School briefs - Glen Allen High School
Glen Allen High School’s competition cheerleading squad won first place in the Capital District competition for the first time in the school’s three-year history. The team placed second in the Central Region and will be one of four teams representing the region at the state competition.
Junior Tristen Slamowitz credits team work and senior leadership for the team’s success.
“We were forced to work as a team,” Tristen said. “When we walked through the door at practice every day we were supposed to leave all our stress at the door and work toward the same goal.”
Tristen said that they didn’t start out the year practicing this way. However, Coach Sarah Catlett made hard work the expectation. Tristen said that two or three times this year Catlett made the team run because it was not working together.
“We all have to put in 100 percent every time we run the routine, and if one person doesn’t then it reflects on the whole team,” Tristen said.
The team also won the Rebel Rally competition at Fairfax High School on Oct. 13. Tristen said the victory made the team realize that it was good enough to beat other teams in the district.
“In the past few years we weren’t at the same level as the other teams,” she said. “We realized we could be just as good as them, and we are now.”
Shannon Stansberry was one of the seniors who led stretches and encouraged the team.
“We all put our differences aside and work together as a team, and we just want to win for each other – not just for ourselves,” she said.
On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride
Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).
It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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