School & sports news for July 31 

Football practice kicks off

Rappahannock County High School’s twice-daily varsity football practice begins today (Thursday, July 31). Each practice session is two hours; the first is 7 to 9 a.m., the second is 10 to noon. (No weekend practices.) Please bring something to eat during the break. For more information, contact coach Mark Heinle at 540-683-0490 or mdheinle@gmail.com.

Castleton comes ‘Alive!’ to WCDS

WCDS attendees at the Castleton Alive! seminar included (from left) Ian Heffron (seated), Jeremy Kwolek, Britney Dietz-Gonzalez, Kelly Kwolek and Beverly Eborn.Courtesy photo
WCDS attendees at the Castleton Alive! seminar included (from left) Ian Heffron (seated), Jeremy Kwolek, Britney Dietz-Gonzalez, Kelly Kwolek and Beverly Eborn.

Students, chaperones and a teacher from Wakefield Country Day School recently spent time at Castleton as part its Castleton Alive! educational program. WCDS students in grades four through seven were treated to a day of interacting with the orchestra and participating with the theater staff. Older students who chose to were able to attend dress rehearsals for the performances of “Madama Butterfly” and “Don Giovanni.”

Earlier in the year, members of the Castleton Festival’s staff and performers visited WCDS to enhance the musical education and drama productions at the school — another part of the Festival’s attempts to reach out to, and interact with, the community at-large. Just as in that spring program, everyone who attended Castleton Alive! found the experience rewarding.

Four on VT dean’s list

Among the students named to Virginia Tech’s dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester were four seniors from Rappahannock.

Austin J. Burnett, of Washington, is a computer science major; Bennett T. Eastham, also of Washington, is also a computer science major. Peter J. Lee, of Woodville, is a communication major, while Taylor M. Light, also of Woodville, is a music major.

Castleton enriches Headwaters’ summer sessions

Summer school attendees try their hands at some improvisational techniques.Courtesy photo
Summer school attendees try their hands at some improvisational techniques.

Rappahannock students in grades one through seven are having a special treat in summer school this year. Aside from teachers working with students all morning to help them reach higher academic levels, the Headwaters Foundation sponsored two hours of activities and enrichment after lunch, including outside water balloon races, studying other countries and sampling their foods, crafting papier mache masks and drumming with musician Wendi Sirat.

Headwaters’ summer school enrichment is staffed by the regular After-School leaders and volunteers from the community and organization’s board. Earlier this month, college interns from the Castleton Festival worked with students and explored different elements of opera and drama. Students are trying improvisation, dramatic interpretations and learning theatrical techniques from the pros.

RCPS summer school attendee Andy Berry “suffers” after being slashed by an imaginary Samurai sword during an improv session with Castleton Festival interns.Courtesy photo
RCPS summer school attendee Andy Berry “suffers” after being slashed by an imaginary Samurai sword during an improv session with Castleton Festival interns.

Of course, Headwaters was deeply saddened by the loss of Maestro Lorin Maazel, said executive director Jane Bowling-Wilson, noting that the organization “appreciates the many years of support from the Chateauville Foundation and is immensely grateful for the current collaboration in helping provide exceptional opportunities” for children.

“Thanks to RCPS, the Castleton Festival, Headwaters and all our famous volunteers and workers, young and old,” said Bowling-Wilson. “Great communities equal great schools!”

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