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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that.

CTE ‘Visionaries’ celebrated at event

The Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education Department hosted the Second Annual CTE Visionary Awards Ceremony April 9 at the Torque Club at Richmond International Raceway. Honorees (from left, pictured with Lisa Schaffner of UNOS, master of ceremonies) Patrick Russo, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, and Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier were each presented with Visionary Awards, which recognize leaders in the community who see the need to move career and technical education forward.

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Returning from spring break, many students at Hermitage Tech were eager to finish this year with good grades.

However, many students will be surprised to realize that their grades have dropped because they have not been wearing the appropriate safety attire in the labs and classrooms.

School briefs - Henrico High School

The week of March 25 saw the walkways of Henrico High School lined with flags from the countries of the world. That could only mean one thing: it was Foreign Language Week.

Foreign Language Week is an annual tradition at HHS, and it is one of the most fun weeks of the school year. There are a number of activities in which students may partake.

Henrico student artist named NAWBO Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Annie Ward Love, a sophomore at Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts, was named the 2013 Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Love launched Love Lines Art when she was 12 years old and sells everything from t-shirts and calendars, to note cards and prints.

Tucker HS hosting drive for Texas schools

A student at JR Tucker High School has organized a school supply and book drive to assist the schools in West, Texas, that were affected by last week's fertilizer plant explosion there. The blast damaged or destroyed three of the town's four schools and materials, which cannot be used.

Tucker student Shane Powers is encouraging members of the public to contribute school supplies and gently used, or new, books to the effort by dropping them off at the front office at Tucker.

HCPS named a top music community

Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation’s 14th annual “Best Communities for Music Education” survey. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold this distinction for all 14 years.

The Best Communities designation recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents who continually work to keep comprehensive music education as an integral part of the core curriculum.

‘Teacher of the Year,’ ‘First Year Teacher’ finalists announced

Henrico County Public Schools officials this month released the names of the finalists for its Gilman Teacher of the Year and The First-Year Teacher of the Year awards. The Gilman finalists are: Fairfield District – Jimmi Dineen Fender (Henrico High); Three Chopt District – Deborah D'Allessandro (Pocahontas Middle); Tuckahoe District – Jaime Kegley (Maybeury Elementary); Brookland District – Taylor Snow (Moody Middle); Varina District – Kelly Ostrom (Varina High).

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Currently, Hermitage Technical center is trying to pick a date to induct the first members of our chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. This organization is the career and technical education version of The National Honor Society (NHS). The induction was originally set for March 23, but an unexpected snow day came our way, and postponed the ceremony.

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