Culpeper Times • May 18-24, 2017 SCHOOL NEWS
New personnel Culpeper County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Brads welcomed two new administrators at Monday evening’s School Board meeting. Director of Human Resources Michelle Metzgar introduced Daniel Soderholm who will be the next principal at Culpeper County High School. Soderholm has been principal since 2012 at Windsor High School in Isle of Wight County where he also served as an assistant principal, athletic director and social studies teacher. He is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Old Dominion University. He has a Master of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University. Soderholm, his wife Brooke and their four children are excited for this new opportunity. Carlos Seward will be joining Eastern View High School as an assistant principal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State and a master’s degree from Hampton University. Most recently, Seward has been serving as Dean of Students at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to this position, he was a social studies teacher in the Virginia Beach and Henrico areas. Seward, his wife Yolande and their children, Elexus (16) and Cameron (3) will be coming to Culpeper this summer.
North to seek re-election Currently serving as the ViceChair on the Culpeper County School Board, Michelle North will seek re-election in November. Her term expires December 31, 2017. First elected in 2013 with a writein campaign, North represents the Jefferson District.
Celebrating achievement “This is our night for recognitions,” said a smiling School Board Chairman Betsy Smith as several students were called forward for their achievements. Members of this year’s winning E-Squared Team gave their presentation which garnered each of them a $5,000 scholarship made possible through area businesses. “TraumaBands” team members are sophomores Mikayla Jenkins and Aaron Henson and senior Judith Alvarez. Their sponsor is Randi Richards-Lutz. All are students at Eastern View High School. Nineteen school divisions were represented at the VSBA (Virginia School Boards Association) 2017 Central Regional Art Show. Each school division could submit three
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I discovered a new business the other day. It is called Cosmo Prof and it is right next to where the old Belk store was. Curiosity got the best of me and I went in. When they told me that they had only been open for three weeks, I felt better. Because you are dying to know I will tell you, Cosmo Prof is a company that distributes salon brands to licensed salon professionals. It is a wholesaler and pretty impressive. Cassidy Sooksanguan is the manager and a very easy going lady with a ready laugh. Even though they won't be selling anything to most of us, it is ok to go look at them through the window. . ➤ Check out Rich’s blog at facesofculpeperva.blogspot.com and Faces of Culpeper on Facebook entries. Culpeper County was represented by Aubrey Chaney, a second grader at Emerald Hill Elementary, Cheyanne Brown, an eighth grader at Floyd T. Binns Middle School, and Bailey Wilson, a junior at Culpeper County High School. Bailey’s artwork won a third place. Sponsored by Angie Neely, Warren Thomas was recognized with a ZAPP Award as a contributing member of the Special Education Advisory Council. Praised for their hours of rehearsal both at school and home, members of the All Virginia Elementary Chorus were given ZAPP Awards. Students include Alexa Golden, Cammy Jacobs, Audrey Navin, Grace Staton and Karynne Tharp. Earning ZAPP Awards for their involvement with the 2017 State FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Conference, Katelyn Myers, Maddie O’Reilly and Kayla Sain
won a Gold Award and Second Place in the National Programs in Action Senior Level STAR event. Their sponsor is Laura Butcher. For some students, not going to class poses a challenge at the end of the school year. Margery Southard gave out ZAPP Awards to those students who have been selected to various Summer Residential Governor’s Schools in Virginia whether it be theatre arts or math and science or language. Students include: Alyssa Bauer, Alex Brewer, Cameron Easter, Justin Flemming, Seungyeon Kim, Chad McKnight, Emily Resau, Riley Reynolds, Sophia Trozzo, Bailey Wilson and Alternate Elizabeth Elliott). CCHS Principal Jeff Dietz was very proud to introduce two students, both from Culpeper County High School, receiving ZAPP Awards as the 2017 VHSL Group 3A Female Athlete of the Year (Kellie Hyde) and Group 3A Male Athlete of the Year (Kameron Mize).
USCT exhibit debuts at Museum of Culpeper History Thirty-seven men from Culpeper County joined the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, and those 37 will be remembered during the Museum of Culpeper History’s newest exhibit beginning Friday. "U.S. Colored Troops of Culpeper: Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom,” curated by Terry Miller of Holland, Va. and in support of the George Washington Carver Regional High School Alumni Association will be visible for the first time during a special members preview May 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public beginning Saturday. “This is a traveling exhibit that they go to each county with,” the museum’s curator of military collections Peter Griffith said. “What I have gathered is that they go through the records of the United States Colored Troops and take that county and pull all of them that have served.” The exhibit will feature 15 of the 37 soldiers, mainly due to space limitations. Their stories and what is known about them will be featured on large easels in the exhibit and artifacts related to the time period will be on display. “We’re going to show the type of weaponry they would carry,” Griffith said. “We will show some of their personal items. We have a medical canteen that is very rare that is going on display. We have a 61 Springfield Musket going on display.” Griffith said he believed that most of the soldiers did not return to Culpeper, but that many of their records have been lost to time. Some have been able to be located in pension files, such as Averson Farmer, who was born in Culpeper. “We do know that most of them went out to the Western Theatre,” Griffith said. “A lot of them drifted west (after the war), like a lot of soldiers did at the time.” The museum has a book dedicated to the USCT and it will be on display during the exhibit - which will run through July. Griffith said the museum learned of the exhibit after the board president saw a presentation in Orange and they decided it would make perfect sense to display it at the museum. He said the exhibit explores the historical significance of the free men and the slaves who traveled north to join the USCT. “They wanted to fight just as much as anyone else,” Griffith said. Of the 37 from Culpeper, 24 were in the infantry, three in the Cavalry, two in the light artillery and eight in the heavy artillery. For more information on the exhibit, visit the Museum of Culpeper History’s website at www. culpepermuseum.com.