A group of students are wearing hard hats and zip line gear. GATE students are ready for their zip line adventure.

Wallace Middle School GATE students recently visited the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they reaped the benefits of USNWC's educational and recreational programs. The USNWC is a non-profit outdoor recreation and athletic training facility for whitewater rafting and also includes kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking, as well as high and low ropes courses and ziplines. The educational component of the students' trip included a study of human impacts on the environment, exploration of ways to make a difference in their environment and how to lessen their ecological footprints, and biomagnification. Students also participated in a variety of other physically and mentally challenging activities featured in the park such as the Mega Jump, a 40-foot free fall, the Mega Zip, a 1,123-foot zip-line which begins at the top of a 46 foot tower, goes over the whitewater river, and ends at Hawk Island, and The Adventure Course, an aerial obstacle course 20 feet high in the trees. One of the highlights of the experience occurred when students and chaperones boarded the guided rafts to paddle Class II, III, and IV rapids in the Center's recirculating river which consists of two channels: the Olympic-standard slalom competition channel and the longer wilderness channel. The culminating trip for Wallace's GATE Program was an amazing experience shared by all who went!

Teachers sit and stand around a dinner table. Business Teachers Patty Denton, Joy Munsey, DeDe Whichard, and David Farris attend a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange.

Working in Support of Education (W!SE), a New York City based, educational not-for-profit, announced on April 7 the winners of the “100 Best W!SE High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.” John S. Battle High School was ranked in the Top 100. Abingdon High School ranked 27, Patrick Henry High School ranked 17, and Holston High School ranked 7 in the Top 100! The Top 30 schools were invited to an awards ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange on April 7 and provided a tour of the NYSE trading floor. Teachers from Abingdon High and Holston High attended the ceremony. Special guests included Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the NYSE, Bruce Kasman, JP Morgan Chase, and Sharon Epperson, Personal Finance Correspondent for CNBC.

The WISE program provides teachers with a curriculum and resources to prepare students for the WISE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The test is currently given in 34 states and Washington County began using this test in the economics and personal finance classes in 2012. The ranking was determined by an advisory board which took into consideration the average test score and pass rate for each school, number of students tested in proportion to school population and consideration was given to eligibility for free and reduced lunch. Twenty-nine Virginia High Schools made the Top 100 list.

Two ladies stand in evening gowns. Courtnie G. and her mother attended the Queen of Hearts Gala where Courtnie received First Runner Up.

Courtnie G. represented John S. Battle in the 2013-2014 Queen of Hearts campaign. Courtnie’s efforts won her 1st Runner Up at the Queen of Hearts Gala. She raised over $11,000 which combined with other young ladies in the county to raise over $51,000 for the American Heart Association. During her campaign Courtnie sponsored a 5K color-run, jeans days for teachers, lunches for faculty and staff, and other various fundraising events. Her parents, fellow classmates, and teachers are all proud of Courtnie and her achievements.

A group of eleven young people stand outside a brick school building on pavement in parking lot. Falcon Debate Team members presented a convincing statement for debate and are advancing to state.

Congratulations to the Abingdon High School Debate Team on placing second in regional tournament at Blacksburg High School on April 5. In just its second year in existence, the team grew from four to eleven and proved to be formidable contenders in regional competition. Six of the team members progressed to state tournament: Austin B. (senior) and Jackson N. (freshman) advanced in Student Congress, while Policy Debate teams, Darby B. and Alexis R. (freshmen) along with Hanna F. and Jared H. (junior/sophomore), both advanced to state. Darby and Alexis secured a first place finish in Policy Debate. In addition, Abingdon had three alternates: Erin S. and John David M. (freshmen) for Congress and Ava B. (junior) in Lincoln-Douglas. Abingdon is proud of our Falcon Debate Team! Dr. Crystal Hurd is the coach.

Man reading to students. Delegate O'Quinn with Mrs. Sharp's Class.

On April 10, Watauga Elementary was honored to have Delegate Israel O'Quinn as a guest reader. Delegate O'Quinn visited preschoolers in Mrs. Childress' class, as well as first graders in Mrs. Sharp's class. He read the book, Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss. Students sharpened their abilities to observe while discovering all the "wacky" things wrong on each page. Mrs. Sharp's class presented Delegate O'Quinn with a class book created especially for his visit. Having Delegate O'Quinn certainly made for a terrific day at Watauga.

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