School and sports news for June 4

Belle Meade’s graduates

Belle Meade graduates Ana Rampy (left) and Lauren Hammer pose with departing German exchange student Lasse Naumann at the school's graduation ceremonies last week.
Belle Meade graduates Ana Rampy (left) and Lauren Hammer pose with departing German exchange student Lasse Naumann at the school’s graduation ceremonies last week.

Belle Meade School sent off its 2015 graduates at commencement ceremonies May 26 at the Sperryville school: Lauren Hammer and Ana Rampy are headed to Roanoke College and Emory & Henry College, respectively. Rampy was accepted in the honors program at Emory & Henry, and both students are interested in pursuing journalism, business, environmental studies, ecology and equestrian studies.

In their graduation speeches, the pair thanked parents, friends and school faculty/staff for their encouragement over the years, and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to be part of a supportive school community.

The school also will be saying “Auf Wiedersehen” to its German exchange student, Lasse Naumann. Lasse returns to his home city of Dresden in a few weeks after spending the last nine months in Virginia, where he has touched many lives and brought a new perspective to the school community. He will be greatly missed.

— Alex Forte

Athenians edge Spartans at WCDS

WCDS students (from left) Rahmet Rahimi, Ashlyn Ramey and Tatum Vaught celebrate after the school's Field Day Games mile run.
WCDS students (from left) Rahmet Rahimi, Ashlyn Ramey and Tatum Vaught celebrate after the school’s Field Day Games mile run.

Students at Wakefield Country Day School engaged in spirited competition last Friday in the school’s annual Field Day Games. For the games, WCDS students are equally divided into two teams, the Athenians and the Spartans, led by male and female captains of both teams. A fun-filled day of field competitions, team games, individual skill challenges and team spirit was decided by a mere 11 points (out of 3,000 possible points awarded to the two teams).

Athenian captains Maeve Dale and Chris Payne accepted the trophy and bragging rights in the closing ceremonies held in the Leonard Cowherd III Auditorium. The Spartans, led by Anna Clark and Tim Johns, put up a heroic effort but, ultimately fell short in the epic battle between ancient Greek city-states. Head of School Jessica Lindstrom presented the Athenians with the trophy. Physical education teacher Julie Vaught organizes the annual event, including opening ceremonies modeled on the ancient Olympic Games held in Greece. The torch was lit, oaths were spoken to Zeus by the team leaders to perform their best, team cheers and marching and a chariot were all part of the ceremonies during an early morning drizzle that failed to dampen spirits, and the day ended with the closest score in the history of the school.

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