Education

Sherando senior to cherish high school memories

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando High School senior Ben Gustafson, 18, of Winchester, said he has really enjoyed his time in high school. The club and group activities that he has been involved with - including the debate team, the academic team, student government association and class office, the ...

Tuesday Spotlight: FCCLA student looks for new opportunities

STRASBURG – A freshman at Strasburg High School has served as a state officer of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America over the last year and is ready for future opportunities. Jana Bowman, 15, of Strasburg, is a freshman at Strasburg High School and served as a 2016-2017 state ...

Cadet: MMA offers opportunities not found in public schools

WOODSTOCK –  Massanutten Military Academy cadet Jessica Hirsch has high praise for her school. The 17-year-old battalion commander from McLean, who will be graduating May 27 along with 23 other cadets,  said MMA has been a good fit for her and has provided her opportunities that public ...

Randolph-Macon senior plans to fly to new heights

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy senior Parker Overstreet is leaving high school satisfied with his experience, and with high hopes for the future. Overstreet plans to eventually work in the airlines industry. He is going to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, ...

Monday Spotlight: Triplett Tech student to represent state

MOUNT JACKSON – A Triplett Tech student who excelled at the SkillsUSA competition will be representing the state over the next year in the national organization. Nick Pabon, 17, of Mount Jackson, placed first in extemporaneous speaking at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and ...

Shelby Kline announces School Board candidacy

Shelby Kline, an educator, has announced her candidacy to run for the District 5 Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board seat that is up for election in November. Kline, 51, of Toms Brook, said she decided to run for the District 5 spot, currently held by Irving Getz, because of ...

Monday Spotlight: Love of animals leading teen toward a career

STEPHENS CITY – A Sherando High School senior is already working toward his dream job. David Ames, 18, of Stephens City, will receive his associate’s degree in math and science from Lord Fairfax Community College before he graduates from high school this spring. He has also recently ...

School Board approved $63 million operating budget

The Shenandoah County School Board has approved a $63,288,867 operating budget for 2017-2018 and a $1,012,749 capital projects budget. Superintendent Mark Johnston said at the board's Thursday night meeting that the division will receive $37,515,670 in state and federal funding, which is an ...

Brother, sister set to graduate from LFCC

MIDDLETOWN – A brother and sister will be among over 1,000 graduation candidates at Lord Fairfax Community College's commencement exercises on Saturday. Luke Shiley, 21, of Winchester, will receive his associate’s degree in health sciences.  He plans to attend James Madison ...

SU grad ready to take on New York City

WINCHESTER – A soon-to-be Shenandoah University graduate will join more than 1,000 other students as they begin the next chapter of their lives after graduation. Taylor Bloom, 22, an undergraduate and acting major from Middletown, will be among those receiving degrees during  commencement ...

For Christendom grad, it’s not all business … yet

FRONT ROYAL -- Nick Wenzel means business, figuratively speaking of course. The Christendom College senior has a future in business. During his time as an undergraduate, he earned a business certificate during a summer at the University of Virginia. He ran a competitive fencing business, ...

Triplett students advance to national competition

Seven students from Triplett Tech will compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in late June. Sixteen Triplett Tech students competed in the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and Skill Championships on April 28-29 in Fredericksburg.  Seven placed first and will compete at the 53rd ...

Monday Spotlight: Student continues FCCLA success

STRASBURG – Michaela Amari, 17, a junior at Strasburg High School and a state officer with Virginia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, sees herself continuing her success during her senior year and beyond. She said as first vice president of the organization she attends ...

Teacher, staff raises are cut from school budget

WOODSTOCK – A salary increase for Shenandoah County teachers and staff is a major item that had to be cut from the division's budget for the next school year. County schools Superintendent Mark Johnston told School Board members on Monday that cuts had to be made after the initial ...

Monday Spotlight: Juggling it all pays off for Central senior

WOODSTOCK – Central High School senior Sydney Crosser does it all – academically, athletically and still finds time to give back to the community. Crosser, 18, of Maurertown, has been an All-A Honor Roll student since the start of high school and has taken Advanced Placement and ...

Shenandoah University names athletic center

Shenandoah University announced at an unveiling ceremony on Friday that it will be naming its athletics center the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center. James Wilkins Jr. is a member of the board of trustees and an alumnus of Shenandoah University, where he was an athlete. He is ...

Central one of two schools in state to receive award

WOODSTOCK – Central High School was awarded the Virginia Unified Champion School Award of Excellence during an assembly Wednesday morning. The award is granted to the top schools in the state that demonstrate inclusion and respect for students with disabilities through programs, ...

Schools to consider budget changes

The $64.9 million 2017-2018 budget proposed by Shenandoah County Public Schools at a March meeting will need to be changed after Tuesday night’s decision by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to hold tax rates steady. Superintendent Mark Johnston said that even without a tax raise ...

Monday Spotlight: Busy life allows college dreams to come true

MOUNT JACKSON – A Stonewall Jackson High School student and athlete will attend Boston College in the fall after receiving her Massanutten Regional Governor’s School certificate this spring. Emily Ball, 18, of Orkney Springs, will graduate in June with a one-year college-credit ...