School and sports news for May 23

Graduations

Jessica Stout, of Amissville, graduated from Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vt., with a B.A. in British literature and women’s history on Sunday, May 19. Her studies focused on an examination of feminine identity in literature and history with a focus on the works of Jane Austen, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

Tiana Lucking, of Sperryville, graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor of arts in communication on Saturday, May 11. Megan Wheatley, also of Sperryville, graduated from Randolph College on May 17 with a bachelor of arts degree in health services.

Among the 312 of Juniata College graduates on May 18 was Sperryville resident Leah Michelle Tester, daughter of Howard and Kathleen Tester, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in environmental science. Tester is a 2009 graduate of Fauquier High School.

Wakefield sports update

Varsity Girls’ Soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to Randolph-Macon Academy for the Delaney Athletic Conference Division II championship game on May 10. This was the first time in recent memory the girls have advanced this far.

The Jackets scored two goals in the first half, but the girls were able to score on a shot from Shannon Weir, assisted by Alex Cancio-Bello. Down 2-1 at halftime, the girls fought back and tied the game in the second half on a goal by Julia Weir, while the defense kept the Jackets out of the net. The two defenses continued to prevail in overtime, with neither side allowing a goal in either of the 10 minute periods. The overtime procedures continued with each team selecting five players to take penalty kicks.

The Jackets netted two of their first four penalty kicks; Cancio-Bello and Julia Weir scored on their attempts, tying the score at 2-2 heading into the Jackets’ final kick. The Jackets scored on their final kick to win the championship in this thrilling game. The girls played one of their best games of the season against the regular season champions, finishing the season with a 6-5 record and their first winning season in five years.

Varsity Tennis: The Owls were rained out of their scheduled match with Massanutten Military Academy on April 29 and their match with Chelsea Academy on May 9. Their final record for the season was 1-5.

Wakefield’s athletes of the month

Wakefield Country Day School is pleased to announce Sam Nolan and Alexandra Cancio-Bello as its April athletes of the month.

Nolan is the varsity lacrosse team’s leading scorer and was relied on heavily to produce goals after injuries impacted the team’s goal-scoring ability. He scored 10 goals in the month and had four multi-goal games. Nolan was recently voted to the all-conference first team in lacrosse.

“Sam had to step up in a big way when his team was struck by a number of injuries that impacted their ability to score goals,” said athletic director Mike Costello. “He is a determined lacrosse player and it shows on the field. At times he perhaps tried to do too much, but he certainly gave great effort to try to make his team successful.  He deserves this recognition and the honor of being named first team all-DAC [Delaney Athletic Conference] by the conference coaches.”

Cancio-Bello has been the varsity girls’ soccer team’s leader in goals for several seasons and scored 16 goals in April.  Her keen ability, determination and skillful ball handling are reflected in her being named to the all-conference team for the third straight year.

“Alex is as graceful of a soccer player as I have seen in my 20-plus-year career,” said Costello. “Success on the field just seems to come naturally to her. It is clear why she has been chosen as a three-time team MVP and she is a three-time all-DAC performer . . . Her leadership has helped guide the team to their first winning season in some time and has a great deal to do with how the girls reached the conference tournament finals.”

Exploratory Latin students strike gold

Lower school students at Wakefield Country Day School were notified this week about awards that they earned in the 2013 Exploratory Latin Exam. In grade four, Peter McMahon earned a summa cum laude certificate. Fifth-grader Casey Poe got a cum laude certificate; in grade six, Eva Parios earned a summa cum laude, Brooke Miller got a magna cum laude, and Rachel Cieplak, Anna Schuster and Lily Shahida all earned cum laude certificates.

The Exploratory Latin Exam is a nationwide standardized test sponsored by the American Classical League. Designed for students in grades three to six, the exam aims are to promote knowledge of basic Latin vocabulary and grammar, as well as a general awareness of classical civilization. There are three categories for awards: summa cum laude (92-100 percent); magna cum laude (83-91 percent); and cum laude (76-82 percent).

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