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Events

The Schultz Theatre
Jan. 25, 7 p.m.; Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 3 p.m. -- The Schultz Theatre, New Market, will present the musical "Rapunzel" directed by Lynn Atkins. Book, music and lyrics by Kristin and Michael Walter. Tickets for adults are $8 and for students/seniors are $6. For more information, call the box office at 540-740-9119.

Fire, Rescue contest
Jan. 26, 7 p.m. -- Greenwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Honorary Fire and Rescue Chief Contest will be held. The contest is open to young ladies between 16 and 21 years of age and live in the fire company's first due protection area. For an application, call Pam Keeler at 540-667-3922 or Tabi Luttrell at 540-678-8809.

Prom fundraiser
Jan. 26, 11 a.m. -- Strasburg High School Prom will hold a 31 bingo in the SHS Cafeteria. Tickets: $25 at door or $20 pre-sale. Additional cards-$3. For pre-sale tickets, contact Kala Beattie, 540-335-0272 or krbeattie@shenandoah.k12.va.us.

Wayside Theatre

Jan. 26 to Mar. 16 -- Wayside Theatre, 7853 Main St., Middletown, presents "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming," a sequel to "Smoke on the Mountain." Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and at 6:30 p.m. on the official opening night, Jan. 27. For more information, call 540-869-1776.

Yard sale
Jan. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- A community yard sale will be held to benefit the Verona Food Pantry at Weyers Cave Community Center. For more information, call 540-234-8409.

Seed exchange
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- The State Arboretum of Virginia's third annual seed exchange will be held in the library at Blandy Experimental Farm. The event is free. The event is sponsored by Our Shop under the Arch at the State Arboretum of Virginia. For more information call Donna Downing at 540-667-3778 or Pam DeBergh at 540-667-9016. Bring seeds, roots or plants from your garden to share with others.

Winchester Book Gallery
Jan. 26, 7:30 to 10 p.m. -- Performing at the Winchester Book Gallery, 185, N. Loudoun St., Winchester, will be Lenny Burridge, a Blues, Rock/Folk musician from Bluemont.

Church dinner
Jan. 26, 6 p.m. -- Hunters and sportsmen are invited to a wild game dinner at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2774 Northwestern Pike, Winchester. The guest speaker will be Aaron Coffey of Rocky Mount, N.C. Admission is free. There will be door prizes and contests. For more information, call 540-667-8924.

Open house
Jan. 27, 1 to 3 p.m. -- Wakefield Country Day School, 1059 Zachary Taylor Highway, Flint Hill, invites all families to come for a tour and enjoy some refreshments. For more information, call 540-635-8555, ext. 227, or visit www.wakefieldcds.org.

Open house
Jan. 27, 1 to 3:30 p.m. -- Whole School Open House will be held at Mountain Laurel Montessori School. The campus for infants through sixth grade is located at 155 Biggs Drive, Front Royal, and the junior high for seventh to ninth grades is located at 23 Sunny Slope Lane, Flint Hill. For more information, visit MountainLaurelMontessori.org or call 540-636-4257.

First Baptist
Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. -- First Baptist Church Stephens City, 275 Double Toll Gate, White Post, will hold a gospel music service featuring The Promised Land Quartet. Sunday School is open to everyone prior to the concert at 9:15 a.m. A love offering will be taken during the service. For more information call Bro. Mike Blitch at 540-664-1541, email mike.blitch@fbc4u.com or visit www.fbc4u.com.

Emmanuel Baptist revival
Jan. 27 to 30 -- Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2774 Northwestern Pike, Winchester, will host a Winter Revival with Evangelist Aaron Coffey of Rocky Mount, N.C. Each evening there will be special music, a children's program, and a nursery provided. For more information, call 540-667-8924. Jan. 27 -- Services at 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 to 30 -- Services at 7 p.m.

Woodstock Cafe entertainment
Jan. 27, 2 to 4 p.m. -- Performing at the Woodstock Cafe, 117 S. Main St., will be Bill Vaughn.

Hogging Up BBQ sponsor
Big Fat Daddy's barbecue, based in Manchester, Pa., is looking for sponsors and volunteers for the Hogging Up event planned to take place at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in June 2013. The event will raise awareness for cancer and will be planned in conjunction with the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Sponsors can be people willing to let Big Fat Daddy's hang a banner on their business or otherwise advertise through their business. For more information, visit www.HoggingUp.com or www.bigfatdaddys.com.

Art classes
The Blue Ridge Arts Council holds art classes for adults on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 7 p.m., and on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 305 E. Main St. in Front Royal. It also holds art classes for children age 7 to 13 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
For more information, email kwalker@lifeofadailypainter.com or kcrump@blueridgearts.org.

The Art Group Gallery offers "Get Behind the Wheel," with Donna Bean on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5998 Main St. in Mt. Jackson. For more information, call 436-8234 or 477-4131.

Guitar lessons
Larry Sasscer gives guitar lessons for all ages Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at 7 East Art Gallery in Woodstock. For more information, call Larry Sasscer at 933-6496.

Karaoke
Karaoke with Cathy Kerns is held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday at Piccadilly's Public House & Restaurant at 125 E. Piccadilly St. in Winchester. For more information, call 535-1899.

Mt. Olive fellowship dinner discontinued
Mt. Olive Fellowship's seasonal dinners at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Toms Brook are over until April.

School news
The following eighth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were named to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of school:

Ryan Baker, Jesse Boyce, Joy Cantrell, Mason Carter, Devon Eyring, Courtney Funkhouser, Sarah Mayberry, Cortney McDonald, Nathan McDonald, Raven McIntosh, Lauren Sciabbarrasi, Kaylee Smith, Eric Steacy and Madelynne White.

The following seventh graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were named to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of school:

Hannah Alexander, Camerin Alsberry, Breana Alsworth, Michaela Amari, Rainya Anderson, Kara Bowman, Mychayla Brannon, Grace Davis, Cameron Drummond, Aileen Guthrie, Kristin Hamman, Tiffany Heishman, Mekhi Hendricks, Kristen Henry, Michelle Himelright, Morgan Knave, Ian Linster, Caitlyn Livingston, Alyson Murray, Rachel Palmer, Brittany Prisaznick, Breanna Randolph, Kolby Schlag, Jared Seiders, Kloee Sine, Jamie Spiker, Jarod Stickley, Courtney Tasker, Abigail Thompson, Marquise Veney, Ivy Warnell and Rebecca Weaver.

The following sixth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were named to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of school:

Jada Baltimore, Melanie Baltrusch, Ian Bracey, Andrew Burgess, Anaclaire Butler, John Cadden, Kiana Carter, Olivia Costello, Debra Dillman, Thomas Downey, Brandon Earles, Madison Estep, Sabrina Franz, Shannon Gochenour, Zachary Hafele, Alexis Halterman, Cameron Harmon, Daniella Henry, Benjamin Herbaugh, Sarah Herbaugh, Jillian Huhn, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Catherine Kincaid, Makenzie Kline, Adam Knapp, Hannah Lucas, Miranda Lucas, Allyson Neal, Jarad Patton, Nadia Rauhala, Kyle Rodrigue, Satchel Roller, Sarah Runion, JaCi Rush, Jeffrey Seiders, Eric Smith, Emily Smoot, Ian Steiner, Austin Stickles, Lauran Wage and Jordyn Willford.

The following eighth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were named to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of school:

Leticia Abonce, Joseph Avvenire, Amberleigh Barb, Gregory Beverly, Haley Bischoff, Jessica Bly, Brooke Callaway, Dylan Campbell, Nevada Carlisle, Delida Chavez, Austin Cooper, Kelsey Costello, Ryan Davis, Michael Edmondson, Brooke Galvin, Jacqueline Grim, Amelia Guthrie, Caitlin Hart, Derek Hefner, Nathaniel Hershey, Stewart Himelright, John Hisghman, Jordan Holler, Mikayla Kohlhaas, Alexis Lamica, Christina Ludwig, Logan Mathias, Adam Miller, Caroline Miller, Adriana Moreno, Amber Parsons, Stacey Persaud, Sean Phillips, Kyle Poage, Cody Price, Katherine Swafford, Kyle Tiemeyer, Caleb Warren, Joseph Whiteman and Natalie Zizzi.

The following seventh graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were named to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of school:

Miriam Abac, Jared Agnew, Dylan Allen, Ian Alsberry, Ryan Ark, Jesse Baker, Nicholas Baker, Devin Bell, Elisa Boylston, Megan Cales, Hailey Carroll, Briana Chapman, Megan Clutter, Dylan Collins, Aaliyah Cooper, Ally Cooper, Grace Dellinger, Kaitlyn Faircloth, Kendra Funk, Ryan Funkhouser, Austin Getz, Olivia Gochenour, Jordan Hall, Shawn Hamp, Ashleigh Hockman, Willow Hodges, Danielle Holsinger, Ella Howard-Wolford, Garrett Jenkins, Nicholas Jenkins, Glenda Juarez, Silas Kersey, Justin King, Jacob Knapp, Nathaniel Knight, Sean Kooi, Kevin Machado, Daniel McMullan, Dalton Miller, Sarah Miller, Hayley Moore, Melanie Neary, Stacey Nicely, Trent Perry, Justin Plummer, Chandler Ramage, Brooklyn Rosenberger, Grant Scott, Brandon Sealock, Callie Stead, Morgan Stilson, Brandon Swink, Julia Talasky, Devon Tyson, Vincent Volpini, Brady Weatherholtz, Audrie Wieber and Jessica Ziemer.

The following sixth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were named to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of school:

Alexus Abbott, Mystic Aronhalt, Matthew Avvenire, Shelby Barnes, Serenity Barton, Amber Blow, Kassy Bly, Robert Cameron, Kirstin Carroll, McKenzie Copeland, Constance Cross, Madelyn Cushman, Mariah Davis, Thor Decourcy-Fedder, Ian Dixon, Nathaniel Dykes, Landen Elliott, Garrett Fauver, Kamryn Foltz, Madison Foltz, Allen Gardner, Alyssa Garrett, Amber Grady, Robert Hall, Haley Harley, Madison Herman, Noah Hopkins, Faith Howard-Wolford, Seven Jackson, Jimmy Jenkins, Nichole Jones, Alivia Keatts, Nathan King, Stephen Kloosterman, Kaitlyn Lantz, Tanner Mathews, Hunter Miller, Essala Onana, Kendall Orndorff, Johanna Pearson, Sarah Peer, Rachael Perez, Soledad Perez, Emily Reinhardt, Morgan Richards, Sarah Robertson, Wesley Rogers, Alexa Rowan, Colette Salyers, Diana Shafer, Annabelle Shye, Alana Smith, Ashlyn Smith, Shelby Smith, Seth Stickley, Alicia Summerlin, Brody Tomblin, Nicholas Vaughn, Stephanie Wilson and Nikita Zdepski.

School news
The following 12th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Jason Brady Albert, Steven Allen Alger, Jessie Grace Baker, Brittany Lynn Bowman, Whitney Lee Bowman, Lindsay Marie Combs, Allison Theresa Connor, Veronica Jacuinde Deltoro, Emily Claire Estep, Erin Rose Goodier, Corey Hunter Harlow, Julia Keaveney Jermstad, Rhea Elizabeth Jett, Eduardo Juarez, Taylor Nicole Koontz, Katelyn Gail Lantz, Ana Cristina Lazaro-Luna, Matthew David Litten, Juan Carlos Luna Guerrero, Vanessa Bryana Mendez, Cristen Blake Monroe, Samantha Leigh Schutz, Brett Evan Seekford and Taylor Paige Stover.

The following 11th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Tracy Jean Barb, Rumour Elizabeth Blackman, Daniel R. Buhl, Christopher Perry Delaughter, Brittany Nicole Goldman, Andrew Michael Good, Zachary Todd Hensley, Lucia Lezly Lagunilla-Hernandez, Eduardo Ortega, Maria Guadalupe Romero-Cardoso, Isabelle Nicole Sharman, Philip Evan Stauffer, Margaret Rae Tyler, Megan Amber Vresics, Amber Lynn Wimer and Susana Becerra-Martinez.

The following 10th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Thomas Macallister Bellerose, Samanda Mary Caperton, Blake Austin Carter, Megan Marie Eaton, Nicholas Browne Frye, Elizabeth Leann Funkhouser, Alexis Rae Golliday, Amber Belle Gonzalez, Savannah Leigh Harris, Paola Jimenez-Avila, Emily Elizabeth Jordan, Jonathan Richard Koontz, Kirsten Lyn Montalbano, Benjamin Wm. Rosenberger, Lindsay Noelle Shifflett, Brooke Allison Simpson, Derrick Ryan Smith and Arianna Marie Smootz.

The following ninth graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Rebekkah Grace Bodanske, Allyson M. Clar, Cheyenne Autumn Crigger, Joseph Tyler Hinkle. Valencia Elizabeth Jimenez, Nayeli Esquivel Juarez, Alexandra Claire Kahl, Michael Angelo Knauff, Kelsey Renee Kokkonen, Jesse Michael Lewis, Rachel Michaela Liebl, Nathan Ryan Miller, Katy Romero, Mattie Ann Roy, Olivia Paige Schutz and
Foster Zane Whitaker.

The following 12th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Jacob Richard Armell, Wesley Thomas Barb, Alexander Christian Bodanske, Bria Caitlyn Bryant, Clifton Wayne Bush, Gage A. Carter, Jacoby Michael Dinges, Hunter Shawn Downey, Megan Marie Fulk, Jared Scott Getz, Katelyn Paige Hackenbracht, Colton Dale Henry, Jeremiah Kendall Hines, Michaela Marye Koontz, Emilee Dawn Lichliter, Samantha May Lichliter, Taylor Lynn Lichliter, Devon Edward Martin, Amanda Jane Miller, Melanie Marie Miller, Ryan Ericson Pugh, Megan Marie Stalbird, Hannah Ann Stout, Robert Tyler Wealthy, Mackinley Rae Wiencek, Margaret Collins Wight and Brandi Michelle Wilson

The following 11th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Ashli Elizabeth Abbott, Eric Michael Arnesen, Justin Daniel Baker, Tiffany Ann Bucklew, Liza Mae Bull, Roberto Cardoso Jr., LeAnn Morgan Clifford, Ashton Laine Davis, Amanda Whitney Dennis, Amanda Nicole Dotson, Ana Jacqueline Espinal, Amber Rose Fisher, Karen Gonzalez, Shawn Michael Grove, Colton Blade Harlow, Patrick James Kerlin, Zachary Jude Khambata, Jeremy Blake Lonas, Michael Joseph McCampbell, Kevin Leonardo Mejia, Johan Sotero Mendez Carrillo, Brittany Kay Montgomery, Kayla Michelle Newkirk, Hailey Wayne Oden, Jesus Ortiz, Jorge Pedro-Zuniga, Rafael Pedro-Zuniga, Darian Marie Pierce, Britny Elizabeth Polk, Tiffani Marie Rexrode, Brandon James Reynolds, Andrew Christian Roy, Mary Lynn Ryan, Colleen Renee Shamburg, Thomas Wayne Shamburg, Dakota Daniel Sine, Allison Kara Singleton, Hunter Isaac Smootz
Makaela Autumn Turner and Elizabeth Kay Violett.

The following 10th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Kylie Jobeth Biller, Tanner Chase Boyce, Rosie Lorraine Clifton, George Shelton Daugharty Jr., Destiny Marie Dove, Savannah Dove Frazier, William Samuel Geary, Donovan Christopher Goebert, Jaime Gonzalez Jr., Adam Edward Goodier, Brianna Nicole Grim, Shawn Joseph Gross, Paige Delona Grubb, Bradley Eric Henschel, Ally Elise Hepner, Taelor Nicole Hilton, Charles Nicholas Knauff, Grace Michelle Kolpack, Jessica Marie Larkin, Juan Alexis Lazaro-Luna, Joy Elizabeth Liebl, Carly Elizabeth Litten
Madison Paige Ludwig, Phillip Jennings Mallow, Hannah Nicole Marston, Tyler Ann McAvaddy, Lyndsey Allison McDaniel, Kayla Rose Miller, Kaylin Michele Miller, Denis Guadalupe Romero, Brittney LeeAnn Shillingburg, Ryan Tyler Smith, Madison Taylor Streett, Megan Nichole Strickler, Codey Allen Thomas, Whittney Danielle Vann and
Amber Leigh Welsh.

The following ninth graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, were added to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Salina Marie Alger, Pedro Arrocena-Jacuinde, Jennifer Leigh Clifton, Joseph Patrick Connor, Sydny Leean Coones, Kyle Austin Cowart, Dylan Jay Cox, Javier Jacuinde Del Toro, Brooke Lynn Farley, Rachael Leigh Friedenberg, Cheyanne Yvonne Green, Barry Dale Haley Jr., Tyler James Hansberger, Chance Allen Hill, Lauren Nicole Lewis, Josey Ann Lonas, Damian Maximo Loya, Olivia Michelle Marshall, Daniel Joseph Mathes, Elizabeth Stewart Moomaw, Olivia Kathleen Proctor, Brittany Marie Singleton, Dustin Coy Thomas, Lizeth Nallely Trejo-Luna, William McCoy Wilkerson, Diego Alberto and Zambrano-Cuevas.

School news
The following eighth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Emily Ball, Maria Becerra-Flores, Daniella Gonzalez, Ana Jermstad, Madison Long, James O'Connell Jr, Daniel Romero Cardoso, Blaire Sharman and Rachel Shumway.

The following seventh graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Catherine Bailey, Lindsey Baker, Kiersten Cave, Ashley Cowart, Michaela Etter, Dustin Funkhouser, Susannah Garber, Kelsey Hines, Brendan Hoover, Juan Jacuinde, Johanna Kingsfield, Brooke Lacek, Nikki Mumaw, Alondra Ortega, Elysia Papion, Leah Patrick, Logen Patton, Bryant Schutz, Tyler Somers, Raven Stephens, Sara Streett and Caitlin Thompson.

The following sixth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the All A Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Alan Arnesen Virginia Biller, Ryan Butler, Jenna Constable, Courtney Dellinger, Jose Hurtado-Garcia, Maria Knauff, William McCourt, Erik Prunka, Logan Ritchie, James Shumway, Sierra Siever, Autumn Smith, Jenna Souder, Alexander Ward, Derek Weaver, Tristan Williams and Lindsay Zirkle.

School news
The following eighth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

David Anthony, Justice Baize, Reganne Brinkley, Devin Cline, Cole Dively, Cesar Esquivel, Kimberly Frye, Hailey Goodwin, Brett Jones, Karina Juarez, Desiree Kagey, Megan Lazaro Lopez, Gwen Mallow, Madison McDaniel, Jonathan Montz, William Moomaw, Matthew Oczkowski, Tyler Patton, Jessica Pechie, Rachael Poole, Brianna Prunka, Mercedes Roberts, Hannah Ryman, Savannah Sager, Duncan Schroeder, Brandon Silvious, Dylan Smith, Ryan Summers, Brandy Webb and Hallie White.

The following seventh graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Cozette Anthony, Dakota Baker, Tyler Baker, Carolin Bigwood, Casey Bly, George Breighner III, Juliana Brill, Benjamin Burch, Kyle Bushong, Dakota Carney, Madison Councill, Jailyn Dellinger, Yash Desai, Andrew Dotson, Matthew Dove, Mallory Franks
Charlotte Funkhouser, Diana Garcia, Joshua Gordon, Keirsten Hodges, Zakari Hottle,
Don Keith, Hayden Kennedy, Zen Khambata, Rachel Lute, Savannah Miller, David Moomaw, Amelia Morgan, Jacob Murphy, Destiny Neff, Alma Ortiz, Nathan Painter,
Justine Perkins, Blake Rice, Haileigh Richards, Skye Seay, Sayeh Shahriari, Hayley Sherrill, Abbigail Simon, Tasha Turner, Christopher Williams, Matthew Wimer, Tyler Wolfe, Isaiah Wolverton and Levi Zirkle.

The following sixth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the A-B Honor Roll for the first six weeks of the school year:

Robert Baker, Carley Bennett, Israel Blank, Jared Cavallaro, Jordan Compton, Sierra Crigger, Blake Dysart, James Eaton, Branson Estep, Garrett Estep, Paislie Fulk, Christopher Hall, Reilly Hughes, Shianne Humbles, Lynneah Jackson, Jordan Jacobsen, Chase Miller, Tyler Mongold, Joshua Morris, Emily Rexrode, Makayla Stout, Charles Streett V, Tiffany Ward and Elizabeth Wine.

Card shower
A card shower is being planned for Eddie and Barbara Burnshire, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 4.

Send cards to 90 Hoover Road, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Eagle Scout award
Timothy VanCuren, of Linden, proudly accepted his Eagle Scout Award during his Court of Honor on Nov. 11. His parents, Richard and Sheri VanCuren, family, friends and fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 4 (sponsored by The Front Royal Rotary) gathered on Sunday afternoon at the Warren County Community Center to congratulate this high school senior on his accomplishment. In addition to earning his Eagle, VanCuren also has earned the highest honor in the Order of the Arrow (Boy Scout Honor Society) and the esteemed Junior Assistant Scoutmaster position. Timothy planned and orchestrated his Eagle Service Project at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal and completed it with the help of Committee Chairman Doug Horn and Scoutmaster Mac McCloskey, in addition to other Troop 4 members. He constructed a walkway and patio where uneven pea gravel had dissuaded anyone from using the area. In addition to his enthusiastic participation in scouting, he plays high school football, takes dual-enrollment classes at Lord Fairfax Community College and enjoys exploring a passion for photography and film.

Waiter-of-the-Year Award
Kary Haun, of Woodstock, earned the coveted title of Waiter-of-the-Year at the annual Wit 'n' Waiter Wahoo benefit for Response held Nov. 3 at the Woodstock Moose. Haun collected the most tips during the dinner, which was served by guest waiters competing to raise the most money for Response.

Wit 'n' Waiter is the organization's largest fund raising event of the year and includes a silent and live auction. This year it was followed by a dance with The Instigators.

Response Inc. is a Shenandoah County community organization providing supportive services to help people overcome the problems of sexual and domestic violence and other forms of abuse and working to halt the cycle of abuse through outreach, advocacy and education. For more information, visit www.shenandoahcountyresponse.org or look for Response on Facebook.

Military news
Capt. Will Davis, a 2002 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and a 2006 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, is Shenandoah County Public Schools' most recent Star Graduate. Davis had a stellar record at VMI and now is serving in the United States Air Force, where he has achieved at least 20 recognitions.

School news
Members of the Wakefield Country Day School Swim Team recorded five first place finishes and seven second place medals in its opening meet on Nov. 16 at St. Michael's High School in Fredericksburg. Both the boys' and the girls' teams and the team as a whole finished in third place in the meet.

The first place finishers included senior Rachel DuMez in the 500 freestyle (5:34.65) and 100 backstroke (1:02.09), with both times qualifying her for the post-season State Championship Meet, senior Will Scaring in the 200 freestyle (2:41.54), sophomore Anne Katherine Burns in the 200 individual medley (2:43.71) and the 400 freestyle relay team of 8th grader Tatumn Vaught, freshman Mollie Miller, DuMez and Burns (5:21.50). This was the first relay first place finish for a girls' team in the school's history.

Second place finishers were senior Conor O'Heir in the 100 butterfly (1:01.66) and the 100 backstroke (1:09.25), Burns in the 100 butterfly (1:11.01), 8th grader Lucas DuMez in the 200 individual medley (2:26.72), plus the boys team in the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. C. O'Heir, L. DuMez and Shane O'Heir swam on all three of the relays; Scaring swam on two and Michael Chen swam on one.
Almost every swimmer recorded a personal best time at the meet and, collectively, the team had just over 50 seconds in total dropped time.

Artists of Middleburg
Until Dec. 29 -- Local art group, Artists in Middleburg, will showcase the works Chaos Theory at the Middleburg branch of Sonabank, in the upstairs gallery, at 10 W. Washington St. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.middleburgarts.org or email info@middleburgarts.org.

College news
Janet Bowers, of Winchester, graduated in September from Saint Joseph's College of Maine with a master of science degree in nursing.

Saint Joseph's College of Maine offers traditional, four-year bachelor's degrees to students at its southern Maine campus on Sebago Lake and online undergraduate and graduate programs to working adults throughout the country. For more information, visit www.sjcme.edu.

Kiwanis Club news
The Front Royal Kiwanis Club recently honored Melanie Stull as its 2011-2012 member of the year. The award honors Stull for outstanding service to the community and to the Kiwanis Club of Front Royal.

Kiwanis Club President Tom Curry and others noted that Stull has taken an active role in a wide variety of the club's efforts. She can be counted on for everything from picking up roadside trash to helping put on the "Special Love" breakfast for children with cancer. Stull has also been active in taking photographs and lining up speakers and programs for the Kiwanis Club's weekly meetings.

The Kiwanis Club, a global organization of volunteers, meets every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Front Royal Diner in Front Royal.

The Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association, VAMMHA, has recently appointed Jimmy Russell to represent the State of Virginia in a national association, the Manufactured Housing Institute. Russell will represent Virginia in February at the Winter Meetings in Washington DC as well as the Summer Conference in San Diego, CA.
Russell is a long time Harrisonburg resident and founder of Valley Custom Homes, VBS Mortgage, and Round Hill Estates. He and his wife live in Rockingham County, as do their sons and grandchildren.

School news
The Middle School boys soccer team at Wakefield Country Day School completed a successful season by taking both top trophies in the Valley Middle School Conference. The team, coached by Lavonne Adkins, captured both the regular season and tournament crowns.

The Owls' overall record was 10-1; the team's mark was 4-0 in the conference regular season, earning a first place finish. In the conference tournament, the Owls scored 14 goals in two games and allowed only 2. The sweep of the regular season and tournament championships by the Owls was the first time that they have done this since 2005.

On offense, the team scored 62 goals on the season, a nearly 6-goals-per-game average. The leading goal scorers, in order, were Campbell Baker, Connor Glennon and Gage Landis. On defense, goalkeeper Tanner Perry, with the help of his defenders, gave up just 3 goals in VMSC regular season play and only 19 for the season. He had 3 shutouts during the season, two in conference play and one in the VMSC semi-final contest.

The members of the team, including those above, were Jeremy Bailey, Gabe Baroza, Jonathan Carrier, Bernie Cieplak, Ben Cotter, Porter Gilliam, Douglas Griffin,
Andrew Kwolek, Nick Leskovec, Chris O'Heir, Nile Patel, Connor Poe, Jackson Romine, Ben Scaring, Emerson Shepard, Alex Smith, Drake Summers and Harrison Wells.

The Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has announced recipients of awards at a recent ceremony to the following individuals:

Art Major, president of GearClean was named Citizen of the Year, having had a tremendous impact on the local community as a former city council member and business owner. He and his firm have supported a number of local non-profit initiatives which have benefited many in the community. On a national level, his firm's award winning work on the clean-up efforts related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has had an
impact on the environment.

George Glossner, of John Handley High School, won the American History Teacher Award. He has taught United States Hhstory, Virginia history and advanced placement U.S. history for 28 years. For the past 15 years, he has held the position of chairman of the history and social studies department. He has also served as the sponsor of the academic team for at least 20 years.

Major David White, of the Winchester Police Department, earned the Law Enforcement Commendation Award. White began his law enforcement career as a Dispatcher in 1979 and retired as the Department's Deputy Chief. His expertise includes being a trained as a polygraph examiner, a field-training officer, and in the forensic sciences. He is a graduate of both the Police Command Staff Training, and the FBI National Academy.

President Karl Liedke and Volunteer Staff, Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue earned the Fire Safety Commendation Award President Liedke and the volunteer staff at the Shawnee Fire and Rescue volunteer countless hours to the coordination and hosting of the annual Fire Prevention Open House held in Winchester each October. Their efforts have provided the citizens of Winchester a comprehensive fire safety education program.

Battalion Chief Donald Whitacre, of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department, won the Emergency Medical Services Commendation Award. Whitacre has been tasked as the liaison officer for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival; facilitating all requests for mutual aid assistance from regional partners; and coordinates the Emergency Medical Aid Station in conjunction with the Winchester Medical Center emergency medical staff. He also serves as the Battalion Duty Officer, for "B shift," managing the Department's day to day operations and responses within the City of Winchester.

Winners were to be honored and presented their awards at our chapter's annual awards meeting, on Nov. 17 at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn and Conference Center
located at 711 Millwood Ave. in Winchester. The awards ceremony was preceded by a
breakfast buffet starting at 9 a.m.

School news
The following sixth graders at Warren County Middle School were added to the A Honor Roll:

Nathan Abel, Dylan Allison, Charlee Allman, Catherine Ammons, William Anderson, Tanai Banks-Roy, Nicholas Bishop, Danny Bloomfield Jr., Iain Brannock, Katherine Breeden, Megan Brooks, Aubry Brown, Nathan Brown, Nevaeh Bryant, Mackenzie Cameron, Valerie Cameron, Thomas Cantrell, Abigail Carrigan, Dorothy Casile, Nathaniel Chichester, Ciera Cline, Ty Clingerman, Katherine Coffron, Danielle Cook, Brian Coons, Morgan Coons, Peter Crichfield, Shawn Cripps, Jasmine Cronk, Brady Culley, Isaiah Dade, Alexandra Davis, Brandon Davis, Kailee Dean, Richard Dodson, Sierra Douglas, Dakin Estes, Sarah Falls, Courtney Figgins, Kaley Foulks, Isabella France, Erika Gallagher, Amanda Gallahan, Katherine Glascock, Benjamin Good, Hailey Gore, Jacob Grady, Bailey Grant, Amanda Grover, Christian Harris, Stephanie Heater, Emma Hindley, Rileigh Hirsch, Kayleigh Hite, Megan Hite, Kayla Hundley, Jason Hunger, Bogdan Ion, Tristen Jacobs, Kloe Jenkins, Daniel Jerome, Lindsay Johnson, Sean Jorgensen, Talon Keel, Kelsie Keene, Elizabeth Keener, David Kelly, Nicholas Kenyon, Tarin Ketola, Eric Kindall, Christopher Lam, Abegail Lee, Vanessa Martinez-Escobar, David Mills, Nicholas Moon, Kelsey Moore, John Moseley, Victoria Partin, Andrew Passwaters, Samuel Pesta, Tyler Plazio, Autumn Ramey, Rebecca Ranney, Hannah Reil, Leslie Richards, John Paul Ricks, Hannah Riehl, Jacob Ruby, Landon Rutherford, Crismeli Sandoval, Jayda Saulsbury, Aaron Schroyer, Ian Seabrooke, Michael Silek, Rachel Sirbaugh, Reagan Smith, Timothy Smith, Allison Smoot, Kaya Steele, Kacey Stives, DeAnthony Strother, Hannah Suhr, Jacob Taylor, Skyla Taylor, Matthew Tederick, Madison Tingle, Mackenzie Tolliver, Holden Truax, Carlene Viers, Daniel Weaver, Robert Weeks, Lindsey Weidenbach, Michael Winn, Austin Wolaver, Dyani Wright, Jacob Wright and Dakota Wymer.

The following seventh graders at Warren County Middle School were added to the A Honor Roll:

Daniel Almarode, Christina Archuleta, Stuart Ashley, Abigail Baugher, Whitney Beaty, Sarah Benson, Ciarra Berry, Elizabeth Berry, Keelyn Blake, Collin Boyce, Jonathan Brown, Sierra Bryant, Camryn Buracker, Hunter Burke, Savannah Caison, Michael Carter, Megan Clavijo, Macie Clerkley, Rachel Clifton, Elijah Conrow, Mickayla Cornwell, Catherine Couturiaux, Michaela Craft, Brooke Doffermire, Nathaniel Edmonds, Angela Estes, Lauren Evans, Samuel Evans, Clayton Fortney, Myrissa Garber, Reganne Harding, Tori Hensell, Liliana Hernandez, Aspen Hirschberg, Preston Hudson, Tyler Ketron, Cheyenne Kingery, Meghan LeCompte, Alayna Luebke, Kristian Mahoney, Cameron Martin, Cheyenne Martin, Emily Martin, Jennifer Martinez, Spencer Matchett, Alexia Maynard, Evan McGann, Naomi McGraw, Tasha McNeil, Parker Meltvedt, Morgan Meredith, Sarah Millard, Dylan Miller, Megan Mills, Erika Mirkay, Bruce Murphy II, Bridgette Murphy, Emma Ontiveros, Brianna Orye, Rusha Patel, Anna Poe, Madison Quattro, Colin Rankin, Jacquelyn Ris, Leslie Rodriguez-Molina, Nikki Roof, Matthew Rutherford, Nicholas Sacchetti, Lisandra Sandoval, Luz Santiago, Shauna Sayers, Emma Schirmer, Ryan Scott, Timothy Shanks, Amber Shayeb, Gabrielle Shipman, Cierra Short, Kali Slate, James Smeltzer, Colin Smith, Allison Swadley, Katelyn Thompson, Summer Tonizzo, Nathan Vickers, Benjamin Vogt, Jordan Wehrle-Carter, Emily Whisenant, Joseph Whitmore, Lucas Williams, Taylor Williams, Faith Wohlfahrt and Renee Yatsko.


Food pantry
For the fourth year, radio station WZRV-fm in Front Royal has hosted 'Throw Hunger Under the Bus', a six-day, five-night campaign to raise food donations, monetary donations and awareness of hunger in Warren County. From Nov. 12 to 17, participants broadcasted live and slept on a school bus (the seats have been removed and there is no heat or comforts) parked at a local shopping center in the town. Local individuals, businesses and organizations donated food to benefit the local food pantries. This year, the group raised 30,000 pounds of non-perishable food and over $3,000 in cash donations. The local food pantry ran out of storage space.

School news
The following sixth graders at Warren County Middle School were added to the A-B Honor Roll:

Tyler Adams, Laura Arnold, Ryan Atkins, Deven Barreto, Colton Bates, Joseph Becker, Adam Black, Brett Bohlmann, Autumn Bowman, Keegan Brade, Savannah Breeding, Brianna Brill, David Bronston, Victor Brown-Schulist, Andrew Burke, Christian Carino, Wesley Carr, Taylor Carter, Zoey Chaffin, Carter Chalmers, Emma Clifton, Brianna Cockerill, Caitlin Coffman, Jarod Corder, Samuel Covert, Kaitlyn Crawford, Skyler Crawford, Victoria Crichfield, Keith Crisp, Krista Crowell, Meghan Dennis, Dustin Denton, Pedro Diaz Sneed, Julian DiFelici, Jake DiPatre, Ronald Dodson, Hayden Doggett, Jazmyne Dorsey, Curman Eversole, Trenton Flessner, Chloe Ford, Abigail Frey, Kailyn Garrett, Dylan Gayle, Kiera Gorham, Savannah Haffer, Justice Henry, Parker Holmes, Kayla Holt, Colton Hoynoski, Tyler Hughart, Knorr Hunter Jr., Alaa Ibrahim, Caitlin Jolin, Hunter Jost, Jordan Kenyon, Montana Kephart, Jarod Knight, Madelyn Knight, Eli Knotts, Heather Lalumondiere, Teasja Lang, Ethan Lawson, Karlee Lehew, Molly Leight, Hannah Lewis, Mario Linares, Zachary Lineberry, Chloe Lineweaver, Jon Long-Leary, Ashley Luebke, Sophia Lusk, Marguerite Lynn, Valarie Martin, William Martin, Kyle McDonough, Hunter McIntyre, Samantha McNey, Molly Meador, Alexis Miller, Andrea Miller, Joseph Miller, Precious Mills, Shawn Mosser, Cheyanna Muhlert, Kristopher Munson, Cameron Neely, Makenzie Nelson, Kinsey Nguyen, Colby North, Angelina Pantano, Stephanie Parsell, Ethan Patterson, Lynndora Peacoe, Justin Peddle, Angel Peterson, Kiko Phelan, Autumn Polk, Hunter Pratscher, Zaryn Rateb, Nathan Reed, Russell Reeder, Caleb Reedy, Dalton Renner, Julia Russell, Kelsey Santmyers, Shyla Schmitz, Collin Scott, Haley Settle, Sean Sexton, Ryan Shank, Tyler Shifflett, Kody Showers, Sydney Shreve, Trent Sigers, Joel Simmons, Lauren Sims, Aden Smith, Joseph Sorge, Carson Sours, Abigail Southers, Raphael Souza, Taylor Spencer, Allison Sperry, Brittney Starita, Chase Tasker, Sierra Taylor, Taylor Thompsen, Jacob Thompson, Matthew Thompson, Dalia Todd, Sabrina Tran, Sha-Nyce Tweed, Elaine Vaught, Felicity Wadleigh, Wyatt Wagoner, Breanna Wallace, Hunter Walter, Reilly West, Gwenevere Whichard, Haley Wiles, Kamryn Williams, Carla Wright and Dagen Young.

The following seventh graders at Warren County Middle School were added to the A-B Honor Roll:

Marcus Adams, Kayla Andrews, Destiny Armstrong, Cedric Ausberry, Shawnacee Barber, Virginia Baron, Caleb Beachy, Amber Berends, Tyler Blakely, Raine Blankenship, Mason Blauvelt, Jacob Boies, Seraphina Bowdey, Jessilee Breeden, Dalton Burdin, Jacquelyn Burrola, Zahra Butt, Marquise Cameron, Ryan Caperton, Casey Carroll, Britney Carter, Keri Chadwell, Clay Chambers, Tyler Chaparro-Compton, Daniel Chavez, Lindsey Christensen, Meredith Clatterbuck, Kalyn Cline, Shiloh Cockrell, Haley Cooke, Hannah Crabtree, Kevin Cross, Anthony Cruz, Victoria Deavers, Emma Devine, Quentin Diggs, Victoria Disalvio, Jacob Dodson, Skyeann Dove, Christina Dovell, Alexander Doyle, Haley Driskell, Collin Dunivan, Samuel Dunivan, Austin Falls, Darren Frantz, Heather Fraser, Preston Free, MaryAnn Fryfogle, Luis Garcia, Darrin Gifft, Wyatt Gill, Calista Golden, Ana Gomez, Jacob Good, Johnathan Good, Natasha Grayson, Tamara Grayson, Colin Greenwalt, Reagan Grove, Jesse Harmon, Jordan Heberle, Caitlyn Hebner, Carly Heiston, Macey Henry, Quashawn Hernandez, Nicholas Herring, Brittany James, Justin Jenkins, Marissa Jennings, Nathan Johnson, Bailey Jones, Christopher Jones, Connor Jost, Robert Keeney, Tyler Kerns, Trenton King, Tiernan Komelasky, Kaitlyn Leckliter, Trenton Little, Olivia Lockhart, Ian Lohnes, Ariana Lopez, Garrett Mathews, Conner McCollum, Olivia McGill, Sierra McGregor, Stephen McInturff, Brianna Merchant, Christopher Miller, Kristofer Miller, Devin Monroe, Nicole Moore, Asheley Morrow, Kalie Mullen, Evan Newton, Nicholas Nielsen, William North, Matthew Overstreet, Hannah Pack, Ethan Palmer, James Petitt, Jasmine Pitman, Mary Poe, Payton Pyne, Terisa Rajbhandari, Nickolas Reith, Hunter Renner, Kimora Robinson, Douglas Romero, Abigail Rowe, Chelsea Ruffner, Kacey Seal, Leigha Shane, Jasmine Sharp, Coleman Shea, Rudie Shotton, Haley Sierra, Charles Sims, Harmon Sisk, Peter Skube, Jacob Sloat, Carmen Smith, Jadelyn Smith, Kimberly Soyars, Peyton Speis, Abby Spiker, Ashton Steele, Gregory Stokes-Ring, Cheyanne Stoki, Lexys Strickler, Logan Striker, Jordan Suhr, Kylie Swearingen, Cory Taylor, Amy Thomas, Hayden Thomas, Nashyia Thompson, Chelsea Todd, Corey Tomlinson, Hanna Truax, Dalton Turner, Daniel Turner, Tracy Vo, Brooke Walker, Blake Waters, MaryBeth Wayland, Allen Weakley, Clayton Wells, William Welsh, Rebecca White, Amber Williams, Hunter Wines and Cody Wolf.

NAMI support groups
The Woodstock NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets the first and third Monday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, 759 S. Main St., Woodstock; Board Room; flagpole entrance; down the hall; first left; first room on the right.

The Front Royal NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets the first and third Monday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at WMH Outpatient Center, 120 N. Commerce Ave.; room 175, main entrance; first floor straight down the hall.

A Winchester NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets the first, third and fifth Monday of each month, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Our Health Center, 301 N. Cameron St., first floor Conference Room A.

Another Winchester NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets every Monday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Winchester Rehab Center, 333 W. Cork St, Conference Room No. 1.

All meetings are free. Please contact us during holidays or inclement weather prior to attending.

For further information, call 533-1832.

School news
The following sixth graders at Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Stephens City were added to the all A honor roll for the first quarter of the school year:

Brent Allegra, Jonathan Ames, Rushali Barman, Lindsey Barrington, Evan Bray, Claire Butler, Nicholas Corbit, Evan Davis, Carter Disque, Robert Eriksson, Megan Grose, Ashley Happel, Julia Holsinger, Madelenn Koller, Izaak Lane, Jacob Lane, Grayson Moyer, Tucker Myers, Madelyn Quinnelly, Lindsey Rickard, Mychala Riley, Ainsley Rucker, Christine Simoneaux, Kevin Walker, Ashlyn Wilkinson, Lucas Williams and Stella Williams.

The following sixth graders at Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Stephens City were added to the A/B honor roll for the first quarter of the school year:

Hazem Abdulla, Dahud Abutaa, Lee Adcock, Isaiah Allen, Erika Amaya, Mercedes Ardinger, Kamryn Armistead, Allison Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Deja Atkinson, Liliana Ayala, Madison Backover, James Baker, Daniel Basham, Michael Bauserman, Mason Beall, Steve Bevis, Brett Boyer, Ethan Broccolo, Olivia Brown, Kaylee Bryant, Lidiya Bryant, Mary Bundrick, Sarah Byram, Haley Byrnes, Katriana Camden, Eve Campbell, Jadyn Carter, Madeline Carver, Hailey Catalano, Fletcher Clark, Isaiah Cole, Mia Curbow, Kevin Curry, Veronika Danahey, Ian Delaughter, Jeffrey Diehl, Eric Dotson, Lanie Edmonds, James Elrod, Morgan Evans, Joshua Foster, Madeline Franklin, Cora Fransen, Ethan Galano, Eric Golladay, Nixon Gonzalez, Janie Gray, Kassidy Gray, Brooke Greene, William Hall, Sierra Hart, Cullen Haycocks, Parker Heishman, Michaela Henke, Jarret Hicks, Trenton Hogan, Victoria Iverson, Madison Jeziorowski, Benjamin Judd, Rebeca Kales, Caleb Kincaid, Citlalli Klingenberg, Kayla Linaburg, Savannah Long, Caleigh Loy, Mason Marker, Meghan Martin, Joshua McCartney, Caleb Metz, Alyssa Meyer, Alyssa Michaud, Brooke Moses, Andrew Murphy, Jonathan Neff, Jacob Nicholson, Kyeara Nowlin, Blake Ordonez, Erin Orgen, Jorge Pacheco, Mallory Painter, Juwon Park, Dominic Peacock, Jeremy Petrie, Emily Petsko, William Phillips, Madison Pierce, Matthew Pilkington, Elizabeth Price, Marissa Quiceno, Jacob Raymond, Hannah Redman, Timothy Reed, Daniel Richards, Lee Riches, Timothy Richmond, Kaitlyn Roberts, Anthony Rossi, Katelyn Sakai, Joel Santmier, Paul Scott, Emmalee See, Hayden See, Malika Shabazz, Sarah Sharp, Emma Sheetz, Ean Shell, Micah Sloane, Kenneth Snyder, William Spicer, Benjamin St. Jacques, Rachel Stange, Isaiah Taylor, Sierra Trojanowski, John Udy, Colin Uhry, Mackenzie Vadnais, Juan Valerio, Makayla Virdi, Shawn Washington, Sarah Werner, Jacob Whitt, Mikayla Whittington, Connor Wine, Dana Wolfe and Damion Yowell.

The following seventh graders at Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Stephens City were added to the all A honor roll for the first quarter of the school year:

Grant Adams, Kyle Armistead, Erich Artis, Jacob Baggett, Nicole Berger, Amanda Betts, Sarah Blaney, Alaina Brewster, Samuel Brown, Sydney Buhl, Mallory Bullock, Layne Burdick, Molly Burke, Samantha Childress, Lauren Conner, Justin Czarnecki, Skylar DeGroot, Brittany Driver, Emma Gill, Abigail Grant, Robert Grossman, David Gutierrez-Leal, Kevin Guzman, Cristyn Helmick, Clair Howard, Wasiq Kabir, Cody Klein, Holly Koller, Elisa Lipton, Camryn Madagan, Graham Marsh, Autumn Mitchell, William Muir, Elizabeth Nield, Rowan O'Hara, Karter Ohlson, Amelia Powers, Allison Ritenour, Carlos Rodriguez, Kevin Rodriguez, Desiree Saldivar, Morgan Sampson, Alexis Shockey, Deznae Smith, Jaden Stump, Rebecca Utterback and Mikayla Williams.

The following seventh graders at Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Stephens City were added to the A/B honor roll for the first quarter of the school year:

Trevor Adams, Leah Alderton, Tucker Anderson, Aaron Arnold, Austin Askew, Emily Auvil, Nicholas Barron, Stuart Baumgardner, Michaela Beatley, Isaiah Berger, Samuel Beringer, Anna Bly, Trenten Brady, Kevin Bravo, Kyle Brown, William Brown, Monae Cain, Lilia Capuano, Rashawna Carter, Carley Christensen, Dakota Citro, Cameron Coates, Bailey Cooper, Zachary Copeland, Madeline Crosby, Seth Curtis, Zuri Dante, Christopher Danzo, Timothy Dean, Raiel Enriquez, McKenna Eshelman, Colton Eubanks, Caitlyn Faddis, Cassidy Faddis, Andrew Fisher, James Fleming, Jaime Flores Pacheco, Anthony Flores-Covarrubias, Victoria Fridley, Madison Funk, Troy Funk, Garrett Garman, Amber Garrett, Bryce Golden, Dayana Gonzalez Tarango, Hannah Gorlinsky, Andrew Gray, Haley Grey, Ridge Green, Valeria Guzman, Gabrielle Hair, Jacob Hamman, Kasey Hard, Olivia Harrison, Brandon Harrop, Blake Heishman, Faith Helsley, Hannah Helsley, MaryEllen Henson, Alyssa Holland, Nicholas Hruska, James Hughes, Marah Humphreys, Melvin Irby, Ryan Judy, Zackery Kales, Breanna Keefer, Caitlyn Kenney, Kira Kline, Rohini Kumar, Skylar Longerbeam, Gwendolyn Lord, Sarah Marshall, Jordan Mason, Zachary McCarty, Kamelia McFarland, Emma McGunigal, Matthew McKay, Jaxson Migueles, Kyrah Miller, Cullen Mills, Brett Montgomery, Chloey Mullins, Korenn Paige, Elizabeth Phillips, Garrett Plasters, Max Polio, John Powell, Hugo Ramirez, Svana Ransom, Erika Reed, Gwendolyn Reese, Meghan Rese, Frank Ritter, Carlos Rivas Rosa, Victoria Rodriguez, Kali Rolf, Dylan Rutherford, Julia Sabanosh, Deysi Sandoval Gutierrez, Allison Santmyers, Elana Saravia, Julia Schneider, Hope Self, Victoria Seymour, Evan Sheetz, Austin Shifflett, Evan Simmons, David Smith, Leland Smith, Haley Smoot, Angelina Sparacino, Ethan Stern, Haylie Stevenson, Jeremiah Stone, Morgan Strickler, Amber Strosnider, Ginger Sullivan, Ashley Thompson, Benjamin Thomson, Mariah Torres, Jonathan VanAlsburg, Jalista Velasco, Corrine Watkins, Ashley Wilt and Jacob Young.

The following eighth graders at Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Stephens City were added to the all A honor roll for the first quarter of the school year:

David Ames, Cooper Beall, Matthew Bennett, Joshua Bianco, Maria Bowen, Ethen Bryant, Caleb Byram, Mackenzie Cornwell, Anthony Damico, Savannah Del Cid, Molly Ferrell, Emily Gregory, Keri Hard, Caroline Harvey, Shaylyn Jamal, Joseph Kessinger, Allison Lopez, Kasey McGill, Mark Mullaney, Benjamin Newhouse, Kelly Orgen, Stephanie Patton, Sarah Petras, Justin Petrie, Maya Prestipino, Catherine Price, Alice Romero, Emily Schneider, Renato Scudere, Jacob Sites, Mitchell Skowbo, Ania Summers, Dayna Symons and Nathan Wagner.

The following eighth graders at Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Stephens City were added to the A/B honor roll for the first quarter of the school year:

Alexis Bailey, Lucas Barbe, Hannah Bauer, Matthew Betts, John Borst, Robyne Bridges-Celestin, Dakota Burke, Jacob Bush, Daniel Byers, Robert Case, Kameron Chapman, Hagan Clevenger, Anthony Coffelt, Caleb Cornwell, Clay Curbow, Blake Daniels, Shawnta Dante, Shane Everhart, Justin Ferrulli, Briana Fontaine, George Forshee, Karl Frank, Emma Fransen, Aaron Galano, Shyheim Gilkerson, Georgia Gorlinsky, Hunter Green, Megan Greene, Bryan Grove, Jose Guevara, Zachary Hart, Peter Haskins, Joey Hicks, Alix Ireland, Grace Javersak, Annaliese Jenkins, Jeremy Jennings, Terrian Jennings, Kyara Johnson, Sydni Kerns, Taylor Kidwell, Griffin Kline, Cedric Laird, Kyle Landis, Loren Lanham, Kenzie Lemon, Marcus Leon, Kelia Lewis, Forrest Limon, Alex Lloyd, Nathan Long, Treyana Long, Brett Loy, Heather Loy, Alena Mackay-Smith, Ethan Martin, Kaleigh Mascenik, Joseph Mayer, Justin McDonald, Kyle McFadden, Adrianna Meredith, Ashley Meyer, Alicia Miller, Mikeal Neff, Aileen O'Donoghue, Zachary Orrison, Samuel Para, Brandon Parrill, Cordell Peterson, Rachel Pierce, Christine Pietsch, Victor Pinto, Brenna Price, Kaitlin Price, Zane Richardson, Kira Riches, Hayden Rinker, Lizbeth Rolin, Michael Russell, Ty Russell, Marlen Sandoval Gutierrez, Russell Simmers, Brandon Simoneaux, Mackenzie Sines, Jacob Smith, Kinsey Strosnider, Christian Surratt, Alayna Valvano, Efrain Velasco, Brandon Viera, Alexander Vosika, Lauren Webb, Marissa Webb, Carly West, Sydney Wickham, Katana Wilkerson, Hayden Williams, Ronald Wright and Rebecca Zytowski.

Toys for Tots drop off
Sensational Family Haircutters, 296 Remount Road, Front Royal, in the Food Lion shopping center, will collect toys for Toys for Tots every day in December except Sundays. Support area children by dropping off new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to those in need.

School news
Wakefield Country Day School junior Alex Foster was named the unanimous Player of the Year in Soccer in Division 2 of the Delaney Athletic Conference by a vote of the other coaches in the league. Foster, a goalkeeper from Flint Hill, was also a unanimous choice for the All-Conference First Team, an honor that he also earned last year.

Foster allowed just five goals in eight Conference games. He gave up only 22 goals on the season in 17 games. He recorded shutouts in the post-season tournament in both the semi-finals and finals. Overall, he had five shutouts on the season, and he scored the only goal as a field player in a 1-0 win by the team during the season.

Foster, who was picked for the All-Conference First Team in Basketball last winter, also was named one of three MVPs of his team.

Federal Employees
Dec. 21, 11.30 a.m. -- The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Winchester Chapter 180 will hold its monthly luncheon and chapter meeting in the Lee Jackson banquet room of the Best Western in Winchester. Chapter 180 members, federal retirees and currently employed federal employees are invited. Entertainment will be Dixie Rhythm Band. Please bring canned food items etc. for C-CAP. The cost is $11 for members and guests.

For more information, call Harmon Byrd at 877-1952 by Dec. 18.

Sponsors needed
The Schultz Theatre is looking for a sponsor for its upcoming production of the musical "Hello, Dolly!" The sponsor's name will appear on all advertisements, programs and promotions as being the main contributor. The amount needed to be a sponsor is $1,500.

For more information, call 740-9119 or www.schultztheatre.com

Women's Resource Center
Through Feb. 1 -- The Front Royal Women's Resource Center has announced that the 2013 Dare to Dream Grant Applications now will be available. Any female resident of Warren County, 18 years and older, may apply. Grants range from $200 to $1,000 and can make an important difference in a woman's life.

Applications can be picked up at Samuel's Public Library, Royal Oak Bookshop, or at the Front Royal Women's Resource Center office located at 316 N. Royal Ave. (upstairs from St. Luke's Clinic).

For more information, call 551-0799 or 636-7007. You can also email the FRWRC at wrc@frwrc.org or download the form at www.frwrc.org.

The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. All entries must be mailed to our office at P.O. Box 1748, Front Royal, VA 22630 by 5 p.m. Finalists will be interviewed and winners will be announced in March of 2013.

Volunteers needed
Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops seek volunteers for their locations in Winchester (Featherbed Lane and U.S. 7 east), Stephens City, Front Royal, Berryville and Purcellville. Volunteers are needed to help sort donations and hang clothing in preparation for display and sale.

Volunteering at the Blue Ridge Hospice shops provides flexible opportunities to support the services it provides the community. Funds raised through the six stores are returned to the charity care services that Blue Ridge Hospice provides for those unable to afford hospice services.

For information call Kelly Miller or Sue Jarvis at 536-5210, or visit www.blueridgehospice.org.

NAMI support group
Winchester NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Winchester Rehab Center, 333 W. Cork St, Conference Room No. 1.

All meetings are free. Please contact NAMI during holidays or inclement weather prior to attending.

For further information call 540-533-1832.

School news
Zachary Lloyd of Clear Brook, Samuel Scott of Front Royal, Amy Blicharz of Linden, Jordan Dallmann of Winchester and Elisha Frazer of Winchester were added to the Dean's List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for the fall quarter. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the Dean's List.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers.

4-H news
Morgan and Courtney Walls of Frederick County, Monica Wisecarver of Clarke County and Samantha Price of Rockingham County represented Virginia in the National Poultry and Egg Conference in the Poultry judging contest with the support of their coach Brian Cather and junior team members Matthew Cather and Victoria Miller.

The senior team had practiced after their win at the state contest in April until their departure to Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 13 to compete at the national level on the following Thursday. Many preparations took place to raise money, make jackets, t-shirts and organize the four-day trip.

Out of 86 participants, senior team member Morgan Walls received a bronze pin for placing ninth in the egg production department and out of the 22 state teams, the Virginia team earned silver pins for placing fourth in the same department. Overall, the Virginia team placed ninth, receiving bronze pins. The team would like to thank Brian Cather for his coaching and the parents for making everything possible.

Award
Shenandoah County Public Schools has been awarded a Silver Certification in the Virginia School Boards Association Green Schools Challenge. The VSBA Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage schools to implement environmental policies and practices that will reduce carbon emissions generated by both the school and the broader community. This is the fourth year awards were given out.

Shenandoah County Public Schools was one of 32 school divisions state-wide to be certified as a Green School Division and was one of eleven divisions to receive silver certification.

The VSBA Green Schools Challenge was sponsored by Moseley Architects, Platinum Sponsor; Trane, Gold Sponsor; and ABM Building & Energy Solutions, Silver Sponsor.

USDA applications
Through Jan. 18 -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will accept applications to protect prime and important farmland from development through the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Programs. Applications are accepted on a continual basis, but NRCS encourages eligible entities to apply on or before Jan. 18 to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2012.

Sparkle Gala awards
Dr. Gregory Byrd received the Hero in Health Care Award at last weekend's Sparkle Gala fundraising event, which celebrated 10 years of service by Shenandoah County Free Clinic and recognized some of the people and organizations that made it possible.

The award recognized that Byrd has dedicated thousands of hours to helping his neighbors through the Shenandoah County Free Clinic. Part of a 1996 focus group that identified that too many people were going without health care because they had no insurance and couldn't afford it, he spent five years researching how to start a Free Clinic, established the original board of directors and solicited volunteer support from other health professionals. He has served as the SCFC board president and medical director since it was established in 2001.

Shenandoah Memorial Hospital was recognized as an early and ongoing supporter of Shenandoah County Free Clinic through supplying free diagnostic testing worth millions of dollars to Free Clinic patients over the 10 year period, free rent of one of its buildings and other logistical support. Accepting on behalf of the hospital's administration was Lore Bredeman, public relations and marketing manager.

The Free Clinic also recognized those who are helping now, including the chairmen of the $2 million Building for a Healthier Community campaign, Sonny Bowman, Warren French and Bill Holtzman.

Shenandoah County Free Clinic and its sister agency, Shenandoah Dental Clinic, provide health services to low-income uninsured residents of Shenandoah County. For information about Shenandoah Dental Clinic, call 459-9333.

Red Ribbon event
The Young Marines recently obtained 20 proclamations from local towns and states to support their drug demand reduction efforts and to raise community awareness. They have also talked to over 2,300 kids in their schools and have handed out packets with red ribbons, bracelets and drug awareness materials as well as obtain pledges from classmates to stay drug free. For more information on the Explorers and their involvement please contact Jared Nail at getnailednow@comcast.net.

Schultz Theatre
The Schultz Theatre needs $900 to produce the musical "Hello Dolly!" The money will go towards paying for the rights and rental of the show. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Send checks to The Schultz Theatre, P.O. Box 28, Basye, VA 22810.

Season ticket packages for the 2013 season also are available at the theater. For more information, call 540-740-9119.

The Laurel Center
The Laurel Center is in need of the items to be dropped off Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays, noon to 2 p.m.). Paper towels,toilet paper, deodorant, dining table chairs, gift cards (Food Lion, Martin's, Wal-Mart, Target).

School news
Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School students participated in the 2012 Patriot's Pen Competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. This nationwide VFW-sponsored youth essay competition provides students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. Three R-MA Middle School students took the top prizes for the Front Royal VFW Post 1860.

Students wrote on the theme: "What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers." The winners were: Katelyn Shea, first place; Angelique Murphy, second place; and Matthew Scott, third place. Shea's essay was also chosen as the first-place essay for the entire VFW district, which includes the public and private middle schools and home schoolers, from Winchester, Front Royal, Berryville, Luray, Edinburg, Elkton, Shenandoah, and Timberville.

Shea presented her essay on Sunday at VFW Post 2123 in Winchester and may earn the opportunity to advance to the state-level competition.

School news
The following students have been named to the honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year at Randolph-Macon Academy:

Seventh grader Sarah Helen Vaughan of Warren County has been named to the President's List (All-A Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School.

The following Warren County residents have been named to the President's List (All-A Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Upper School: freshmen Quinn Blankenship, Meghan Melberg, Johnny Wong, and William Wong; sophomores Jacob Allen Dodson, Amy Gray, Ixel Ochoa, Jonathan Pederson, Shelby M. Sebring, and Tyler Benjamin Vaughan; juniors C. Grace Alexander, Faith Funderberg, and Benjamin Gillis; and senior Elizabeth Doran.

Eighth-grader Jasmine Bowers of Warren County has been named to the Principal's List (A-B Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School.

The following Warren County residents have been named to the Dean's List (A-B Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Upper School: freshmen Raleigh Holmes and Gabriel George Williams; sophomores Gordon Anderson, Roop Atwal, and Rebel Hafner; junior Victor Marshall; and seniors Thomas Abell, Tanner Blankenship, Benjamin Pederson, and Marcus Jacob Williams.

Several Winchester residents have been named to the honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year at Randolph-Macon Academy:

Sixth-grader Jacob Karen, seventh grader Elise Cochran, and eighth-grader Katelyn A. Shea have been named to the President's List (All-A Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School.

Freshman Thomas Powars and senior Jackson W. McGraw have been named to the President's List (All-A Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Upper School.

Sixth-grader Hunter Gillis and eighth-graders Jasmine Bowers and Remington Gillis have been named to the Principal's List (A-B Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School.

Freshmen Cody Borden and Thomas S. Shea, sophomore Ryan Owesney, and juniors Catey Borden and Margot Cramer have been named to the Dean's List (A-B Honor Roll) at Randolph-Macon Academy Upper School.

In addition, several other Frederick County and Clarke Country residents have been named to the Randolph-Macon Academy honor rolls. Seniors Allyson McManus and Ashley McManus of Middletown were named to the President's List, as were freshman Emma Bunker and junior Caitlin Bunker of Clarke County, Evan Anderton of Stephens City, and Ryan Latham of Amissville. In addition, sophomore David Pawalk of Clarke County was named to the Dean's List at the R-MA Upper School.

Daily Pain news
"Daily Pain" will not hold a support group meeting during December and January. Meetings will resume in February, 2012. For more information visit http://dailypain.webs.com/ or call Teresa at 540-247-9535.

College news
Derek Davis, of Woodstock, graduated from the Golf Academy of America on Dec. 14 with an associate's degree in Applied Business in Golf Complex Operations and Management. Davis was a 2011 graduate of Strasburg High School.

College news
Christina Schartel, of Stephens City, graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana during the winter commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 in UE's Student Fitness Center.

Schartel, who majored in accounting, graduated with a bachelor of science degree. The University awarded 101 degrees to 96 graduates during the ceremony.

Birth announcement
Brittany Nicole Spiesman-MacCue and Michael James MacCue Jr., of Strasburg, welcomed Michael James MacCue III to the world on Dec. 12 at 12:12 am. He weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. He was born at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester. He is the grandchild of Steve and Tammy Sagar of Strasburg and Mike and Melissa MacCue of Strasburg.

School news
The following eighth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Emily Ball, Madison Long, Brianna Prunka, Blaire Sharman and Hallie White.

The following seventh graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Dakota Baker, Carolin Bigwood, Benjamin Burch, Jordan Catlin, Ashley Cowart, Jailyn Dellinger, Andrew Dotson, Michaela Etter, Charlotte Funkhouser, Dustin Funkhouser, Susannah Garber, Brendan Hoover, Hayden Kennedy, Johanna Kingsfield, Rachel Lute, Nikki Mumaw, Alondra Ortega, Logen Patton, Sayeh Shahriari, Tyler Somers, Caitlin Thompson and Levi Zirkle.

The following sixth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Alan Arnesen, Virginia Biller, Ryan Butler, Jenna Constable, Courtney Dellinger, James Eaton, Morgan Hamilton, Reilly Hughes, Shianne Humbles, Erik Prunka, Anahi Ramirez, Logan Ritchie, James Shumway, Autumn Smith, Makayla Stout, Austin Strawderman and Lindsay Zirkle.

School news
The following eighth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Maria Becerra-Flores, Reganne Brinkley, Cesar Esquivel, Kyle Foltz, Daniella Gonzalez, Hailey Goodwin, Brett Jones, Desiree Kagey, Lopez Lazaro, Dawson Lear, Kirsten Martz, Madison McDaniel, William Moomaw, James O'Connell Jr., Tyler Patton, Jessica Pechie, Mercedes Roberts, Cardoso Romero, Duncan Schroeder, Rachel Shumway, Ryan Summers, Aletse Tapia, Dylan Vann, Brandy Webb and Adriana Zuniga.

The following seventh graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Catherine Bailey, Lindsey Baker, Casey Bly, Juliana Brill, Kyle Bushong, Dakota Carney, Kiersten Cave, Jonathan Connor, Madison Councill, Brooke Dinges, Matthew Dove, Susan Dwyer, Mallory Franks, Kelsey Hines, Zakari Hottle, Juan Jacuinde, Don Keith, Brooke Lacek, Tania Lagunilla, Brittney Lambert, Savannah Miller, David Moomaw, Jacob Murphy, Destiny Neff, Alma Ortiz, Nathan Painter, Leah Patrick, Justine Perkins, Haileigh Richards, Bryant Schutz, Hayley Sherrill, Abbigail Simon, Andrew Stauff, Raven Stephens. Sara Streett, Sierra Wealthy, Matthew Wimer, Tyler Wolfe and Isaiah Wolverton.

The following sixth graders at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Robert Baker, Carley Bennett, Darcey Bennett, Israel Blank, Sierra Crigger, Tanner Dinges, Blake Dysart, Branson Estep, Garrett Estep, Christopher Hall, Jose Hurtado-Garcia, Jordan Jacobsen, Brianna Kirby, Maria Knauff, William McCourt, Chase Miller, Tyler Mongold, Joshua Morris, Sierra Siever, Jenna Souder, Sawyer Wamsley, Alexander Ward, Derek Weaver, Tristan Williams and Elizabeth Wine.

School news
The following 12th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Alexander Bodanske, Brittany Bowman, Whitney Bowman, Allison Connor, Emily Estep, Erin Goodier, Katelyn Hackenbracht, Corey Harlow, Julia Jermstad, Katelyn Lantz, Ana Lazaro-Luna, Taylor Lichliter, Juan Luna-Guerrero, Vanessa Mendez, Cristen Monroe, Ryan Pugh, Brett Seekford, Megan Stalbird and Taylor Stover.

The following 11th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Tracy Barb, Daniel Buhl, Christopher Delaughter, Brittany Goldman, Andrew Good, Zachary Hensley, Lucia Lagunilla-Hernandez, Isabelle Sharman, Philip Stauffer, Margaret Tyler, Megan Vresics and Amber Wimer.

The following 10th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Susana Becerra-Martinez, Thomas Bellerose, Samanda Caperton, Elizabeth Funkhouser, William Geary, Donovan Goebert, Alexis Golliday, Amber Gonzalez, Ally Hepner, Paola Jimenez-Avila, Emily Jordan, Charles Knauff, Jonathan Koontz, Tyler McAvaddy, Lyndsey McDaniel, Kirsten Montalbano, Benjamin Rosenberger, Lindsay Shifflett and Derrick Smith.

The following ninth graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Rebekkah Bodanske, Rachael Friedenberg, Valencia Jimenez, Nayeli Juarez, Alexandra Kahl, Michael Knauff, Kelsey Kokkonen, Jesse Lewis, Andrew Robinson, Katy Romero, Mattie Roy and Olivia Schutz.

The following 12th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Jason Albert, Steven Alger, Jacob Armell, Jessie Baker, Bria Bryant, Clifton Bush, Lindsay Combs, Veronica Deltoro, Jacoby Dinges, David Dodson, Hunter Downey, Brittany Emory, Megan Fulk, Carlos Garcia-Beserra, Tiffany Haley, Colton Henry, Jeremiah Hines, Rhea Jett, Eduardo Juarez, Taylor Koontz, Matthew Litten, Colton Lloyd, Miranda Long, Devon Martin, Amanda Miller, Melanie Miller, Margaret Moomaw, Kya Newkirk, Angelic Runion, Samantha Schutz, Moriah Seay, Hannah Stout, Robert Wealthy, Margaret Wight and Brandi Wilson.

School news
Wakefield Country Day School, in Huntly, and the Flint Hill Public House have entered into a new partnership for the Public House to provide the lunch food at the independent school. The arrangement began this month and student subscriptions for the lunch program have tripled in a few weeks' time.

The lunch program will resume when the students return to classes on Jan. 3.

School news
Wakefield Country Day School, in Huntly, has announced that its varsity girls basketball team is ranked number eight in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III Girl's Basketball Poll that was released Dec. 11.

The Owls are a perfect 5-0 on the season, with one game left to play before Christmas break. They are averaging over 50 points per game as a team, and have won by an average of 27.6 points per game.

This is the second time in three years that the Wakefield girls' team has achieved a state ranking, as the 2010 to 2011 team stayed in the state top 10 for a number of weeks. The team starters are senior Makenzie Magaro, juniors Emily Hennessy, Kim Pankow and Sydney Penza, and sophomore Maeve Dale. The Owls are coached by Ann Pankow, with assistance from Dr. James Dale.

Wakefield Country Day is one of three Delaney Athletic Conference schools who are ranked in the top 10 in the state in Division III currently. The others are Fredericksburg Academy and Wakefield School.

School news
Wakefield Country Day School senior Marc Cugnon has been named a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. This is a notable accomplishment given the sheer volume of students in the competition -- nearly 111,000 applicants.

If Cugnon successfully makes it to the next round, as a Coca-Cola Scholar, he will attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend in Atlanta in April and will interview for one of 50 National Scholar awards of $20,000. The remaining 200 scholars will receive regional scholar awards valued at $10,000.

School news
The following 11th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Eric Arnesen, Justin Baker, Yesenia Becerra-Flores, Rumour Blackman, Hunter Bowers, LeAnn Clifford, Ashton Davis, Amanda Dennis, Amanda Dotson, Ana Espinal, Amber Fisher, Karen Gonzalez, Shawn Grove, Colton Harlow, Patrick Kerlin, Jeremy Lonas, Michael McCampbell, Kevin Mejia, Brittany Montgomery, Eduardo Ortega, Jorge Pedro-Zuniga, Rafael Pedro-Zuniga, Britny Polk, Brandon Reynolds, Maria Romero-Cardoso, Andrew Roy, Kayla Salyers, Colleen Shamburg, Thomas Shamburg, Allison Singleton, Hunter Smootz and Echo Worley.

The following 10th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Christian Anthony, Stephanie Bowers, Ian Bushong, Blake Carter, George Daugharty Jr., Megan Eaton, Savannah Frazier, Nicholas Frye, Adam Goodier, Shawn Gross, Paige Grubb, Savannah Harris, Bradley Henschel, Taelor Hilton, Jessica Larkin, Juan Lazaro-Luna, Joy Liebl, Carly Litten, Hannah Marston, Victoria Marston, Kayla Miller, Kaylin Miller, Bernice Pull, Denis Romero, Brooke Simpson, Ryan Smith, Arianna Smootz, Kory Somers, Madison Streett, Megan Strickler, Codey Thomas, Whittney Vann and Jessica Wilkerson.

The following ninth graders at Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Kristen Bowman, Sarah Campbell, Joseph Connor, Sydny Coones, Kyle Cowart, Cheyenne Crigger, Javier Deltoro, Brooke Farley, Autumn Fleming, Cheyanne Green, Barry Haley Jr., Tyler Hansberger, Chance Hill, Joseph Hinkle, Nicholas Kato, Tyler Lacek, Lauren Lewis, Rachel Liebl, Josey Lonas, Damian Loya, Olivia Marshall, Daniel Mathes, Nathan Miller, Joshua Misquith, Elizabeth Moomaw, Jillian Myers, Olivia Proctor, Jeffery Rexrode Jr., Brittany Singleton, Foster Whitaker and Rachel Wilson.

School news
The following eighth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Leticia Abonce, Jessica Bly, Jesse Boyce, Brooke Callaway, Dylan Campbell, Mason Carter, Devon Eyring, Courtney Funkhouser, Caitlin Hart, Mikayla Kohlhaas, Sarah Mayberry, Cortney McDonald, Raven McIntosh, Adam Miller, Lauren Sciabbarrasi, Kaylee Smith, Eric Steacy, Kyle Tiemeyer and Madelynne White.

The following seventh graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Rainya Anderson, Kara Bowman, Mychayla Brannon, Grace Davis, Kaitlyn Faircloth, Ryan Funkhouser, Aileen Guthrie, Kristin Hamman, Tiffany Heishman, Mekhi Hendricks, Kristen Henry, Michelle Himelright, Nicholas Jenkins, Justin King, Morgan Knave, Caitlyn Livingston, Rachel Palmer, Jamie Spiker, Jarod Stickley, Courtney Tasker, Abigail Thompson, Marquise Veney, Ivy Warnell, Brady Weatherholtz and Rebecca Weaver.

The following sixth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were added to the all-A honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Shelby Barnes, John Cadden, Olivia Costello, Debra Dillman, Brandon Earles, Sabrina Franz, Shannon Gochenour, Zachary Hafele, Alexis Halterman, Cameron Harmon, Daniella Henry, Sarah Herbaugh, Jillian Huhn, Makenzie Kline, Stephen Kloosterman, Miranda Lucas, Jared Patton, Sarah Peer, Kyle Rodrigue, Satchel Roller, Jeffrey Seiders, Ian Steiner, Austin Stickles, Lauran Wage, Jordyn Williford and Nikita Zdepski.

School news
The following eighth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Ryan Baker, Amberleigh Barb, Gregory Beverly, Haley Bischoff, Austin Cooper, Cassie Cooper, McKenzie Copeland, Kelsey Costello, Ryan Davis, Ryan Day, Benjamin Doehler, Kara Dolly, Brooke Galvin, Amelia Guthrie, Nathaniel Hershey, Chelsea Heyer, Stewart Himelright, John Hisghman, Briana Jovel, Savannah Keaton, Alexis Lamica, Ping Lin, Logan Mathias, Nathan McDonald, Josue Medrano, Caroline Miller, Payton Miller, Stacey Persaud, Sean Phillips, Kyle Poage, Cody Price, Nectali Reyes, Alana Reynolds, Taylor Sales, Katherine Swafford, Erika Thorpe, Abby Tucker and Natalie Zizzi.

The following seventh graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Hannah Alexander, Camerin Alsberry, Breana Alsworth, Michaela Amari, Nicholas Baker, Alexis Barb, Breanna Burner, Savannah Carey, Hailey Carroll, Briana Chapman, Kaylee Christy, Ally Cooper, Grace Dellinger, Cameron Drummond, Olivia Gochenour, Jordan Hall, Shawn Hamp, Ashleigh Hockman, Willow Hodgesm, Danielle Holsinger, Garrett Jenkins, Nathaniel Knight, Daniel McMullan, Dalton Miller, Sarah Miller, Alyson Murray, Brittany Prisaznick, Breanna Randolph, Abbey Rinker, Brooklyn Rosenberger, Kolby Schlag, Grant Scott, Jared Seiders, Savannah Sheets, Kloee Sine, Callie Stead, Morgan Stilson, Brandon Swink, Julia Talasky, Audrie Wieber, Makenzie Williams and Jessica Ziemer.

The following sixth graders at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg were added to the A-B honor roll for the second six weeks of the school year:

Mystic Aronhalt, Matthew Avvenire, Jada Baltimore, Melanie Baltrusch, Kassy Bly, Ian Bracey, Anaclaire Butler, Robert Cameron, Kiana Carter, McKenzie Copeland, Constance Cross, Madelyn Cushman, Mariah Davis, Thor Decourcy-Fedder, Madison Estep, Kamryn Foltz, Alyssa Garrett, Robert Hall, Benjamin Herbaugh, Madison Herman, Noah Hopkins, Kaitlyn Jacobs, Jimmy Jenkins, Alivia Keatts, Catherine Kincaid, Kaitlyn Lantz, Hannah Lucas, Gregory Mason, Levi Miller, Allyson Neal, Kendall Orndorff, Rachael Perez, Soledad Perez, Nadia Rauhala, Emily Reinhardt, Sarah Robertson, Wesley Rogers, Sarah Runion, JaCi Rush, Colette Salyers, Dayne Schlentner, Diana Shafer, Annabelle Shye, Alana Smith, Ashlyn Smith, Eric Smith, Shelby Smith, Emily Smoot, Seth Stickley, Kevin Stilson, Trinity Taylor, Nicholas Vaughn, Charles Williams and Kaedun Workman.

Library program
Jan. 19, 2 p.m. -- Chess Challenge. Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good Chess game. For ages 8 and up. Registration begins Dec. 19.

Tractor, Gasoline Engine Club
Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. -- Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club will meet at the Edinburg Fire Department. For more information, call 540-436-3652.

Samuels Public Library
Jan. 26, 11 a.m. -- Family story time will offer stories with Miss Tamara.

Jan. 26, 2 p.m. -- Manga Meet Up, for fans of Japanese-style comics and Anime series, movies and more. Ages 12 and up. Registration begins Dec. 26.

Jan. 4, 11 a.m. -- Time For Baby helps babies uses their senses to explore the world.

The Schultz Theatre
The Schultz Theatre in New Market is looking for individuals or companies to purchase ads for shows or to serve as a sponsor for any given show during the 2013 season. Visit www.schultzfundraising.weebly.com for more information.

Handley Library
Handley Regional Library, Winchester, will offer these computer workshops in January. All workshops are free and open to the public. Call 540-662-9041 ext. 18 to register.

Jan. 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. -- Getting to know the computer (basic mouse skills)
Jan. 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- Excel

Shenandoah Parks & Recreation will offer Gentle Hatha Yoga classes for ages 55 and over at the County Government Center, Woodstock. Four week session. Fee is $25. Call for more information, 540-459-6777.

Jan. 9 to 30, 11:15 a.m. to noon -- Deadline to register is Jan. 2.
Feb. 6 to 27, 11:15 a.m. to noon -- Deadline to register is Jan. 30.

Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation will offer Zumba Gold classes for ages 55 and over at Woodstock Anytime Fitness. Four week session. Fee is $29. Call 540-459-6777 for more information.

Feb. 4 to 25, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. -- Deadline to register Jan. 30.
Feb. 6 to 27, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. -- Deadline to register Jan. 30.

Retired Teachers
The Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Association held its December meeting at Triplett Tech. The next SCRTA meeting will be a dinner at Peter Muhlenburg Middle School on April 22. For more information, call Karen Whetzel, president, at 740-8589 or kswhetzel@gmail.com.

College news
Christina Furr, of Middletown, was added to the honor roll at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., for the fall semester. To be eligible for the honor roll, students must be enrolled full-time and earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 to 3.49 during the semester.

Apple Blossom Festival
Six girls from the Winchester area have been selected to serve as little maids in
the Court of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival April 26 through May 5. They are Kimberly Maria Aikens, Ashlyn Carter Gerometta, Julia Paige Nerangis, Lindsay Wainwright Pifer, Sofia Carmen Rio and Lydia Renee Watson.

Kimberly Aikens is the daughter of Bridget and William Aikens of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Giselia and Mario Viegas of Vienna and Elaine and Walter Aikens of Winchester. She is second grade student at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary. Kimberly dances with Vostrikov's Academy of Ballet and is a Girl Scout. She enjoys reading, playing the guitar and swimming. Kimberly sings in the children's choir at the First Presbyterian Church. Her father was a page to Queen Shenandoah LX, Candace Leona Savalas in 1987.

Carter Gerometta is the daughter of Natalie and Justin Gerometta of Winchester. She is the great-granddaughter of Louise and Gordon Nelson, and Martha Ludtke, and the granddaughter of Anita and Nathan Jenkins, and Susie and Paul Gerometta all of Winchester. She is a second grade student at John Kerr Elementary and a member of First Presbyterian Church. She participates in BRYSA soccer, East Coast Gymnastics and Vostrikov's Academy of Ballet. She enjoys fishing, crafts and photography. Her mother was a princess to Queen Shenandoah LXX, Amber Elizabeth Medlin, in 1997.

Julia Nerangis is the daughter of Shelly and Nicholas Nerangis of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Carolyn and Terry Plank and Nick and Kathy Nerangis, all of Winchester. She is a third grade student at John Kerr Elementary. Julia participates in soccer with Winchester United and enjoys swimming and tennis. She attends Braddock Street United Methodist Church. Her mother was a princess to Queen Shenandoah LXII, Emily Sikking, in 1989.

Lindsay Pifer is the daughter of Kimberly and William Pifer of Wincheste. She is the granddaughter of Toni Sloan and Sandy and Bill Armstrong, and Dorothy Pifer, all of Winchester, and the late Lamar Sloan and William Pifer. She is a second grade student at John Kerr Elementary. Lindsay participates in gymnastics at The Little Gym and is member of the Allelulia Singers at Christ Episcopal Church. She enjoys roller skating and tennis. Sloan, her grandmother, was maid of honor to Queen Shenandoah, XXXVII, Luci Baines Johnson and her mother was maid of honor for Queen Shenandoah LXII, Emily Sikking.

Sofia Rio is the daughter of Sonja and Carleton Rio of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of John Stuart of Winchester and Melva Bright of Hawaii, and Lynn and Carmen Rio of Winchester. She is a second grade student at Greenwood Mill Elementary. Sofia participates in Tiger Den taekwondo, piano and plays soccer with Winchester Parks and Recreation. She enjoys science, reading, swimming and art.

Lydia Watson is the daughter of Jessica and Douglas Watson of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Judy and Fred Gaines, of Frenchville, Pa. and Nancy and Robert Watson, of Stephens City. She is a second grade student at John Kerr Elementary. Lydia participates in gymnastics, piano and dance. She attends St. Leo's Catholic Church and Lydia enjoys art and writing.

The little maids will participate in the Coronation Ceremony of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI at John Handley High School auditorium on May 3 and will ride on the Queen's float in the Grand Feature Parade.

Apple Blossom Festival
Four boys from the Winchester area have been selected to serve as pages in the Court of
Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 26 through May 5. The pages are Logan Nicholas David Limoges, William Alexander Martin, William Moore McKay and Jayden Van Smith.

Logan Limoges is the son of Lisa and Robert Limoges of Winchester. He is the grandson of Kathy and Nick Nerangis, of Winchester, and Louis Limoges of Quebec, Canada. Logan is a first grade student at Evendale Elementary School. He participates in ice hockey, baseball, soccer and enjoys hiking, horseback riding and traveling. His mother was maid of honor to Queen Shenandoah LVII, Maria Meredith Mudd in 1984.

William Martin is the son of Kim and Christopher Martin of Winchester. He is the grandson of Carol and Doug Pollock, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Linda and William Martin of Winchester. William is a first grade student at John Kerr Elementary School. He participates in basketball, wrestling and takes tap and jazz classes at Inwood Performing Arts.

William McKay is the son of Kate and Edward McKay of Winchester. He is the grandson of Sharon and Tom Byrd, Ruth and Tom Glass, and Fred and Joyce McKay all of Winchester. Will is a third grade student at John Kerr Elementary School. He participates in soccer, karate and takes gymnastics at Shenandoah Tumblers. He attends Braddock United Methodist Church and sings in the choir. His mother was a princess to Queen Shenandoah LXI, Mary Clancy Collins, in 1988. His grandmother, Sharon Moore Byrd, was a princess to Queen Shenandoah XXXVII, Luci Baines Johnson in 1964.

Jayden Smith is the son of Sandy Smith, of Stephens City, and Jeffrey Smith of Hagerstown, Md. He is the grandson of Laura and Al Frappollo, and Alice and Ernie Smith all of Winchester. Jayden is a second grade student at Orchard View Elementary School.
He participates in basketball, football and art classes. He attends religious education classes at Sacred Heart Church.

The pages will participate in the Coronation Ceremony of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI at John Handley High School on May 3 and will ride on the Queen's float in the Grand Feature Parade.

Soup Saturdays
January Soup Saturdays will be held at North Mountain Vineyard & Winery from noon to 4 p.m.

Jan. 26 French Provincial Beef, Mushroom & Barley Soup

Call for information and reservations, 540-436-9463, www.northmountainvineyard.com.

Library, museum applications
The National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, seeks applications for the John H. Daniels Fellowship which supports scholars doing research in the area of equestrian, angling and field sports. Applications accepted through March 1. For more information, visit www.nsl.org/press.

MMA Institute
MMA Institute of Winchester announces the opening of their new after school program. Enrollment will open for the 2013 school year. The program starts Jan. 7. Class sizes are limited. This program is for children ages 6 to 12 in the Winchester and in Frederick County area. Children will be taught the martial arts of Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. For more information, call 540-535-9640.


Host Lion's Club
Winchester Host Lion's Club announces the schedule of programs for the month of January.

Jan. 22 -- Business meeting
Jan. 29 -- Kate Simpson of Literacy Volunteers

Apple Blossom Festival
Elizabeth Genevieve Helm, Morgan Rae Myers and Cynthia Anne Quarles, all from the Winchester area, have been selected to serve as maids of the Court of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 26 to May 5.

Helm is the daughter of Karen and Richard Helm, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Patsy Baker, of Winchester; and the late Reginald Baker, and Dr. and Mrs. W. Jackson Helm, of Winchester. She is a first year student at the University of Virginia and is a graduate of Episcopal High School, where she received the Joseph Bryan Medal in English. This prestigious award is given to a senior who is selected by her professors for the mastery of English literature and writing skills. Elizabeth serves as a member of the University of Virginia Honor Council. Her grandmother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Glaize Helm, served as a little maid to Queen Shenandoah, Lillian Somoza, of Nicaragua, in 1940 and as a horticulture princess in1950.

Myers is the daughter of Kathy Myers of Highview, W.Va., and Craig Myers, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Amoss and the late Edward Amoss, of Highview, W.Va., and Mary Myers and the late Kelly Myers. She is a sophomore at Savannah College Of Art and Design, majoring in sequential art and is a graduate of Mountain View Christian Academy, where she was in the National Honor Society and on the varsity volleyball team for four years

Quarles is the daughter of Kathleen and William Quarles, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Ann and Lee Liskey, of Holmes Beach, Fl., and Kathryn and Doug Quarles, of Fredericksburg. She is a first year student at the University of Virginia, majoring in nursing. She is a graduate of John Handley High School. She is a representative of the Student Nurses Association of Virginia at UVA, and is a volunteer on the School of Nursing student's panel.

The Maids will participate in the Coronation Ceremony of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI held on May 3 at the John Handley High School and ride on the queen's float in the Grand Feature Parade.

Tree project
The City of Winchester started its planned utility work along the Historic Old Mall downtown on Jan. 2, with 42 trees to be removed to accommodate the revitalization project. City employees are working with the Shenandoah Arts Council to divide up the trees among area wood artisans and furniture, who will use them to make original pieces of art.

Those who work with wood and are interested in participating in the project should call Tracy Marlatt at 540-667-5166 or email tmarlatt@shenarts.org.

Bowman Library workshops
Bowman Library, Stephens City, will offer these computer and e-Reader workshops in January. All workshops are free and open to the public. Call 540-869-9000 ext. 203 to register.

Jan. 28, 6 to 7:45 p.m. -- Basic Email

Writing contest results
The 34th Annual Holiday Writing Contest, sponsored by Samuels Public Library and Royal Oak Bookshop, was held this fall, and winners and their families were treated to a reception in their honor on Dec. 19 at Samuels Public Library. Winners had the opportunity to read their winning entries for the audience and receive their certificates. First place winners in each grade level also received a gift certificate to Royal Oak Bookshop. The winners were:

Kindergarten:
Lela Masters, first place, "Family Christmas," Mountain Laurel Montessori
Louden Schucker, second place, "North Pole," Mountain Laurel Montessori
Christopher Tennett, third place, "Snowball Fights," Mountain Laurel Montessori

First grade:
Vito Scotto di Clemente, first place, "Santa," Mountain Laurel Montessori
Lily Griffin, second place, "Mom Goes to Work," Wakefield Country Day School
Mia Miller, third place, "Did Santa Come?" A.S. Rhodes Elementary

Second grade:
Thomas Fedoryka, first place, "A Winter Gift," Home School
Cooper Brown, second place, "Battle In the Snow," Mountain Laurel Montessori
Marysa Gonzalez, third place, "Three Kings Day," Home School

Third grade:
Emma O'Neill, first place, "A Gift For the Needy," Wakefield Country Day School
Anika Pruntel, second place, "The Christmas Shop," Wakefield Country Day School
Jack Shultzaberger, third place, "The Rays of Christmas Power," Hilda J. Barbour Elementary

Fourth grade:
Hannah Johnson, first place, "A Very Special Christmas," Riverfront Christian School
Megan Rittgers, second place, "Isabella's Snow Cow," Home School
Mari Michelle Tisera, third place, "Santa's Missing Beard," Wakefield Country Day School

Fifth grade:
Philomena Pilon, first place, "The Holy Family," Home School
Julia Kolesnik, second place, "A Christmas Angel," Wakefield Country Day School
Erica Watts, third place, "Christmas," Front Royal Christian School

Sixth grade:
Eva Parios, first place, "A New World," Wakefield Country Day School
Lily Shahida, second place, "Roppy's Christmas Lesson," Wakefield Country Day School
Connor Baker, third place, "Winter Days," Wakefield Country Day School

Seventh grade:
Harmony Andrus Lindstrom, first place, "A Christmas Contrast," Wakefield Country Day School
Bernard Cieplak, second place, "The Price of Christmas," Wakefield Country Day School
Douglas Thomas Griffin, third place, "Now Hiring," Wakefield Country Day School

Eighth grade:
Harrison Wells, first place, "King Mallabee's Christmas," Wakefield Country Day School
Jordan Bailey, second place, "The Special Bear," Riverfront Christian School
William George, third place, "The Perfect Gift," Riverfront Christian School

Ninth grade:
Teresa Lee, first place, "It Is The Thought That Counts," Chelsea Academy
Rebecca Paulisch, second place, "The Bell Ringer," Wakefield Country Day School
T. David Melançon, third place, "The Best Christmas Present," Riverfront Christian School

10th grade:
Bernadette Pilon, first place, "I Do Believe," Chelsea Academy
Kristi Biggs, second place, "A Symbol of Freedom," Skyline High School
Mathew Reisinger, third place, "A Christmas Journey," Riverfront Christian School

11th grade:
Reno Vaughan, first place, "Christmas Keepsake," Skyline High School
Emily Louise Pusateri, second place, "The Moment I Was Dreading," Riverfront Christian School
Claudia Laing, third place, "The Long Wait," Riverfront Christian School

12th grade:
Jordan Dunford, first place, "An Unexpected Change," Riverfront Christian School
Britton Hipple, second place, "Destiny," Rappahannock County High School
There was not a third place winner.

Artwork featured:

Fifth grader Gage Beverly Draper, of Mountain Laurel Montessori School, contributed cover art. Sixth grader Kiara Randhawa, of Mountain Laurel Montessori School, contributed inside cover art. Fifth grader Sarah Ponn, of Mountain Laurel Montessori School, contributed back cover art. Kindergartener Elizabeth Jerome, of E. Wilson Morrison Elementary, and Third grader Flora Trumpetto, of Mountain Laurel Montessori School, contributed inside back cover art. Home school student Thomas Jamieson, in third grade, also contributed art.

School news
The following 12th graders were added to the Strasburg High School All A Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Rebecca Marie Andrews, Kathryn Kalina Barrick, Aubrey Brandon Boyce, Kirsten Nicole Campbell, Michael Blandon Cockrell, Karrigan Danyelle Connors, Melissa Dawn Edmondson, Kasey Nicole Fauber, Sarah Kevan Frye, Britney Dawn Funkhouser, Troy Lee Gordon, Jana Rose Himelright, Tyler Patrick Hott, Andrew Wayne Kesner, Cecilia Anne McGough, Kayla Nichole Monse, Emily Victoria Muller, Rebecca M. Painter, Karl Richard Rauschelbach, Skyler Brooke Riley, Anna Melinda Sparacio, Robert Emory Stinson, Brooklyn Anna Tonnar and Anthony Christopher Wallis.

The following 11th graders were added to the Strasburg High School All A Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Leticia Bello-Sanchez, Rebekah Kathleen Bloxom, Morgan Beth Carter, Taylor Leigh Childs, Madison Startt Doehler, Emily Lorraine Ioannides, Jonathan Dean Kloosterman, Pamela Joyce Panzino, Madrano Walter Parada, Kimberly Tatiana Parada-Zaldivar, Marissa Denise Sager, Katie Danielle Salyers and Hunter Steven Silveus.

The following 10th graders were added to the Strasburg High School All A Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Adam Michael Bodkin, Ashtyn Brianna Foddrell, Holly Ann Funkhouser, Caleb Sheldon Haines, Sophia Elise Lederman, Alexis Coryn Mathias, Lindsey Ann Painter, Matthew Stephen Sharp, Laura Anne Taylor, Rachel Victoria Tischler and Austin Daniel Weaver.

The following ninth graders were added to the Strasburg High School All A Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Katelyn Ann Boley, Miranda Ashley Colt, Isabel Rebekah Davis, Rachel Marie Funkhouser, Derek Okan Getz, Courtney Elizabeth Hodges, Damion William Howard-Wolford, Miley K. Hupp, Joshua Tyler Ransom, Faith Sierra Ritenour, Devon Scott Spencer, Reese John Taylor, Gage Corbin Tefft, Ashley Marie Way and Jason Wyatt Weaver.

The following 12th graders were added to the Strasburg High School AB Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Zachary Wayne Armentrout, Sabrina Lynn Carrington, Mark Douglas Colson, Brandan Thomas Colt, Jonell Mylo Cooper, Wendy Yoseline Diaz-Sosa, Cody James Edge, Sarah Nicole Elbon, Amelia Claire Gillespie, Lacey Elizabeth Howard, Curtis Karl Huff, Tiffany Danielle Jarrell, Gregory Scott Jenkins, William Franklin Jenkins, Kayla Ashlie Larson, Mollie Mae Martin, Chloe Rayne McIntosh, Breanna Zhane McLean, Cody Roger Miller, John Michael Murphy, Hamzah Aamer Niaz, Shawn Lee Owens, Evan David Pryor, Hayden Aleksander Ramage, Ryan Anthony Rodrigue, John Leonard Stickley, Brandon Nicholas Stone, Rachel Cary Taylor, Jared Matthew Werner, Nancy Virginia Wharton, Kyle Morgan Wilson and Joseph Christopher Ziemer.

The following 11th graders were added to the Strasburg High School AB Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Austin Lee Barrett, David Saucedo Bautista, Kiersten Nicole Braithwaite, Lauren Louise Collins, Sarah Emily Crabill, Chrysantha Beitzel Davis, Nichole Lee Derflinger, Dalton Joseph Dillman, Kristen Leigh Dolly, Marissa Dawn Doman, Morgan William Evans, Krista Brooke Ferguson, Kathryn Frances Flynn, Shania Dawn Free, Brielle Karyn Freer, Katlen Ann Greathouse, Alexis Marie Herman, Kelsey Renee Horton, Jordan Michele Hosey,
Olivia Elise Johnson, Sydney Lee Neal, Thayer Daniel Norris, Madison Ashton Orndorff, Kayla Cheyanne Pence, Dwight Anders Reynolds, Kalyn Shania Robinson, Kala Rose Sassaman, Dallas Raeann Scholten, Jason Michael Simons, Eric Donald Steiner, Chance Walter Stickley, Tatyana Nicole Stout, Keely Lynn Tefft, Natasha Louise Vaught, Timothy Shane Wallis, Miranda Lea Waters and Benjamin Michael Wooster.

The following 10th graders were added to the Strasburg High School AB Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Rebecca Ann Armentrout, Matthew Tyler Barton, Peyton Elaine Binebrink, Wade Michael Butler, Nicolas Edward Campbell, Thomas Leath Coates, Hunter Robert Dean, Carina Stephanie Fortin, James Karl Frye, Colton Blake Funk, Dakota Jane Funkhouser, Haley Morgan Garrett, Joseph Anthony Giallonardo, Rebecca Dawn Goldsmith, Lucas Allen Hagy, Bradlee John Hodson, Kerigan Abigail Jenkins, Nicole Dawn Killen, Jacob Nathaniel Lichliter, Tony Joseph Lohr, Gina Nicole Lucas, Brianna Gina Mathura, Waylon Taylor McDaniel, Arion Storm McIntosh, Benjamin D. Miller, Katie Victoria Miller, Kathleen Mayone Mumper, Laurina Mari New, Seth Alexander Piercy, Sara Renee Ponn, John Adam Post, Ian Van Priest, Garrett Hartley Richards, Tiffany Anne Shye, Jacob Alexander Smith, Zakkery Orion Snider, Alyson Brooke Stickley, Andrew Adam Welliver, Carl Edwar Williams, Jaren Michael Williams, Allyson Lloyd Willis and Keely Bennett Zizzi.

The following ninth graders were added to the Strasburg High School AB Honor Roll for the second quarter:

Emily Morgan Alexander, Rashon Jordan Alsberry, Brooklyn Ann-Frances Amrich, Austin Thomas Bartley, Bethann Lynn Brooks, Khrystofer Edward Burgess, Rachel Ann Burris, Justin A. Carr, Haley Jordan Copeland, Evan Michael Davis, Noah Reed Figgins,
Alexis Autume Fox, Tiffany Amber Goodman, Ryan Edward Heilman, Daniel Jacob Jarrell, Heather Denise Knave, Madison Taylor Lear, Makayla Renae Miley Abigail Marie Murphy, Jamie Marie Panzino, Leroy E. Prince, Christopher Jordan Saville, Austin Leland Schlentner, Isaiah Marshall Snyder, Tyrik Allen Steed, Dylan Alexander Tanner and
Ashley Nicole Yanego.

College news
Bridgewater College has added the following Woodstock residents to its Dean's List for the fall semester:

Chris Black, a sophomore majoring in health and exercise science; Lauren Heishman, a senior majoring in liberal studies; Katie Helsley, a senior majoring in mathematics; Brea Hinegardner, a junior majoring in business administration; and Caitlyn Mauck, a junior majoring in liberal studies.

Bridgewater College has added the following area residents to its Dean's List for the fall semester:

Adam Brill, of Quicksburg, a senior majoring in computer science; Sarah Brillman, of Mt. Jackson, a senior majoring in liberal studies; Chandler DeHaven, of Winchester, a freshman majoring in biology; Joshua C. Fleming, of New Market, a junior majoring in history and political science; Alyssa Stickley, of Toms Brook, a freshman majoring in biology; Kelsey L. Wakeman, of Edinburg, a sophomore majoring in communication studies; and Colby Edward West, of Stephens City, a senior majoring in English.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley. Students on the Dean's List have attained a 3.4 or better grade point average of a possible 4.0. Any student who earned all As for a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the 15-week semester is identified with an asterisk by his/her name.

College news
Heather D. Presley, of Leesburg, recently graduated with a Master of Science Degree in kinesiology with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology from James Madison University. She is currently working as a Cardiac Technician in Leesburg. She is the daughter of Phillip and Tina Presley, of Front Royal.

College news
Marissa McGrath, of Strasburg, is among 114 Marymount University undergraduate students who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders and are included in the 2013 edition of Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. McGrath is majoring in fashion merchandising.

Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory selected the students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries.

Rotary Club
In December the Rotary Club of Front Royal delivered 117 boxes of food to needy families through its Doc Smith Christmas Basket program. On Dec. 21, volunteers including Rotary Club members and volunteers from Cub Scout Pack 53, American Heritage Girls Troop 1212 and the Front Royal UMC Youth Group helped pack up donated food items into gift boxes that were either picked up or delivered on Dec. 22.

The Doc Smith Baskets include the following items ham, bread, powdered milk, stuffing mix, jelly, a bag of flour and a bag of sugar, canned vegetables and other miscellaneous items.

The Doc Smith program has been a long-standing program in Front Royal. It was originated by Edgar C. Smith, Chief of Police in 1916, who was most commonly referred to as Doc Smith. The program was named after him based on his continued service to the needy and typically serves 100-150 families throughout Warren County. The Rotary Club took over the program in 2003.

College news
Broadway resident Tiffany Shiflet was named to the dean's list for the 2012 fall semester at Messiah College. Shiflet is a junior majoring in human development and family science. Dean's list is earned by receiving a 3.6 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

College news
Winchester resident Anne Zerull, a freshman Early Childhood Education major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Located in south-central Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students; master's programs in business, education and nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice.

College news
Christina Schartel, of Stephens City, has been added to the University of Evansville's Dean's List for academic achievements during the fall semester 2012. Schartel is majoring in accounting. To make the Dean's List, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

School news
Randolph-Macon Academy inducted the following 10th graders into the National Honor Society at a special ceremony conducted Nov. 16 during Fall Family Days:

Gordon Anderson, the son of Greg Anderson of Front Royal and Mary Anderson of Front Royal; Roop Atwal, daughter of Sukhdev and Jaspreet Atwal of Front Royal; Jacob Allen Dodson, son of Frank and Carol Dodson of Front Royal; Amy Gray, daughter of Richard and Patricia Gray of Front Royal; Rebel Hafner, daughter of David Hafner of Front Royal; Xel Ochoa, daughter of Edgar and Susan Ochoa of Front Royal; David Pawlak, son of Randall and Caroline Pawlak of Boyce; Tyler Benjamin Vaughan, son of Walter and Michele Vaughan of Front Royal.

The academy also inducted 11th grader Victor Marshall, son of Cheryl and Herbert Marshall of Front Royal; and 12th grader Thomas Abell, son of Kittie and Rob Abell of Front Royal.

Randolph-Macon Academy inducted the following students into the National Junior Honor Society at a special ceremony conducted Nov 16 during Fall Family Days:

Seventh graders Evan Anderton, son of James and Brenda Anderton of Stephens City; and Sarah Helen Vaughan, daughter of Walter and Michele Vaughan of Front Royal.

Eighth graders Jasmine Bowers, daughter of Lili Bowers of Winchester and Daniel Bowers of Front Royal; and Remington Ann Gillis, daughter of Peter and Laura Gillis of Winchester.

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA above 3.7, perform community service, and display evidence of achievement in knowledge, leadership, character and service to be inducted into the National Honor Society or National Junior Honor Society.

Seminar series
Jan. 14, 7 to 8 p.m. -- Fort Valley Nursery, 1175 S. Hisey Ave., Woodstock, will hold a seminar presented by Terry Fogle "De-Mystifying Those Confusing Horticulture Terms."

The Garden Cafe will be open 5:30 to 7 p.m. for light dinner and wine.
The seminar is $5 with door proceeds donated to the Shenandoah Free Clinic. Call for reservations, 540-459-5151.

Senior Fellowship
Jan. 14, 10 a.m. -- New Market Senior Fellowship will meet at the Seventh Day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall in New Market.

Members are reminded to bring a wrapped prize for bingo. A soup and sandwich luncheon will follow.

For more information, call 540-459-6777.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly will have live music, children's entertainment, delicious gourmet goodies from dozens of specialty food vendors and live demonstrations from master craftspeople. Jan. 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 27,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

School news
For the third straight year, Wakefield Country Day School seventh grader Douglas Griffin has won the School's Geography Bee. Griffin won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 4 and now has a chance to compete for a $25,000 college scholarship.

The school-level bee, at which students answer oral geography questions, is the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The bee is open to students in grades four through eight and culminates in a national championship in May in Washington, D.C.

Griffin, from Broad Run, won out over nine other Wakefield competitors. He and eighth grader Campbell Baker were the winners of the preliminary round. Griffin outlasted Baker in the finals round to take his third straight title.

Griffin will now take a written test for school winners. Up to 100 top scorers on the test of winners in Virginia will be eligible to compete in the State Bee in April. State champions and a teacher-escort then move on to the finals.

Wakefield teacher Christine Chatelain put together the competition and read the questions. She said, "the importance of geography is a better understanding of our world and the civilizations that are in it. For this reason, I like doing this." Teacher Lori Perry was the timekeeper and kept score; both teachers acted as judges.
The other Wakefield competitors were fourth graders Austin Farley and Pierce Kiser, fifth graders Brighton Craig and Locke Shepard, sixth graders Connor Baker and Hannah Williams, seventh grader Chris O'Heir and eighth grader Gage Landis.

College news
Kara Bly, of Strasburg, has been named to the President's List for the fall 2012 semester at New River Community College.

To be placed on the President's List, a student must have taken 12 college-level semester hours or more, attained a grade point average of 3.5 for any one semester, and earned a minimum of 20 semester hours at New River Community College.

New River Community College is located in Dublin and is one of the Commonwealth's 23 community colleges.

Women's self-defense
Jan. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. -- The Laurel Center is offering "Taking Control" -- a self defense class for women (advanced course). Participants should have completed the basic course before signing up for the advanced course. To sign up or for more information, call Alison Hyman at 540-667-6160.

School news
Seventh and eighth graders at Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly have earned their second set of trophies during this academic year in the Certamen competition.

Certamen is a specialized branch of quiz bowl that focuses exclusively on questions related to Latin grammar and vocabulary and Roman history, culture and mythology. Success requires extensive knowledge and speedy thinking.

On Dec. 15, Wakefield students attended a Certamen at Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg; over 120 teams competed in the event. In the Level I contest, Wakefield teams placed fifth and eighth. The competitors included Tony Elar, Douglas Griffin, Alex Smith, Grayson Galeone, Jackson Romine, Zoe Porterfield, Harmony Lindstrom, Bernie Cieplak and Owen Youngquist. In Level II, Wakefield placed sixth; Aaron Corbett, Carolina Leonard and Brier Clough made up the team.

Certamen competitions are held on Saturdays at various schools throughout the state. Teams consist of four players who compete in three preliminary rounds of play, then advance to the finals based on earning one of the top three total scores. On Jan. 5, the Owls teams competed in a Certamen at the Flint Hill School in Vienna. The Level I team (Elar, Griffin, Porterfield, Cieplak, Romine and Galeone) placed fifth; and the Level II team (Corbett, Leonard and Clough) won the first place trophy. This is the second competition this year in which a Wakefield team has taken the top prize.

Career counseling
Jan. 22, 1 to 4 p.m. -- Estelle Sanzenbacher of Workforce Solutions at LFCC will be at the Bowman Library, Stephens City, to assist job-seekers with resume reviews, career assessments, and job searching strategies.

The program is free and open to the public. Call 540-869-9000, ext. 203, to make an appointment.

Bible study
Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m. -- Front Royal Presbyterian Church Pastor's Bible Study on the letter to the Phillippians will begin.

Jan. 23, 7 p.m. -- Front Royal Presbyterian Church Pastor's Bible Study on church history will begin.

Blood drives
Jan. 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Shenandoah County will hold a blood drive at Massanutten Military Academy, 614 S. Main St., Woodstock.

Jan. 22, 1 to 7 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Winchester-Frederick County will hold a blood drive at Lucy L. Custer Building, 561 Fortress Dr., Winchester.

Jan. 22, 2 to 7 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Warren County will hold a blood drive at Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 E. Strasburg Road, Front Royal.

Jan. 22, 2 to 7 p.m. -- Virginia Blood Services Blood Drive will be held at Woodstock Presbyterian Church, 142 E. Court St.

Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Hardy County will hold a blood drive at Eastern WVA Community and Technical College, 316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield, W.Va.

Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Jefferson County will hold a blood drive at Shepherd University, 301 King St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org

Samuels Library
Jan. 23 and 24, 10:15 a.m. -- Toddler Story time. What do animals do during the chill of winter? Join us for stories, songs, and a craft all about animals in winter.

Jan. 23 and 24, 11 a.m. -- Preschool Story time. What do animals do during the chill of winter? Join us for stories, songs, and a craft all about animals in winter.

Jan. 24. 4:30 p.m. -- Big Kids Story time. Join us for stories and a craft about your feathery friends. For Kindergarten and up.

Cancer support
Jan. 23, 7 p.m. -- Cancer Support Group will meet in the Graham Room at First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.

Chrisin S. Bell, MSW, Cancer Patient Navigator at Winchester Medical Center, will be speaking on her work in giving support and guidance to cancer patients by helping them "navigate" through the many components of cancer care and the health care system. All cancer patients (current or previous) and their families are invited (you do not need to be a member of the church).

For more information, call Mark Johnson at 540-723-4262 or First Presbyterian Church at 540-662-3824.

Extension meeting
Jan. 23, 7 p.m. -- A Shenandoah County 4-H/FFA Livestock Show and Sale open meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors' Meeting Room at the County Government Center in Woodstock.

Rule changes for 2013 will be discussed. For more information, call 540-459-6140.

For more information, call 540-223-5462 or visit www.brcsings.com.

Senior Fellowship
Jan. 24, 11 a.m. -- The Mt. Jackson/Forestville Senior Fellowship will meet at the Solomon Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Penny Bingo will be the program and members are reminded to bring 25 cents in pennies to the meeting. A covered dish luncheon will follow. For more information, call 540-459-6777.

Talent show auditions
Jan. 24 and 25, 7 p.m. -- Auditions for the Sherando High School Choir annual talent show will be held at SHS. The 20th Annual Talent Show will be held on Mar. 2. Open to the public and all ages.

Blood drives
Jan. 24, noon to 6 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Winchester-Frederick County will hold a blood drive at Lucy L. Custer Building, 561 Fortress Drive, Winchester.

Jan. 24, 2 to 7 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Winchester-Frederick County will hold a blood drive at Middletown Fire and Rescue County, Main St., Middletown. Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org.

Jan. 25, 1 to 7 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Berkeley County will hold a blood drive at Fellowship Church of the Brethren, 505 Blossom Drive, Martinsburg, W.Va.

SHS Concert Band and String Orchestra performance
Jan. 24, 7 p.m. -- The Strasburg High School Concert Band and String Orchestra join together to present a concert "Medieval Times" in the gymatorium at Strasburg High School. Concessions will be available. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H club meeting
Jan. 24, 6 p.m. -- Stoney Creek Sharpshooters 4-H Shooting Education Club will meet at the Valley Baptist Church School Gym.

Buggy B's Friday Night Authors series
Jan. 25, 5 to 7 p.m. -- Buggy B's Book Nook, 239 E. King St., Strasburg, will feature Jennifer Hutchinson who will read from and sign her book "Unlocking Jake: The Story of a Rabies Vaccine, Autism & Recovery."

Winchester Connection
Jan. 25, 6 p.m. -- The Winchester Connection, a social group for single professionals over 40, will gather at Perkins Restaurant for dinner and conversation. Perkins is located at 711 Millwood Ave., Winchester. Dress is business casual and prospective members are welcome.

For more information, please call 540-313-6303; visit us online at winchesterconnection.org or e-mail winchesterconnection@hotmail.com.

Library program
Jan. 25, 10 a.m. -- The New Market Area Library will hold preschool story time.The library is located at 160 E. Lee St., New Market (right off Congress Street near post office and town offices). All area preschoolers are invited.

Book Gallery music
Jan. 25, 7:30-10 p.m. -- Performing at the Winchester Book Gallery, 185 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, will be The Dill Pickers, musicians in the American tradition, combining elements of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, country, gospel, Irish and rock.

Heritage Society
Jan. 25, 7 p.m. -- Warren Heritage Society and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation presents "Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign" at the Ivy Lodge, 101 Chester St., Front Royal. Free and open to the public.

After the film, guest speaker Terrence M. Heder of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will discuss the Foundation's plans for commemorating this historic campaign.
For more information, call 540-636-1446, ext. 11, or visit www.warrenheritagesociety.org.

Library programs
Jan. 26, 11 a.m. -- Family Story time. Bring the whole family to our cozy jellybean green room for an assortment of exciting stories with Miss Tamara. A perfect way to spend an enjoyable Saturday morning.

Jan. 26, 2 p.m. -- Manga Meet Up. Do you like Japanese-style comics and Anime? If so, meet up with fellow fans and discuss your favorite series, movies, and more! Ages 12 and up.

Parks, Recreation
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon -- Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation will offer a class "Bloom Where You Are Planted." Redesign rooms for the new year. Learn how to make the right changes that will yield maximum benefits. Find out the most common decorating errors and learn how to correctly them. For more information, call 540-459-6777.

Front Royal Presbyterian Church women's brunch
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon -- Front Royal Presbyterian Church will hold an annual women's brunch at the Holiday Inn. To register, call 540-635-3894.

Eta Chi news
The Eta Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in Woodstock, welcomes new member by transfer, Candi LoPresti, who recently moved to Mt. Jackson from South Carolina. She does rug hooking and basket making and has worked for various school administrations. She and her husband Chris, a government contractor, have had the opportunity to live in many parts of the world including Japan.

Eta Chi has been busy this fall season with several projects and activities. Besides the annual trip to Boone, North Carolina in the fall, the women had the chance to take a tour of the White House in December. Club members celebrated the birthday of the chapter with a special dinner at the Woodstock Care and enjoyed a Christmas party at the home of Susan Chicchetto and Don Hindman. Service projects have included donating childrens books to Small Hands and canned food to the food pantry.

Eta Chi serves Shenandoah County with several fund raising projects including a catalog party for the 31 company. All proceeds are donated to local charities.

Eagle Scout
Brandon D. Poff recently received his Eagle Scout rank at an awards ceremony at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. A member of Boy Scout Troop 575, Poff led his fellow scouts in creating a memorial garden at the church in memory of Robert "Bobby" Wymer. Wymer was a longtime member of the church, as well as a scouter, scout master, and active member of the community. The garden serves as a living tribute to Wymer's generosity and dedication to scouting.

School news
Ninth grade biology students at Wakefield Country Day School recently measured lumber in preparation for the construction of wood duck nest boxes. The activity is part of a "mini unit" of study in science class that deals with wood duck characteristics, reproduction and habitat requirements.

Students will place the nest boxes, once they are constructed, on local farms with the hope of increasing the local wood duck population. The increase will benefit both the community and its environment. The biology class is taught by Jeff Perry.



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