Two Rappahannock County High School students were among the 250 youths from around the country chosen as National Youth Delegates to attend the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) at George Mason University.
Sophomore Madelynn “Maddie” Heneghan and junior Charles “Ben” Estes of Washington were selected to represent Virginia.
George Mason University and partners National Geographic and the National Zoo welcome the nation’s leading youth scholars to the GMU campus this June for the summit, a student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century.
Student delegates get an insider’s look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues. The week-long program on George Mason University’s campus includes participants from across the country chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.
Heneghan is thrilled with the honor of the invitation to attend the summer youth summit. The week thoroughly complements Heneghan’s experiences with earlier travel to Guatemala on a veterinary mission. In addition to the study at George Mason, Heneghan is also exploring the option of a short-term foreign exchange program in one of several countries.
Estes said after his family found the summit opportunity online, he went to work. The process required an application in which he explained why he wants to attend the week of study. The acceptance works perfectly with Estes’ long-term goal of attending college and studying natural resources and environmental science. Because of the expense involved with being accepted, Estes is also applying for scholarships through the Northern Virginia Gifted and Talented Education Fund. Estes also has a pending application to the summer Governor’s School at Virginia Tech.
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment’s advisory board is chaired by Mark Bauman, executive vice president of National Geographic Television, and co-chaired by Joe Sacco, the Zoo’s educational director. Additional members include renowned scholars, scientists and award-winning university faculty, including as Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund.
RCHS’ culinary award winners
RCHS students earned high standings in the Jan. 23 SkillsUSA Culinary Arts competition, hosted at the high school. With five participants from District 10, Matthew Beck reveled in first place. Edwin Garcia won second, and Elias Allman celebrated third.
Panther culinary teacher Kurt Streu organized the event, procured the judges and gathered the awards. The competition encompassed both hot and cold food preparation and presentation. Contestants demonstrated their knowledge and skills through the production of a four-course standardized menu over a full day. The students were rated on their organization, knife skills, cooking techniques, creative presentation, sanitation and food safety techniques, and above all, the quality and flavor of their prepared items.
“We had to show our basic culinary and technical skills, like knife skills with varied cuts,” Beck said. “We prepared dressing, cooked meat and vegetables, made sauces. The best part of my day was the chicken.”
“I really liked the bearnaise sauce I made,” said Allman.
“The risotto was my favorite dish,” Garcia said.
“We are proud of the students and Mr. Streu for the great work,” said assistant principal Amy Gubler.
– Melissa Delcour
Union First Market Bank, sponsor of the newspaper’s annual album of RCHS graduates, shared the public schools’ Honor Roll for the latest grading period:
All A, 4th Grade: Evan Jenkins, Matthew Paratore, Alec Petty, Ethan Sabol, Eve Vandrey, Carrington Wayland, Camron Wayland, Rachel Weghorst and Jordan Welch.
A-B, 4th Grade: Jordyn Beard, Cecilia Clarkson-Johnson, Alex Deal, Domenic Del Grosso, Jesse Foster, Bryce Fryant, Agustin Garcia, Gabrielle Kurutza, George Light, Sam Marcus, Alie Phillips, Jackson Pond, Jenna Robey, Lana Rudenko, Olivia Scheulen, Liv Shaffer, Lyndi Thornhill and Anna Marie Yowell.
All A, 5th Grade: Carolyn Chambers, Kayla Compton, Skylar Culbertson, Catherine Daly, Sophia Hernandez, Richard Lillard, Lauren Petty, Heather Smith, Jason Smith, Alivia Tuel, Natalie Way and Donavan Zook.
A-B, 5th Grade: Danielle Adams, Olivia Atkins, Logan Butler, Breda Clough, Julian Cordero, Madyson Dodson, Hannah East, Bevan Forrest, Ben Giles, Chance Graves, Maddie Harris, MacKenzie Haunold, Kaylee Hitt, LeighAnn Hoddo, Noel Jenkins, Ninon Kirchman, Ben Kopjanski, Cheyenne McCracken, Sydney Murphy, Erin Norris, Carly Pullen-Stringfellow, Daniel Robinson, Galen Sanborn, Molly Spivey, Henry Wood and Philip Wyatt.
All A, 6th Grade: Sam Barnes, Abigail Berry, Sarah East, Savannah Hensley, Bryce Jones, Macy Montgomery, Josh Sabol and Katie Sharp.
A-B, 6th Grade: Esteban Arellano, Kerrie Baker, Mackensie Clark, Serenity Cortez, Anthony Del Grosso, Zion Hanberry, Jeffrey Jenkins, Stacy Kimble, Ryann Luthi, Melanie Marlor, Malcolm O’Malley, Brett Midkiff, Grant PerDieu, Amanda Puskar, Andrew Sealock, Nancy Weghorst, Alicia Whorton and Hailey Whorton.
All A, 7th Grade: Juan Arellano, Brooke Athelli, Cydney Chambers, Connor Culbertson, Bridget Daly, Elizabeth Fisher, Morgan Flanagon, Joe Gold, Caragh Heverly, Trey Jenkins, Mikayla Johnson, Jacob Sheffield and Tatyana Yates.
A-B, 7th Grade: Callie Alther, Ryan Atkins, Katie Bailey, Joshua Bennett, Michael Czekaj, Catherine Deane, Melanie Flores, Colby Frye, Charles Gubler, Jacklyn Humphries, Shadow Jenkins, Davin Kines, Hunter Nicodemus, Jackson Norris, Matthew Pullen, Amber Smoot, Madison Stevens, Virginia Wyatt and Mahlet Yonas-Yirgu.
All A, 8th Grade: Jasmine Arismende, Kayla Brown, Kimberly Dellinger, Aaron James, Jacob Love, John Norris, Alexandra Polli, John Riedel, Kayla Robey, Savannah Stevens, Kelsie Strobel, Jessica Thorne and Elie Young.
A-B, 8th Grade: Cristina Arellano, Claudia Barnes, Carter Boldridge, Kayla Brown, Walter Burke, Taylor Callahan, Julia Estes, Sara Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Jack Massie, Jojo McKinney, A.J. Palmer, Joshua Racer, Caleb Ramey, Samantha Sisk and Emily Way.
All A, 9th Grade: Stephany Baldwin, Parker Critzer, Jake Dooley, Kayleigh Flanagan, Jacob Higgins, Elizabeth Hipple, Nivardo Loya, Kelsey Parker and Julia Wood.
A-B, 9th Grade: Ryan Athelli, Hannah Bennett, Remington Call, James Eastham, Alec Gomer, Vanessa Hickerson, Austin Huff, Jake Jenkins, Miller Kines, Hannah Kleppinger, Evan Marcus, Madeline Neibert, Megan Neibert, Mickayla Neibert, Jonathan Sanders, Caryl-Anne Taplin, Allie Wilkerson and Andrew Williams.
All A, 10th Grade: Klaire Gubler, Emily Massie, Amanda Pullen, Jane Purnell and Kory Settle.
A-B, 10th Grade: Brittany Adams, Ashley Allen, Emily Allen, Jordan Atkins, Katie Baldwin, Caitlin Campbell, Kayla Campbell, Aaron Dodson, Amber Dodson, Emma Endre, Kathryn Fisher, Alexus Heckethorn, Madelyn Heneghan, Lisa Leidenheimer, Caitlynn Lolis, Henry Mason, Cory Massey, Courtney Nichols, Stephanie Nicholson, Augustus Norris, Ashley Rhein, Nicholas Riedel, Heather Wickouski and Zachary Winkworth.
All A, 11th Grade: Rita Cliffton, Nicholas Hipple, James MacLeod, Cassie Meredith and Michelle White.
A-B, 11th Grade: Keelee Armor, Shaelyn Bragg, Victoria Campbell, Lilian Endre, Charles Estes, Samantha Higgins, Dylan Hitt, Evan Hitt, Hanna Jenkins, Maddie Kopjanski, Marie Kostens, Shane L’Amoreaux, Tanyon Lee, Diana Loya, Nigel McLoughlin, Ethan Proper, Amber Pullen, Daniel Schlosser, Davis Sheffield, Autumn Shoemaker, Renee Southarland-Jenkins, Caleb Stump, Amrit Tamang, Channing VonSteinner, Dustin Wester and Lachelle Yates.
All A, 12th Grade: Christopher Berta, Danielle Boutte, Chelsy Costello, Jennifer Dellinger, Brittany Dwyer, Patrick Foley, Britton Hipple, Haylie Klein, Case Kramer, Lyndie Paul, Emily Pearcy, Samantha White and Robert Yowell.
A-B, 12th Grade: Trevor Achilles, Peyton Bailey, Isaac Berry, Jennifer Buono, Edward Burke IV, Dameon Burke, Shelby Burnett, Dwight Clatterbuck, Eleasha Clement, Jocelyn Davis, Sarah Davis, Efrain Delgado, Erin Eaton, Tamara Estes, Mark Fitzgerald, Amanda Galligugh, Cassandra Harrison, Zachary Huff, Matthew James, Samantha Landrum, Katie Leake, Lauren Light, Kenner Love, Jesus Lucas, Cory Massie, Jason Mullens, Kyndle Turley, Naomi Weingarten, Alexandra Williams and Briana Winkworth.
Leah Michelle Tester of Sperryville was among the 365 students named to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester at Juniata College, a liberal arts college in Huntingdon, Penn. She is the daughter of Howard and Kathleen Tester, Leah Tester is a 2009 graduate of Fauquier High School. The dean’s list recognizes grade point averages of at least 3.6 out of a possible 4.0.
Natalie Tupper, a junior at James Madison University, was named to the president’s list for fall 2012. Tupper, who’s also from Sperryville, is majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Students who receive president’s list honors must carry a semester course load of at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.9 or above.
Two other JMU students were named to the dean’s list, which recognizes students who carry 12 credit hours and earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.89. Those two students are Keenan Sherwood of Washington, a senior and anthropology major, and Carolyn Thiel of Huntly, a senior marketing major.
Elizabeth Guevremont of Washington is among the 555 students who earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2012 semester at Mount St. Mary’s University. Guevremont, a junior, achieved the dean’s list by maintaining a 3.4 or higher GPA. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Guevremont.
Daniel Larner and Ashley Riggleson, both of Sperryville, were among the students named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at the University of Mary Washington. The dean’s list recognizes outstanding academic achievement by full-time students who attain a minimum GPA of 3.5 Larner is a freshman, while Riggleson is a junior.
Varsity Girls Basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to Fredericksburg Academy for a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game between two state-ranked teams on Jan. 23; the Falcons won the game 36-24. Maeve Dale led the team with 12 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. Kim Pankow had seven points, three steals and two assists. Makenzie Magaro had five steals and six points. Sydney Penza grabbed five rebounds and scored a basket. Emily Hennessey grabbed six rebounds and hit one foul shot in the game.
The Lady Owls then hosted a scrappy team from Foxcroft School in another DAC game Jan. 29. Pankow scored all eight of the girl’s points in the second quarter and the girls defense held Foxcroft to just one basket to take a 20-8 lead into halftime. Hennessey scored all three of her points in the last two minutes of the game, giving the Owls a 31-21 win. Dale had another double-double with 12 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots. Pankow tallied 11 points to go with seven steals and Julia Weir added five big points and 15 rebounds. Penza contributed four steals while Mary Leskovec got two steals. Their record is 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the DAC.
The girls were ranked ninth in the most recent Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III girls basketball poll released Jan. 29. Congratulations to the girls, Coach Pankow and Coach Dale for remaining in the rankings.
Varsity Boys Basketball: The Owls traveled to Christendom College for a game with Chelsea Academy on Jan. 11. The boys worked their way to an 11-6 lead at the end of the first and took a 28-17 lead into the fourth quarter before putting the game away for good. The result was a 40-27 victory in the boy’s third game of the week.
The Owls hosted Front Royal Christian School in a non-conference game on Jan. 23. Despite leading 25-19 at the half, the Owls lost one starter to injury in the second half, one was out with an injury prior to the game and another was gone after the first quarter. The depleted roster struggled to maintain the lead and the Warriors won 52-41. Alex Foster had a big game with 20 points, including two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Sam Lilburn contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Daniel Chadduck scored five points before leaving the game and Allen Zeng scored a basket.
The Owls traveled to Tandem Friends School for a DAC game on Jan. 29. The first place Badgers broke open the game after a close first quarter. Foul trouble hurt the boys in fourth quarter and the Badgers went on to win 58-43. Lilburn had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Foster and Chadduck were both in double figures with 11 points each. Tim Johns added five points and Sean Brown had a basket in his first action back off an injury. Their record is 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the DAC.
Varsity Swimming: WCDS Swimming competed in meet at Saint Michael the Archangel School on Jan. 19. The boy’s team outscored Highland School and Anne Katherine Burns took first place in the 100 Butterfly to reach her first state qualifying time ever! Conor O’Heir took first in the 200 Freestyle race and Michael Chen cut a great deal of time off his swims to be named the WCDS Swimmer of the Meet.