The ending of daylight savings time marked the transition from one competitive season to another. As our students begin to make preparations for tryouts and the extra-curricular events that will take place this winter, we want to celebrate the many successes and accomplishments of our students and our staff from the Fall.
Team Goochland has achieved a tremendous amount of success this season! This success is a direct result of all of the sacrifices, dedication, and hard work that made these accomplishments possible! It is exciting to see that all of this success was not isolated to one team or one school. All of our teams had an amazing Fall season!
The Goochland High School Band participated in several competitions this Fall and even hosted one event at GHS. In every one of these competitions, our Marching Bulldogs excelled as they were recognized for their talent at each event!
Our GHS Cheerleaders had also had a very successful Fall as they qualified to compete in the AA cheerleading state finals this past weekend. Your hard work and dedication has paid off! Congratulations on a great Fall!
Senior golfer Meghan Wright represented Goochland High School at the state golf tournament. Meghan is the first golfer in recent memory to represent the Bulldogs at this event.
Another success from this past Fall was our high school production of Little Shop of Horrors! Many, many hours of set design, practice, and choreography resulted in an exceptional event earlier in October! Our parents and community came out in strength to support our thespians.
For the first time in school history, Goochland High School has two District Skills USA officers. Taylor Guy and Derek Powers will be representing us in these leadership positions for this Career and Technical Education student organization. Students in our heavy equipment operators class demonstrated their skill at the State Fair this fall and were also recognized for their talents at the Richmond Area Municipal Contractor’s Assocation annual banquet in October.
We still have several of our teams who are still actively competing at the state level. Our varsity football team finished their regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and will be playing in the first round of the regional playoffs this Friday at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
Our Bulldogs varsity volleyball team finished the regular season without losing a set! Four Bulldogs made the James River first team with one making the second team. Alexis Wiggins was named James River District Player of the Year and Coach Erixson was named District Coach of the Year. Our Bulldogs have two wins in regional play and will host the regional finals Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. versus Poquoson. Let’s pack the gym and support our lady Bulldogs!
Our boys and girls cross country teams have also had a very successful Fall season! Both of our teams made it to the state meet for the first time ever. They will be competing in the state meet this weekend. Good luck Bulldogs!
This past weekend, our elementary and middle school robotics teams competed in the regional First Lego League competition. Our students fared well as the team from Randolph Elementary finished second and our team from Byrd Elementary finished first! Both of these teams will represent us at James Madison University at the state level competition.
In addition to these accolades, our employees have received notoriety as well. Beth Ferguson, 4th grade teacher at Randolph Elementary has received the honor of serving our community this year as the Goochland Christmas Mother. Jim Frago, science and social studies teacher at Goochland Middle School, was recently recognized for his instructional innovation in a nationally-recognized publication, Education Week. Melissa Black, athletic trainer at Goochland High School was recognized by NBC 12 for demonstrating Excellence in Education. Earlier this Fall, Debbie White, our Director of Finance was awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International. She is only one of seven professionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia to earn this credential.
Stay tuned for an announcement that will be made publicly early next week that has affirmed our position as a leader in technology integration with our one to one digital initiative!
We continue to be a leader in the Commonwealth both inside and outside of the classroom. I’m continually impressed by the level of engagement and instruction that is taking place inside our schools every day! We have talented and hard-working students who are supported by dedicated teachers, coaches, families, volunteers, and community! Our accolades would not be possible without the contributions of everyone on Team Goochland! There is no doubt that the Goochland County Public Schools is a school division of excellence!