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VSBA StudentsTwo Cumberland High School students—Haven Langhorne and Wyatt Salinas—attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Student Leadership Workshop held in Williamsburg as part of the VSBA Annual Conference. The Student Leadership Workshop is designed to develop leadership skills and to foster opportunities for students to assume leadership roles. During the annual conference, more than 1,000 school board members, superintendents, division administrators, education officials, and others gather to learn about nationwide and statewide trends, to meet and learn from key policy officials, and to bring back new best management practices to their home school divisions.

VSBA 2014 Student Leadership FairUnder the direction of Mrs. Cheryl Davis, two Cumberland High School students attended the Student Achievement Fair sponsored by the Virginia Schools Boards Association. The event was held on Wednesday, November 10, 2014, from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. prior to the kickoff of the VSBA Annual Convention. Wesley Marshall and Ciera Whaley presented the business plan for the Cumberland Duke Enterprise school store.

The Student Achievement Fair is designed to showcase student achievement and to give school division leaders an opportunity to see exemplary programs that are improving student achievement across the Commonwealth. The business plan exhibited by Wesley and Ciera was a prime example of project-based learning, whereby high school students learned valuable marketing and 21st Century skills by operating a real business.

Academic Jackets--2014Cumberland High School held an Academic Jacket Award Ceremony on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. The event was held in the CHS gym, with parents and the student body present to watch the recipients receive their jackets. The JROTC did the Presentation of the Colors at the start of the ceremony, followed by the playing of the National Anthem by the CHS Band, led by band director Anthony Gocha. Dakoda Boyles, the Junior Class President, gave the welcome. All students receiving jackets were called to the podium where their parents, guardians, or teachers assisted them in putting on their jacket.

To be eligible for a jacket, students had to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Principal Jeffrey Scales, Assistant Principal Cora Tolliver, and Guidance Counselor Meribeth Ewing announced the recipients and shook hands with students and parents. Forty-nine jackets were awarded. Recipients included Evan M. Arrighi, Shelby Emily-Anne Atkins, John Ryan Bapties, Issac Lewis Blanton Jr., John Alexander Blanton, Deitrich LaTroy Brown, Jalen Krishaun Brown, Justin Isaiah Caban, Samuel Bedford Cahoon, Chase Edward Davis, Jennavive Christine Dayton, Ross Tyler Fillman, Brenna Michelle Halvorsen, Taneijha Ja’shae Hampton, Savannah Grace Harlow, Annesha Doris Harris, Kyrra-Mae Inez Walker Hodges, Kevin Robert Huddleston, Thomas Lee Huddleston, Jody Lynn Jefferies, Jessica Lauren Johnson, Vanessa Joyce-Lynne Jones, Joseph Daniel Kingsley, Del-Monta Malic Langhorne, Kayla Zahkael Lawson, Tamra L Lincoln, Brittany Alysse Lowe, Alexa Rene’ Massey, Derek Ryan Massey, Sarah Michelle Massey, Breanna Morgan Meinhard, Brenton Alexander Morris, Ian Cameron Oliver, Morgan E. Ownby, Taylor Nicole Parker, Jacob Paul Perry, Karli Elizabeth Raby, Waylon J. Rhymer, Gina Marie Rucci, Alexis Wyatt Salinas, Kiara Charmaine Samuels, Tyler Wilson Shores, Ajah Katlyn Smith, Kajah Ashley Smith, Cara Nicole Thompson, Michael Alexander Turner, Colby Edward White, Nicholas Hart Wilson, and Olivia R. Yonce.

A reception, prepared by Mrs. Margaret Dawson’s Culinary Arts students, was held in the CHS cafetorium after the presentation of the jackets.

George Reid--VSBACumberland County School Board Member George J. Reid, Jr., District Four, was presented with the VSBA All Virginia School Board Award during the opening session of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Annual Convention on November 19, 2014. The award recognizes school board members from across the state for their boardsmanship qualities. This is the 13th year the awards have been offered.

Reid was appointed to the Cumberland County School Board in June 1993 and has served continuously since that time. While on the board, he has been both chairman and vice-chairman (his current position) and has functioned in various other capacities, including board representative for and chairman of the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia, and voting delegate for the VSBA Delegate Assembly.