The Cumberland County School Board recognized the following students for their outstanding performance in regional competition of the Future Business Leaders of America:
1st Place American Enterprise Project—Ciara Gilman and Wyatt Salinas. 1st Place Business Law—Jody Jefferies. 1st Place Impromptu Speaking—Alexa Massey. 2nd Place Networking Concepts—Wesley Marshall. 2nd Place Introduction to Business—Kaylah Paras. 2nd Place Database Design and Applications—Coleman Phillips. 2nd Place Public Speaking II—Wyatt Salinas. 2nd Place Business Ethics—Kyle Shuart and Sean Stimpson. 2nd Place Public Service Announcement—Del-Monta Langhorne and Sherita Brown. 3rd Place Computer Applications—Khadeem Bumpass. 3rd Place Banking and Financial Systems—Francisco Sustaita and Daquan Trent. 3rd Place Management Decision Making—Ronnie Allen, Deitrich Brown, and Andrew Brown.
It was also noted that Cumberland High School was recognized as an Honor Chapterat the FBLA State Conference held in Reston, VA, on April 3-4, 2015. Moreover, Senior Alexa Massey was named the State FBLA Champion in Impromptu Speaking.
Photo: Kaylah Paras, Wyatt Salinas, and Alexa Massey attended the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board to receive their certificates of recognition for their outstanding performance in FBLA competition.
Six Cumberland students were selected to attend the Governor’s Youth Development Academy (GYDA) for Region 8. Cumberland students attending included Hunter Cochran, Trevon Foster, Chelsea Giles, Matthew Hazlegrove, John Jefferies, and Canaan Keese.
Governor’s Youth Development Academies were held across the state. The Region 8 GYDA, which was started by area superintendents for rising 9th and 10th graders, places a focus on civics education, financial literacy, community service, preventive health, personal character development, and leadership. In the program, students engaged in civic and community service projects; participated in activities that improved personal development and responsibility (including interpersonal relationships, problem-solving, character development, and healthy lifestyles); investigated colleges and career preparation (including completing interest and skill inventories, setting goals, and finding employment); and improved financial literacy by engaging in activities such as budgeting, using money, and managing credit.
Three students gave an overview of the activities at Longwood University during spring break on April 6-9, 2015. These six students will be attending a multi-week program during the summer.
Photo: Canaan Keese, Chelsea Giles, and John Jefferies attended the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board to outline their activities as participants in the Region 8 Governor’s Youth Development Academy.
The Cumberland School Board voted to approve Ahkiya Allen as the Student Liaison to the School Board for the 2015-2016 school year. Hannah King was approved as the Alternate Student Liaison. Both students will be Seniors for the upcoming year. The Student Liaison serves a one-year term, regularly attends School Board meetings, and provides input on issues that directly affect the student body. The Alternate Student Liaison provides support and assistance to the Clerk of the School Board and serves in place of the Student Liaison when he/she cannot attend. The Student Liaison does not have a vote and does not attend closed sessions.
The School Board also recognized and thanked Wyatt Salinas, Student Liaison for 2014-2015, and Amanda Massey, Alternate Student Liaison for 2014-2015. Both of these students will graduate in May. Wyatt Salinas plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall and obtain a degree in mechanical engineering and physics. Alexa Massey plans to attend the University of Virginia where she will major in pre-medicine.
Top: Ahkiya Allen was appointed the new Student Liaison and Hannah King was appointed the Alternate Student Liaison for the upcoming school year.
Bottom: Wyatt Salinas, Student Liaison to the School Board for 2014-2015, and Alexa Massey, Alternate Student Liaison for 2014-2-15 attended their final School Board meetings as liaisons.
The Cumberland County School Board recognized Mr. Donald “Duck” Smith at the April meeting for his service to the school division. Born at Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, VA, Mr. Smith and his twin brother, Ronald, are two of seven children of the late Paulette and Mildred Smith. His father gave the twins the nicknames of “Duck” and “Chicken” when they were young. Years later, “Duck” became his handle as a professional truck driver for over 40 years.
Mr. Smith grew up in Cumberland and attended Cumberland County Public Schools. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, who is a veteran substitute teacher for CUCPS, for over 33 years. They have a daughter, Amanda, who has an intellectual disability. She is a participant in Special Olympics of Virginia. When the position of softball coach opened up, he took over the team. Besides being a coach, he is active in fundraising and helps as a chaperone and driver for the Special Olympics state championships.
After retiring from driving, he decided not to sit at home. He is now a part-time driver for Crossroads Service Board. Mr. Smith was named “Farm Bureau Volunteer of the Year” in 2013 for Area 12. In his spare time, Mr. Smith enjoys camping with his family at various state parks, fishing, and swimming.
Three staff members of Cumberland County Public Schools received awards from the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC). Staff members included Ms. Stacy Manuel, Ms. Phyllis Langhorne, and Mrs. Kim Page.
Mrs. Kim Page, a Cumberland Middle School Teacher, received the SVRTC Technology Teacher Award for 2014-2015. This award recognizes an individual teacher who advances learning through integration of technology into the curriculum. Technology has been recognized as a valuable classroom tool and effective use of technology has resulted in increased student achievement.
Ms. Stacy Manuel received the SVRTC Instructional Support Award for 2014-2015. This award recognizes an individual who advances learning through modeling the integration of technology into the curriculum. Ms. Manuel constantly uses technology in the math lab. Technology Supervisor Chris Hartley noted, “Mrs. Manuel frequents classrooms during her free time, seeking to assist colleagues with all the technology queries. She acquaints fellow teachers with new technology, resulting in the success of its deployment and management throughout the school.”
Ms. Phyllis Langhorne received the SVRTC Technology Support Award. This award is given to a technology support individual who advances a school division’s technology environment through providing crucial tech support. Ms. Langhorne has provided critical assistance in maintaining a functional and productive work environment. In addition, she gives assistance with e-Rate and VPSA paperwork to help secure funding for school division infrastructure.
SVRTC Award Winners include Ms. Phyllis Langhorne, SVRTC Technology Support Award; Mrs. Kim Page, SVRTC Technology Teacher Award; and Ms. Stacy Manuel, SVRTC Instructional Support Award.
The members of the Cumberland School Board recognized students for their achievement in Conference 44-1A East Virginia High School League events. Students competed in Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, and Forensics. The Forensic team, led by sponsor Charles Haigh, was the two-time Conference 44 Champions (2014-2015). They traveled to State competition and finished 4th out of 23 1A level teams. The team had four All-VHSL State Finalists: Alexa Massey, 1st place Impromptu; Brittny Price, 3rd place Extemporaneous; and Brenton Morris and Wyatt Salinas, 3rd place Dramatic Duo. The following students were recognized:
Infinity Anderson—1st Team All-Conference 44, Annesha Harris—1st Team All-Conference 44.
Deitrich Brown – 1st Team All-Conference 44 & 2nd Team All-1A East Region; Ahmad Booker – 2nd Team All-Conference 44, Jeremiah Mayo – 2nd Team All-Conference 44.
Justin Crawford (Conference 44 Champion; Region, 3rd Place—Dramatic Interpretation), Acadia Czeizinger (Conference 44 Champion; Region 4th Place—Prose Interpretation), Amatul-Malik Fulani (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region, 4th Place—Original Oratory), Riley Jo Giles (Conference 44 Champion; Region, 2nd Place—Storytelling , Kyrra-Mae Hodges (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region, 4th Place—Serious Duo), Katey Hougland, John Jefferies (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region Champion—Humorous Duo), Cheyenne Johnson (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region Champion—Poetry Interpretation), Madaline Johnston (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region, 3rd Place—Prose Interpretation), Harleigh Marion (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region 4th Place—Serious Duo), Alexa Massey (Conference 44 Champion; Region Champion; State Champion—Impromptu) , Brenton Morris (Conference 44 Champion; Region Champion; State, 3rd Place—Dramatic Duo), Logan Morris (Conference 44, 3rd Place; Region, 5th Place—Humorous Interpretation), Kaylah Paras (Conference 44, 3rd Place; Region, 4th Place—Poetry), Brittny Price (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region, 3rd Place; State, 3rd Place—Extemporaneous , Wyatt Salinas (Conference 44 Champion; Region Champion; State, 3rd Place—Dramatic Duo), Shayna Swanson (Conference 44, 2nd Place; Region Champion—Humorous Duo), Crystal Rundstrom (Conference 44, 3rd Place; Region, 5th Place—Storytelling), Chyann Taylor (Conference 44, 3rd Place; Region, 5th Place—Dramatic Interpretation). Two members of the team—William Kinney and Holly Tillett—were unable to compete due to schedule conflicts.
ROW 1: Demory Williamson, Katey Hougland. ROW 2: Shayna Swanson, Kaylah Paras, Brittny Price, Alexa Massey, and Acadia Czeizinger. ROW 3: Deitrich Brown, Annesha Harris, Riley Jo Giles, Madaline Johnson, Kyrra-Mae Hodges, Harleigh Marion, Chyann Taylor, and Crystal Rundstrom. ROW 4: Justin Crawford, Jeremiah Mayo, John Jefferies, Holly Tillett, Brenton Morris, Wyatt Salinas, Logan Morris, and Mr. Charles Haigh.
Under the Meet the Staff portion of the agenda, members of the Cumberland School Board recognized the following staff members: Mr. Edgar Knapp, new Cumberland High School Economics and Personal Finance teacher and head football coach for next year; Ms. Donna Moore, Cumberland Elementary School teacher; and Mrs. Kamanie Samarasinghe, special education teacher at Cumberland Middle School.
Five students were recognized by the Cumberland School Board at the April meeting for achieving their welding certifications from Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). Students included Jeremy Fitzgerald, Tristan James, Todd Jones, Tiffany Moore, and Ricky Moorefield.
These students take some of their classes at Cumberland High School, but travel to SVCC to participate in the welding classes. In the classes students learn techniques and skills for joining or cutting metal surfaces. Welding is a highly skilled trade in high demand in the area and across the nation. The need for welders is predicted to grow in the next decade.
Caption: Ricky Moorefield, Todd Jones, Tristan James, and Jeremy Fitzgerald. (Not pictured—Tiffany Moore).
Two Cumberland students were recognized at the April meeting of the Cumberland School Board for honors given them by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Sam Cahoon, a senior at Cumberland High School, received DAR Good Citizen Award. He was selected by the 12th grade teachers for being an excellent role model for students by excelling academically and by demonstrating character and social responsibility. Sam, accompanied by his parents, was honored during an award ceremony held by the Farmville DAR Chapter. Sam plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall, where he plans to major in engineering.
Middle School student Graceyn Cubbage was selected as the winner of the DAR American History Essay contest. The annual contest, which is open to students in grades 5 through 8, fosters an appreciation for American history. This year’s topic was “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.” Graceyn is the daughter of Kenneth and Karen Cubbage.
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education.
Photo: Sam Cahoon was recognized at the April meeting of the Cumberland School Board for receiving the DAR Good Citizen Award.
While students typically get to engage in athletic games in physical education classes, Cumberland High School students had the opportunity to create their own games. Under the direction of teachers Melissa Santmyer and Allan Waechter, students worked in groups or individually to create new games. Some were combinations of well-known games, such as Boccer (a combination of basketball and soccer), created by Brandon Cottrell and Jacob Wright, and Soccer-Bowl, by C. J. Miller. Others were brand new games, such as Jail Break, created by Hannah Swain and William Francisco. After creating their games, students had to instruct classmates on how to play. After playing the games, students got to critique the games and offer suggestions for improvement.
Student Hannah Swain assisted Ms. Santmyer in presenting an overview of the new games to the members of the Cumberland School Board at the April meeting. Games not only provided students with the opportunity to develop athletic ability, they also encourage sportsmanship and teambuilding. Creating their own games allowed students to engage in 21st Century learning, including collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.
Pictured: Ms. Melissa Santmyer, student Hannah Swain, and Mr. Allan Waechter were recognized at the April School Board meeting and had the opportunity to present the new games developed by students.