Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School was one of just eight schools to participate in this year’s Secondary School Festival at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Their play entitled, “Shakespeare Mashup,” included scenes woven together from “Hamlet,” “As you Like It,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Mountain Laurel’s creative approach garnered “The Well-Oiled Machine Award” for working together as an ensemble, listening and responding to one another, and clearly presenting the meaning of Shakespeare’s texts. While cuts in scenes were permitted, modern language adaptations were not and students had to stick to Shakespeare’s own words.
Felicity Caldwell received the “Musical Sprite” award for her spirited performance as Puck. Tyler Crossen received the “Speak the Speech” award for creating vivid images with words and Max Lilburn received the “Understand and Deliver” award for clearly interpreting the meaning of Shakespeare’s text.
This is Mountain Laurel’s third year participating in the Folger’s festival at the seventh- to 12th-grade level. Mountain Laurel’s elementary students have been invited back for their 10th year in the Children’s Shakespeare Festival to be held this May.
According to the Folger’s website, their educational mission is “to provide a range of resources and opportunities that bring to light the vibrant, passionate, human, hilarious, teachable, learnable, enjoyable playwright we know Shakespeare to be.” From Mountain Laurel’s perspective: Mission accomplished!
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Wakefield athletics update
In varsity girls’ soccer, the Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls hosted Saint Michael the Archangel High School in their first Delaney Athletic Conference game March 23. The hosts kept the ball on the Warriors’ side of the field for the majority of the first half.
The game was scoreless at the half. With 13:05 remaining in the game, the Owls scored when Alex Cancio-Bello netted a goal off of an Alyssa Hamilton corner kick. The final score was 1-0, Wakefield.
The Lady Owls then hosted the Falcons from Fredericksburg Academy in a conference game March 26. The two teams played a scoreless first half. Keeper Mary Leskovec and the defense played well to hold off the visitors. Makenzie Magaro took a penalty kick after a Falcons hand ball in the box with 18:45 left in the game, but her shot sailed over the crossbar. The Falcons offense finally found the net with 7:00 left in the game. The Falcons scored again four minutes and 20 seconds later to account for a 2-0 Falcons victory.
The Lady Owls played at home again on March 27, hosting Riverfront Christian. The visitors led by 3-0 at the half. Magaro filled in at the goal for the injured Leskovec. Cancio-Bello scored for the Owls in the second half with an assist from Kim Pankow. The final score was 4-1. The team’s record is 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the DAC.
In varsity boys’ lacrosse, the Owls traveled to Tandem Friends School for their first conference game of the season March 23. Woody Hazel and Daniel Chadduck led the way against the Badgers in the game. Hazel scored five goals and Chadduck had two goals, two assists and five ground balls. Shane Glennon scored the other goal. Sam Nolan contributed two assists. Michael O’Heir had nine saves in goal.
The Owls traveled to Fredericksburg Academy March 26 for a non-conference contest. Despite Chadduck and Nolan controlling about half the faceoffs for the visitors, the Falcons dominated in ground balls and physical play to control the game from the start. Hazel scored for the Owls in the first quarter, and Chadduck netted a goal in the second to make the half-time score 7-2 for the hosts. It was much the same in the second half with a final score of 9-2. O’Heir had 13 saves in goal. The team’s record is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
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Each member of the senior class at Wakefield Country Day School must research, publish, present and defend a senior thesis. Working on their 30- to 40-page project takes up a major portion of the year for these students and is a requirement for graduation.
Shortly, Wakefield’s seniors will present their results to the faculty and their schoolmates. Members of the public are welcome to attend these senior thesis presentations. Those who would like to come should call the school at 540-635-8555, extension 231, to alert the school to save them a seat.
The first three presentations are as follows: 10:15 Wednesday, April 11, Michael Pearson will discuss his topic: “Brains on Video Games: A Look at the Psychological Effects of Video Games.” At 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 12, Greg Czekaj will present “Equality and Equal: The Difference Between the Two in Admissions Decisions at Institutions of Higher Learning.” Finally, at 3:15 p.m. Friday, April 13, first Michael O’Heir will present “Exposing the One-Child Policy: Finding a Better Solution,” then Daniel Larner will present “Sounds in the Classroom: How Music Shapes the Student.”
Other presentations will be held on April 21 and 26 and May 2 and 4.
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To help keep pace with rising tuition, the Salem Ruritan Club has increased the dollar amount of its scholarships from $1,000 to $1,500 this year. Applications are available from the guidance counselors at Culpeper County High School, Eastern View High School and Rappahannock County High School. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student from each school, based on academics and community service. For information, contact scholarship committee chair Sandy Martin at 540-825-9339.
Windmore Foundation for the Arts is accepting applications for the Dorothy Skelton Art Scholarship, named for the local artist and firm believer in the importance of arts education. After her death in 1999, her family donated her collection of art to the Windmore Foundation and a scholarship was established. Since then, Windmore has given $13,000 in scholarships to talented graduating seniors. Each year a $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a college degree in the arts (including music, dance, theater and writing). High school and home-schooled seniors from Culpeper, Madison, Orange and Rapphannock counties are eligible. Applications are available through the schools’ guidance counseling offices. Deadline is April 7 to submit an application. Call the Windmore office at 540-547-4333 or your counseling office with any questions.
Three Rappahannock County students were among those enrolled at Virginia Tech this year to be named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester. They are Matthew R. Wingfield of Flint Hill, a senior majoring in communication; Bennett T. Eastham of Washington, a sophomore majoring in communications; and Taylor M. Light, Woodville, a freshman majoring in English.
To qualify for the dean’s list, Va. Tech students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).