Frozen tur­key for­got his mit­tens

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It was a cold Thanks­giv­ing Day in Rap­pa­han­nock County, al­though the frigid tem­per­a­tures didn’t keep adults and chil­dren alike, in­clud­ing 3-year-old gob­bler Tyson Jenk­ins of Ch­ester Gap, from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 3rd An­nual Tur­key Trot, a fam­ily-fun event spon­sored by Com­mit to Be Fit.

In a spe­cial sign­ing cer­e­mony on Mon­day, Nov. 26, Rap­pa­han­nock County High School se­nior Brett Mid­kiff com­mit­ted to play baseball for the Mount St. Mary’s Univer­sity Moun­taineers.

Founded in 1805, Mount St. Mary’s is a Catholic lib­eral arts univer­sity, its 1,400-acre cam­pus lo­cated in the moun­tains sur­round­ing Em­mits­burg, MD.

Brett’s fam­ily, coaches, team­mates and friends all proudly looked on as Brett, a right-handed pitcher, ac­cepted and signed his schol­ar­ship.

Ac­cord­ing to RCPS Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Daniel Nobbs, Brett pos­sess many qual­i­ties of a suc­cess­ful col­le­giate ath­lete.

“Brett is not only a tal­ented player, but a good per­son, a good stu­dent, and he has a great work ethic. To play at the [NCAA] Di­vi­sion 1 level is an honor and you need to have a com­bi­na­tion of all of those char­ac­ter­is­tics to be suc­cess­ful. I be­lieve with his coaches and his team­mates that he will be.”

The Moun­taineers are a mem­ber of the NCAA’s Di­vi­sion 1 North­east Con­fer­ence (NEC). Ma­jor League Baseball pitcher Joe En­gel, who played for the Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors, Cincin­nati Reds, and Cleve­land In­di­ans dur­ing his eight year ca­reer (19121920), is in the record books for pitch­ing a per­fect game for Mount St. Mary’s, where he let­tered in four sports — baseball, basketball, football and track. In later years, as a big league scout, En­gel was cred­ited for help­ing to bring the Sen­a­tors three Amer­i­can League pen­nants in ten years.


On their an­nual trip to the Big Ap­ple, stu­dents in the Wake­field Coun­try Day School jour­nal­ism class were in­vited to sit in on the New York Times’ “Page One” meet­ing, where to­gether with all the news ed­i­tors, the class watched as the next day’s ar­ti­cles un­folded — or “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” as the news­pa­per’s motto states.

Founded in 1851, the “The Gray Lady,” as it’s nick­named, has won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news­pa­per in the world.


Com­mit to Be Fit hosted its 3rd an­nual Tur­key Trot on Thanks­giv­ing Day. De­spite the frigid morn­ing tem­per­a­tures, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity joined to­gether on the RCHS track to par­tic­i­pate in the fun, fam­ily-friendly event.

Chil­dren, ages 3-13,com­pleted a half mile run and par­tic­i­pated in games such as a Thanks­giv­ing themed rub­ber duckie re­lay race and pin the feath­ers on the tur­key.

Mean­while, adults com­pleted a 4-lap mile fun run/walk. The event con­cluded with a Thanks­giv­ing-themed cos­tume con­test. While the em­pha­sis was on creat­ing a fun, fit­ness re­lated ac­tiv­ity for the fam­ily, the first place fin­ish­ers and cos­tume con­test win­ners each re­ceived a Thanks­giv­ing pie. Com­mit to Be Fit would like to thank Ryan Camp­bell, RCHS Wrestler, and Kathryn Gan­gel, re­tired RCES teacher, for vol­un­teer­ing to help with regis­tra­tion, lap count­ing, and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties.



WCDS jour­nal­ism stu­dents are seen here in the lobby of the New York Times af­ter at­tend­ing a “Page One” ed­i­to­rial meet­ing with the news­pa­per’s ed­i­tors.


Flanked by his proud par­ents, Amy and Middy Mid­kiff, RCHS pitcher Brett Mid­kiff signs his schol­ar­ship to play baseball for the Mount St. Mary’s Univer­sity Moun­taineers.

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