Wakefield school and sports update

‘We the People’ winners

Wakefield juniors (from left) Michael Stone, Sean Brown, Sydney Penza, Briana Johnson, Rachel Paulisch and Alex Foster won the District 5 “We the People” academic contest. Courtesy photo.
Wakefield juniors (from left) Michael Stone, Sean Brown, Sydney Penza, Briana Johnson, Rachel Paulisch and Alex Foster won the District 5 “We the People” academic contest. Courtesy photo.

A team of four Wakefield Country Day School juniors placed fifth in “We the People,” an academic contest based on the Constitution, government and politics on Feb. 15 in Williamsburg. A larger team, consisting of juniors Michael Stone, Sean Brown, Sydney Penza, Briana Johnson, Rachel Paulisch and Alex Foster, won the District 5 competition two weeks earlier.

However, vacation conflicts made Wakefield the smallest team in the competition, by far. “Where most schools had each student doing one, sometimes two testimonies, our four students did nine each,” said teacher and We the People adviser Jeff Day. “The judges and the entire crowd were very impressed that the Wakefield students put that much work into it and did so well.”

Science fair winners

Courtesy photo.
Courtesy photo.

WCDS hosted its annual science fair this month, and among the winners were fourth graders Griffin Landis (left) and Sam Klopp. Fifth graders Emma Cotter and Casey Poe took home honors in their grade level, as did sixth graders Tatiana Calderon and Anna Schuster.

Grades one and two exhibit teacher-directed class projects led by teachers Jennifer Thede and April Heddleston. Third graders do group projects in the classroom (supervised by Rebecca Ernest) and fourth through sixth graders do individual projects at home.

Wakefield announces college acceptances

Wakefield Country Day School is pleased to announce the following college acceptances and merit scholarship offers to the members of its senior class:

Grace Albert (Eckerd College, James Madison University, Christopher Newport University and Virginia Commonwealth University); Katie Brown (Loyola University, Tulane University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); Alexandra Cancio-Bello (George Mason University, College of Charleston, University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University); Daniel Chadduck (Xavier University, Roanoke College, Guildford College, Hampden-Sydney College, Lynchburg College and Randolph-Macon College); Marc Cugnon (Yale University and University of Virginia Echols Scholar); Rachel DuMez (Central College, Hope College, Calvin College, Randolph-Macon College and University of Mary Washington); Mike He (University of Hartford); Brittany Kwolek (James Madison University, Christopher Newport University and Marquette University); Mary Leskovec (George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and James Madison University); Sam Lilburn (Xavier University, Randolph-Macon College and Hampden-Sydney College); Carl Liles (Auburn University, Fordham University, Cornell College and Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets); Makenzie Magaro (University of Virginia and James Madison University); Caroline Murray (Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, St. Joseph’s University, Catholic University, Scranton University and College of Charleston); Conor O’Heir (Hampden-Sydney College, Wabash College and Hendrix College); Dhruv Thummar (University of Hartford); Will Scaring (Randolph College and Randolph-Macon College); Hannah Tufts (Randolph-Macon College); and Shannon Weir (Virginia Wesleyan College, Roanoke College, Randolph-Macon College, Christopher Newport University and Emory and Henry College).

The Merit Scholarship offers made to members of the class of 2013 to date total $1,980,200.

Athletes of the month

The male athlete of the month is eighth grader Harrison Wells, of Warrenton. Wells was a spark for the middle school boys basketball team in January, helping lead them to two Valley Middle School Conference victories and a non-conference win. Wells scored in double figures in three of the five games in January, leading the team in scoring all three times. He recorded a double-double on Jan. 4 against Fresta Valley, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

“Harrison certainly had a strong month in January as the leader of his team. He stepped up big in the wins and in the close games. He quietly goes about his business, contributing to his team,” said WCDS athletic director Mike Costello.

The female winner is Kim Pankow, of Flint Hill. A returning all-conference player, Pankow helped lead the varsity girls basketball team to four Delaney Athletic Conference wins and one non-conference win in January. Her leadership contributed to her team being ranked in the VISAA state poll for Division III the entire month, finishing the month in ninth place. Pankow scored 62 points in the eight games during January, along with 28 assists and 31 steals.

“Kim is a very competitive athlete who is tough on the floor even with her small stature. She has stepped up her offensive game as the season has progressed and more teams focus on reducing the impact that DAC Player of the Year Maeve Dale has on games,” said Costello.

WCDS sports update

Varsity Girls Basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to Emmanuel Christian School for their final Delaney Athletic Conference regular season game on Feb. 8. Despite a slow start, the girls coasted to a 53-14 victory, securing the number two seed in the DAC tournament. Maeve Dale had a triple-double (20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists). Kim Pankow made a number of baskets in transition and finished with 21 points, six assists and five steals. Tatumn Vaught scored her first varsity points with a basket in each half. Their final regular season record is 15-3 overall and 10-2 in the DAC.

Dale was recently named the DAC Player of the Year for the second straight year. In 12 conference games this season, she averaged 16.7 points and 12.3 rebounds; she also had 45 steals, 39 blocked shots and 44 assists. She had a season-high 30 points against Randolph-Macon Academy in December and has scored just under 900 points in her varsity career to date.

The Lady Owls then hosted Emmanuel Christian School in the DAC quarterfinals on Feb. 19. The girls got off to another slow start, but blew the game open in the third quarter before winning 51-18 and advancing to host the semifinal. Dale hit five three-pointers on her way to 24 points. Julia Weir contributed nine points and Pankow added eight, along with six assists. Sydney Penza and Emily Hennessey each scored four points.

The girls were ranked 10th in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III girls basketball poll that was released February 12th. The girls have been ranked in every poll that was released in the regular season. This is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to the girls, Coach Pankow and Coach Dale for remaining in the rankings.

Varsity Boys Basketball: The Owls traveled to Emmanuel Christian School on Feb. 8 for their final regular season game. Middle school players Chris O’Heir, Gage Landis and Harrison Wells were elevated to play in the game as their season was completed. The mixed roster went on to win 37-21. Alex Foster lead all players with a double-double (26 points and 22 rebounds). Fred Wang pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds and contributed six points, one steal and one block. Michael Chen contributed two rebounds. Wells scored his first varsity points with two baskets and added four rebounds and a block. Landis also scored his first varsity point with a foul shot and led the team with seven assists, three blocks and four steals. O’Heir  grabbed three rebounds, two steals and blocked a shot. Their final regular season record is 7-11 overall and 2-6 in the DAC.

The Owls hosted Saint Michael the Archangel High School in the DAC quarterfinals on Feb. 19. The boys held off the Warriors to win, 48-28, advancing to the semifinals and a date with top-ranked Fredericksburg Academy. Foster led the team with a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds). Fellow first-team all-DAC performer Daniel Chadduck hit three three-pointers on his way to 17 points and four steals. Sean Brown contributed six points. Michael Stone pulled down nine rebounds.

Varsity Swimming: The Owls competed in the DAC championships at Saint Michael’s pool on Feb. 9. The boys and girls finished in seventh place finish overall with just five Owls competing on the boys’ side and two Owls on the girls’ side. Rachel DuMez and Conor O’Heir were named all-DAC for their performances, the fourth year in a row for DuMez. DuMez was also the conference champion in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke race.

State Meet: The girls’ team (DuMez and Anne Katherine Burns) finished seventh in division II. Both made state qualifying times and represented the Owls at the VISAA State Championships held in Richmond Feb. 14-16. The races were very fast and competitive, especially the women’s 100 Butterfly, which both racers swam in. Burns swam a 1:06.63 in the preliminaries but missed the cut for the finals. DuMez advanced to the finals and swam a 58.48, which was good enough for a seventh place finish. She also completed in and advanced to the finals of the 100 Backstroke, recording a 58.15 and placing fifth. O’Heir represented the boys’ side; he competed in the 100 Butterfly and finished in 17th place with a time of 57.68, just missing the final cut. Only the top 16 finishers from the preliminaries advanced to the finals.

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