School & sports news for April 25

RCHS’ Estes heads to Youth Summit

Charles Estes, a student at Rappahannock County High School, has been selected to represent Virginia as a National Youth Delegate to the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Estes joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Estes was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University, along with National Geographic and the National Zoo, are excited to welcome the nation’s youth scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience.

The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s campus. The summit is designed to encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

Wakefield’s ‘live’ wax museum

Fourth grade students at Wakefield Country Day School hosted a “live” wax museum at the school this week where they dressed up like famous composers and pop musicians and performed throughout the day, including at the school’s assembly.

Wakefield fourth grader Shayla Nelson as Billie Holiday at the school’s recent “live” wax museum. Courtesy photo.
Wakefield fourth grader Shayla Nelson as Billie Holiday at the school’s recent “live” wax museum. Courtesy photo.

In this class staple, the students become a person from history or culture. They stand like a wax statue until a visitor presses a “button” on their costume; then they recite a short speech about the person they’re portraying. In between pressings, they stand still and silent – exactly like a wax statue.

The composers and musicians portrayed this year were Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Fanny Mendelson, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

The 12 fourth-grade students are Austin Farley, Gray Gilliam, Brett Jordan, Pierce Kiser, Samuel Klopp, Griffin Landis, Morgan McKinney, Peter McMahon, John Mullins, Shayla Nelson, Phillip Porterfield and Mari Tisera. Their teacher is Christine Chatelain.

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