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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.

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.

School Briefs – Henrico High School Center for the Arts

This week, we will continue our spotlight on the Visual Art Program at Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts (CFA)! If you missed the last installment, we discovered that the CFA has been offering art classes in the Visual Art program since 1995, but what exactly is it that the art students are learning at the Center? Well, let’s take a look!

School Briefs – Henrico H.S. Center for the Arts

This month we will begin a series of monthly “spotlights” that will highlight each of the four disciplines here at the Henrico High School Center for the Arts! First, we will be focusing on the Visual Arts department, led by art teachers Mary Scurlock and Genevieve Dowdy.

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