School and sports news for July 9

Wheatley is 2015 Mount Holyoke graduate

Recent Mount Holyoke graduate Sarah Dallas Wheatley of Boston.
Recent Mount Holyoke graduate Sarah Dallas Wheatley of Boston. Courtesy photo

Sarah Dallas Wheatley received her Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies with a geoscience concentration from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts on May 17.

While at Mount Holyoke, Sarah performed as a singer in both the Mount Holyoke Chorale and Vocal Jazz Ensemble and also took private voice lessons and performed a senior solo voice recital, singing a range of music from opera to folk to Broadway. She performed in several plays; her most notable performance was in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Sarah studied abroad for a semester in Copenhagen. Sarah is the daughter of Chris and Barbara Wheatley of Boston, and is a 2011 graduate of Rappahannock County High School. For the next two years, Sarah will be pursuing her Master of Science degree in quaternary and climate studies from the University of Maine, where she will also be a research assistant to professor Andrei Kurbatov at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute.

Rappahannock’s VT grads

Three Rappahannock County residents were among the 4,500 bachelor’s and associate degree recipients who were honored at Virginia Tech’s commencement ceremonies May 15 in Blacksburg.

They were James White of Flint Hill, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the College of Engineering; Tiffany Wayland of Sperryville, receiving a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in agribusiness from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Taylor Light of Woodville, who received a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in music from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Looking toward fall football . . .

For those Rappahannock County students wishing to play either varsity (including a JV team) or Junior Panther football this year, coach Mark Heinle will be holding a 7 p.m. meeting Monday (July 13) at the high school auditorium, where information will be handed out regarding the upcoming seasons.

The varsity football summer weights program, meanwhile, continues at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday (open to all RCHS athletes) until the start of UVA camp the week of July 19.

Contact coach Heinle at 540-227-5091or

. . . and soccer

Rappahannock County School Sports Association (RCSSA) hosts its third annual Challenger Sports Soccer Camp next week (July 13-17,  for ages 3-5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and ages 6-18 from 9 to noon) at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s soccer fields, with Challenger Sport’s unique “1,000 Touches” curriculum.

Challenger’s all-British coaching staff understands that the more time players spend in contact with the ball, the quicker they will master important core skills. Players receive an individual skills evaluation, camp shirt, ball and poster, and participate in a daily World Cup Tournament. Register at or call Amy Burnett at 540-675-3873 for more information.

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