School news for Sept. 28

Hanberry earns Nobel nod

Zion Hanberry of Washington is in elite academic company. Via Facebook

A senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prize — National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) founder and chairman Claes Nobel — has announced that Rappahannock County resident Zion Hanberry, a student at Highland School, has been selected as a member of its esteemed organization.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Zion has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Nobel. “Zion is now a member of a unique community of scholars — a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

NSHSS President James W. Lewis said: “We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development. We aim to help students like Zion build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.

Hanberry is the son of Judd and Marsha Hanberry of the town of Washington.


Football leads the headlines this week, on the basis of their dominating Homecoming win last Friday night. The football team was determined to show the home crowd that last year’s winning record was not an aberration but in fact an apt indicator of Rapp football’s changing fortunes.

Rapp struck first in the scoring with Chance Graves’ 27 yard Touchdown run. King and Queen struck right back, scoring on a three yard run, but Rapp tallied another TD in the first quarter with Bryan Leidenheimer scoring on a four yard run. The second quarter began with another of the miscues that have plagued Rapp this season, with a King and Queen player recovering a fumble and running it 67 yards for a score to tie the game again. But that was as close as the visitors would get, with Rapp churning out four more touchdowns before the half and never looking back.

Football standout Chance Graves sprints his way toward the goal line during Friday night’s victorious RCHS Homecoming game. Courtesy phot

Leidenheimer scored on another four yard rush, then Quarterback Richard Lillard followed suit with a four yard scoring run of his own, followed by Michael Reid’s 11 yard scoring run and then Chance Graves’ 55 yard pick six for the final score of the half. In the third quarter Ryan Grigsby scored twice, a TD on a one yard run and then a safety that resulted from his tackling of the K&Q QB in the end zone, followed by Bryan rushing 19 yards for his third TD of the night. In the fourth quarter King and Queen scored on a 62 yard breakaway run but Rapp’s Randy Hitt put up the final points of the evening with a 14 yard run for a score.

Stats leaders for the night on offense also included Michael Reid with 123 yards rushing to go with the Panthers’ 421 yards of total offense. On Defense Chance Graves had two interceptions, Dalton Hitt had four tackles (including 2 for losses and 1 QB sack), and Ryan Grigsby had five tackles and 1 assist (including 4 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 1 safety and 1 fumble recovery), all of which added up to a strong defensive showing that included 4 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and a 58-20 final score. With the win Varsity Football improved to 2 and 3 on the season, with an away game this Friday at Madison County High School, kickoff at 7:30, and then a return to Panther Stadium next Friday vs Massanutten Military Academy, kickoff at 7.

At halftime of the game the RCHS Homecoming Court for 2017 was presented. Court members included 8th graders Braelyn Steward and Luke Ellis, 9th graders Samantha Luthi and Lee Reinbolt, 10th graders Alivia Tuel and Roy Jenkins, and juniors Megan Dodson and Esteban Arellano. The seniors presiding over the Court were Princess Tatyana Yates and Prince Drake Lynn, who were the attendants for Queen Cydney Chambers and King Jake Sisk. The award winning Panther Marching Band also entertained the crowd at halftime with this year’s Blues Brothers-themed show.

Over on the volleyball court the Rapp teams struggled in the past week, squeezing in only a couple wins amongst several losses. The Varsity squad lost to Harrisonburg at home and then to William Monroe on the road. The JV squad did scratch out a 2-1 win over Harrisonburg but then suffered their first loss of the season on the road at William Monroe.

The JV and Varsity teams are home tonight, Thursday,against Clarke County. They take to the road again Friday night, going to Northumberland, and then travel to Central next Tuesday, returning to their home gym again the following Thursday, when they host George Mason. JV games begin at 6, with varsity games beginning twenty minutes after the conclusion of the JV contests.

The Junior Panther Volleyball team posted another win, downing Randolph Macon Academy at home, but then dropped a contest to William Monroe. They return to their home gym next Wednesday versus King George, first serve at 4:30.

Junior Panther Boys Soccer opened their season last week on the road, dropping a game to King George. This afternoon the team travels to county rival Wakefield Country Day for a 4:15 game and then the team opens their home season next Thursday at 4:15, playing host to the Owls.

Junior Panther football is still in search of their first win, having dropped their first two contests on the road. Next Monday the team kicks off at 6 versus Prospect Heights Middle School, then travels to the Maryland School for the Deaf on Oct. 12, hosting the same team in Panther Stadium on Oct. 18.

Varsity Cross Country hosted Central Woodstock last Wednesday, with our harriers running on a hot day on the Blue Rock course. On the girls side Rachel Weghorst finished second with teammate Jacklyn Humphries 13 seconds behind her, finishing in fifth place, followed by Skylar Culbertson in sixth. On the boys side Dalton Renner ran a strong race after battling illness through most of the season, finishing first for the Rapp boys.

This Saturday the teams will travel to New Market to compete in the Stonewall Jackson Invitational, running against many of the competitors they will see in upcoming regional championships.

Lastly, our boys and girls basketball programs are hosting a clinic skills camp for students in grade 1-6 in the RCHS gym on Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 to noon. Contact A.D. Burley or Mike Atkins for registration. The basketball teams are also hosting a fundraiser spaghetti dinner in the RCHS Commons on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 5 until 7:30.

Fall fun at WCDS

Wakefield Country Day School held its annual 5K Fun Run and Family Carnival this past weekend to celebrate the start of autumn.

Members of the WCDS cross country team leave the starting line for the school’s Annual 5K Fun Run, a fundraiser benefiting the school’s athletic department. By Lisa Ramey

Forty runners gathered early Saturday morning to begin the race that started on Resettlement Road and finished at the school’s back entrance on Hittles Mill. Students from local school cross-country teams participated along with their parents, siblings, friends, and teachers.

Forty runners make their way along scenic Resettlement Road in the WCDS 5K Fun Run. By Lisa Ramey

Following the race, families continued the fun by enjoying a festive carnival on campus, complete with games, concessions, a petting zoo, and obstacle course. At the end of the evening, families dined at the traditional fall Lobster Boil, a community event organized by the school’s board of directors to help raise money for the middle school’s trip to England in the spring.

WCDS students Liza Dareing and Anika Pruntel take a tumble while playing in inflated carnival boppers. By Lisa Ramey
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