School & sports news for March 14

RCES band excels, officially

In a competition of 22 regional concert bands at Winchester’s James Wood Middle School on March 8, the Rappahannock County Elementary School Concert Band scored an “excellent” rating in its rendition of four pieces.

Under the direction of Rachel Siegfried, RCES played three songs – “The Golden Eagle March,” “Windsong” and “Pegasus” – before participating in the sight-reading portion of the assessment, which required the band to perform a never-before-seen piece of music after studying it for only seven minutes.

The RCES concert band and director Rachel Siegfried during their competition performance in Winchester. Photo by Vickie Miller.
The RCES concert band and director Rachel Siegfried during their competition performance in Winchester. Photo by Vickie Miller.

The 48-member band has been rehearsing for the assessment since January. “I was lucky enough to have Dr. David Stringham from JMU as a guest clinician,” Siegfried said. “He is one of my former professors, and the students really enjoyed working with him. He really gave them the push and the desire to take their skills to the next level.”

The younger Panther Band’s “excellent” rating represents improvement from last year’s “good” rating. It is the second-highest rating given by VBODA, and that accomplishment really excited the seventh-grade veterans. “Not only were there were some great comments from the judges,” Siegfried said, “but the students’ results are also quite impressive considering the amount of instructional time we’ve missed this year for snow days, and some last minute hiccups like a bus not starting, but they kept their cool and gave a great performance. It all shows what really fine young musicians we have.”

– Melissa Delcour

Senior girls ready for RCHS soccer

As the Rappahannock County High School Lady Panthers don their cleats and prepare for the 2013 soccer season, the team finds itself with five senior athletes as members. Emma Fisher, Jennifer Buono, Lauren Light, Eleasha Clement and Emily Pearcy are excited about the upcoming season, and each has a unique perspective on it.

RCHS soccer-playing seniors (from left) Emma Fisher, Lauren Light, Eleasha Clement, Emily Pearcy and Jennifer Buono. Photo by Melissa Delcour.
RCHS soccer-playing seniors (from left) Emma Fisher, Lauren Light, Eleasha Clement, Emily Pearcy and Jennifer Buono. Photo by Melissa Delcour.

Fisher secured a soccer mentor this summer and pressed herself to acquire more skills before 2013 tryouts. “It is my first time being on the varsity team, and I feel awesome,” Fisher said. “I worked really hard over the summer, and it paid off.”

For Buono, this spring presented an opportunity to try a new sport. “I decided to do something completely different,” said Buono, “so this is my first year of ever playing soccer. I’m pretty excited.”

Excitement applies to the soccer veteran perspective, as well. Light, an old-timer for the Lady Panthers, has a distinctive view. “Because it’s our senior season, it’s really special for all of us,” she said. “We’re trying to make the most of it, every day. We want to give it everything because we know it’s the last time we will be playing together. I love these girls!”

Rappahannock girls soccer players travel to their first game at Skyline at 7 p.m. this Friday night (March 15).

– M.D.

Rapp residents make dean’s Lists

The following local students at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. To qualify for the list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

James M. Minyard of Amissville is a freshman majoring in university studies at Virginia Tech. Christopher L. Bird, Washington, is a senior industrial and systems engineering major in the College of Engineering. Austin J. Burnett, also of Washington, is a junior and computer science major in the College of Engineering. Bennett T. Eastham, of Washington, is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Ella K. Miller, of Washington, is a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Taylor M. Light, of Woodville, is a sophomore majoring in music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Ryan Latham, son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, was named to the president’s list at Randolph-Macon Academy. Only students who earn a GPA of 4.0 or above are named to the list. Latham is a seventh grader at R-MA.

Wakefield winter 2012-13 team awards

Middle School Girls Basketball: Most Valuable Player: Tatumn Vaught; Most Improved Player: Hope Burnett; Coaches’ Award: Casey Poe

Middle School Boys Basketball: Co-Most Valuable Player: Gage Landis and Harrison Wells; Most Improved Player: Chris O’Heir; Coaches’ Award: Nick Leskovec

Varsity Girls Basketball: Co-Most Valuable Player: Maeve Dale and Kim Pankow; Most Improved Player: Julia Weir; Coaches’ Award: Emily Hennessy

Varsity Boys Basketball: Most Valuable Player: Daniel Chadduck; Most Improved Player: Sam Lilburn; Coaches’ Award: Alex Foster

Varsity Swimming: Co-Most Valuable Swimmer: Rachel DuMez and Conor O’Heir; Most Improved Swimmer: Nile Patel; Coach’s Award: Michael Marciano

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