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Deep Run High School robotics team wins world title


Deep Run High School’s robotics team was part of a four-team alliance that won competitive robotics’ biggest prize Saturday, the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship. The St. Louis event featured 600 of the best teams in the world, representing 24 countries.

The Deep Run squad, “Team 1086, Blue Cheese” teamed with three other robotics teams, from high schools in California, Illinois and Ohio to earn the victory. It was the first time a Virginia team had won the FIRST championship.

The win was particularly satisfying, according to Deep Run physics teacher and team coach Matt Wilson, because this was the last year that a single world champion will be crowned. Beginning next year, the competition will award two titles at different sites.

Bigger stage fits Tejas well

When Tejas Muthusamy was in first grade, he decided he wanted to be on ESPN. The Henrico County student, who just completed fifth grade, accomplished that goal last month when he competed in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Glen Allen resident and Rivers Edge Elementary School student was the youngest competitor in the final round, advancing to the final 12 participants among a total of 281.

Muthusamy ignored the lights, cameras and crowds as he survived seven rounds of competition, correctly spelling “waterzooi,” “Brigadoon,” “commorients,” “exsiccosis” and “gematria” along the way.

The Class of 2027

Preschoolers from the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen (at right, from left, D.J. Starling and Yuliana Rodriguez) varied in expression from solemnity to pride and happiness at June 5 graduation ceremonies for the four-year-old class. The 18 graduates will advance to kindergarten in the fall.

HCPS-TV to replay high school graduations

If you couldn’t attend a 2014 Henrico County Public Schools graduation, or if you just want to relive the memories, you're in luck.

HCPS-TV will be replaying this year’s graduations on Comcast (channel 99) and FIOS (channel 38) June 24-27. The schedule is as follows:

• June 24: The Academy at Virginia Randolph (10 a.m.);

• June 24: Glen Allen High School (2 p.m.);

Teacher, dentist to compete for Three Chopt seat

UPDATE: JUNE 17, 10 A.M. – A longtime Henrico teacher and a Glen Allen dentist will compete in a special election this November for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the Henrico County School Board, after the interim representative failed to submit enough acceptable signatures to appear on the ballot.

Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn and Glen Allen dentist Surya P. Dhakar are seeking to serve the final year of the Three Chopt District board seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August. They will face each other in a Nov. 4 election.

The interim Three Chopt District board member, attorney Robert G. Boyle, Jr. (who was appointed by the board in October) fell four signatures short of qualifying for the ballot, when Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley's office disallowed 57 of the 178 signatures he included with his filing.

HCPS to provide free summer meals for eligible children

Henrico County Public Schools will provide free breakfast and lunch to all eligible county children throughout the summer. The county’s participation in the USDA Summer Food Service Program will run from Monday to Thursday of each week. All sites will be closed on July 3-4.

Enrolled Recreation & Parks Sites
All sites will be open from June 23- Aug. 7. Most sites serve breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The following locations will participate: Baker, Glen Lea, Harvie, Holladay, Johnson, Lakeside, Montrose, Sandston, Skipwith, Trevvett and Ward elementaries and Elko Middle.

Va. Fire Officer Academy to donate in memory of UR coaches

The students and staff of the 2014 Virginia Fire Officer Academy are making their annual class gift to the memorial funds established in the names of two University of Richmond women's basketball coaches who died last month.

The academy chose the Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis memorial funds in honor of the two women who died in a hot air balloon accident May 9. The two women also were alumni of UR.

HCPS to stream graduations online

Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center this week. The stream can be accessed at http://www.henrico.k12.va.us or at each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and rebroadcast later.

HCPS Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo galleries daily, which can be viewed by clicking on the home page “graduation” link. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing and download later from the division’s website.

Softball game pairs HS players, disabled students

A unique, inclusive softball game today is pairing students with disabilities and players from Henrico County high school baseball and softball teams. The Challenger Day softball game includes students from Virginia Randolph Education Center and “buddies” from high schools across Henrico County.

Virginia Randolph Education Center is a Henrico County Public Schools program that provides academic and behavioral educational services to students with disabilities.

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