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Congratulations, Class of 2016

July 6, 2016 Student News Comments Off on Congratulations, Class of 2016
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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation
– By Amanda Clark

On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, orchestra, and International Irish Tenor Mark Forrest performed before the graduates took the stage. Mr. Shipp and superintendent Eric Williams gave a speech as well as Muriel Forrest. Many speeches were made reminiscing about the classes many ups and downs and there were acknowledgements for students attending schools such as West Point University, Cornell University, and Brown University. The class was made up of 372 students, and of those 372 students 16.6 percent will be attending a 2-year university, 61.1 percent will be attending a 4-year university, 3 percent will be in the military, 15 percent are not sure, 1.3 percent will be taking a gap year, .3 percent will be going to a school outside of the United States, and 2.7 percent will be entering the workforce. co-valedictorians of the class were Andrea Patterson and Ryan Taylor. The salutatorian was Emma Gillies.

Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

July 6, 2016 Student News Comments Off on Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine
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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28.

While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. Stookey, D.O., Manipulative Medicine Scholarship.

Buckland earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and health science from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., in 2011. She is a 2007 graduate of Westtown School in Westchester, Pa.
Buckland, who is married to Simon Buckland, is the daughter of Sarah Huntington and John Janney of Purcellville. She plans to work at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla.

Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

July 6, 2016 Student News Comments Off on Adams Promoted To Lieutenant
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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jamal McNeill/Released.

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

February 3, 2016 Student News Comments Off on Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank
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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9.

The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of the Goose Creek District, National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, led by Scoutmaster Scott King Walker. … Continue Reading

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

July 2, 2015 Student News Comments Off on 8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School
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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests.

As part of the eighth grade writing curriculum at Blue Ridge, all students are required to seek out audiences beyond the classroom and teacher by submitting a piece of their writing to a contest or for publication. This year, students submitted writing to national contests, such as the Sejong Cultural Society Writing Competition; state competitions like the Virginia Poetry Society writing contest; and local contests such as the Harmony Writing Contest for Loudoun County students sponsored by Harmony Middle School. Eighth grade English teachers Shauna Korn, Eric Kursman, Virginia Walker, and Allyson White research and provide some options for students, but they also encourage students to independently seek out publication opportunities.

“Our 21st century instructional practices stress connecting beyond the classroom walls. Student publishing is a powerful way for kids to see their work as contemporary and relevant,” said Blue Ridge principal Brion Bell. “I am so excited by this work – the teachers are blazing a publishing path that the kids are excited to follow.”

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

July 1, 2015 Student News Comments Off on Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout
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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg.

Ben is a member of Troop 163 of the Goose Creek District National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Purcellville and led by Scoutmaster Robert Kellogg.

A senior at Loudoun Valley High School, Ben is an Honor Student, member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Loudoun Valley Varsity Lacrosse team.
Ben’s Eagle service project involved designing, building and installing a set of permanent speaker stands for use at concerts and events at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville.

Ben has served in a number of leadership positions within the troop, including, Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. The Eagle rank involves earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating service and leadership over several years – culminating in an Eagle Service Project. Less than 4 percent of all scouts attain the rank of Eagle.

Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

July 1, 2015 Student News Comments Off on Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League
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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared

Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this holiday to honor a team of 13 BRMS seventh grade science students for placing 11th in the National Science League. The competition consisted of a rigorous test with 50 questions in the areas of earth science, physical science, and chemistry. Team member Justin Zhang had the highest score in the country. Blue Ridge Middle competed against other seventh, eighth, and ninth graders across the nation and was the only public school in the State of Virginia to compete against two private schools in the rigorous National Science test that ranked the teams. 

Team Members: Justin Zhang, Ronan Tegerdine, Alexis Eddinger, Lorien Kelso, Wyatt Marvil, Caitlin McCabe, Will Oppenhimer, Johnathan Grossi, Kelsey Blake, Alisa Geise, Elyse Ricafort, Emily Simpson, and Stone Zhang, pictured with sponsor Bonnie Kittrell and Principal Brion Bell.

Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

April 2, 2015 Student News Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton
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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team.

“I am incredibly honored to become a member of such a wonderful swim program at a school where I will have the opportunity to grow both academically and spiritually. Although I will miss Woodgrove and the team and coaches that have become family to me, I know that these past four years have prepared me to flourish at Wheaton as a swimmer, as a student, and as a person,” said Garner. 

“I’m excited about Kristen’s acceptance to Wheaton College and the opportunity afforded to her to continue swimming. She’s been an important part of Woodgrove’s team these last four years serving as team captain for the past two, but more than that and more than being a top notch competitor, she is really a well-rounded, intelligent young woman,” commented Woodgrove Swim Team Coach Michele Song.

Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank

April 1, 2015 Student News Comments Off on Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank
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Harry Buchanan, V, from Waterford, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Rank three days before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Rank is the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America to award.  Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts receive this honored ranking.  Buchanan finishes up his Boy Scout endeavors with 33 Merit Badges, countless community service hours, successfully completed the Northern Tier Canadian Boy Scout wilderness adventure program and the Florida Sea Base, Key West Sailing Program.  He began Cub Scouts at the age of 6 completing this level of scouting earning the Arrow of Light and advancing to the Boy Scouts.  He earned his Rank of Eagle by completing, among other tasks, his Eagle Service Project.  Buchanan selected a worthy and substantial construction project of designing and building exterior stairs to benefit the Waterford Foundation.  These stairs benefit the Village of Waterford as well as the many visitors who visit Waterford each year for the Waterford Fair.  In addition to this construction project, he donated $1,060 to the Waterford Foundation to use as they wish.  Buchanan will continue his scouting service through assisting and mentoring other scouts to reach their goals. He plans to attend an Engineering College and pursue a profession in Civil/Mechanical Engineering. “It has been a very rewarding experience and I have loved every minute of it.  I really learned a lot to carry with me through life experiences,” said Buchanan.

Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

July 6, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship
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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each county.

Arpajian received a $2,500 dollar award from American Disposal Services to apply to her college or university of choice. Applicants were only considered if they were an active member of an environmentally-focused group or committee through their school or community and had completed an environmental science course as part of their studies. A 500 word essay explaining how they helped to protect or promote the preservation of the environment was also required.

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Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

July 3, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Local Residents Graduate from the College of William & Mary

The following residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary:

  • Alexander Graeme Thomson, from Hamilton (20158), with a BS degree.
  • Gabrielle Alana Graves, from Middleburg (20117), with a BA degree.
  • Kathleen Warren Hale, from Middleburg (20117), with a BBA degree.
  • Morgan Gallagher Hensley, from Middleburg (20118), with a BA degree.
  • Patric Dalton Callahan, from Purcellville (20132), with a BS degree.
  • Matthew James Peworchik, from Purcellville (20132), with a BS degree.
  • Taylor Leigh Johnston, from Purcellville (20132), with a BA degree.

Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

July 3, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Kevin Sherman Graduated from Ithaca College

Kevin Sherman, a native of Middleburg, Va., graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in Sport Studies. The degree was awarded in May 2014.

Local Residents Named to William & Mary Dean’s List

July 3, 2014 Student News Comments Off on Local Residents Named to William & Mary Dean’s List

The following residents were recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the spring 2014 semester:

  • Jacques Butler Deaver from Hamilton (20158)
  • Johnathan Richard Wehr from Hamilton (20158)
  • Elizabeth Jordan Pischke from Middleburg (20118)
  • Jessica Eileen Carr from Purcellville (20132)
  • Rosalynd Ivy Duerr from Purcellville (20132)
  • Margaret Fitzgerald Gutierrez from Purcellville (20132)
  • Scott Lanxing Huang from Purcellville (20132)
  • Matthew James Peworchik from Purcellville (20132)
  • Mary Elizabeth Robynn Stern from Purcellville (20132)
  • Andrew Taylor Jones from Round Hill (20141)
  • Michael Peyton Alto from Upperville (20184)

In order to achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 Quality Point Average during the semester.

William & Mary is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.


 

 

 

 

 

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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