School & sports news for Jan. 3

Holiday spirit alive and well at RCHS

’Tis the season for festive activities at Rappahannock County High School.

Patti Waddell’s horticulture class recently completed two very successful fundraising projects. In November, the class designed and created seasonal centerpieces and cornucopias filled with lovely fall mums, gourds, berries, greens, wheat and cattails. Each student also made his or her own arrangement in a pumpkin to take home.

In December, the class learned how to make pinch bows, which are wreaths decorated with bows, pine cones and berries. Students also made mini-Christmas trees from boxwood sprigs and decorated them with colored ornaments and bows. The budding artisans didn’t stop with trees and bows – they moved on to centerpieces which included evergreens, pine cones, red carnations, mums and taper candles. To conclude the project, every student designed and crafted their own boxwood Christmas tree to take home.

“The fundraisers were very successful and topped last year’s sales by $500,” said Waddell. “The proceeds go back into the Farm-to-Table program that donates time and food to community projects. Thanks to all the hard working students.”

In addition to foliage and decorations, the Student Council Association at RCHS assembled and sold candy cane grams for $1 each. Purchasers bought a candy cane and were allowed to write a personal note to the recipient. The bow-tied canes then found the hands of costumed elves and helpers. The group of merry-makers delivered the grams during the last week of school and spread smiles all over the building.

To help local families add to their own merriment around the holiday season, the RCHS Leo Club initiated an ongoing food drive for the Rappahannock County Food Pantry.

In honor of Thanksgiving, Leo Club students, along with president Rita Cliffton and their sponsors Lilo Wolfe and Beth Gall, organized the in-school drive. The class who collected the most food won an ice cream sundae party; Waddell’s science class garnered the edible prize.

Leo Club delivered the 586 pounds of donated food to the pantry before Thanksgiving and decided to continue the food drive through the holidays. To draw attention to donation areas, students Emily Massie and Maddie Heneghan decorated large collection boxes that are present throughout the school.

– Melissa Delcour

WCDS announces contest winners

Thirteen Wakefield Country Day School students took prizes in the 34th annual Holiday Writing Contest at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal, including four first place winners. WCDS students received nearly half of the prizes awarded for grades one through nine, sweeping the prizes in two grades. All of the student winners received their prizes and read their entries aloud at a reception at Samuels Library on Dec. 19.

Wakefield’s award-winning students were as follows: 1st grade-Lily Griffin-2nd place; 3rd grade-Emma O’Neill-1st place and Anika Pruntel-2nd place; 4th grade-Mari Tisera-3rd place; 5th grade-Julia Kolesnik-2nd place; 6th grade-Eva Parios-1st place, Lily Shahida-2nd place and Connor Baker-3rd place; 7th grade-Harmony Lindstrom-1st place, Bernard Cieplak-2nd place and Douglas Griffin-3rd place; 8th grade-Harrison Wells-1st place; and 9th grade-Rebecca Paulisch-2nd place.

The Royal Oak Book Shop co-sponsors the contest with the Library, and awards gift certificates to the first place winners. National Media Services assists with the publication of a booklet with all the winning entries and some submitted artwork.

Wakefield sports update

Varsity Girls Basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls hosted a young and inexperienced squad from Emmanuel Christian School in a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game on Dec. 14. The girls controlled the entire game, outscoring the Flames 19-0 in the first quarter and allowing Coach Pankow to play with her lineup the rest of the match.

Makenzie Magaro, Maeve Dale and Kim Pankow led the Owls’ stifling defense and had four steals each. Julia Weir had another solid game with 12 points and 17 rebounds to complete a double-double. The girls rolled to a 60-6 DAC victory. Pankow led all scorers with 20 points; Dale had 10 rebounds, nine points, seven assists and four blocks. Magaro and Emily Hennessey each had six points. Monica Marciano, Sydney Penza, Vista Vyas and Iris Zhao also scored in the game. The girls’ record is 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the DAC.

The girls were supposed to be ranked in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III poll released Dec. 18, but due to a clerical error were omitted. The new poll has yet to be posted on the VISAA website. Congratulations to the girls, Coach Pankow and Coach Dale for remaining in the rankings.

Varsity Boys Basketball: The Owls hosted Emmanuel Christian School for a non-conference game on Dec. 14. The boys bolted out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter, allowing Coach Brown to mix players and get the younger, more inexperienced players some meaningful playing time. The result was some sloppy play but a fun game for the reserves. The boys led 22-6 at the half, before ultimately winning 34-12.

Michael Stone and Allen Zeng were the game’s high scorers with six points each. Tim Johns led the team with five assists. Sean Brown, Daniel Chadduck, Michael Chen, Alex Foster, Jerry Li, Sam Lilburn and Fred Wang also scored in the game. Their record is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the DAC.

Varsity Swimming: The Owls traveled to Manassas to the Freedom Center for a meet hosted by Seton School on Dec. 15. Rachel DuMez took first place in the 100 Butterfly and 200 Freestyle. The boy’s team defeated both Veritas Christian Academy and Saint Mary Ryken High School, while Lucas DuMez finished second in the 100 Freestyle.

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