2009-04-01 / News

Newspaper wins two writing awards

Gwen Sadler

The Chesterfield Observer recently won two awards for its news coverage during the Virginia Press Association's annual news contest. News Editor Donna C. Gregory placed second in the news writing category for two stories she wrote about a ban on outdoor cats in the Branch's Trace community. Former employee Julia Torres Barden won first place in the feature series or continuing story category for a package of three stories she wrote about the county's homeless population.


Chester resident Charles Edward Williams has been named marketing communications manager for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, which is a public-private partnership to provide collaborative leadership to see that all children across the state have a good start in life.

Heather Carter, Thomas Dale High School, Kiana Hoover, Manchester High, and Wayne Jackson Jr., Chesterfield Community High, have enrolled in the Commonwealth ChalleNGe program, which prepares at-risk teens for GED testing and future employment, military or higher-education opportunities. For more information about the program, visit

The Midlothian-based nonprofit organization, Northfield Foundation, will host an estate, yard and Brunswick stew sale to raise funds for the opening of its residential treatment facility. The Northfield Spring Fling event will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Northfield Plantation, located at 189 Old Buckingham Road in Cumberland County. Admission is free, and all proceeds will go to the foundation to open the Northfield Home in Cumberland to house girls in need of help with eating disorders, unplanned pregnancy, depression, self-injury and other issues. To donate home or yard accessories, to schedule pick-up of donated items or to learn more about this event, e-mail Christine Shepard at or call 379-1336. No donations of clothing, televisions, mattresses or large exercise equipment will be accepted. Receipts will be issued for donations. Items not sold will be given to the Salvation Army.


Janee Clement, a sophomore at James River High School, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference on Journalism and Mass Communication, to be held at American University during the summer.

Dr. Linda Townsend recently received a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies through Virginia Tech. She and husband Randy have two children and

live in Chesterfield.

Midlothian resident John P. Jones has been inducted into the Alpha Gamma Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that serves two-year colleges. Jones is the son of John Paul Jones, also of Midlothian.

Adam Coghill has been recognized by the Midlothian Rotary Club as Chesterfield Community High School's ninth/10th-grade Student of the Year. Juhahn Robinson has been selected by that organization as the school's 11th/12th-grade Student of the Year.

Michael Whalon, an eighth-grade student at Bailey Bridge Middle School, won the 35th Annual Richmond-Times Dispatch Spelling Bee and will represent the Richmond region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. His success in spelling "eviscerate" also means he'll receive a $1,500 scholarship.

The Cosby Titan Band earned a unanimous "superior" rating at the recent Virginia Band and Orchestra Director's Association State Concert Festival. Members were commended for their musicianship, attention to detail and discipline.

Chesterfield Community High School culinary students attended a culinary competition featuring teams from various military bases at Fort Lee. They spent the day tasting such concoctions as sea bass and lobster salad with citrus dressing and Korean barbecued beef. Career and technical education, art and English-language learner students at the school recently traveled to Washington, D.C., visiting several museums of the Smithsonian.

Photo courtesy of Randall Carson
The Chesterfield Chargers 10U baseball team recently won its first tournament of the year, Swing For the Cure, in Colonial Heights. The team went 5-0 on the weekend and beat the New Kent Knights 9-0 in the championship game. Team players include (front row from left) Aaron Allen, Zach Newman, Colin Ellis, Ben Miller and Nate Hogsten. Second row: Julian Wolz, Garrett Carson, Hector Rivera, Dillon Hall, Carter Rickett, Will Edwards and Stephen Baughan. Team coaches are Nick Hall, Jeff Newman, Damon Hogsten and Randall Carson.
Roland Costa, vice president of the Currency Technology Office at the Richmond Federal Reserve, paid a visit to Millwood School's middle-school students to explain the economy, talk about printing money and show samples of counterfeit bills.

Midlothian resident Brooke Davis, a sophomore political science major at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., competed on the college's Model United Nations Team in British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The team represented the United States and took home seven prizes, including best delegation.

Chesterfield resident Deanna Castelvecchi has been selected Southern District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education in recognition of her outstanding teaching and motivational skills. The Southern District is comprised of 13 states.

John-Charles Holmes, a Chesterfield student at Appomattox Regional Governor's School for Arts and Technology, has been selected to attend the American Legion Boys State program to be held at Liberty University in Lynchburg. The weeklong program instructs participants in the operation of government on the state and local levels.

Chesterfield Community High School's March Students of the Month were Antonio Green, Taylor Steward, Raymeka White, Monique Anderson, Jamal Malmberg, Gaberilla Enamorado, Carmen Sanabria, Chris Jackson, Grace Wilkes, Deja Spivey, Justin Reynolds, Cherell Jones, Kaitlin Davis, Lauren Nightengale, Ajee Mapp, Sam Easlick, Jose Contreras, Tevisha Brandon, Juhuan Robinson, Jeff Monahan, Casey Condrey, Davon Harris, Jonathan Rivers, Charity Billow, David Perry, Oxadis Estrella and Dontae Darden. They were selected for their hard work and dedication to education.

Ian Lickers, an eighth grader at Manchester Middle School, is representing Chesterfield County Public Schools at the state level of the National

Geographic Bee. The winner of that competition will go on to compete in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.

Chesterfield resident Emily Hammer was named to the dean's list last fall at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Thomas Dale High School Key Club and Chester Kiwanis are working together to support the Nepal Youth Opportunity Foundation, an organization that is rescuing children as young as 6 years old from being sold as indentured servants in Nepal.

Announcements can be e-mailed to, faxed to 744- 3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

Return to top