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Contractor unlikely to face financial penalty for accident
UPDATE: NOV. 21, 9:55 A.M. – The contractor whose employee accidentally destroyed the power supply to most of Henrico High School Tuesday – causing the school to be closed for more than three days this week – is unlikely to face financial penalties from the school system as the result of the incident.

School officials are focused on efforts to restore power to the school, HCPS spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen.

"But at a later date, we'll get together with the contractor and discuss responsibility," Jenks wrote in an email.

Construction moves Henrico Arts Fall Showcase to CenterStage

Renovations at Henrico High School are not quite finished, so the Henrico County Public Schools Center for the Arts has moved its Nov. 14-15 Fall Showcase to Richmond CenterStage. The free event features an exhibition of works by visual arts students, followed by a show by performing arts students.

“We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to perform at CenterStage in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Center for the Arts,” said Stephanie Poxon, director of the center. “The anniversary is in 2015, but we are starting the celebration early by showcasing our visual arts students in Rhythm Hall and our performing arts students in the Carpenter Theatre.”

The center is also canceling a performing arts dress rehearsal scheduled for Nov. 13.

Henrico HS plans community day

Henrico High School will host a Community Day event on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located at 302 Azalea Avenue.

The event, sponsored by the school's Class of 2015, will include an indoor yard sale and fish fry. Members of the public can reserve a table for $25 apiece to sell crafts, clothes, toys and other items at the yard sale.

There will be a kids' zone and tours of the school, which recently opened its new addition.

Student spotlight - Henrico H.S.

It’s a freezing morning – my breath making a thicker fog than the exhaust from a pickup truck, as I slowly make my way to my fourth period. Winter: It comes once a year. Some people love it, some people don’t. Winter is tougher for the students of Henrico County – specifically the students at Henrico, J.R. Tucker and Varina high schools.

All three are “campus style” schools – meaning you walk outside between buildings, to your classes. Both Henrico and J.R Tucker were built in 1962, which explains why both sites are extremely similar. Varina was built in 1963.

Student spotlight - Henrico H.S.

As I stroll down the hallways of Henrico High I notice so many styles and cultures making their intended statement. Looking to my left, I see a girl with a funky hair cut that screams rebel loud and proud, accompanied by a pair of leather pants and a big vintage sweater suggesting she’s trendy, yet sensible.

Turning my head, I catch a glimpse of a boy wearing a cardigan and a button up with a belt. These are just a few of the thousands of trends set every day. Immediately after meeting someone, we form a three-second snap judgment.

Supporters seeking funding for Henrico HS title rings

Supporters of the state champion Henrico High School Warriors boys' basketball team are raising money to purchase championship rings for the team, which defeated Northside rival John Marshall to win the title earlier this month.

The school and school system do not budget for such expenses, so the purchase of rings requires other funding.

Henrico HS surpasses world average for IB diploma percentage

While all members of the Henrico High School International Baccalaureate (IB) class of 2012 were awarded the Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma, the county's school system recently received notification that 93 percent of the IB Diploma candidates from that class were awarded the IB Diploma, surpassing the world average of 78.1 percent.

A Warrior legacy

On opening day Sept. 4, 1962, tenth-grader Lee Good Hanchey was one of 1,167 students at the brand new Henrico High School, where she needed 23 units to graduate and racial diversity was practically non-existent. Teams and clubs had yet to be formed, traditions yet to be made.

“It was a clean brand new campus and very different looking from the older high schools with lots of new things to be part of,” Hanchey recalled recently. “I thought it was a very exciting place to be.”

Hanchey would go on to teach at the school she loved from 1979-2009, pioneering and guiding the Center for the Arts, helping to lead and define Warrior spirit.

This year, Henrico High School celebrates its 50th anniversary with a “Warrior Jubilee.”

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.

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