School and sports news for June 30

Chorus, anyone?

Are you a middle school or high school student in Rappahannock County Public Schools? Would you like to sing in a chorus? Then Headwaters wants to hear from you!

Headwaters is running a survey for middle school and high school students to determine how many students might be interested in being part of a chorus, at a time yet to be determined. The survey asks about their interest and availability. It is important that Headwaters hears from students so that decisions can be made.

If you would be interested in chorus, please complete the survey. It can be found on the opening page of the Rappahannock County Public Schools website at

Rapp sports update

Congratulations to the Rappahannock County High School athletic department, RCHS Principal Mike Tupper and Athletic Director Brandon Burley, proud owners of a 10th-place finish in the statewide 2015-16 Wells Fargo Cup athletic standings. Final standings were announced June 27 by the Virginia High School League.

The Wells Fargo Cup rankings are maintained for schools in each of the state’s six size classifications. The RCHS varsity Panthers placed 10th out of the 38 1A schools which earned qualifying points for the Wells Fargo competition. Group 1A is made up of schools which have enrollments of 450 or fewer students; RCHS is one of the smallest members as judged by student population.

Points are earned for advancement in state tournaments and RCHS earned a total of 105 points; 35 in the fall, 45 in the winter and 25 in the spring sports seasons. Looking to improve upon that standing next year, RCHS teams are having a busy summer with many of athletes attending sports camps and clinics both at home and on the road. Additionally, Rapp coaches have been conducting off-season practices and weight-training sessions throughout the summer with high turnouts reported.

Believe it or not, fall sports practices are just around the corner and the fall sports parent meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 in the RCHS auditorium — a mandatory meeting for all student athletes and parents. A.D. Burley also reminds athletes and parents that a 2016-2017 VHSL sports physical, completed after May 1, 2016, must be file with the athletic department for students to participate in sports practices.

Today (Thursday, June 30), sports physicals are being offered from 2 to 4 p.m. by Dr. Jerry Martin at the Rappahannock Medical Center in Washington. VHSL physical forms will be available at Dr. Martin’s office (338 Gay St., #A); the cost is$10. Thanks to Dr. Martin and his staff for once again offering this valued service to our athletes and parents.

For the most current sports information and schedules, visit Go Rapp!

— Jimmy Swindler

JMU graduates

Two Washington residents were among those who received degrees from James Madison University in May: Henry Miller graduated with a degree in health sciences, and Jon Henry received a master’s degree in studio art.

R-MA news

Among the Randolph-Macon Academy students who achieved a 4.0 Grade Point Average, thus earning a place on the fourth quarter President’s List for the 2015-16 school year, were Benjamin Kopjanski, an eighth-grade student and the son of Melanie Kopjanski of Boston, and Ryan Latham of Amissville, a sophomore at R-MA and the son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville.

Brendan Martyn of Huntly, a senior, and the son of Elizabeth Kauffmann of Huntly and Tony Martyn of Fayetteville, was named to the R-MA Dean’s List, having achieved a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99

Latham and Kopjanski were also recognized for their exceptional scores on the Spanish National Exam this past spring, Latham earning a bronze medal and Kopjanski a silver medal.

Baylor scholarship for Kathleen Forrest

Kathleen Forrest, a Foxcroft School senior from Sperryville, was presented last month with a U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship to attend Baylor University in the fall. With Forrest’s parents, Vaughn and Diane, and the entire Middleburg school’s community looking on, Sgt. First Class George Welch of James Madison University’s ROTC program did the honors, presenting a certificate confirming her commission and an oversized check for $168,384 — the value of the scholarship.

Sgt. Welch read the certificate which cited Forrest’s “meritorious record” in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Together with her “demonstration of exceptional leadership potential, as well as expressed desire to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army,” the certificate said, Forrest had earned the generous honor.

A standout athlete, Forrest was captain and MVP of both the Foxcroft volleyball and basketball teams as a senior, her third year of varsity play in each sport. She set record in both sports and helped the basketball team win the Delaney Athletic Conference championship in her junior year. Forrest also served as co-editor of Foxcroft’s literary magazine.

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