School and sports news for Nov. 20

The AD’s report

As winter sports practices swing into their second week, Rapp still has fall teams extending their seasons into the playoffs.

Our varsity girls cross country team and varsity boys runner competed in the VHSL Group 1A state championship last Friday, with our girls team bringing home the state runner-up trophy for the second year in a row — this time falling short of a state title by only two points! Full details are in the separate article about Cross Country in this week’s paper.

Rapp’s varsity theater troupe traveled to Northumberland High School last Saturday for the Region 1A East championship and, when the final curtain was drawn, Rapp’s team was crowned the Region 1A East theater champions! Performing their “The Blue and the Grey” production, an original by Rapp theater coach Russell Paulette, Rapp’s drama crew once again finished well in front of the competition, impressing both the judges and all in attendance.

Rapp’s theater crew will have one more performance on Dec. 2 when they travel to Monticello High School in Charlottesville for the state theater championship. Director Paulette and his cast will be putting more final touches on their performance in the days to come, hoping to bring home yet one more piece of Virginia High School League hardware when the state competition concludes.

Winter sports practices are well under way, with the teams selected and coaches and players working hard to prepare for their first events. Make plans now to see a sneak preview of varsity girls basketball when Coach Burley’s squad hosts United Christian Academy next Tuesday (Nov. 25) in a preseason scrimmage. The game will be played at the RCHS gym at 6 p.m.

Last but not least, don’t forget to come out to RCHS next Friday and Saturday (Thanksgiving weekend) as our Parent Teacher Organization sponsors the annual Rappahannock Alumni Basketball Tournament. Final details are still being worked out, but the latest word has it that a Rapp alumni volleyball game is also on the agenda. Whether you are a basketball or a volleyball fan (or both!) you are sure to enjoy watching our Rapp alumni show they still have it on the hardwood. For more information on the Rapp alumni tourney, please email

As always, please stay in touch with Rapp sports through our athletic website (, where you will find up-to-date schedules and announcements.

— Jimmy Swindler, athletics director

Panther Pride: Veteran’s Day

Col. John Lesinski, USMC (retired), and Del. Michael Webert attend a Veterans’ Day presentation hosted by Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters.
Col. John Lesinski, USMC (retired), and Del. Michael Webert attend a Veterans’ Day presentation hosted by Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters. courtesy photo

Celebrating Veterans’ Day last Tuesday (Nov. 11), Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters hosted a presentation to honor our veterans. Highlights of the program included the Rappahannock County Panther Band, with an outstanding performance; Boy Scout Troop 36, which presented the colors; and the many flags placed by our student body, circling the front lawn in honor and memory of our veterans. The Rappahannock County School Board chair, Col. John Lesinski, USMC (retired), was the guest speaker. Lesinski’s speech highlighted notable remarks and a challenge to the student body as he recognized the veterans in our community, acknowledging them as “public servants of the highest order” and suggesting ways we can “give back” to our community and our veterans.

Using the concept of a “snow plow,” he said a snow-plow family is one in which a parent or family member “clears the way of all obstructions and challenges so that their child does not have to face adversity or failure.” Lesinski suggested ways in which our youth of today can refrain from becoming “snow plow” children and can give back to the community, fostering pride and respect within it.

“Rappahannock is a county of engaged citizens, made up of both young and old, that understands the value of community service,” Lesinski said. “The seeds of giving back have been planted in your lives by your parents, families, teachers and mentors.”

He encouraged the students to take up the challenge and to find purpose in giving back to this wonderful community, through service learning and volunteerism. In that way, they can avoid following the path of the “snow plow.” His encouragement continued as he suggested students follow the words and actions of the late President John F. Kennedy, who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

We appreciate our Band Boosters for working so hard to bring another wonderful Veteran’s Day program to our schools and Del. Michael Webert, who spent time with students at both the elementary and high schools after attending the veterans program, for visiting us on this day.

— Donna Matthews, superintendent

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