Monacan’s Megan Walker receives national award
In a surprise announcement last week, The Gatorade Company named Megan Walker of Monacan High School the 2016-17 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Walker as the nation’s best high school girls basketball player. She is now a finalist for the Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a ceremony in July. Walker, in addition to volunteering and maintaining a 3.83 GPA, secured her team’s third consecutive state championship this month, concluding her prep basketball career with 2,062 points.
Dottie and Brian Harkins of Midlothian, founders of POPTAP Inc. (Power of Positive Thinking and Prayer) recently presented a check for $23,000 to Dr. Mark Malkin, director of the neuro-oncology program at VCU Massey Cancer Center. POPTAP, which contributes directly to brain tumor research and awareness programs, has donated over $50,000 to the center.
Half Way House Restaurant, located at 10301 Jefferson Davis Highway, is celebrating its 75th anniversary of continuous operation. In addition, Rick and Sue Young are celebrating their 35th anniversary as owners of the restaurant.
Kiddie Academy, a provider of educational child care that serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, has opened a new location at 6801 Woodlake Commons Loop. Kiddie Academy provides an education-based child care option, offering full time care, kindergarten, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Franchise owner Charul Patel has a background in medical accounting and will work alongside the academy’s director, Erika Jackson, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the child care industry.
Bellwood Elementary Principal Jennifer Rudd has been recognized as the Chesterfield County Public Schools recipient of the 2017 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. This award recognizes central Virginia principals who go beyond dayto day demands to create an exceptional educational environment for students and staff members. Rudd started working for Chesterfield County Public Schools in 1998 as a teacher and has served as an assistant principal as well. She has been principal of Bellwood Elementary since 2010. Under her leadership, Bellwood Elementary has been recognized with many awards and accolades, including the National Title I Distinguished School, Virginia Title I Distinguished School, Active RVA Outstanding School of the Year and the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award.
Meadowbrook High School has been awarded a Capital One grant for $4,500 for the Meadowbrook Academy for Digital Entrepreneurship (MADE). The grant will fund field experiences for students in the program, as well as provide seed money for worthy student startups. Founded in 2015, MADE serves to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in high school students.
Bailey Bridge Middle School recently was named a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) by the American School Counselor Association. It is the first school in Chesterfield to earn this designation, which recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. The designation is valid for five years.
Providence Middle School’s Theater Arts Department, under the direction of Syndi Atkinson, recently presented “The Lion King Jr.” The cast and crew consisted of 95 students, including 15 from various Chesterfield county high schools and specialty center programs. Students, parents and art teachers Lisa May and Meeshell Von Ofenheim created hundreds of elaborate costumes and animal masks. Providence’s music teacher, Toneika Stephens, coached actors in African language for their vocal pieces.
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