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Neighborhood notes: Shenandoah

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School news

The Signal Knob Middle School FFA received a gold national chapter award and a gold rating in public relations at the state FFA convention June 22-25 at Virginia Tech.

Placing fourth was the small animal care team, comprised of Kirsten Campbell, Rachel Taylor and Bethany Gochenour.

The quiz bowl team, comprised of Josh Stickles, Sydney Neal, Emily Walker, and Keely Tefft, placed sixth.

Placing 13th was the junior livestock judging team, comprised of Bethany Gochenour, Sydney Neal, Tyler Wakeman and J.T. Caricofe.

Bethany Gochenor earned a gold rating in the zoology agriscience fair and will advance to national competition.

Savannah Hall placed third in the job interview career development event.

The chapter earned a silver rating for its scrapbook.

Zach Wakeman, past president of the Strasburg High School FFA, was elected eastern area vice president at the state FFA convention June 22-25 at Virginia Tech.

Addie Guthrie placed first in the job interviews competition and will advance to the national convention in October.

Placing first in team competition were the chapter's senior agricultural mechanics team, comprised of Tim Simons, Alex Stickley, Nic Fleming and Taylor Neal, and the junior agricultural mechanics team, comprised of Hunter Caricofe, Tyler Keller and Guthrie. Both teams will advance to the national convention in October.

Receiving bronze ratings were the senior crops team, whose members were Matt Clem, Matt Knonenborg, Colby Grady and Jacob Cutlip; the horse hippology team, comprised of Hannah Coogan and Amber Howard; the veterinary science team, comprised of Stephanie Reid, Neal, Ashleigh Smith and Hallie Harriman; and the Avian Bowl team, whose members were Tori Avvenie, Morgan Cucciardo, Daniel Funkhouser and Rachel Sager.

The environmental and natural resources team, comprised of Funkhouser, Hallie Harriman, Grant Pearson and Alex Stickley, placed third.

Receiving silver ratings were Guthrie in agriscience and Chris Mumaw in computer applications. Stephanie Reid will participate in the Virginia's Got Talent Review.

The chapter earned a gold rating for public relations and as a superior chapter and a silver rating for its scrapbook.

Chelsea Rickard was selected as FFA star in agriscience.

Earning state FFA degrees were: Mason Alsberry, Cutlip, Sarah Hoover, Amber Howard, Andrew Kibler, Knonenborg, Rickard and Jonathan Ritenour.


Derek and Julie Ritenour of Woodstock have announced the birth of a daughter, Anna Grace, on June 21 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Grandparents are Don and Susie Childs and James Walker, all of Woodstock, Luke and Linda Ritenour of Mt. Jackson, Evelyn and Peanut Bowers of Toms Brook and Patricia and Thomas Anderson and Hazel McGuire, all of Lynchburg.

Republican Women

Sue Hughes, Tara Bowman, Margaret Ireson and Suzanne Curran, members of the Shenandoah County Republican Women, attended the Virginia Federation of Republican Women's retreat on June 28 in Roanoke.

School news

Sherry Heishman, chapter adviser of the Central High School FFA, was named the agriscience teacher of the year at the state convention June 22-25 at Virginia Tech.

Aaron Heishman was named state agriscience student of the year and a state winner in diversified agricultural production entrepreneurship and runner-up in specialty animal entrepreneurship, diversified livestock entrepreneurship and beef production. He also received a gold rating in career development events.

Placing first was the agricultural sales team, comprised of Donnie Cummins, Cody Ross, Brian Walsh and Heishman. They will advance to national competition in October.

The environmental and natural resource career development team, comprised of Travis Shipp, Corey Peer, Marshall Brill and Jack Bowers placed fourth. Receiving a silver rating was the veterinary science team, comprised of Dyllan Chapins, Rachel Leeth, Heishman and Michael Marston. The crops judging team, comprised of Ambrosia Church, Clay Foltz and Andrew Selby, received a bronze rating.

State winners were Cody Ryman and Wilie Elgin in agricultural services placement proficiency and Marston in sheep production entrepreneurship.

The chapter earned a gold rating in public relations and as a superior chapter and also received the forestry and wildlife award.

Earning state degrees were: Bowers, Cummins, Cody Ryman, Brittney Herald, Josua Ortiz, Ashley Hawkins, Lauren Ross and Shipp.

Receiving honorary state FFA degrees were Gloria and Frank Elgin.

Cummins received a $1,000 scholarship from the National FFA and Wix Filters.

American degree candidates are Joe Gochenour and Kyle Rhodes.

College news

Daniel Logan graduated with honors from Roanoke College with a bachelor's degree in business administration on May 2.

A graduate of Central High School, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Logan Jr. of Woodstock.


College news

Matthew Miller of Edinburg graduated with high honors with a bachelor's degree in sport management from Lynchburg College on May 16.

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