Drama team bows out willingly
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.
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...