On a glorious Saturday afternoon, the 18 members of the Class of 2014 graduated Wakefield Country Day School. Valedictorian Sean Brown addressed those in attendance, equating his experiences at WCDS with being a NASCAR driver — thanking his pit crew (the faculty and staff), his fans (alumni, students and supporters) and his sponsors (parents and family). His classmate Kim Pankow delivered the salutatory address, reminding her classmates of their shared challenges and joys.
The graduation address was delivered by Tobias Dengel, WCDS Class of 1989, as well as the founder and CEO of Charlottesville-based app development company WillowTree Apps. He advised the graduates to take advantage of their opportunities, in a speech discussing his time at WCDS and using Franklin Roosevelt’s advice — “To be brief and to be seated.”
The senior class was awarded almost $2.3 million in merit scholarships to the various colleges and universities they will be attending next year. After the ceremony, family, faculty, alumni, students and friends gathered on the front lawn to congratulate the graduates and share in the memories that are part of the shared experiences at Wakefield Country Day School.
Tiffany Wayland of Sperryville has joined Farm Credit & Country Mortgages as a summer intern for a second consecutive year to work with the Knowledge Center, a newly launched initiative that strives to facilitate and share educational resources and opportunities for all of those interested in agriculture.
Wayland, who grew up on her family’s Sperryville cattle farm, is a rising senior at Virginia Tech, where she is majoring in agricultural and applied economics with an emphasis on agribusiness management.
She has been an active member of 4-H for many years and currently holds the position as the collegiate 4-H public relations chair after serving as president for two consecutive years. Wayland is also a member of the AgEcon Club and currently serves as the president of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma.
In addition to interning with Farm Credit, she will also be taking part in an internship in the Residential Community Office at Virginia Tech. As part of the Knowledge Center team, she will work on a variety of projects to develop and enhance the center’s outreach and participation among the agriculture community.
Among the Randolph-Macon Academy students recognized for their athletic achievements during the 2014 spring sports season were eighth-grader Ryan Latham and senior Benjamin Gillis.
Latham is the son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville and was named the MVP of the middle school tennis team. Gillis, the son of David Gillis of Front Royal and Gracie Gillis of Flint Hill, received the Unsung Hero award for the varsity lacrosse team.
Gillis was also recognized for his outstanding participation in the school’s Air Force JROTC program during the recent Family Day Parade. Gillis was awarded the MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award, a national award sponsored by The Douglas MacArthur Foundation of Norfolk. It recognizes a cadet who demonstrates exceptional performance of duties and responsibilities in a leadership role throughout the year. Gillis, a senior this year, held the rank of Cadet Colonel at the time.
Wheaton College student Bret Heddleston, of Sperryville, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester. Dean’s list honors are earned by undergraduate students who carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve at least a 3.5 GPA. He is the son of April and Jon Heddleston of Sperryville.
Case Kramer of Washington made the dean’s list for spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology — awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Washington resident — and Rappahannock County High School graduate — Bryn Sonnett was one of the students named to the University of Virginia’s dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. She is the daughter of George and Wendy Sonnett of Washington.
Among the spring 2014 graduates of Longwood University was local student Morgan Cloud of Washington, who graduated with a degree in anthropology.
Rappahannock County’s high school and and elementary school will be running a summer school program beginning in July.
The elementary school program is a mix of reading and math skill development for students and also offers fun-filled activities in the afternoon. The Monday-Thursday program is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7-31 at RCES.
The Headwaters Foundation offers enrichment activities in the afternoon designed to foster teamwork and cooperation. Students should bring a bag lunch to enjoy picnic-style outdoors, and then the afternoon activities include outdoor water fun (bring a towel!) and competitions, drumming and rhythm workshops with a talented musician, arts and crafts activities, some crazy science experiments and a visit and workshop from the Castleton Festival musicians.
In conjunction with the elementary school, Headwaters also plans a board game extravaganza playoff with prizes. Space is limited; attendees must register in advance with elementary school principal Cathy Jones.
RCHS will offer a summer program for students who need to repeat specific courses, as well as “Project Graduation” classes for students who would benefit from remediation before retaking Standards of Learning tests. These programs run concurrently with the elementary school’s.
Instruction in the areas of English 11, algebra and geometry is planned for Project Graduation, with some other classes offered for repeat courses in eighth grade writing and English, English 9 and algebra offered on a limited basis. To register or for more information, contact high school principal Mike Tupper.
Bus transportation will be available at pick up/drop off points around the county, including stops in Amissville, Sperryville and Chester Gap.
School division employees are working 10-hour days Monday through Thursday this summer, with facilities closed on Fridays to save energy costs. (Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those four weekdays.)