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Woodgrove’s Teddy Chipouras Taking His Music Career To The Top

June 1, 2016 Music Comments Off on Woodgrove’s Teddy Chipouras Taking His Music Career To The Top

By Amanda Clark

Teddy Chipouras, senior at Woodgrove High School, is an aspiring musician best known for his growing music career. Chipouras says, “I’ve always loved music and I give the credit to my parents because they always had great music playing around the house.” He was given his first guitar when he was in 4th grade and immediately was interested in it, bringing it to school and playing with his teachers. His sophomore year of high school he quit sports to fully pursue his music entirely through writing, singing, and getting gigs. “It is such a crazy feeling to have someone listen to your music and genuinely feel happy. Something that you poured your soul into is making somebody feel something, which is such a humbling feeling,” he says. … Continue Reading

Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School

January 18, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School

This past December, the Woodgrove Student Council hosted the annual Holiday Door Decorating contest. Every homeroom in the school was challenged to participate in the competition by decorating their homeroom door with a holiday or winter theme of their choice. Students and teachers worked together in their homerooms to bring together resources such as photos, ornaments, glitter, lights, and music to use in their door design. By the day before winter break, students were able to walk through the halls and admire many newly decorated classroom entrances.

The Student Council ad hoc committee for Door Decorating was led by Woodgrove sophomore Sara Hallam. Sara and her committee created the rules by which doors could by decorated, and the criteria that the doors would be judged by. The committee also put together a panel of teachers from various departments to judge the final homeroom doors. Theses teachers would choose one winning door from each grade, along with one overall winner. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School January – February Events

January 8, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove High School January – February Events

The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association is planning several events for this January. One of the SCA sponsored services is the exam breakfasts. Last year, the SCA offered several breakfast foods — such as bananas, apples and rice-crispy treats—to students in the morning during exam week. Many students took advantage of these breakfasts, with hardly anything left over each day.

“The exam breakfasts last year were really good,” said senior Emily Orr. “I love Rice Krispies.”

Research shows that nutrition plays an important role in brain function and performance on academic tests which is why the SCA provides these breakfasts.

“The breakfasts helped me wake up in the morning and just made the thought of going to school easier,” said senior Sierra McLaughlin. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Jazz Band Perform at National Lead Conference

February 6, 2013 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on Woodgrove Jazz Band Perform at National Lead Conference
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The Woodgrove High School Jazz Band, (‘The WJB’) received standing ovations February 1 when they performed for the delegates of the 2013 National LEAD Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City.

The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and National Association of Student Councils hosted the Leadership Experience and Development (‘LEAD’) Conference for high school, middle school students and activity advisors.

Wanda Carroll, LEAD Conference Organizer, saw a photo and article about The WJB in a recent edition of the Purcellville Gazette and contacted Mr. Bill Strickler, Woodgrove’s Band Director to extend the invitation. … Continue Reading

Craftsmen Needed

October 7, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Craftsmen Needed

Woodgrove High School PTSO invites interested craftspeople, artists, and specialty vendors to show and sell their wares in the 2012 Western Loudoun Woodgrove Marketplace Sunday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Woodgrove welcomes participation by all area craftspeople at this community pre-holiday happening.

There is limited space available so please get your application in as soon as possible. Applications are available on the Woodgrove High School website at:
http://www.lcps.org/Page/97413 For additional information, contact Sherri Zoldos at woodgroveptsofundraising@gmail.com or 703-727-0684.

“Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club

September 20, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on “Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club
WWABC 2nd golf Bill Zeleski Stephen Renner Mike Briel Curt Prosser Sept 17 2012

Eighty-eight Wolverine fans and golfers teed off bright and early Monday morning, September 17 at Woodgrove’s home course, Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club in Round Hill, to compete in the Second Annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament fund Senior student-athlete scholarships and other activities that further the mission of the WWABC. The weather was great, the course was gorgeous, and a good time was had by all! Aside from the tournament itself, the event featured a silent auction, raffle items, door prizes, breakfast, snacks and a delicious lunch catered by Stoneleigh.

Western Loudoun boasts amazing golfers proven by the tournament’s 3-way tie for the team with the lowest score – 59. The tie was broken by comparing back nine scores, and the winners were: … Continue Reading

It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!

July 31, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on It’s Hot Out There! … But Cool Things Are a Happening!
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Franklin Park Arts Center Welcomes New Crop of Home Grown Musicians

By Andrea Gaines

The way music instructor Frank Keims effuses about the musicians known as “The Immortals” … you’d think he was doing an introduction for the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Immortals are a rotating group of young musicians drawn from Keims’ Loudoun Music Instruction business in Lovettsville.

In 2006, Keim began calling the parents of his most gifted students to push the idea of offering these young musicians the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level music instruction and the chance to join with a real live band. This group of young men and women would be pushed hard. They would need to maintain certain grade levels at school. They would be tested like undergrads and be given the opportunity to write music, and jam with and exchange ideas with others as talented as themselves. His most promising students loved it. And, not because it was some kind of teenage indulgence. … Continue Reading

Wolverines on the Prowl-2012 Spring Sports Wrap Up

July 8, 2012 Columns Comments Off on Wolverines on the Prowl-2012 Spring Sports Wrap Up

Woodgrove claims three State Titles

Girls Soccer- Undefeated District, Regional and State Champions- Shut out victory 3-0
Named 1st Team Regional II
Erin Barrett –Coach of the Year
Lucy Etro and Sarah Hardison
Ashley Bonner named Cheer Athletes of the Month –May
Sarah Hardison named Cheer Athletes of the Month –April
Lucy Etro named Cheer Athletes of the Month –March … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic

July 8, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Woodgrove Announces “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic

The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) has announced the date for their Fall 2012 Golf Tournament. The “Fore the Wolverines” Charity Golf Classic will be held at Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 17, 2012. Proceeds from the tournament funds WWABC sponsored senior scholarships. This year, the inaugural golf tournament enabled the WWABC to award $1000 scholarships to nine well deserving Wolverine senior students. Woodgrove High School would like to congratulate 2012’s “Fore the Wolverine” scholarship recipients: Lydia Cromwell, Ellen Fuller, Brad Gilson, Lisa Hemphill, Dane Mullins, Meg Nelis, Matt Reed, Caroline Vangsnes, and Brendan Wells. Please come out and support the Wolverines at Stoneleigh on September 17. For more information, e-mail Jan Lokie at seminole84@aol.com.

Click here to download a sign-up sheet for the tournament.

Woodgrove AA State Championships

June 16, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove AA State Championships

Woodgrove Girls' Soccer Front Row (l-r) : Samantha Winkler, Maddie Beebe, Ashley Bonner, Lexi Clarke, Dakota Stephens, Lucy Etro Back Row: Ashley Tilly, Jordan Latorre, Sarah Hardison, Jackie Scott, Jessica Hutchison, Coach Erin Barrett

Woodgrove Girls' Softball Front Row (l-r): Katie Sholl, Courtney Bogan, Chase Acton, Mackenzie Moler, Allie Reid Back Row: Paige Schaffer, Meghan Roush, Ashley Cole, Delanie Daughtry, Corinne Vennitti, Rachel Harris, Lexa Plichta, Sarah Stiles, Madison Krablin

Speaker for Local HS Seniors Awards Ceremony a Secret ‘Til the Last Moment

June 6, 2012 News, Schools 1 comment
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By Andrea Gaines

Former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright made a surprise appearance at the Woodgrove High School Senior Awards Ceremony on June 1, 2012.

Secretary Albright was exceptionally well-received at the gathering. But, the “back story” of how she came to speak at Woodgrove that day was the most interesting part of her visit. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Lacrosse Wins Boys and Girls Sectionals

June 3, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Lacrosse Wins Boys and Girls Sectionals

Both Woodgrove High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the Northern Sectional Championships, the girls on Friday, May 25, and the boys on Wednesday, May 30.
The boys game was postponed from Tuesday with 1:58 left in the first half. The score was tied 2-2 after Woodgrove goals from Denis Radcliffe and Matt Sears. When the game resumed, Chad Niergarth scored on a fast break assist from Jeremy Kendall to leave the first half score at 3-2. Woodgrove went up 8-4 in the third, but Dominion scored three unanswered goals to make it 8-7. Kellen McCarthy scored an unassisted goal to put Woodgrove up 9-7. Dominion scored with less than two seconds in the game for a final score of 9-8. Woodgrove goals: Radcliffe (3), Niergarth (2), Sears, McCarthy, Connor Loving, and Al Back. Woodgrove hosts Chantilly on Saturday in the state quarterfinal. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Student Brings School, Scouts and Local Landscape Company Together for Lessons Outside the Classroom

May 2, 2012 Lifestyle, People 1 comment

Late last year Woodgrove High School student Kyle Sargent began brainstorming for his Eagle Scout Project. Kyle realized that revitalizing an underutilized outdoor area of the school would provide a beautiful, permanent place where students could gather, meet, or have lunch while getting some fresh air. … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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