School News: Pamplin scholarship goes to RCHS’ Burnett

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has announced that Austin James Burnett is the recipient of the 2010 Pamplin Leader Award at Rappahannock County High School (RCHS).

Austin Burnett

The Pamplin Leadership Scholarship is a one-year, $1,000 tuition scholarship to Virginia Tech. It is presented annually to a top student from each public high school in Virginia. It was established by Robert B. Pamplin Sr. (VT Class of ’33), and Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. to acknowledge students with a record of outstanding academic achievement that is balanced with a commitment to community service and leadership experience.

Burnett, a senior at RCHS, will enter Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering in the fall, where he has also been selected to Virginia Tech’s Residential Leadership Community (RLC) – in which students study leadership while living in a cohort environment. The RLC teaches comprehensive historical and social leadership theories and strives to develop communication, time-management, organizational skills, and group skills specific to individual students’ majors and career goals through academic and experiential learning. RLC students can complete a minor in Leadership and Social Change.

Burnett is the son of Mark and Amy Burnett of Washington, Va., and the grandson of Mike and Mary Burnett of Amissville and Bruce and the late Jeannette Shisler of Woodstock, Illinois.

R-MA honors go to Rappahannock students

Randolph-Macon Academy junior Kevin Fernandez and senior Robert Cordani were named to the A-B honor roll for the third quarter at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA).

Founded in 1892, R-MA is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), which is currently recognized as a Distinguished Unit with Merit. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal.

RCHS culinary student wins state competition

Megan Clark, a student from Madison County in the RCHS Culinary Class, is the 1st place winner in the State Commercial Baking competition and will go on to the National Competition in Kansas City in June. Congratulations to Megan for her performance as the best baker in Virginia. Megan, as well as other students from Madison, may attend classes at RCHS based on an agreement between Madison and Rappahannock Counties. RCHS students may attend certain classes at Madison, including Cosmetology and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Amissville senior is VT orientation aide

Whitney Law, an Amissville senior and communication major at Virginia Tech, was chosen as an orientation assistant last month, one of 30 students who will help prepare incoming class of 2014 adjust to life and studies at the Blacksburg campus.

Tech’s New Student Programs office selected 24 orientation leaders and six orientation assistants to help with July’s new student orientation. Orientation leaders are current students responsible for facilitating small group sessions with the incoming students, in which they share their experiences at Virginia Tech and advice on how to succeed academically. Orientation assistants are selected to support the program staff for the “Getting on Track” freshman orientation program.

Wakefield athletics roundup

Varsity Soccer: The Owls played a tough Delaney Athletic Conference match when they hosted Randolph-Macon on April 22. Abby Whitaker netted a corner kick just over five minutes into the match, and that goal stood until late in the match. The Owls had a penalty kick opportunity in the first half, but the kick sailed over the goal. The Jackets netted a penalty kick with just over two minutes left in the match to tie the match at one goal each. The match ended with the score tied 1-1.

The Owls traveled to Wakefield School on April 23 for a Cavalier Athletic Conference match. Wakefield School did all the scoring posting a 4-0 win. The girls finished their CAC regular season schedule with a 2-1 record.

The Owls hosted Shenandoah Valley Academy in the semi-finals of the CAC tournament on April 27. SVA was able to net one goal in each half. The girls had some good shots but were shut out by the SVA defense resulting in a 2-0 loss. The loss knocked our girls out of the CAC tournament. We will play in the Delaney Athletic Conference tournament next week. Our record currently stands at 4-3-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the DAC.

Varsity Lacrosse: The Owls hosted the Badgers from Tandem Friends School on April 28 in non-conference play. The Badgers scored in the first minute of the game but the boys went on to score 5 goals in the first period to take a 5-3 lead into the second period. Each team scored 3 goals in the second period leading to the Owls holding an 8-5 lead at the half. The Owls had to regroup after losing a key defenseman to injury in the first half. The Badgers outscored us 3-2 in the third period, and boys held a 10-8 advantage going into the fourth period. Both teams scored two goals in the final period to end the see-saw affair with an Owl victory, 12-10. Adrian Wassel led the team in scoring with six goals in the first half and two in the second for a total of eight goals. One of Wassel’s goals was with a long stick. Alex Grove and Alex Hernandez scored two goals each. One of Grove’s goals was a nice, long left-handed shot. Our record is 6-2.

Middle School Soccer: The Owls traveled to Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy for an important Valley Middle School Conference match on April 27. Our girls were able to secure their win within the first 10 minutes with two quick goals. The first was scored by Ixel Ochoa, and the second goal was a beautifully placed ball by Ashlyn Ramey. Julia Weir and Rachel Paulisch both had terrific games. The defense shut out SVCA for a 2-0 victory. Our record is 3-1-1 in the VMSC and 4-2-2 overall.

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