School & sports news for Aug. 1

Rapp students’ VT honors

Four Rappahannock residents were recently named to the dean’s list at Virginia Tech for the spring 2013 semester. Emily R. Williams, of Chester Gap, a sophomore majoring in animal and poultry sciences; Castleton’s Katharine E. Hale, a freshman music major; Washington resident Bennett T. Eastham, a junior majoring in communication; and Amissville resident James M. Minyard, a sophomore majoring in university studies. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

WCDS students attend SEP

Two students from Wakefield Country Day School recently attended the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. Joseph Dowell and Abe Nolan qualified for the program, which offered courses taught by specialists in fields ranging from engineering and economics to linguistics. Both students enrolled in “Speaking of the Light: The language of Film,” a course which examined the film making techniques and how the media created meaning within the film.

As part of the rigorous course, each student was expected to create a storyboard by the end of the course. Dowell was also part of a “Mock Senate,” where he roleplayed as Sen. Rand Paul (R, Ken.) and got the opportunity to filibuster a bill the class was debating. Nolan enrolled in an Architecture course, studying the buildings of the University Campus. Both students were also able to engage in supplemental activities during the 12-day program while they stayed in the dorms and enjoyed the experience of being on the grounds.