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Colley W. Bell III takes the helm this week as St. Margaret’s School’s 13th Head of School. Situated on the beautiful Rappahannock River, St. Margaret’s is an Episcopal all-girls boarding and day school for grades 8-12. Bell begins his tenure with a new initiative focused on a “Return to the…

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Water defines the Northern Neck. It delineates its boundaries, supplies its geography, and provides its many pleasures. But those pleasures are denied to many children growing up on the Northern Neck because they don’t know how to swim and, often, are simply afraid of the water.

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In July 2021, ten students will begin studying junior string repertory to form the String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth (SONNY). They have completed elementary lessons with the Strings Crewe, a program to teach violin, viola and cello to 6-12 year old students.

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The next program in the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society’s Zooming In On Local History Virtual Speaker Series will be “The James Wharton Films: An Enduring Record of Northern Neck Life in the 1930s.” The program will be presented by Ms. Joni Carter on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 3 p.m. …

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For the second year, honor graduates at Washington & Lee High School are recognized with the “Cum Laude” system. Graduating “Cum Laude” means a student has graduated with “honor or praise.”  There are three divisions that W&L uses to distinguish its honor graudates; Summa Cum Laude (…

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On Thursday, June 17, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved three new highway markers that will be erected in Essex County. These three markers, all of which document a facet of African-American history, are among 17 markers approved for placement around the state of Virgini…

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The Northern Neck Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) awarded a $1500 scholarship to Miss Kaylie M. Baker of Heathsville. Kaylie is a 2021 graduate of Northumberland High School, where she was Cadet Major, leading the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Warr…

Securing schools has been a major focus these days, not just in new buildings, but also in retrofitting and securing the old. Several years back, before masks and COVID-19, there had been several plans unveiled for making several of the schools in Westmoreland County much tougher nuts to cra…

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While many rising seniors are resting on their laurels prior to the beginning of school, Washington & Lee High School senior Lindsey Ristau is busy planning for the International Leadership Conference on June 23-26, 2021. She competed in the state HOSA (health and science students) compe…

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The rain was torrential. The winds picked up and made an outside ceremony impossible. The Washington & Lee High School class of 2021 was undeterred and reveled like no other class as they celebrated graduation in the gymnasium. One hundred and thirteen strong, but masked, students parade…

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The 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration Fair will be held on the Pavilion grounds at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern on Saturday, June 19, 2021 between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Interracial Conversations NNK, MACorps, Inc., and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, the fair will feature a his…

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Washington & Lee High School has a new prize winning photographer in their midst. Ethan Wade, a 10th grader, swept the Junior Division in the recent Fredericksburg Photography Club Art Show, by winning Best in Show, and placing 2nd and 3rd place in two other sections.  His photo entitled…

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Since 1970, Rappahannock Community College has been breaking down barriers in education throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy—healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go thr…

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Two Washington & Lee High School seniors, Kanasia Garner and Ashaunti Redmond, were awarded with a $6,000 scholarship from ECMC Scholars program. This program is a two-year mentoring program that focuses on education and career goals. Students begin the program in their junior year and f…

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Washington and Lee High School’s Golden Eagle Booster Club has announced their 2020-2021 GEBC Recipients. Those receiving the scholarship funds were picked from a pool of student-athlete applicants who have been high academic achievers in conjunction with making recognizable athletic contrib…

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Every year ECMC hosts a local College Night at Washington & Lee High School. Throughout the evening, presentations regarding all aspects of preparing for college are presented. As part of the program, students who are in attendance may be enrolled in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. T…

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Richmond County Public Schools will return to a five-day, in-person learning environment for the 2021-22 school year, and the numbers suggest that’s the way most families prefer it to be.

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“When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sail,” was the theme of the Colonial Beach High School’s Class of 2021 graduation on Saturday. While who first said that remains a mystery as it is attributed to many, the quote has such a true meaning for a class who went through…

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Back in April, the prospect of Westmoreland County’s Class of 2021 getting to have a proper graduation looked rather bleak, since the school system was still hunkering down and avoiding large gatherings over concerns involving the coronavirus. However, as of last week’s meeting, the School B…

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The sun shined brightly on a small group of students as they gathered around their battalion leaders and began their drills. Dressed smartly in their green and tan camouflage uniforms, the members of the W&L Virginia Defense Force Eagle Corp were back together after a long break due to C…

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Back in August of 2019, the Westmoreland County School Board approved the adoption of the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, a bully prevention program that boasted 35 years worth of research behind it; 2018 had been spent “gearing up” for its implementation. As of last week’s meeting, the school…

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The new high school, presently named Westmoreland High School draws closer and closer to completion. The auditorium, which had been the subject of many a nervous discussion, is now completely settled, a full part of the school. However, the matter of the athletic fields has now come into the…

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Richmond County students will have to work harder to pass and graduate than they did last year.

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Washington & Lee High School announced student scholarship winners at the virtual Senior Night on May 13. Ms. Stefanie Payne, school registrar, read the names of the winners and explained that these were the only scholarships that had been shared at this time. A final list will be presen…

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Washington & Lee High School recognizes students at graduation for their achievement in classes with honor cords. Faculty members select students for a variety of reasons. Honored students can lead a class in participation, grade achievement, exceptional effort, or improvement.  Congratu…

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As many school districts are working toward solidifying a plan on how to move forward with the 2021-2022 school year schedule, Northumberland’s Division Superintendent, Holly Wargo, has announced the school district’s plan at the 5/13/2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting.

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Mr. & Mrs. Ricky King of Callao announce with great pride the graduation of their daughter Julie Catherine King from Western Governors University. Julie received a master’s degree in Information Technology Management. Julie graduated from Northumberland High School in 2013.

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Several Washington & Lee High School Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students were named to the Director’s List Honor Roll for the first semester of 2020-2021. The honored students include Class of 2021: Sydney Bakir, Kelsey Henry, Kelly Taylor, and Lydia Wallace; Class of 2022: Conner …

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After all this time spent doing stuff virtually, there’s many folks clamoring for a return to more physical fare. This includes reading, if the speaker at last month’s School Board meeting in Westmoreland County was any indication. That night, Blair Denson of the Virginia Partnership for Out…

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Montross Middle School sixth grade science students have been hard at work making and using models to learn about water pollution and conservation. Working in collaboration with the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District and the Virginia Cooperative Extension service, students in…

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While their official high school graduation isn’t until May 29, four Washington & Lee High School Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students graduated from Rappahannock Community College on May 6. The students honored were Sydney Bakir, Summa Cum Laude; Kelsey Henry, Summa Cum Laude; Core…

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Washington District Elementary School teachers and students were pleasantly surprised on Tuesday, May 4, when Virginia’s First Lady, Pamela Northam and Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni stopped by for a visit.  Kicking off the celebration for Teacher Appreciation Week, they were joined by r…

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Broadband, and access to it, has been a major issue in the last few years, especially when everyone went into isolation during the pandemic. Schools were no exception, with many students being issued hotspots to allow them to conduct their remote learning sessions. Many, Westmoreland County’…

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Graduation is still a bit of a tricky subject since the pandemic is still going on, and even with vaccines being administered, not many are expecting government crowd regulations to be lifted any time soon. At last week’s School Board meeting in Westmoreland County, Superintendent Dr. Michae…

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Montross Middle School 7th grader, Dallas Barringer, was named Region 8 winner in the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) 2021 “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.  Each year, the VML offers all Virginia 7th graders the opportunity to enter its “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The theme for this y…

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A breath of spring was celebrated as the WDES pre-K classes petted farm animals on Friday, April 16. Owner of the Blue Daisy Farm, Ms. Katie Hutt, a Pre-K teacher at Washington District Elementary School, brought several baby goats, chickens and a rooster from her farm to greet the students …

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The School Board held their public hearing during their meeting last month. For the public hearing on the School Board’s budget, Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Cathy Rice, gave what she described as a “highlights reel” of what was going on with the budget for this year. It turned out there may b…

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Colton Davis is six years old and in Kindergarten at Lancaster Primary School. According to Youth Director Timika Croxton, “Colton loves coloring, drawing, and playing youth soccer and basketball at the YMCA. He attends Whitestone Church of the Nazarene where he is active in the youth progra…

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Joshua Robinson, son of Larry and Michelle Robinson of Dunnsville, is the first place recipient of the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest scholarship for the state of Virginia. Robinson is a tenth grade student at Light of the World Academy. Active in his school’s Student Council…

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Across the state, the effects of remote learning has had an impact on students. In Westmoreland County, teachers went the extra mile to make the experience as fun as possible for their students, but many students are in dire need of remedial instruction. It was after a vaccine update at the …

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As 2021 continues, and more vaccines are distributed, many residents of Westmoreland County keep their eyes on the School Board, wondering when a return to full, in-person learning will take place. The School Board decided to tentatively test the waters with hybrid learning once again back i…

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If it had not been for the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Westmoreland County’s public schools would have been utilizing a new calendar which would have started their first day of school a lot earlier than years before. The idea had originally been to start in August rather t…

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Historic Christ Church & Museum is pleased to announce the 20th-annual Northern Neck History Fair. The competition is open to 4th-grade students at Lancaster Middle School and Northumberland Elementary as well as 3rd-grade students at Chesapeake Academy. Fourth-grade homeschoolers from L…

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Montross Middle School student, Julianna Lewis, was named first place winner in the middle school level, at the 2021 VSBA (Virginia School Boards Association) Spring Networking Forum, Eastern Division. Each year, the fifteen schools in the Eastern region meet to learn and advocate education.…

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Laura Thomas, a teacher at Rappahannock High School in Warsaw, Virginia, is one of only 120 teachers selected for a National History Day® spring professional development program. This course focuses on using online Library of Congress resources to develop and support historical arguments and…

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Local school board members soon discovered after their election the number of hours they must spend serving their school district.  Each new school board member embarks on their term with an array of training and programs offered by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). Many times, …