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Brothers finish first and second in Henrico Spelling Bee


The Henrico County Public Schools Divisionwide Spelling Bee crowned a familiar champion this week, and he defeated someone pretty familiar to him.

Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, who won the bee last year and went on to finish eighth in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C, claimed the title again this year by defeating his younger brother, Shreyas, a fourth-grader at Shady Grove Elementary School.

Shreyas Muthusamy misspelled the word “irreconcilable,” which allowed his brother to win the be by correctly spelling the word “jurimetrician,” meaning a person who applies scientific methods to legal matters.

United they run


It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them.

GRASP awards scholarships to 31 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 163 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $161,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2014 – including 31 to Henrico students.

“We had an overwhelming number of scholarship applicants this year and were most impressed with the talent of our GRASP students. It is always exciting to be able to award deserving students our Last Dollar Scholarships which give students that extra financial bonus toward achieving their post-secondary education dreams,” said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO.

Henrico students honored at National SkillsUSA Championships

Several local students earned awards recently at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

High-scorers in each of 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking, earned Skill Point certificates for their work.

Getting a jump on the job hunt

Difficult economic times can hit young workers particularly hard. Thirty Highland Springs High School students recently gained an edge by taking part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.

Students in the JA Job Shadow program participated in sessions dedicated to career research, job-seeking and preparation. During a four-hour visit to the Capital One campus June 3, students toured the company’s Technology Operations Center and participated in a Q-and-A session with Capital One executives on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the workplace and job search challenges.

Henrico teacher attends VCET academy

Janet Givens, a first-grade teacher at Henrico’s Kaechele Elementary School, was among 100 Virginia teachers selected to participate in one of four new Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching summer academies in classroom instruction, education policy and leadership last month. Givens attended the Interdisciplinary Studies Academy June 22-27 at George Mason University in Fairfax.

Funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, each of the four academies accepted 25 teachers.

Boyle opts not to appeal registrar’s ruling

Interim Three Chopt District School Board member Robert Boyle will not appear on the November ballot in a special election for the final year of the Three Chopt seat, after he chose not to appeal the decision of the Henrico Registrar’s Office to invalidate 57 of the 178 signatures he submitted while attempting to file for the election earlier this month.

Political newcomers Micky Ogburn, a Short Pump Elementary School teacher, and Surya Dhakar, a Glen Allen dentist, will face off in the Nov. 4 election to serve the final year of a four-year term that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August.

HCPS seeks bus drivers, substitute workers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will hold a job fair July 8 to prepare for the 2014-15 school year. HCPS is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers. The school division also is seeking substitute custodians and cafeteria workers. Members of the school division’s human resources, transportation, custodial services and school nutrition departments will be there to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

Collegiate’s new Head of School begins today

Stephen D. Hickman begins his tenure as Collegiate School’s new Head of School today, arriving from Little Rock, Ark., where he served for six years as Head of Episcopal Collegiate School, a pre-K-12 college preparatory school.

"Collegiate’s demonstrated record of and commitment to preparing young people for our rapidly changing and challenging world are unparalleled,” Hickman said this week. “To be asked to help lead this outstanding school community is very exciting and humbling. I can’t wait to roll-up my sleeves and get to work."

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