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Congratulations, Class of 2016

July 6, 2016 Student News Comments Off on Congratulations, Class of 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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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First Friday at the Winery

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TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

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Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA

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Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus

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20th Annual Cajun Festival

20th Annual Cajun Festival

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Healing Service

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June 11, 2017

Come Paint with Us

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THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

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Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

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MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

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June 30, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
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Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

31 May 2017

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an …

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

31 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

31 May 2017

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September …

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Editorial

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Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions

By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Schools are letting out for summer break and many families are celebrating graduations and making plans for college. Few would disagree with the importance of quality affordable education. While it may not be prominent in the conversations, our state and local governments play key roles …

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Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

31 May 2017

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WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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