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Angela WhittakerMs. Angela Whittaker, a career and technical education teacher at Cumberland High School,received the 2013 Virginia Conservation Educator of the Year Award.  The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) is a private nonprofit association of 47 soil and water conservation districts in Virginia and is classified accordingly as a 501 (c)(5).  The organization promotes leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs.  It coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus effectively on issues identified by local member districts.  Their mission is to serve and strengthen soil and water conservation districts in the stewardship of natural resources.  Each year they recognize one educator who embodies the mission of the organization and for their active improvement and saving of our state’s lands and water.  Ms. Whittaker will have a chance to continue to the national level competition over the coming months.

Kelly Snoddy (left) and Superintendent Amy Griffin (right) congratulate Ms. Angela Whittaker (center) for receiving the 2013 Virginia Conservation Educator of the Year Award.

Justin Coleman

Justin Coleman, a Senior at Cumberland High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC on February 14-16, 2014.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Justin Coleman was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Cumberland High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Justin Coleman will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what is to be expected in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Justin Coleman are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy plans to launch in 2013 and 2014 are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C., the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

high bridge

The Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. AND Centra Southside Community Hospital are sponsoring a 5K Run for Scholarships. The event will include a run across the legendary High Bridge which is a part of the High Bridge Trail State Park. Proceeds will go to scholarships for graduates of the Cumberland County High School. Participants who register before the March 1 deadline will receive a High Bridge t-shirt. Medals will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers plus the top male & female finishers in the following categories: 12 & under, 13 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 - 59, 60 and over. Timing and scoring of the 5K Run for Scholarships will be provided by Riverside Runners. Online registration is available at Paper forms are also available at the Cumberland County School Board office, the Southside Virginia Family YMCA or at Riverside Runners in Lynchburg. Early registration deadline: March 1, 2013. Mail paper registration form and payment to: Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, P. O. Box 170, Cumberland, VA 23040.  Click here for links to Event Flyer and Online Pre-Registration.

Cross Country--1On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Cumberland High School students Matthew Horton, Jared Halvorsen, and Matthew Bapties competed in VHSL 1A State Cross Country Championships at Great Meadows, in The Plains, Virginia. According to Coach Kenneth Jasy, all three young men represented Cumberland with class and gave their best efforts. Matthew Horton, who was seeking an All-State status of top 15, finished 20th and set a school record time of 17:33. Jared Halvorsen finished 41st with a time of 18:20, a Cumberland freshmen record. Matthew Bapties placed 66st out of 101 state qualified runners with a time of 19:20. The season started for all Virginia 1A schools with 937 male runners. Coach Jasy congratulated the runners for a successful Cross Country season.
Front Row: Coach Kenneth Jasy. BACK ROW: Matthew Bapties, Jared Halvorson, Matthew Horton, and Mrs. Geraldine Jasey.