Aloha, Com­mit to be Fit!

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Com­mit to Be Fit was hon­ored to be in­vited as speak­ers at the In­ter­na­tional Aca­demic Fo­rum (IAFOR) Con­fer­ence on Ed­u­ca­tion 2019 on Jan­uary 5th in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Well­ness In­te­gra­tion Spe­cial­ist Holly Jenk­ins pre­sented “Com­mit to Be Fit: A Three-Pronged Ap­proach to Cre­at­ing a Cul­ture of Well­ness” on be­half of fel­low team­mates, Jackie Ted­er­ick and Amanda But­ler.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Holly pre­sented pro­gram ini­tia­tives in each of the 3Cs: cafe­te­ria, class­room, and com­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion, she shared bud­get friendly strate­gies for easy repli­ca­tion in class­rooms around the globe.

Ac­cord­ing to Jenk­ins, “It was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to share our suc­cesses and hope­fully help other schools to fur­ther en­hance their own well­ness pro­mo­tion pro­grams. I was for­tu­nate to meet with many ed­u­ca­tors from coun­tries all over the world and learn about their prac­tices as well. It re­ally was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Com­mit to Be Fit is a school spon­sored, grant funded pro­gram. Through the gen­eros­ity of the PATH Foun­da­tion, C2BF was cre­ated to help pro­mote health­ier life­styles for stu­dents, staff, and county res­i­dents and em­ploy­ees.


On Jan. 7, RCHS Scholas­tic Bowl won 2 out of 3 matches, now sport­ing a sea­son record of 7-2. Rapp de­feated Ge­orge Ma­son 225-170 and Cen­tral 280-80 and lost for the se­cond time this sea­son to Clarke 180-260.

The bulk of scor­ing came from three of the starters, se­nior Bryce Jones (125 toss up points), ju­nior cap­tain Lau­ren Petty (180 toss up points), and sopho­more Alec Petty (140 toss up points). Other con­trib­u­tors in­cluded Agustin Gar­cia and Heather Smith. While it was a loss against Clarke, it was a close match un­til the last round with Rapp only trail­ing by 25 points at the end of the di­rected ques­tions.

Pan­ther Scholas­tic Bowl will com­pete in three more matches on Mon­day, Jan. 14.

WCDS creative writ­ers win awards at Sa­muels Pub­lic Li­brary. Pic­tured front row: Mia Blank, Mac Wof­ford, Ad­di­son Fairhurst; back row: Arella Na­gle, Claire Mullins, and Blake Jor­dan. Not pic­tured: Lucy Whit­son. be­fore host­ing the Bull Run Dis­trict Tour­na­ment at home on Thurs­day, Jan. 17. The team is led by Dave Naser.


Seven Wake­field Coun­try Day School stu­dents won prizes for their hol­i­daythemed po­ems and short sto­ries sub­mit­ted to Sa­muels Pub­lic Li­brary’s an­nual writ­ing con­test.

All win­ners of the 40th an­nual Hol­i­day Writ­ing Con­test, spon­sored by Sa­muels Pub­lic Li­brary and Royal Oak Book­shop, were hon­ored at a re­cep­tion held in their honor. Each win­ning en­try was read aloud for the au­di­ence. Win­ners re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and a copy of the pub­lished book­let con­tain­ing all the win­ners’ work. First place win­ners also re­ceived gift cer­tifi­cates to the Royal Oak Book­shop.

WCDS 1st grade win­ners:

Ad­di­son Fairhurst, First Place “Christ­mas Hol­i­day,” Lucy Whit­son, Se­cond Place “Christ­mas Jolly,” 2nd grade win­ner: Michael Wof­ford, Se­cond Place “Santa,” 3rd grade win­ner: Mia Blank, First Place “Singing Pearls,” 5th grade win­ner: Blake Jor­dan, Se­cond Place “Win­ter,” and 7th grade win­ners: Arella Na­gle, First Place “Christ­mas An­gel” and Claire Mullins, Third Place “Lost in the Snow.”


The birth­place of rev­o­lu­tion­ary fig­ure Si­mon Bo­li­var is lo­cated in Cara­cas in which South Amer­i­can coun­try?

That was one of the many ques­tions posed to geog­ra­phy bee par­tic­i­pants on Jan­uary 4 in WCDS’s pur­suit to send an Owl to the an­nual Na­tional Geo­graphic Bee Cham­pi­onship.

In the com­pe­ti­tion, fifth­grade teacher Mrs. Perry, the or­ga­nizer of the event, read aloud ques­tions chal­leng­ing each par­tic­i­pant’s knowl­edge of U.S. and world geog­ra­phy. Stu­dents were also re­quired to read a map and an­swer as­so­ci­ated ques­tions.

Con­nor Lum­mis was the run­ner-up in the com­pe­ti­tion, and eighth-grader Lo­gan

Marks won the WCDS cham­pi­onship round. Next he will take an on­line state qual­i­fy­ing test to ad­vance to the Vir­ginia Bee.

WCDS is in pur­suit to send an Owl to the an­nual Na­tional Geo­graphic Bee Cham­pi­onship

Ten Wake­field Coun­try Day School stu­dents com­peted in the Na­tional Geo­graphic School Bee on Jan­uary 4: Pic­tured back row: Con­nor Lum­mis, Will Wof­ford, Daniel Fletcher, Noel Hef­fron; Front row, Finn MacPher­son, Vin­nie Hen­dricks, Arella Na­gle, Lynne Blank, and Natalie Neu­bert, and Lo­gan Marks.


School sys­tems around the world are im­pressed with Rap­pa­han­nock County's Com­mit to Be Fit pro­gram, as wit­nessed dur­ing Well­ness In­te­gra­tion Spe­cial­ist Holly Jenk­ins' ap­pear­ance in Hawaii this past week.


WCDS Geog­ra­phy Bee cham­pion Lo­gan Marks ad­vances to the next round of com­pe­ti­tion for a chance to be­come the 2019 Na­tional Geo­graphic Bee Cham­pion.

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