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On Monday, February 13, 2017, the members of the Cumberland School Board recognized the students of the month for December and January. Students included the following:  Nicholas Foster (Pre-Kindergarten, son of Scott and Christina Foster of Farmville), Chloe Bell (Kindergarten, son Kenneth and Lisa Bell of Cumberland), Caper Angle (Grade 5, Geoff and Megan Angle of Farmville), Emma Marion (Grade 6, daughter of Mike Marion of Cumberland), Roger Garrison (Grade 11, son of Roger and Tasha Garrison of Cumberland), and Kasie Fowler (Grade 12, daughter of Daryl and Pam Fowler of Cumberland).


Students of the Month recognized at the February meeting of the Cumberland School Board include the following:  FRONT ROW:  Nicholas Foster and Chloe Bell. BACK ROW: Roger Garrison, Emma Marion, and Kasie Fowler. [Not pictured is Caper Angle.]

On January 25, 2017, the Cumberland High School Football Team was presented with the George Gasser Sportsmanship Award at a banquet at the Richmond Touchdown Club. This award is for small schools (1A-3A). After each game, the officials give a sportsmanship score to each team throughout the state. At the end of the year, those scores are totaled and the best score wins the award. Coach Edgar Knapp, head football coach for CHS, and the senior team captains—which included Kaleb Boyles, Jaylen Gilliam, and Brandon Leabough—accepted the award. Coach Alfonso Bell (Athletic Director) and Coach Travis Gilliam (Assistant Athletic Director) were also in attendance.

Currently the trophy is displayed on the counter in the high school office. The division will keep the trophy until next year when it will be awarded to the winner for 2017. According to Coach Knapp, “We can win it again next year. We felt like it was a tangible sign that the program. . . is headed in the right direction.”

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Brandon Leabough, Alfonso Bell (Athletic Director), Kaleb Boyles, Edgar Knapp (Head Football Coach), Jaylen Gilliam, and Travis Gilliam (Assistant Athletic Director).

Virginia designated February 8, 2017, as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. This day, typically held on the second Wednesday of February, recognizes the valuable role crossing guards play in making sure students arrive to and depart from school safely. Crossing guards have the important job of controlling vehicular and pedestrian traffic so that students (as well as adults) can cross busy streets and highways.

Crossing guards for Cumberland County Public Schools include Mrs. Wanda Smith-Childress and Mr. Burley Booker. Substitute Crossing Guards include Ms. Robbee Brown and Mr. Omar Liggins.


CUCPS recognizes Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.



Mrs. Wanda Smith-Childress helps monitor traffic in front of Cumberland Middle School.


Mr. Burley Booker stops traffic on busy Route 60.


Ms. Robbee Brown, substitute crossing guard, assists students getting off the bus in front of CMS.

The Cumberland High School (CHS) Forensics Team swept both their second consecutive James River District competition this past Wednesday and their fourth consecutive conference championship at the Conference 42 Championship held on Saturday February 4. With several first, second, and third place finishes, the team is poised to defend the Region 1A East title at West Point next month.

The James River District competition was hosted by Goochland High School on February 1, and consisted of two rounds of competition. CHS students earned five first-place finishes including Seniors Brittny Price, extemporaneous speaking; Demory Williamson, serious interpretation; Madaline Johnston, prose interpretation; Kaylah Paras, poetry interpretation; and John Jefferies, humorous interpretation. Other notable winners included second place finishes for Penny Dorsey, Blessin Franklin, Munirah Fulani, Shayna Swanson, and the duo of Ella Kinney and Nick Overton; third place finishes were awarded to Acadia Czeizinger, Caylor Scales, and the duo of Raheema Fulani and Annabelle Williamson.

Their finishes earned CHS first place in the James River District for a second consecutive year.

On Saturday, the team continued their winning streak and won their fourth consecutive conference championship after sweeping the Conference 42 Forensics tournament.  

Under the leadership of team captain senior Demory Williamson, and Coach Charles Haigh, the CHS Forensics Team earned first place finishes for Brittny Price, Katey Hougland, John Jefferies, Kaylah Paras, Demory Williamson, Annabelle Williamson and Raheema Fulani. Team members Jenice Crump, Munirah Fulani, Kaylyn Sparkman, Penelope Dorsey, Caylor Scales, Acadia Czeizinger, Madaline Johnston, Shayna Swanson, Ella Kinney and Nick Overton all scored second place, and Blessin Franklin earned third. The team now prepares to defend the 1A East Regional title at West Point next month, and hopes to win their third consecutive regional championship.

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Team members pose with the Conference 42 trophy. FRONT ROW: Blessin Franklin, Raheema Fulani, Munirah Fulani, Kaylyn Sparkman, Caylor Scales, Katey Hougland, Demory Williamson (captain), Annabelle Williamson, Penny Dorsey, Jenice Crump, Acadia Czeizinger, and Carly Thompson. BACK ROW: Kaylah Paras, John Jefferies, Charles Haigh (coach), Brittny Price, Aleya Robert, Madaline Johnston, Nick Overton, and Ella Kinney.