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Hermitage HS to host ‘School Fest’ Oct. 8

As part of an ongoing effort by Henrico County Public Schools to engage families, Hermitage High School will hold "School Fest 2016" – a celebration featuring family fun, information about the high school’s options and tips for academic readiness – Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The high school wants families at its elementary and middle school “feeder schools” – where students are zoned to attend Hermitage – to be proactive about academic preparation. For elementary students, that means knowing what it takes to advance to middle school and be successful; for middle-schoolers, it means understanding what is required to attend Hermitage and what to do now to thrive there.

Deep Run sending three graduates to West Point

With a 13 percent acceptance rate according to http://www.collegeprowler.com, the United States Military Academy at West Point (Army) is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Try telling that to Deep Run High School, which is sending three students – Ricky Black III, Stephen Brooks and Patrick Gardner – from its 2012 graduating class to the prestigious academy.

Brooks and Gardner will be playing together on Army’s baseball team.

Deep Run program trains future project management leaders

Deep Run High School recently completed a pilot course that is the first of its kind in the nation, based upon project management skills for the purpose of providing adequate training to its students so they can be empowered to enter the workforce with competence and a professional certification.

Future Leaders In Project Management is a non-profit organization that was founded by Jennifer Greene to incorporate project management in high schools so students are prepared to work as associate project managers after they graduate. The year-long course prepares students to take the Project Management Institute’s Certified Associate’s in Project Management (CAPM) test and receive Project Manager’s Institute industry certification, a world recognized certification.

Henrico HS senior wins art competition

As John Paige sat at this year’s Virginia Third Congressional Art Competition, he heard the names of people called up for honorable mention, third place, and then second. Once he’d heard the second place name wasn’t his, he tapped his mom and said, “ Mom, we can probably go, I’m not winning anything.” Then he heard his name come over the microphone, and was completely stunned. Paige received the Grand First Place Prize for his piece titled “Teenage Angst.”

“As a teenager I feel like I’ve gone through a lot of stress and it’s made me so angry. It’s built up and I have never been able to release it, so, I chose to paint it. To release some of that anger,” Paige said.

In doing so, he not only was able to find some inner peace, but also affected others with a very moving and evocative piece of art.

Newsweek names Deep Run, Godwin among ‘America’s Best High Schools’

Newsweek magazine recently named Deep Run High School and Mills E. Godwin High School among America’s Best High Schools.

According to its website, to compile the 2012 list of the top high schools in America, Newsweek reached out to principals, superintendents and other administrators at public high schools across the country. In order to be considered for the list, a school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2010-2011 academic year. In all, more than 2,300 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 1,000 schools.

Band of brothers

Rocky Marrin spent 30 years of his life on a spending spree. Now he's on a mission not only to return the goods, but to help others avoid his buyer's remorse.

"I was buying what the world was selling," Marrin said of the three-decade period when his world revolved around climbing the corporate ladder, owning a nice home and cars, and seeking enjoyment in "drinking buddies, golf, sports, and women."

Yes, he went to church once a week, Marrin said; but all he had to show at the end of those 30 years was "a broken marriage, hurt and angry children, and a ton of confusion in every other area of my life."

Hermitage student earns Civitan scholarship

Hermitage High School senior Samuel Richardson, who will graduate next month, plans to help pay his way through his four years at University of Virginia. The Greater Richmond Civitan Club helped him get off to a good start, awarding Richardson its $4,000 scholarship Wednesday night at the Civitan Honor Key Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Richmond.

Richardson was one of 31 local high school students honored at the banquet but was the only one awarded with the scholarship.

Those who chose the scholarship winner had been impressed with Richardson pledging to put $10,000 of his own money each year to help pay for his tuition, said Pat Robson, secretary of the Greater Richmond Civitan Club and master of ceremonies for the banquet.

Highland Springs H.S. wins TSA state competition

Highland Springs High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) recently had an outstanding showing at Technosphere, the Virginia TSA State Leadership Conference. Out of 39 participants, 34 students were top-ten finalists.

They finished first, second and third in Flight Endurance with students Andrew Compton, Thomas Schill and David Duke leading the way. The team swept Dragster Design with Andrew Compton in first, Paul Kirchoff in second and Austin Armstrong in third. Joseph Keegan and Calyssa Baig were second in Debating Technological Issues and Andrew Compton took top honors on the Technology Bowl written test.

Hermitage senior serves as governor of VGMA

Hermitage High School senior Adam Skyes was one of 500 Virginia teens who recently participated in the YMCA Virginia Model General Assembly (VGMA), a program designed to introduce high school students to the legislative process of Virginia. Sykes served as “governor” this year – his third year in the VGMA program.

“I wanted to have a more active role in the process so I decided to run for governor,” he said. “I wanted to have a say in how we would move forward. My mom always said that I needed to be involved in extracurricular activities, so she was ecstatic when I was elected governor.”

As governor for the 2011-2012 year, he helped his team deal with such controversial issues as same-sex marriage, immigration, legalizing marijuana and gun control. At this year’s sessions, hundreds of bills were introduced and debated by participants who took on the roles of senators, delegates, Cabinet officers, lobbyists and news reporters. Legislation was debated in committees and on the floors of the Senate and House of Delegates.

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Three-Penny Theatre will debut the new play “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Oct. 21-29 at the Gayton Kirk. Before the 90s Disney movie, Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, was part of the pantheon of classic monsters. This production is based on the original novel by Victor Hugo and the play is recommended for ages 10 and above. Show times are 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29. Ticket prices are “pay what you want.” For details, visit http://www.3pennyplays.org. Full text

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