STEAM ahead

Rappahannock News - - OBITUARIES • SCHOOLS - — Lisa Ramey

Stu­dents of Belle Meade Montes­sori School on F.T. Val­ley Road have been busy study­ing per­son­ally cho­sen top­ics of in­ter­est, which in­clude in­ter­view­ing and re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance from lo­cal ex­perts for their in­di­vid­ual projects.

Mid­dle school stu­dents, for in­stance, took a field trip to Wild Roots Apothe­cary on River Lane in Sper­ryville to hear pro­pri­etor Colleen O’Bryant speak about her­bal medicine and botany.

In ad­di­tion, the school hosted a STEAM — sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts, math­e­mat­ics — Work­shop day that among other projects in­cluded build­ing and test­ing a tre­buchet, or cat­a­pult, an an­cient siege en­gine (weapon) that uses a swing­ing arm to toss pro­jec­tiles.

Fi­nally, stu­dents from Rap­pa­han­nock, Culpeper and Fauquier coun­ties joined Belle Meade for a day of en­gi­neer­ing, de­sign­ing, and per­form­ing. — Alex Forte

MAR­KET AND RE­AL­ITY

Rap­pa­han­nock County El­e­men­tary School 3rd graders held their an­nual Mar­ket Day event last Fri­day. The event was a concluding ac­tiv­ity for their eco­nomics unit. Stu­dents dis­play posters they cre­ated ad­ver­tis­ing ser­vices or prod­ucts that they are sell­ing dur­ing the event.

Other stu­dents shop and pur­chase from the booths us­ing spe­cial Mar­ket Day bucks. This ac­tiv­ity ties in money math skills and cal­cu­lat­ing change. Some of the home­made goods and ser­vices in­cluded baked goods, bracelets, head­bands, for­tune cook­ies, le­mon­ade, painted rocks, book­marks, the chance to make a bas­ket­ball shot and more.

Mean­while, RCHS 8th graders par­tic­i­pated in the 5th an­nual Re­al­ity Store event, a fi­nan­cial man­age­ment pro­gram de­signed for stu­dents to learn about the im­por­tance and value of a dol­lar. Dur­ing this ac­tiv­ity, each stu­dent is ran­domly as­signed to a ca­reer, a monthly net salary, a mar­i­tal and fam­ily sta­tus. Stu­dents must visit 15 sta­tions where they have to “pur­chase” items such as fur­ni­ture, gro­ceries, pay for day­care and a house. Stu­dents may se­lect from high-end, higher-priced items, to lower-end and af­ford­able items at each sta­tion. Stu­dents quickly learn that liv­ing in the “real world” can be ex­pen­sive and mak­ing smart fi­nan­cial choices is im­por­tant. — Holly Jenk­ins

RAPP SPORTS

Rapp’s spring sports prac­tices have been thriv­ing in the un­sea­son­ably warm weather, but our win­ter ath­letes take the head­lines yet again on the ba­sis of more post­sea­son ac­co­lades.

In girls’ bas­ket­ball Olivia Atkins, pre­vi­ously hon­ored with all dis­trict honors, was named to the first team Group 1A all Re­gion team for the 2017-18 sea­son. Olivia was joined by team­mates Sarah East and Car­ring­ton Way­land, both earn­ing sec­ond team all­re­gion 1B recog­ni­tion.

On the boys’ side, se­nior Ryan Atkins earned Honor­able Men­tion recog­ni­tion to the Group 1A all-Re­gion 1B team. Con­grat­u­la­tions to these Rapp ath­letes and their team­mates and coaches, all of whom worked hard to im­prove them­selves and their teams.

Back to spring sports, Rapp will host its first spring sports con­tests this week. JV Girls Soft­ball will host Lu­ray in a scrim­mage to­mor­row (Fri­day) at 5 p.m. JV and Var­sity Girls’ Soc­cer will also host Lu­ray this Fri­day at Pan­ther Sta­dium, JV game kick­ing off at 5. Our var­sity base­ball, soft­ball and boys soc­cer teams will travel to Lu­ray on the same day, Fri­day — base­ball and soft­ball first pitches at 4, soc­cer first kick at 6. — Jimmy Swindler

O’HEIR RECORD

Wake­field Coun­try Day School se­nior Chris O’Heir of Castle­ton sur­passed the 1,000 var­sity points scored mark in a win over Tim­ber Ridge School and fin­ished his se­nior sea­son on Fe­bru­ary 23 with 1,064 ca­reer bas­ket­ball points.

O’Heir is the fourth male player in the school’s his­tory to reach this in­cred­i­ble scor­ing achieve­ment.

BEN AND RYAN

Ran­dolph-Ma­con Academy stu­dents who earned a GPA of at least 4.0 and were placed on the Pres­i­dent's List for the sec­ond quar­ter of the 2017-18 school year in­clude Ben­jamin Kop­jan­ski of Bos­ton, a sopho­more and son of Melanie Kop­jan­ski; and Ryan Latham of Amissville, a se­nior and son of Stephen and Dawn Latham.

LONG­WOOD LIST

Sev­eral Long­wood Univer­sity Stu­dents from Rap­pa­han­nock County are be­ing rec­og­nized for aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

Vanessa Is­abela Bara­hona-Hick­er­son, Em­malee June Beard­slee, Laikyn Ahnna Farmer, Court­ney Mechelle Fra­zier, and Brit­tany Alexis Shu­maker — all from Amissville — have been named to the Dean’s List (3.5-plus grade point av­er­age), while Beat­rice Ale­jan­dra Gon­za­lez Acevedo from Sper­ryville has been named to the Pres­i­dent’s List (4.0 grade point av­er­age).

Long­wood Univer­sity, a pub­lic univer­sity of more than 5,000 stu­dents in Far­mville, is con­sis­tently ranked as one of the top re­gional pub­lic univer­si­ties in the south­east­ern United States. In 2016 the school hosted a U.S. vice pres­i­den­tial de­bate.

CASE STUDY

Case Kramer of the town of Wash­ing­ton has made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 se­mes­ter at the Ge­or­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. This des­ig­na­tion is awarded to un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents who have a 3.0 or higher aca­demic av­er­age for the se­mes­ter.

Pro­pri­etor Colleen O'Bryant teaches stu­dents about her­bal medicine at Wild Roots Apothe­cary.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Rap­pa­han­nock El­e­men­tary School stu­dent Sarah Spear of­fers an ar­ray of her col­or­ful hand­made jew­elry for sale at Mar­ket Day.

BY LISA RAMEY

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