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

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!

I am thrilled to announce and celebrate our 2015 Teachers of the Year, selected at each school:

  • Goochland High School: Wes Farkas
  • Goochland Middle: Rhonda Kass
  • Goochland Elementary: Betsy Alvis
  • Byrd Elementary: Marcy Meiller
  • Randolph Elementary: Kim Austin

These teachers are selected by their peers using a school-based process designed to recognize the dedication, knowledge, and skill of exemplary teaching in Goochland.

A division selection team of nine individuals, using a rubric and criteria provided by the State Program selects a division representative to advance to the State level competition. The 2015 GCPS Teacher of the Year is Wes Farkas, Health & PE teacher at Goochland High School. We are extremely proud to announce Mr. Farkas as the GCPS Teacher of the Year. He exemplifies the excellence and honor associated with both this recognition and the GCPS Core Values, in general.

After coaching the Varsity Baseball Team to an 11-0 victory over Buckingham, Mr. Farkas was able to join us last week in the school board meeting to receive his trophies and monetary award provided by the Goochland Education Foundation.

Please join me in honoring these 5 outstanding educators who sacrifice daily to pour into the lives of students and families – and their colleagues.