group and it was an honor for her to audition,” Dietz said.

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