HCPS announces Henrico 21 winners and finalists

Henrico County Public Schools recently announced the winners and finalists of Henrico 21, the third annual awards ceremony recognizing teachers and students who produce lessons and products that exemplify teaching and learning excellence in the 21st century.

Student winners are:

Elementary SchoolBaker Elementary: Keonté Abdul Majid-Surita, Alaya Artis, Reynolds Aryee, Devin Christian, Zoe Gayle, Tiona Hill, Cedrick McDowell, Kristopher Ridley,Joshua Threatt, Jason Williams; Ridge Elementary: Matthew Boyle, Nick Erickson, Alyssa Frankenstein, Bless Jah, Tula Jones, Emma Jordan, Jon Lafoon, Maggie Luu, Elijah Mason, Megan Mason, Alyssa Salmon, Joseph Shibley, Will Turpin; Short Pump Elementary: Ashley Chin, Kiara Holloway, Liam McColley, Andrew Niu, Yianni Spears.

Middle SchoolByrd Middle: Hyeonbin Gil, Yunus Ibragimov, Cameron Regnery, Cameron Yerian; Short Pump Middle: Lauren Grob, Allison Newhart, Andrea Palmer; Elko Middle/Highland Springs Technical Center: Colie Hudgins; Holman Middle: Kylie Lynch; Short Pump Middle: Kevin Peyman; Pocahontas Middle: Michael Retchin; John Rolfe Middle: Andrew Schmitz.

High SchoolDeep Run High: Christian Anderson, Bishal Dutta; Deep Run High: David Bruce, Garrett Hauser, Alex Morgan, Cody Ryan; Glen Allen High: Mitchell Cox; Glen Allen High: D’Marco Jackson; Hermitage High: Elliot Johnson; Deep Run High: Dustin Nguyen; Godwin High: John Joseph Shupp.

Teacher project award winners are:

Elementary SchoolEcho Lake Elementary: Crystal Aveson, Lisa Farthing, Amy Feaver, Janet Givens, Kristina Rilee; Shady Grove Elementary: Dory Doyle; Dumbarton Elementary: Rebecca Kelley; Echo Lake Elementary: Courtney Kendrick; Three Chopt Elementary: Marni Kroeber.

Middle School Short Pump Middle: Janet Deyo; Holman Middle: Vicki Kolar; Moody Middle: Gillian Lambert; Wilder Middle: Judith Lundberg; Hungary Creek Middle: Emily Roberts.

High SchoolDeep Run High: Michael Guyer, Carey McCray; Henrico High: Jacquelyn Hess; Tucker High: Julia Fuller, Andrea Sward.

The teacher finalists in four categories are:

Research & Information Fluency, Elementary SchoolSandston Elementary: Chris Coombs-Patoray; Dumbarton Elementary: Jehan Gabrual; Maybeury Elementary: Janice Locher; Middle SchoolFairfield Middle: Nora Case, Nicholas Olson; Elko Middle: Devon Clark, Carey Ratlief, Joyce Tzavellas; Moody Middle: Nancy Morris; High SchoolGlen Allen High: Andrew Baker, Ryan Conway.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Elementary SchoolShady Grove Elementary: Sarah Arthur; Short Pump Elementary: Kimberly Brooke Carter; Chamberlayne Elementary: Elizabeth Gaglio; Middle SchoolHolman Middle: Justin Brittle, Jennifer Smyth; Brookland Middle: Elizabeth Layne; High SchoolDeep Run High: Joseph Palen; Freeman High: Sabrina Rabon; Glen Allen: Peter Anderson.

Communication and Collaboration, Elementary School Echo Lake: Courtney Ahlberg, Wendy Gilmartin, Allison Koontz, Linda Korpics, Jennifer Rotz; Maybeury Elementary: Daniel Gardner; Crestview Elementary: Claudia Ketcham; Middle SchoolHungary Creek Middle: Michele Barnard, Alison Timm; Short Pump Middle: Linda Morris, Lisa Preskitt, Margaret Robison; Wilder Middle: Megan Parker; High SchoolGlen Allen High: John Marshall, Timothy Towslee: J. Harvey Stone; Academy at Virginia Randolph: Akeela Tyson.

Creativity and Innovation, Elementary SchoolLongdale Elementary: Erin Franklin: Echo Lake Elementary, Jessica Jones; Pemberton Elementary: Caroline Hutton; Springfield Park Elementary: Patricia Waters; Middle SchoolElko MIddle: Stacie Dyson, Carey Ratlief, Joyce Tzavellas; Moody Middle: Gillian Lambert; Short Pump Middle: Valerie Bryant; High SchoolFreeman High: Laurie Kaplan; Varina High: Sarah Billups, JaNee Jones, Caroline Wheeler.

Henrico 21 was sponsored by Moseley Architects and Promethean. Patrons were Ball Office Products, Dell and VALIC.
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