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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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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