Drama team bows out will­ingly

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOL & SPORTS NEWS - BY MELISSA DEL­COUR

This Tues­day rep­re­sented sweet sor­row for Rap­pa­han­nock County High School’s se­nior thes­pi­ans as they cel­e­brated Se­nior Night and the fi­nal cur­tain call of their high school ca­reers. Joined by their younger peers, the soon-to-be grad­u­ates en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with a se­ries of dra­matic mono­logues and a per­for­mance of Ian McWethy’s short com­edy, “13 Ways to Screw Up Your Col­lege In­ter­view.”

Se­nior Sarah Wheat­ley opened the night with a mov­ing ex­cerpt from Mar­garet Ed­son’s play, “Wit.” Wheat­ley por­trayed the main char­ac­ter, Dr. Vi­vian Bear­ing, a cal­lous English pro­fes­sor who is dy­ing from cancer and re­flect­ing philo­soph­i­cally on life and, of course, death.

Next, Ad­die Swindler of­fered her in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a mono­logue writ­ten by Rap­pa­han­nock’s own Rus­sell Paulette, di­rec­tor and teacher. This piece, in­spired by “The Dis­ap­pear­ance of Daniel Hand” by Dan O’Brien, re­vealed Swindler’s abil­ity to bring pathos to her au­di­ence.

Fi­nally, Jessica Boutte and Mairead McLough­lin ended the se­ries with their hu­mor­ous ren­di­tion of an ex­cerpt from “Rosencrant­z and Guildenste­rn are Dead,” a tragi­com­edy by Tom Stop­pard.

The RCHS Drama Team quickly over­took the stage and of­fered lit­er­ally dozens of laughs to an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence with “13 Ways to Screw Up Your Col­lege In­ter­view.” Boutte and McLough­lin played two over­whelmed col­lege re­cruiters who turn des­per­ate at the end of their ad­mis­sions sea­sons. They re­sort to their “wait listed” files and call in those can­di­dates for in­ter­views. In a pa­rade of 13 hi­lar­i­ous vi­gnettes, filled with ec­cen­tric, fright­en­ing and down­right flam­boy­ant char­ac­ters, the two re­cruiters are forced to ad­mit de­feat.

The RCHS un­der­class­men and the out­go­ing se­niors de­served high­est ap­plause. With min­i­mal props and mem­o­rable cos­tumes, they took the au­di­ence on a be­liev­able jour­ney of laugh­ter and dis­be­lief. Bravo to the RCHS Drama Club . . . and ap­plause, as the cur­tain drops, for the Class of 2011.

RCHS’ An­drade heads for state track meet

If some­one sug­gested ear­lier this spring that fresh­man Tavon An­drade would be rep­re­sent­ing Rap­pa­han­nock County in the Group A State Track and Field Meet Satur­day in Rad­ford, well, he might have thought such a no­tion would be crazy.

“ I wasn’t even run­ning track four weeks ago,” An­drade said with a smile.

An­drade, who trans­ferred back from War­ren County’s Sky­line High School, fin­ished third in the 110-me­ter high hur­dles and fifth in the 300-me­ter in­ter­me­di­ate hur­dles in be­com­ing the only Rap­pa­han­nock County stu­dent to qual­ify for the state meet.

This is the ninth time in 10 years of coach­ing that Scott Stephens has sent an ath­lete to the state meet.

“Tavon’s pretty good at the hur­dles,” Stephens said. “ It won’t be easy, but he’ll try to win there.”

Stephens pointed out that most of the ath­letes who com­pete

in the hur­dles and sprints are up­per­class­men.

In the 110-me­ter hur­dles, An­drade had a third-place time of 15.17 sec­onds. Manas­sas Park se­nior Tyree Durr won the race in a time of 14.72.

Durr also won the 300me­ter hur­dles with a time of 40.03. An­drade had a time of 41.50 in fin­ish­ing fifth.

“I’ve got to prac­tice ev­ery day be­fore states,” An­drade said, “and try to stay out of trou­ble.”

Rap­pa­han­nock County nearly sent an­other fresh­man, Danny Collins, to the state meet. Collins fin­ished sev­enth in the 1600-me­ter run with a time of 4:44.22.

The top six fin­ish­ers or some­one who achieves a pre-set state qual­i­fy­ing time au­to­mat­i­cally ad­vance to the state meet. Collins was a lit­tle more than three sec­onds off the state qual­i­fy­ing time (4:40.89).

“Danny ran against kids who had ex­pe­ri­ence in the mile. He lis­tened to what his coaches said, and he prob­a­bly ran his smartest race of the year,” Stephens added.

Collins ad­mit­ted that he would have liked the chance to ad­vance to the state meet, but the im­prove­ment in his times made him most pleased.

“To think that I could drop a minute and nine sec­onds in a year,” said Collins, who ran a 5:53 in his eighth-grade phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion class. “Well, it’s crazy. I hope that this pat­tern con­tin­ues.”

He be­gan the sea­son, he added, hop­ing to break the 5:15 mark in the mile.

“I kind of blew that goal out of the wa­ter,” Collins added.

He also fin­ished 16th in the 800 with a time of 2:13.06.

The emer­gence of An­drade and Collins should help Rap­pa­han­nock County’s track and field pro­gram in the com­ing years.

“Usu­ally [fresh­men] end up break­ing records here,” Stephens said. “ They fi­nally piece it all to­gether by the time they are se­niors.”

Rap­pa­han­nock County se­nior Joslyn Smith closed her ca­reer with a 12th-place fin­ish in the 100-me­ter dash in a time of 13.50.

“ The times con­tin­ued to drop,” Stephens said, “and all three ran their best races of the sea­son.”

– CHRISTINE KRAPF

Wake­field ath­letes rec­og­nized for skill

Michael O’Heir from Bos­ton is the male Ath­lete of the Month of May at Wake­field Coun­try Day School. O’Heir is the goalie for the var­sity lacrosse team, a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion for a first-year player.

O’Heir helped lead his team to three straight wins in May, in­clud­ing two vic­to­ries over Ran­dolph-Ma­con Academy (R-MA). He has showed steady

im­prove­ment through­out the sea­son. In May he av­er­aged be­tween 10 and 11 saves a game.

“He has a nat­u­ral quick­ness that makes him a force to be reck­oned with, as he proved against R-MA.

The fe­male Ath­lete of the Month of May is var­sity soc­cer player Sarah Wells from War­ren­ton. Wells has led on and off the field.

“Sarah’s lead­er­ship and com­pet­i­tive spirit have led the team to a suc­cess­ful end of the sea­son,” Coach Gus­tavo Tis­era said.

Wells scored two goals in the Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment quar­ter­fi­nal vic­tory over Em­manuel Chris­tian. More im­por­tantly, she helped lead her team to a 2 – 1 record in the month of May as the team fin­ished the sea­son strong. Their only loss in May was in the Con­fer­ence semi-fi­nals, and that was in overtime loss. Her work all over the field helped the de­fense al­low just four goals in reg­u­la­tion play in May.

Op­pos­ing coaches in the De­laney Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tapped sev­eral Wake­field stu­dents to its spring All-DAC teams. Sopho­more Alex Cancio-Bello was named 1st Team, and se­nior Christine Pankow was named Hon­or­able Men­tion in girls soc­cer. In lacrosse, sopho­more Daniel Chad­duck and ju­nior Woody Hazel were se­lected to the 1st Team. Se­nior Hunter Kapp and ju­nior Michael O’Heir re­ceived Hon­or­able Men­tion.

Dod­son achieves high grades

Ja­cob Matthew Dod­son of Flint Hill has been named to spring se­mes­ter Dean’s List at Rad­ford Univer­sity in Rad­ford, Va. Dod­son is a se­nior ma­jor­ing in crim­i­nal jus­tice.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a stu­dent must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point av­er­age of 3.4 or above with no grade be­low a C.

Pho­tos by Melissa Del­cour

EXIT, STAGE . . . Above, Brit­tany Stephens, Ad­die Swindler and Mairead McLough­lin work out some of the “13 Ways to Screw Up Your Col­lege In­ter­view.” Be­low left, Jessica Boutte and Kelsa Set­tle, and right, Sarah Wheat­ley as a “prac­tic­ing vam­pire,” round...

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