School News: RCHS relay quartet off to flying start

If the goal is to reach the Group A State Track and Field Meet in June at Radford University, then the 4×400-meter boys relay team just may achieve it.

The Rappahannock County High School foursome of Justin Fitzmorris, Josh Frye, Seth Wayland and Reed Dove turned in a stellar performance in winning its race against Bull Run District rival Manassas Park.

The foursome clocked a time of 3 minutes 47 seconds on March 23 in windy, rainy conditions. The temperature at the start of the meet was just 45 degrees.

“That’s March track,” head coach Scott Stephens said. “If we could keep that group together, we could do very well.”

Stephens had only six athletes attend the meet at Manassas Park but they turned in strong performances. Fitzmorris took first in the 400 with a time of 54.3 seconds. Frye finished second in the 400 with a time of 56.4 and third in the 100 with a time of 12.8.

Seth Wayland, who usually plays for the junior varsity soccer team, elected to compete in the distances for the Panthers. He finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:22 and third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:14.

On the girls’ side, Carly Day led the 4×400 team that also included Lily Nealon, Sarah Garrison and Ashlee Armor to a first-place showing. Day also took second in the long jump at 13 feet 3 inches and second in the triple jump at 28-3.

Joslyn Smith finished second in the 100 with a time of 13.7. Armor had a second-place finish in the 200 with a time of 31.2. Garrison was second in the 400 with a time of 66.5.
— Christine Krapf

Thanks for making the Derby a success

A huge thank you to all those who supported our student athletes at the Rappahannock Derby/Nite at the Races March 20. Everyone who attended had a thrilling time. Who knew watching the races from the warmth of the beautiful Link could be so much fun? We would especially like to thank the coaches who showed up to support their players. Representatives from football, basketball, wrestling, softball and soccer were on hand to put their bids in. Thanks to the students’ parents for taking the time out of a beautiful Saturday to help raise funds to keep our kids in uniforms, equipped with safe gear and playing under the lights.

In addition to the coaches and parents, we had multiple sponsors who either purchased a table, sponsored a race or donated part of the evening’s meal. Those include Define Line Excavating, DL Smoot Services, Panthers Pride, Kreyling Construction, Dr. Robert Chappell, Ferguson Enterprises of Culpeper, CCLC, Mountainside Physical Therapy, Williams Tree Service, Country Café, Wegmans, Safeway, Chester Gap Vineyard, Rappahannock Cellars, Starr Hill Brewery, Central Coffee Roasters, Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department, High on the Hog, Griffin Tavern, Modell’s Sporting Goods, the Day family, Deals4Travel and the Inn at Little Washington. We had two students, Sarah Wheatley and Jacob Racer, and a coach, Royce Rollins, who helped throughout the evening, filling plates and doing dishes! The majority of the attendees stayed to help clean up and for that we were especially grateful.

The Derby Hat Contest wound down to two beautiful hats. After a tiebreaker event, the crowd deemed a tie was in order. Congrats to Natalie Hathaway and Becky Greer on their win.

We appreciate all the support that this community gives to the school and the students and look forward to an even better and bigger event next year. Please continue to attend the sporting events throughout this spring season. We will be serving concessions at soccer, softball, baseball and track events. Please check for the schedule.
— Camille Racer, Amy Burnett and Amy Hitt, Co-Chairs, Rappahannock Derby/Nite at the Races

Garden Club scholarships

The Rappahannock County Garden Club each year in December conducts a Holiday Greens Workshop as its only fund-raising activity. The funds are used to offer a Community College Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

The recipient will receive $1,000 the first semester, and upon successful completion of the semester $1,000 is awarded to a worthy Rappahannock County High School senior. The scholarship is offered through the Next Step program at RCHS. (These funds are also used to provide scholarships for Nature Camp at Vesuvius, Va., and Lyt Wood’s Nature Camp in Sperryville and to contribute to the Farm-to-Table program at Rappahannock County Elementary School and RCHS.)

The club will also again offer the Francis J. Leonard Scholarship Grant in the amount of $2,000 to a Rappahannock County senior who wants to continue his or her education in a four-year college. The recipient will receive $1,000 the first semester, and upon successful completion of the semester, $1,000 for the second.

For both scholarships, recipients must be Rappahannock County residents graduating in 2010 and be accepted at an accredited college. Grants are awarded on basis of academic record, school and community activities, the need for financial assistance and the recommendations of two adults who are not related to the student.

Applications for the Community College scholarship are available from RCHS Next Step coordinator Paula Howland. Applications for the Francis J. Leonard Scholarship Grant are available from the guidance department at RCHS, Wakefield Country Day School and Hearthstone School or from Garden Club member Joan Getsinger (540-635-8114).

Deadline for receipt of completed applications to schools is Thursday, April 29.

Scholarship deadlines

Deadlines are approaching for scholarship programs available through the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. The opportunities below are available for residents of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.

April 1: Forestry Camp applications must be received. Forestry Camp runs June 14-19 at Holiday Lake 4-H Center at the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. Topics include tree ID, timber harvesting and reforestation techniques. Additional details are available on the District’s website at (click on Summer Camps). Phone calls can be directed to Stephanie DeNicola at 540-825-8591. This camp is open to students ages 13-16.

April 9: Applications for college scholarships must be postmarked. Students must be full time and majoring in a subject related to soil and water conservation including, but not limited to, agriculture, environmental science, biology, forestry and chemistry. Priority will be given to current high school seniors but undergraduate and graduate students may be considered. For an application, visit (click on Scholarships or Calendar) or call Stephanie DeNicola at 540-825-8591.

April 17: Youth Conservation Camp applications must be received. YCC runs July 18-24 at Virginia Tech. Topics include lake ecology, forestry and careers in natural resources. Once accepted, campers are responsible for a nominal fee. Additional details are available on the District’s website at (click on Summer Camps). Phone calls can be directed to Stephanie DeNicola at 540-825-8591. This camp is open to students in grades 9-12.

Smith is All-State

Wakefield Country Day School’s Andrew Smith has been named an All-State basketball player. Smith was selected to the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division III 2nd Team. The senior scored nearly 1,700 points during his Wakefield career. This past season, he scored 458 points, averaging 26.9 points per game. Smith also collected 251 rebounds this year, averaging 14.8 per game.

In recognition of his success, his leadership and his example for his teammates, Smith became only the second Wakefield player to have his jersey retired.

“Smith’s feats have been recognized by the Delaney Athletic Conference’s coaches,” said Wakefield athletic director Mike Costello, “as he is a two-time Co-Player of the Year in our division and a three-time member of the All-DAC team. He has accomplished all this in the face of being double or triple teamed many times in attempts to reduce his impact on the outcome of games.”

Amissville junior makes VT list

Joshua Alexander of Amissville was named to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Commandant’s List for the fall 2009 semester. To make the list, cadets must earn a at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Alexander, a civilian track cadet, is a junior majoring in management in the Pamplin College of Business.

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