Recently the James River District and Conference 34 Champion Goochland High School Scholastic Bowl Team (Academic Team) competed in VHSL 2A East Region double-elimination tournament held at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton VA. Goochland High School finished the day with a 2-2 record earning a 4th place finish in the region; a historical best finish for the team!

Senior Captain Cameron Ford, senior Brandon Myrick, and junior Henry Carscadden led Goochland’s academic efforts on the day.

“Our team competed well all day and we had opportunities in every match until the very last couple questions,” explained coach Barry Smith. “Matches can swing on one or two questions, so there is no room for a letdown.”

Henry Carscaden, Cameron Ford & Brandon Myrick at Regionals.

Henry Carscaden, Cameron Ford & Brandon Myrick at Regionals.

Goochland finished the year with a 20-4 record, another season best for the team. Similar to the Battle of the Brains competition, Scholastic Bowl is a VSHL sanctioned activity that provides an opportunity for students to compete “academically” rather than on the playing field.

“Make no mistake, the competition is tough and stressful,” Smith remarked. “Academics and athletics are similar and you always need your very best competitors to do well. Students that may feel out of place on the playing field, find a home on the academic team. I am so proud of how hard our team has worked these past few years to get to this point. We’ve made the regional tournament 3-years in a row now, improving each year. I give all the credit to the students for accepting the challenge and to every faculty member that pushes our kids to higher levels academic understanding. Our success is the result of a total school effort.”

Congratulations Scholastic Bowl Team!

Keith Jaszinski, Tyler McNeer, Henry Carscaden,  Lilly, & Cameron Ford after the District Finals.

Keith Jaszinski, Tyler McNeer, Henry Carscaden, Lilly Miller, & Cameron Ford after the District Finals.

Coaches:

  • GHS Math teacher Barry Smith
  • GHS World History teacher Brett Derrico

Team Members:

  • Cameron Ford (MVP)
  • Henry Carscadden
  • Brandon Myrick
  • Keith Jandzinski
  • Jonathan Thrasher
  • Tyler McNeer
  • Lilly Miller

Several students auditioned for the district band recently and we’re thrilled to see so many of our students were successful!
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From Goochland Middle School:
  • Lauren Joyner Clarinet (15th Chair)
  • Raegan Harrahy Clarinet (9th chair)
  • Bre Goode Flute (12th chair)
  • Jacinda Whalen Flute (6th chair)
  • James Alford French Horn (5th chair)
  • Taylor Teague Trumpet (12th chair)
There were about 120 flutes that auditioned, 100 plus clarinets, 30 some french horns, at least 80 or more trumpets. This puts some perspective at their huge achievement!
From Goochland High School:
  • Nathan Alford
  • Charles Brown

District Chorus auditions were held in November and the District choir event was held at Thomas Dale High School this past weekend, February 12-13,2016.   There were six students representing Goochland this year:
  • Walker Murray – Workshop Chorus made up of 8th-9th graders, directed by Dr. Lynn Adkins.
  • Olivia Bullard, Charles Brown and Tevin Davis – Senior Mixed choir directed by Mr. Dwight Graham
  • Grace Alford and Alyssa Laudato – Women’s Select Choir, directed by Dr Jamie Barlett from the William and Mary Choral Department.
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All three groups studied some very challenging pieces and learned so much from their esteemed directors. The closing concert was Saturday evening, also hosted by Thomas Dale HS.  Each year approximately 500 students audition for each of the above select groups, of which 150 students in the district are selected.  Each student is responsible for learning the music prior to district finals on a weekend in February, at which time they participate in two days of rehearsals with the director of their group.  The wealth of information and experience that participants bring back to our high school program is directly responsible for the growth and improvement we have seen in recent years of the GHS choral program.
We are so proud of Mrs. Susan Duty and all the students who have auditioned over the years!

Congratulations to the six Goochland robotics teams that competed at L C Bird  HS in Chesterfield last weekend!

Results:
  • BES- first place, Project Design Award;
  • GMS- first place, Core Values – “Dumpster Divers”
  • GMS – first place, Robot Design Award – “Clean Up Crew”

The award-winning GMS Dumpster Divers robotics team!

And, the GMS Dumpster Divers are going to the state competition at JMU the first weekend in December!  We celebrate the work of these exemplary coaches: Anne Moore, Carly Dachelet, Lisa Brown, Nate Potter, Candice Labbott, and Sherrill Kauffman.

Our scholar athletes have achieved tremendous success this fall!

Volleyball:

Join us in congratulating the Varsity Volleyball team beat R.E. Lee on Thursday night 3-1 in the semi-finals of Region 2A East Volleyball Tournament!  With the win, GHS will host the finals of the tournament at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 14.  Admission for the game is $6.00.

Also with the win, the VB Bulldogs will play in the semi-finals of the VHSL State Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, November 17.  With a win on Saturday, we will host and if we lose on Saturday we will be on the road.

Football:

We will host Wilson Memorial tonight in the first round of the Region 2A East Football Playoffs.  We are ranked #1 and Wilson is ranked #16.

With a win on Friday night, we would host the winner of Brunswick/Greensville game next Friday night, November 20 in the second round.

With a win on November 20, we would host again vs. another second round winner on Friday, November 27 in the third round.

And if we win on November 27, we would host again on Saturday, December 5 vs. the second highest ranked team from the West in semi-finals of the VHSL State Playoffs.   This would be a 2:00 game on that Saturday.

Cross Country:

Cross Country Bulldog Austin Bruce will be competing in the VHSL State Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA.  2A runs at11:30.  The boys’ team won the conference meet and the girls came in second! Both teams competed in the 2A East competition last Wednesday.

Theatre:

Theater is competing in the 2A East Competition this Saturday at Prince Edward at 1:30.

Cheer:

Competition cheer finished 2nd in the conference! Well done!

 

Please join us in congratulating these exemplary scholar-athletes and coach from Goochland High School. The GHS Volleyball team has a 22-0 record, having beaten every opponent 3-0, every time!  In addition to the all-conference selection awards below, Madelyn Ott was named Player of the Year and GHS Volleyball Coach Jennifer Erixon was Coach of the Year!

2015 Quad Rivers 34 All-Conference Volleyball Selections

  • Madelyn Ott, Middle Hitter, GHS Senior
  • Josie Summitt, Setter, GHS Senior
  • Maddie Parker, Outside Hitter, GHS Senior
  • Alexis Wiggins, Middle Hitter, GHS Sophomore
  • Casey Spencer Libero, GHS Junior

Goochland was the Conference Champion and will advance to play Amelia in the Regional competition.

GHS Volleyball team currently has a 22-0 record!

 

The GMS band had a great day at Busch Gardens last week!

The 8th grade band received third place with the rating of “Excellent”. The 6th grade band received second place with the rating of “Superior”. The 7th grade band received first place with the rating of superior! The 7th grade band also went on to receive grand champion for instrumental music for the day!

Emily Roberts, the oboe player from the beginning band, received the outstanding musician award. Garrett Kemmerly  received an outstanding musician award for his tuba playing. Dawn Ellis, a percussionist from the 7th grade group, also received an outstanding musician award. The 8th grade flute section received an award for the outstanding section of the day. Margaret Black from the 8th grade group received the outstanding soloist award for the day!

Way to go Mr. Sykes and Goochland Middle School band kids!

Please join us in congratulating the GHS Dance Company class! The team earned two High Gold ratings in its competition last week. Sophomore dance student, Katheryn Parrish, earned a High Gold performing a Tap Solo!

Great work Dance Company and Mrs. Black!