On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Cumberland High School held a Junior Ring Ceremony in the Cafetorium. Juniors were presented with their rings by CHS principal Dr. Jeffrey Scales, who was himself a graduate of CHS. Parents, teachers, and administrators were in attendance to watch students put on their rings. Then the Juniors participated in the traditional “ring turning” rite by having friends and teachers turn the ring the number of times equal to the last two digits of the class year.
Nick Yoder is presented with his Junior ring by high school principal Dr. Jeffrey Scales.
CHS Juniors proudly display their new rings.
In recognition of “VSBA Take Your Legislator to School Month,” Cumberland County Public Schools invited Delegate Tommy Wright to visit Cumberland Elementary School (CES) and to have lunch in the cafeteria. Delegate Wright—who represents the counties of Amelia, Cumberland, Lunenburg (part), Mecklenburg, and Nottoway—visited classrooms and interacted with students. He gave an impromptu lesson to the students in Mrs. Layne’s third grade class on how government operates. During lunch in the CES cafeteria, he discussed educational issues currently being debated in the General Assembly.
Ms. Kathryn Garrett (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Ginny Gills (Principal), Delegate Tommy Wright, and Dr. Chip Jones (Assistant Superintendent) get ready to tour the elementary school before having lunch in the cafeteria.
Delegate Wright answers questions about how government operates in Mrs. Kateri Layne’s third grade room.
Jordan Newman, a 10th grade Future Farmers of America (FFA) member at Cumberland High School, competed at the National Agriscience Fair at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, from October 25 -28, 2017. Jordan's project was "Does the Sex of the Lamb Affect the Weekly Weight Gain from Week 1 Until Weaning?" He competed in the Animal Systems, Division 3 category. There were 32 entries in his division from across the United States. Jordan was awarded 10th place overall with a silver rating. Participants in the National Agriscience Fair were recognized at a luncheon.
Over 63,000 members and guests attended the National Convention this year. During the convention, in addition to competing, FFA members participated in workshops, leadership development activities, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the United States. Jordan met FFA members from as far away as Alaska, California, and Puerto Rico. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with representatives from Agriculture colleges from across the country and visit at the trade Expo. Jordan said that he enjoyed the competition and that he was already thinking about a project for next year, since he definitely wanted to earn a trip back to the National Convention.
He was accompanied on the trip by Alex Parker, a 9th grade FFA member. The boys participated in convention sessions held at the Bankers Life Field House (home of the
Indiana Pacers), attended a Rascal Flatts concert at Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), attended workshops, and visited the Expo showcasing many, many agriculture related companies and colleges. They also visited the NCAA Hall of Champions, which is near theconvention center.
Jordan Newman displays his board at the FFA National Convention.
Alex Parker and Jordan Newman proudly display their FFA jackets at the National Convention.
Jordan Newman stands with Mr. Henry Paris, retired agriculture instructor and volunteer with the Cumberland FFA.