Two boys hold large fish. Matthew and Zachary show off their catches.

Matthew R. of John S. Battle High School and Zachary F. of Abingdon High School brought a five-bass limit to the scale on Sunday, April 13 weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2014 Virginia State High School Fishing Championship on Smith Mountain Lake. The win qualified the team to compete in a future High School Fishing conference championship.

The 2014 Virginia State High School Fishing Championship was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice. In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all Student Angler Federation (SAF) nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2013 World Finals more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Visit HighSchoolFishing.org for details.

Bright, colored flowers are painted on the outside of a building corner with a trellis on the other side.  Five students and a teacher are standing on parking area around the mural. A back hidden corner outside the school's cafeteria dons a beautiful mural and renovated look as a background for the outdoor eating area.

Abingdon High School art teacher, Ms. Sarah Ellis, and students in her art history class have literally made their mark on Abingdon High School. After studying various artists, such as Diego Rivera, in their class, the students participated in a hands-on activity in which they created a mural of their own. Not only did the project allow the students to apply the concepts they learned in the classroom, it also beautified the area across from our proposed outdoor classroom. The mural depicts spring flowers in the style of the ones found at Mellow Mushroom establishments. We are fortunate to have such talent and dedication among our students who have pride in their school facilities. Ms. Lisa Andis has been the coordinator throughout the year of this program which has brought about many improved areas through these beautification projects.

A teacher stands holding a VEA magazine. Mrs. Mink stands holding her article that was published.

Pam Mink’s article “Seeing the Light- Together” was published in the April 2014 VEA Virginia Journal of Education. The theme for this publication was “Telling our stories.” Pam Mink is a second grade teacher at Meadowview Elementary. The success of Pam’s article does not stop at the VEA level. Just recently NEA has contacted Pam to use a variation of this article for the NEA back to school version with a theme of collaboration. Since then, VEA has contacted Pam Mink with permission to reprint her VEA article in Education Digest. Pam’s article focused on the team collaboration with team planning, analyzing team data, and the importance of having a common planning time to help students be successful. Pam’s second grade team members and the entire Meadowview School is proud of Pam’s published accomplishments.

People pour a liquid into a pot. AP Chemistry students pour the liquid nitrogen into the ice cream ingredients.

AP Chemistry students at Patrick Henry recently celebrated the completion of the AP test with a little ice cream. Dr. Hainsworth of Emory and Henry College generously donated the remaining liquid nitrogen to the class for the purpose of making the ice cream quickly. Liquid nitrogen has a freezing point of -210°C and a boiling point of -196°C. As the students poured the liquid nitrogen into the pot containing the ingredients, the liquid nitrogen quickly vaporized eliciting oohs and aahs from the students. After making and enjoying the ice cream, students then sacrificed a banana and several flowers to a liquid nitrogen bath. The after effects were smashing!

Woman sits at laptop. Ms. Bradley shares pictures taken in China.

Second graders at Watauga Elementary were fortunate to welcome a guest speaker, Sujean Bradley, to discuss Ancient China. She teaches preschool at Rhea Valley Elementary. She has visited China twice. As a result of her trips, she has many experiences to share. She showed a slideshow of photographs and discussed many interesting facts about life in China. The presentation had elements of both present-day life and life in Ancient China. She placed a special emphasis on how people are alike in many ways, in spite of our different cultures. At the end, there was an interesting and informative question and answer session. Xie’, Xie’ to Ms. Bradley for taking time to visit with us!

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