School and sports news for Aug. 13

Rapp is 3rd among 1A schools in academic standings competition

Drama department leader Russell Paulette (left) and Scholastic Bowl head coach Dave Naser (right) are joined by RCHS principal Mike Tupper and assistant principal Danelle Sperling.Jimmy Swindler | Rappahannock News
Drama department leader Russell Paulette (left) and Scholastic Bowl head coach Dave Naser (right) are joined by RCHS principal Mike Tupper and assistant principal Danelle Sperling.
The Virginia High School League (VHSL) recently released its Wells Fargo Cup academic standings for the 2014-2015 school year — and Rappahannock County High School finished the year tied for third in the Group 1A standings.

RCHS accumulated 65 points in the Wells Fargo competition, just 10 points behind the Wells Fargo Cup champion, based on the strengths of their VHSL theater and scholastic bowl state finishes. Standings in the Wells Fargo competition are based on points awarded for advancement in VHSL’s state competitions. Academic activities with state playoffs include theater, scholastic bowl, forensics, debate, creative writing, newspaper, yearbook and magazine.

The Wells Fargo Cup was first awarded by VHSL in 1990. One trophy is awarded to the first-place finishers in each of six enrollment classifications. RCHS achieved its third-place finish despite only having two activities that qualified for points. Approximately 50 schools are included in the group 1A classification; RCHS is among the smallest in student population. But size did not play a part in their rankings as the teams aimed high and scored big in the competitions.

The RCHS drama department, led by teacher Russell Paulette, competed in the VHSL one-act play competition last fall, winning the conference and regional competitions and qualifying for the state competition. The Scholastic Bowl team, led by teacher Dave Naser, finished the 2014-2015 season as conference, regional and state champions.

Paulette reports that plans are underway for this year’s fall theater competition with tryouts scheduled to be held soon. Scholastic Bowl coach Dave Naser and assistant coach Brad Weeks, are also making plans for this season’s upcoming matches.

Honors for Rapp students

Wheaton College student Bret Heddleston of Sperryville was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester at the Illinois school. To earn Dean’s List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Ryan Latham of Amissville, a freshman at Randolph-Macon Acadmy in Front Royal and the son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, was among the R-MA students named during the fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year to the President’s List, a list reserved for students who earn a 4.0 grade point average.

Among the R-MA students named to the Dean’s List, for those who earn at least a 3.5 GPA, was Brendan Martyn of Huntly, a junior and the son of Elizabeth Kauffmann of Huntly and Tony Martyn of Fayetteville, N.C.

Emily Ashcraft of Castleton received the Associate Degree Scholars Award for study at Frostburg State University. Ashcraft is the daughter of Marybeth and Roger Taylor and attended Montrose Area High School.