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NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website.

Tucker H.S. becomes authorized IB diploma program school

Henrico County Public Schools recently announced that J.R. Tucker High School has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Program.

Tucker is the 36th school in Virginia and the 2,299th school in the world to offer the program.

HFCU makes donation to Hermitage PTSA

Henrico Federal Credit Union officials presented a check for $599.57 Nov. 18 to Hermitage High School PTSA, signifying the amount of money earned by HFCU Community Rewards VISA cardholders. The Community Rewards VISA donates up to one percent of members' purchases to the Henrico PTA, PTSA or PTO of the cardholder's choice. The program has awarded more than $20,000 to such organizations since it debuted in 2003. Hermitage raised the most money this year.

Deep Run student is YoungArts finalist

Sophie Eichner of Deep Run High School is one of 152 finalists who will attend YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida in January.

As a visual artist, “Sophie Eichner is curious about the world, always asking ‘How come?’ and ‘What if?’ types of questions in her ever-present visual journals. Not only does Sophie think big ideas, she also has the mental capacity and work ethic to see them realized,” said her art teacher of three years, Michael Guyer. “Sophie Eichner is cultured and curious in a way that I just haven’t seen before.”

Tucker Marching Tigers to play at Chick-fil-A Bowl

The Tucker High School Marching Tigers will perform several times later this month in Atlanta as part of the festivities leading up to the Chick-fil-a Bowl, as well as during the game itself. The band will perform their fall halftime show, a concert performance, a jazz performance, a parade performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl parade and end with a massed-band performance of all participating high school groups for the Chick-fil-A Bowl halftime show, which will feature approximately 700 high school students from throughout the United States.

Hermitage sousaphone player named All-American

(Left to right) Lieutenant Erin McNeill, Sergeant First Class Pernell Woodford, Bruce Burton Jr., and Staff Sergeant Dedrick Botley.
Jacket Presentation Photo – (From left to right) Lieutenant Erin McNeill, Sergeant First Class Pernell Woodford, Bruce Burton Jr, Staff Sergeant Dedrick Botley.

For the second consecutive year, a Hermitage High School student has been named to an All-American team by the U.S. Army.

Bruce Burton Jr. of Hermitage was selected to be a member of the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Burton will join an elite group of musicians who will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex., and will be presented by American Family Insurance.

IB students, family volunteer to clean up Bryan Park

International Baccalaureate students, faculty and their families from all five IB sites in Henrico will join forces on Saturday, Nov. 5 to clean up Bryan Park. So far, more than 90 students and parents have signed up. Volunteers plan to pick up trash, spread mulch and beautify the azalea garden.

Tucker, UR graduate honored for career of military service

U.S. Army Major General Gina S. Farrisee lives to serve her country.

Earlier this month, her alma mater rewarded that service.

Farrisee, a 1978 University of Richmond graduate, received an award from the university for her distinguished service during an event at UR's Camp Concert Hall as part of the school's alumni reunion weekend June 4.

2 schools honored by Holocaust Museum

Freeman and Henrico High Schools were recognized recently by the Virginia Holocaust Museum for their efforts to teach students about the Holocaust and genocide.

The museum’s director of education, Rena Berlin presented the “NOW” award to both schools for going above and beyond in giving students a closer look at the Holocaust.

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