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2016-06-15 / Announcements

County names seniors to Hall of Fame

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Clover Hill Elementary School teacher Cindy Jones (right front) won the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s 2015-16 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes elementary physical education teachers who serve as positive role models, plan innovative learning experiences, assume responsibility for his/her professional growth and show professional commitment to health and physical education organizations. 
Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Schools Clover Hill Elementary School teacher Cindy Jones (right front) won the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s 2015-16 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes elementary physical education teachers who serve as positive role models, plan innovative learning experiences, assume responsibility for his/her professional growth and show professional commitment to health and physical education organizations. Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Schools Irene Barbara Mason, Ruth Jordan and Nancy Ross have been inducted into the county’s Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame, which recognizes seniors who make a difference in their communities.

Fifteen Chesterfield County seniors were nominated this year for the Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame for their valuable contributions to the community, collectively totaling 53,187 hours. All of the nominees were at least 60 years old, reside in Chesterfield County and began their volunteer work after turning 60.


More than 50 local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, along with scout leaders and family members, recently attended Southside Speedway’s Scout Night. The scouts represented nine packs and troops. Pack 2842 won a free dinner from the speedway for having the most registered scouts in attendance. 
Photo courtesy of Beth Nelson More than 50 local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, along with scout leaders and family members, recently attended Southside Speedway’s Scout Night. The scouts represented nine packs and troops. Pack 2842 won a free dinner from the speedway for having the most registered scouts in attendance. Photo courtesy of Beth Nelson Irene Barbara Mason, at 91 years young, volunteers at St. Edwards Catholic Church where she sings with a group at two nursing homes each month. She has volunteered at Chippenham Hospital for more than 41 years – the longest of any volunteer there. While at Chippenham, Mason has helped in many ways, including manning the information desk, changing water pitchers, selling newspapers and assisting with discharging patients. She has been a resident of Chesterfield since 1974.


Recently retired Manchester High School Principal Peter Koste was recently honored during a luncheon of Manchester’s retired teachers. Vicki Henry, Koste’s former secretary, presented him with a check that will go toward the annual Peter Koste Character Scholarship sponsored by the Manchester High School PTSA. 
Photo courtesy of Diane Harris Recently retired Manchester High School Principal Peter Koste was recently honored during a luncheon of Manchester’s retired teachers. Vicki Henry, Koste’s former secretary, presented him with a check that will go toward the annual Peter Koste Character Scholarship sponsored by the Manchester High School PTSA. Photo courtesy of Diane Harris Ruth Jordan has a lifelong commitment to volunteering. From 1973 to 2003, she provided volunteer health care as a member of the Bensley Bermuda Rescue Squad, where she was the first female member. Afterward, she began volunteering with the Chesterfield County Police Department. She helps with special programs, such as K-9 training, National Night Out and acting in training scenarios for recruits. She has been a resident of Chesterfield for 80 years.

Nancy Ross transitioned from retirement to being a full-time volunteer. She advocates for seniors through Rebuilding Together, which provides seniors with home repairs and wheelchair ramps. At the Chesterfield County Food Bank, she helps gather food and coordinates donations for holiday meals. Ross has also worked with the Chesterfield Social Services-Ettrick Neighborhood Foundation to establish a medication assistance program. She has been a resident of Chesterfield for 27 years.


Manchester Middle School’s eighth-grade teachers found a fun way to help students prepare for their reading Standards of Learning test. The teachers created seven game stations, which students visited in order to review topics such as figurative language, summarizing, text structure and inference. 
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Horton Manchester Middle School’s eighth-grade teachers found a fun way to help students prepare for their reading Standards of Learning test. The teachers created seven game stations, which students visited in order to review topics such as figurative language, summarizing, text structure and inference. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Horton Education

Jackie Slemaker, school counselor at Jacobs Road Elementary, has been named Virginia Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Virginia School Counselor Association. She also was selected as a semifinalist in the American School Counselor Association’s awards process and is now in the running to become the National School Counselor of the Year.

Cosby High School’s Nicole Winter has been named Virginia’s 2016 History Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Department of Education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She is now in the running to become the National History Teacher of the Year.

Chesterfield County Public Schools recently recognized outstanding firstyear teachers with Beginning Teacher Awards. Michael Miller, fifth-grade teacher at Swift Creek Elementary, is the Elementary School Beginning Teacher of the Year; Allison Page, who teaches a collaborative class of seventh- and eighth-grade language arts at Bailey Bridge Middle, is the Middle School Beginning Teacher of the Year; and Jennifer Walters, photography teacher at Meadowbrook High, is the High School Beginning Teacher of the Year.

Virginia Credit Union has awarded $2,500 scholarships to four county students through its Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarship Program. The students were selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay and work to help defray the cost of education. The winners are Julia Cone, a graduate of Midlothian High School, who will attend John Tyler Community College; Elizabeth White, a graduate of Monacan High School, who will attend Virginia Tech; Sidney McPhail, a sophomore at the University of Mary Washington studying music education; and Peter Trieu, a junior at the University of Virginia studying commerce.

Call Federal Credit Union has awarded $2,500 Alice S. Pearce Scholarships to Connor Colassco, Cosby High School, and Austin Thomas, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, based on their leadership, academic rigor and community service.

Business

Electric linemen from Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) took top honors at the 14th Annual Terex Gaff-n- Go Lineman’s Rodeo in Doswell earlier this month. SEC’s journeyman division team of Brad Ashwell, Greg Ayers and Ashley Tuck earned the coveted Jimmy Gardner Award, named for a pioneering Virginia lineman and given to the topplacing rodeo team among members of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. The award, given annually at the competition, factors in scores from five separate events that measure the wide range of skills used by electric utility linemen. SEC apprentice lineman Trevor Duers earned second place out of 47 apprentices in the Cross Arm Relocation competition and placed ninth overall.

Athletics

Virginia State University (VSU) has extended head men’s basketball coach Lonnie Blow Jr.’s contract through 2021. Blow joined the VSU Trojan family in 2013. During his three seasons as head coach, he led VSU to an overall record of 56-24 and extended his career coaching record to 118-54. Under Blow’s leadership, the Trojans finished the 2015-16 season as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Co-Divisional Champions and clinched the 2016 CIAA Basketball Tournament Title.

Aubree Carasquillo, a Matoaca High field hockey standout, has signed with Shenandoah University. Carasquillo, the daughter of Gilberto and Missy Carasquillo, played five seasons for the Warriors. She is a center midfielder and served as varsity team captain for two years. Her many field hockey recognitions include most valuable player, All-Academic Conference 12 team and All Conference 12 First team.

Guardian Christian Academy’s (GCA) Competition Cheer Team placed first in the school cheer division at the Cheer and Dance U.S. Finals held in Virginia Beach earlier this month. The team, consisting of fifth- and sixth-grade students, earned a spot and a gold bid to the Old Dominion Beach Blast Cheer Competition to be held in Richmond in November. The GCA Cheer Team became national champions in the intermediate elementary division.

Government

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, a program of Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services, collected 8,500 diapers to give to families in need this year. Fifteen mothers were given a week’s supply of diapers at the Families First Mother’s Day event, and other families will receive diapers throughout the year.

Individual achievements

A 1996 Thomas Dale High School graduate and Chester native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard one of two forward deployed dock landing ships, the USS Germantown. Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Tucker is an electronics technician aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan. Navy electronics technicians are responsible for troubleshooting electronic systems on the ship.

Alex Dietrich of Midlothian was recently recognized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth during an awards ceremony after he scored exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test. As part of the Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests to reveal their capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions. Only about 30 percent of Talent Search participants earn an awards-ceremony invitation. Dietrich plans to attend Maggie Walker Governor’s School this fall.

Mary Studevant, former deputy director of the Defense Supply Center Richmond’s (DSCR) Support Services Directorate, now known as Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Installation Support at Richmond, has been selected for the 2016 DLA Aviation’s Hall of Fame. Studevant served DLA for more than 30 years, holding various civilian positions to include supervisory and nonsupervisory positions within DSCR. Her career began in 1967 as a secretary and continued for more than 17 years in the acquisition field.

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