School & sports news for Aug. 7

The AD’s report

With the start of school just around the corner, Rapp sports’ teams have returned to the gridiron, pitch, track and the gym, and are gearing up for successful fall seasons.

Football was first out of the gate, with varsity and Junior Panther tryouts beginning last Thursday (July 31). Coaches Mark Heinle and Dave Whorton are pleased with the turnout thus far, although they anticipate a few more will join the team before the cutoff at the start of school. Both teams have full schedules posted on (the first varsity scrimmage is 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at RCHS), and both coaches are looking for improvement over last season.

Varsity football is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday (Aug. 9) in the high school cafeteria. Adults are $10 ($5 ages 10 and younger); that’ll get you generous helpings of spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert, with all proceeds going to the travel expenses for varsity’s upcoming game at Chincoteague. The coaches have also lined up some outstanding silent auction items which will be auctioned off at dinner. Be sure to mark your calendar for this worthwhile and delicious event!

J.V. and varsity volleyball got started Monday night with a gym full of hitters and setters looking to make the teams. J.P. volleyball began yesterday and all three teams have high hopes of a return to the good fortunes of last year. Varsity coach Courtney Atkins, J.V. coach Seth Wyatt and J.P. coach Mylene Whorton all have a goal of bringing a trophy or banner back to the gym by season’s end.

Rapp’s harriers got out of the starting gate as well on Monday and coaches James Sharpe and Mark Ramey are excited to build on last year’s championship seasons for girls and hoping to get our boys their own banner to hang in the gym. On Aug. 27, our runners host their Rapp River Conference foes in a preview of the conference championship; the public is invited to attend.

Last but not least, our Junior Panther boys soccer team began practice this week under the leadership of coach Paul Paratore. Paratore will have a young team this year, but is confident they will surprise some of our Valley Middle School Conference (VMSC) foes, and looks for good things as the season progresses.

Stay in touch with Rapp Athletics through the athletic website, where all our fall schedules are up for your viewing.

— Jimmy Swindler

WCDS students excel at Latin convention

Twenty-two students from Wakefield Country Day School traveled to Emory University to take part in the annual National Junior Classical League Convention, earning 145 awards during the week-long competition.

WCDS students, including Owen Youngquist, Douglas Griffin, Aaron Corbett and Joe Dowell, march with the Virginia Delegation at the recent NJCL Latin convention.
WCDS students, including Owen Youngquist, Douglas Griffin, Aaron Corbett and Joe Dowell, march with the Virginia Delegation at the recent NJCL Latin convention. Courtesy photo

Brier Clough was president of the Virginia delegation, leading the students in cheers and bringing home two first-place awards in mosaics and sculpture. Lucas Dumez finished his week in seventh place overall, winning several swimming events and competing in all areas of the convention. Douglas Griffin and Zoe Porterfield earned first place in several of their events and ended their week in 18th and 22nd place overall, respectively.

Tony Elar earned a first-place finish in the open certamen event; other top-two finishers include Anna Schuster, Aaron Corbett, Brooke Miller, Jackson Romine and Gray Galeone, who all competed in a variety of Latin sight-reading tests, history, cultural knowledge, arts and crafts and athletic events.

The annual convention, held on the Emory campus in Atlanta, Ga., from July 28-Aug. 1, was attended by 1,700 students from across the country.

Latham and Gillis awarded by RM-A

Several local students attending Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) in Front Royal received an award in the second of three end-of-year awards ceremonies on May 19.

Benjamin Gillis of Front Royal, son of David Gillis of Front Royal and Gracie Gillis of Flint Hill, received the President’s Award for academic achievement. He was a senior at RM-A during the 2013-14 school year.

Eighth-grader Ryan Latham of Amissville, son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, received the Mathematics Certificate of Outstanding Performance in honors geometry.

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