WCDS se­niors — next steps

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Grad­u­a­tion is still weeks away, but Wake­field se­niors are al­ready en­gag­ing in their fu­tures. With AP ex­ams fin­ished, se­nior the­ses presented, and projects com­pleted, the fi­nal weeks of a WCDS stu­dent’s ca­reer are spent im­mersed in an in­tern­ship de­signed to help aim each stu­dent as they take their next steps. With the World’s Fair hap­pen­ing in Dubai in 2020, three of our se­niors worked with Pavil­ion 2020, the US’s Pavil­ion, ti­tled “What Moves You.” It fea­tures high­lights of Amer­i­can cul­ture, lead­ing tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tions, and will show­case the in­no­va­tion, creativ­ity and diver­sity that de­fine the United States.

WCDS se­niors added their mark. “An eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” ad­mits Rachel Cieplak, UConn ’23, “see­ing the com­plex­i­ties of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at work.”

A love of the en­vi­ron­ment and an in­ter­est in wildlife preser­va­tion led two of our se­niors to the enig­matic Smithsonia­n Con­ser­va­tion Biology In­sti­tute for the week. “Un­der­stand­ing the dif­fer­ing eco­log­i­cal man­age­ment styles and work­ing with other in­terns from Ire­land and In­dia have made me ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic to start col­lege in the fall,” says Jill Chiu, UC Davis ’23.

Closer to home, a pair of bud­ding artists help beau­tify the cam­pus with a mu­ral fea­tur­ing our beloved mas­cot, Leonidas. “Leav­ing my mark on the school, es­pe­cially for the youngest stu­dents to en­joy every day, is ex­tremely

sat­is­fy­ing,” says Mag­gie Hou, Kelley School of Busi­ness, In­di­ana Univer­sity ’23.

And ex­plor­ing fields they have al­ready de­cided to study at univer­sity, other se­niors worked with physi­cians in phys­i­cal ther­apy and art ther­apy, and with IT per­son­nel on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and data col­lec­tion. “Learn­ing from Google an­a­lyt­ics and be­ing able to pre­dict trends to re­duce bounce rates to our web­site are quite use­ful,” says Kevin He, Villanova ’23. — Suzanne Zy­lo­nis

RCPS SPRING SPORTS AWARDS

Rap­pa­han­nock County Pub­lic Schools’ Spring Sports and End of Year Awards Cer­e­mony was held in re­cent days. While all coaches ac­knowl­edged the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of each of the ath­letes, the fol­low­ing stu­dents were rec­og­nized dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony: Var­sity Soft­ball —Mi­ran­dah Jenk­ins (MVP), Abby McClary (MVP), and Tay­lor Set­tle (Coaches Award) JV Soft­ball — Heather Wil­liams (MVP), Emma Jenk­ins (Coaches Award), and Krys­tonna Tuel (Coaches Award) JP Soft­ball — Claire Keyser (MVP) and Dakota Stringfel­low (De­fen­sive Player of the Year) Var­sity Base­ball — Brett Mid­kiff (MVP) and Grant Lil­lard (MVP) JP Base­ball — Sam Van­drey (MVP) and Luke Martz (Coaches Award) Var­sity Girls Soccer — Sarah East (Coaches Award) and Sa­van­nah Hens­ley (Coaches Award) JV Girls Soccer — Olivia Gib­son (MVP) and Ava Genho (Coaches Award) Var­sity Boys Soccer — Michael Reid (Coaches Award) and Matthew Para­tore (Coaches Award) Var­sity Track — Belle PerDieu (Coaches Award), Rachel Weghorst (Coaches Award), and Bryce Jones (Coaches Award) JP Track — Ryan Camp­bell (Coaches Award) and McKenna Torosian (Coaches Award) Fol­low­ing the spring sports awards, the 2018-2019 awards were presented. Join us in con­grat­u­lat­ing the fol­low­ing re­cip­i­ents: Male Ath­lete of the Year — Richard Lil­lard Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year — Olivia Atkins Neil Burke Award — Michael Reid Im­pact Coach of the Year Award — Jeff Atkins Un­sung Hero Award — Cam­ron Way­land Sports­man­ship Award — Sarah East Rapp News Scholar Ath­lete of the Year — Bryce Jones Con­grat­u­la­tions to the RCPS spring ath­letes who have earned post­sea­son recog­ni­tion. The fol­low­ing ath­letes were rec­og­nized at the Bull Run All-Dis­trict level: Base­ball — Brett Mid­kiff (1st Team Pitcher) and Grant Lil­lard (2nd Team at Large) Soft­ball — Abby McClary (1st Team Pitcher), Tay­lor Set­tle (2nd Team – INF), and Mi­ran­dah Jenk­ins (2nd Team – Catcher) Girls Soccer — Sarah East (1st Team- Mid­field) The fol­low­ing ath­letes were rec­og­nized at the Re­gional level: Track and Field — Rachel Weghorst (1st in 1600 me­ter and 1st in 3200 me­ter), Bryce Jones (2nd in Dis­cus), Belle PerDieu (2nd in 100 me­ter and 2nd in Long Jump), Hai­ley Whor­ton (3rd in Dis­cus and 4th in Shot Put), and Abby Ma­son (4th in the 100 me­ter hur­dles and 4th in 300 me­ter hur­dles), and 4x100 team: Belle PerDieu, Abby Ma­son, Hai­ley Whor­ton, and Madi­son Brant­ley (2nd in 4x100 me­ter re­lay). The track and ath­letes will be com­pet­ing in States on May 31st and June 1st. — Holly Jenk­ins

BY SUZANNE ZY­LO­NIS

A love of the en­vi­ron­ment and an­i­mals led two WCDS grad­u­at­ing se­niors to the Smithsonia­n Con­ser­va­tion Biology In­sti­tute for the week.

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