Congratulations to Hayden Engel and Brittany Bailey.  These talented artists have their art on display at the annual youth art month exhibition, “Start with Art, Learn for Life” at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts.  This art show is open to the public and on display until March 26!

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

Marine Corps JROTC students recently visited the Quantico National Cemetery, the Presidential helicopter squadron, HMX-1 and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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The second day of the trip took the cadets to the Patuxent River, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD. They visited a helicopter squadron, a tilt-rotor squadron, a Global Hawk squadron and a classified research and development lab. The cadets had the opportunity to “fly” a number of simulators!
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The last day the cadets visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. They toured the campus and also attended the USNA vs. SMU football game.
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The extended time with their instructors, Major Petruzziello and Staff Sergeant Strong, as invaluable as well.
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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 BES student, Everett Brewer, whose original artwork was chosen by the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts to be displayed as part of the Highlights from the Annual Area Youth Art Month Exhibition.

Everett’s piece, titled “Pumpkin Patch”, will be displayed throughout the fall of 2016 and he will be honored during a special reception at Longwood.

Well done, Everett!

The History in our Hallways event at Goochland High School last week was a tremendous success. What started as an idea in superintendent James Lane’s vision for decorating school hallways has blossomed to become a thriving partnership between the Goochland Historical Society and the school division, involving students and community members in an inspiration project.

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During the reception, the photographic displays were unveiled as community members toured the high school, treasuring the memories depicted. Members of Mr. Bouwens digital productions class stood by the photos and gave living captions, including unique pieces of history surrounding the shots. Chef Charnes and the Goochland Tech culinary arts students provided refreshments, served throughout the school.

 

“This is only the beginning,” remarked Dr. Lane. “We intend to expand this project to involve more and more photographs and community members. The possibilities are really limitless.”

 

We were inspired by a group of exemplary students from Byrd Elementary School who confidently shared their school’s 2015-16 theme with the school board last week.  Students took turns sharing the meaning of “KEYS” (K= know your potential, E=everyone involved, Y=you give your all, S=setting high goals).

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Well done BES Eagles!