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The annual Cumberland Spelling Bee was hosted in January at Cumberland Elementary School. The division winner was seventh grader Cierra Jeffers. All grade level winners and runners-up were recognized by the members of the Cumberland School Board at the March 2016 meeting. Winners were as follows:
1st Grade – Eric Johnson, David Sullivan (Runner-up)
2nd Grade – Tamilyah Harris, Taytana Brooks (Runner-up)
3rd Grade – Natalie Sullivan, Addy Carne (Runner-up)
4th Grade – Chase Myers, Brooklyn Winingham (Runner-up)
5th Grade – Jack Williamson, Shyheim Brown (Runner-up)
6th Grade – Dylon Boatwright, Jaleel Brown (Runner-up)
7th Grade – Cierra Jeffers (Division Champion), Mya Johnson Taylor (Runner-up)
8th Grade – Graceyn Cubbage, Tanner Cochran (Runner-up)
Photo: Spelling Bee participants who attended the March meeting of the Cumberland School Board to be recognized included the following: Eric Johnson, Taytana Brooks, Brooklyn Winingham, Tamilyah Harris, Addy Carne, Natalie Sullivan, and David Sullivan.
Members of the Cumberland School Board were introduced to the following staff members at the March 14, 2016, meeting:
Maria Olsen Cumberland Middle School Custodian
Lisa Lee JV Softball Coach
Stephanie Morris Marion Assistant Softball Coach
Bryant Winbush JV Baseball Coach
Dr. Griffin, Superintendent of Schools, noted that two of these new staff members—Stephanie Marion and Bryant Winbush—were former Cumberland High School graduates.
Photo: Mrs. Maria Olsen and Mr. Bryant Winbush were recognized by the Cumberland School Board at the March 14, 2016, meeting. [Not pictured were Mrs. Stephanie Marion and Ms. Lisa Lee.
The following Students of the Month from Cumberland County Schools were recognized at the March 16, 2016, meeting of the School Board: Nicholas Abbott (Grade 10, son of Mr. Devin Moore [stepfather] and Ms. Jamie Abbott of Farmville), Seth Whaley (Grade 6, son of Penny and David Whaley of Cumberland), and Chelsea Baker (Grade 4, daughter of David and Lalita Baker of Cumberland).
The Cumberland County School Board recognized Mrs. Lena C. Chapman as the featured community member for February 2016. Mrs. Chapman is an alumna of Cumberland High School, and she later attended Southside Community College and Liberty University. She is the wife of Michael Chapman, who also attended CHS, and the mother to three girls: Kayla, who graduated in 2015, as well as Victoria and Calista, who currently attend Cumberland High. Mrs. Chapman is also the granddaughter of Donald and Jean Bishop.
Mrs. Chapman grew up in Cumberland, where she lived on the Bishop Farm with her grandparents. Mr. Donald Bishop was the President of the Cumberland Farm Bureau and recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lifetime Membership Award through the Farm Bureau Federation. She stated that her grandparents instilled in her a passion for God, family and community.
Currently, Mrs. Chapman is an insurance agent for the Virginia Farm Bureau, where she represents the counties of Cumberland and Buckingham. Prior to this, Mrs. Chapman worked as a realtor at Long and Foster and Hometown Reality from 2002-2006. In 2006, she began a career at Oakwood Homes, becoming the top Housing Consultant from 2006-2015, overseeing the application, delivery, instillation, and insurance of homes.
Through the years, she has maintained strong community ties by being an active member of Tar Wallet Baptist Church. She has served as Youth Leader since 2012 and Choir Leader since 2013. Mrs. Chapman continues her community service by being the Cumberland County Workforce Opportunity Investment Act Board (WOIA) representative, serving on the Youth Council for WOIA, 4-H volunteer for the Reality Store at CHS, and the current presenter at the Auto Safety Presentation for Young Drivers.
Mrs. Chapman said that she serves Cumberland County because she loves the community. She noted that her grandparents are her inspiration and that she aspires to continue their legacy. Mrs. Chapman wants to be a positive fixture in this community, just like her grandparents. She takes pride in helping community members protect their standards of living, in times of prosperity and in potential devastation. Mrs. Chapman stated that she will continue to strive to be the best insurance professional that she can, serving her community in all things that she does. Mrs. Chapman said, “I am truly blessed to have my grandparents as my biggest fans, my family, and a community that I love.”