A student points to information on a poster. A Greendale Elementary fourth-grade student presents on his topic of Rebuilding Engines!

On Tuesday, April 1, Greendale Elementary 4-H members held their annual Presentation and Public Speaking program. To prepare for this contest, students selected a topic of interest, conducted research either through reading informational text or completing an interview, developed posters as visual aids, and then practiced, practiced, practiced! Fifty-four students competed and were judged in the areas of appearance, introduction, subject matter, presentation, summary, achievement of purpose and questions. Ten fourth-grade students received red ribbons for their participation; these students were as follows: Elyssa B., Logan C., April C., Re’le D., Kallie D., Cody F., Kiera G., Julie M., Alexus S., and Rebecca V. Two fifth-grade students, Natalie S. and Anissa W. each received blue ribbons for their presentations. The following fourth-grade students received blue ribbons: Sophie A., Emma B., Dawson B., Sylvia C., Jazmine C., Breana C., Erica C., Mackenzie D., Raleigh F., Zane H., Javon H., Jazmyne H., Ayoub H., Shane H., Raiyan I., Jason J., David J., D.J. K., Sydney K., Konnor K., Zane K., Luke L, Travis L., Peyton M., Garron M., Gevin M., Eli M., Madison M., Job N., Connor N., Brynne N., Sydney N., Andy R., Abbie R., Maria R., Makayla R., Connor S., MacKenzie W., Caroline W., Jacob W., Jill W., and Ashton W.

Each student who received a blue ribbon could represent Greendale Elementary School at the Washington County 4-H Activity Day on April 12 at Abingdon High School. The following students participated in the county-wide contest: Emma B., Zane K., and Travis L. Congratulations to Luke L., Madison M., Connor N., and Anissa W. who were county champions! These four students may represent our county at the district contest!

Dad, daughter, and mom sit at covered table with lady coach and sister standing behind them in small auditorium room. Senior Riley S. looks forward to her next achievement by continuing her soccer career in college.

Abingdon High School senior, Riley S., made her commitment to continue her soccer career by signing with Brevard College. Riley has been a four-year starter for the Lady Falcon soccer team as goalkeeper and has served as team captain for the past three years. As a freshman, she was named 2nd team All-District goalkeeper, Honorable Mention All-Region goalkeeper, and posted nine shut-outs. During her sophomore year, Riley was named 1st team All-District goalkeeper, 2nd team All-Region goalkeeper, and Goalkeeper of the Year for the district. At season's end her junior year, she was given the Most Valuable Defender Award by her coach, Donna Barkley. Riley was joined by her family, coach, teammates, and many friends showing their support for her future as a Brevard College.

A group of students are wearing hard hats and zip line gear. GATE students are ready for their zip line adventure.

Wallace Middle School GATE students recently visited the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they reaped the benefits of USNWC's educational and recreational programs. The USNWC is a non-profit outdoor recreation and athletic training facility for whitewater rafting and also includes kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking, as well as high and low ropes courses and ziplines. The educational component of the students' trip included a study of human impacts on the environment, exploration of ways to make a difference in their environment and how to lessen their ecological footprints, and biomagnification. Students also participated in a variety of other physically and mentally challenging activities featured in the park such as the Mega Jump, a 40-foot free fall, the Mega Zip, a 1,123-foot zip-line which begins at the top of a 46 foot tower, goes over the whitewater river, and ends at Hawk Island, and The Adventure Course, an aerial obstacle course 20 feet high in the trees. One of the highlights of the experience occurred when students and chaperones boarded the guided rafts to paddle Class II, III, and IV rapids in the Center's recirculating river which consists of two channels: the Olympic-standard slalom competition channel and the longer wilderness channel. The culminating trip for Wallace's GATE Program was an amazing experience shared by all who went!

Teachers sit and stand around a dinner table. Business Teachers Patty Denton, Joy Munsey, DeDe Whichard, and David Farris attend a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange.

Working in Support of Education (W!SE), a New York City based, educational not-for-profit, announced on April 7 the winners of the “100 Best W!SE High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.” John S. Battle High School was ranked in the Top 100. Abingdon High School ranked 27, Patrick Henry High School ranked 17, and Holston High School ranked 7 in the Top 100! The Top 30 schools were invited to an awards ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange on April 7 and provided a tour of the NYSE trading floor. Teachers from Abingdon High and Holston High attended the ceremony. Special guests included Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the NYSE, Bruce Kasman, JP Morgan Chase, and Sharon Epperson, Personal Finance Correspondent for CNBC.

The WISE program provides teachers with a curriculum and resources to prepare students for the WISE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The test is currently given in 34 states and Washington County began using this test in the economics and personal finance classes in 2012. The ranking was determined by an advisory board which took into consideration the average test score and pass rate for each school, number of students tested in proportion to school population and consideration was given to eligibility for free and reduced lunch. Twenty-nine Virginia High Schools made the Top 100 list.

Two ladies stand in evening gowns. Courtnie G. and her mother attended the Queen of Hearts Gala where Courtnie received First Runner Up.

Courtnie G. represented John S. Battle in the 2013-2014 Queen of Hearts campaign. Courtnie’s efforts won her 1st Runner Up at the Queen of Hearts Gala. She raised over $11,000 which combined with other young ladies in the county to raise over $51,000 for the American Heart Association. During her campaign Courtnie sponsored a 5K color-run, jeans days for teachers, lunches for faculty and staff, and other various fundraising events. Her parents, fellow classmates, and teachers are all proud of Courtnie and her achievements.

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