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Gilreath leaving Dixon and Wilkinson top Chamber lead Clover Hill class office next week 2013 VALEDICTORIANS AND SALUTATORIANS


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ne one-hundredth of a point separated the grade point averages of valedictorian Evan Dixon and salutatorian Sarah Lou Wilkinson of Clover Hill High School. Evan, the son of Marc and Kathy Dixon of Midlothian, ended his high school career with a GPA of 4.57, while Sarah Lou, the daughter of Bonnie Draga and Trevin Wilkinson, came in with a 4.56. In school, Evan participated in National Honor Society, Beta Club, the CLOVER page 3

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Evan Dixon

Sarah Lou Wilkinson

Badgerow, Bruce lead Monacan High BY JODI DEAL Regional Reporter


ith respective grade point averages of 4.839 and 4.717, valedictorian Andy Badgerow and salutatorian Hunter Bruce took top academic honors at Monacan High School’s graduation, which was held June 6 at the Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center. Andy, the son of Brad and Kari Badgerow of Midlothian, has been a member of his school’s National Honor Society, Beta Club and the Kick-Off Mentor program, MONACAN page 3

Andy Badgerow

Hunter Bruce

James River names top academic finishers BY JODI DEAL Regional Reporter


yan Zhuo-Qi Chan earned the valedictorian spot at James River High School with a grade point average of 5.075, while Zoe Shao Honnold Kendall snagged the salutatorian spot with her GPA of 4.95. Ryan is the son of Zhang Yue Wu and Chun Ting Chan of North Chesterfield, and Zoe is the daughter of Jane Kendall and Julie Honnold, also of North Chesterfield. During his time in school, Ryan kept a busy schedule, serving as a freshman KickJAMES page 3

Ryan Zhuo-Qi Chan

Zoe Shao Honnold Kendall

All wet — PMS teacher makes good on promise PHOTOS BY JODI DEAL

During a discussion about football last fall in Melike Monahan’s sixth grade math class at Providence Middle School, she promised her students that if 90 percent of them passed the math Standards of Learning tests, she’d let them pour a cooler of ice water over her head, just like jubilant football players often do to winning coaches. On Wednesday, June 12, she made good on her promise. Top test scorers Brienna Fontenelli, Daniel Saravia Romero and Reginald Hall got to do the honors, while Monahan’s class and other Providence students cheered them on.

hesterfield County Chamber of Commerce President Lenita Gilreath will work her last full day on Friday, June 28, after eight years at the organization’s helm. Gilreath’s husband Tony is being transferred to his employer’s headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson also are relocating there, and her son will continue his education there once he finishes missionary work in Norway, Chamber Board of Directors Chairman D. Brennen Keene explained in an e-mail announcement to chamber members on Friday, June 14. Keene said the board accepted Gilreath’s resignation with “a mixture of both sadness for her departure but joy for her family.” Gilreath expressed those same emotions in a recent interview. “The relationships I’ve made with so many people here will always be a part of me. I’ll take those with me in my next chapter of life,” Gilreath said. When Gilreath was first hired by the Chesterfield Chamber, she came to the job with marketing and leadership positions at other chambers of commerce under her belt. At that time, Keene said, the Chamber had two part-time employees and less than $10,000 in the bank. “Lenita, working with our Board of Directors, committees and members, implemented a number of changes around the management of the Chamber

and helped launch other programs that helped our Chamber increase revenues and provide greater value for our members,” Keene wrote. “Today, our Chamber can boast that it has four full-time employees, enough reserves to cover six months of operating expenses and a robust array of programs, events and services for our members. The change in those eight years truly has been transformational for our Chamber, and Lenita's leadership played a critical part in that transformation.” A local chamber of commerce is key for a community, Gilreath said. That’s why she likes working within them. “I like the fact you can positively impact people’s lives,” Gilreath said. “You’re a part of the thread of the community. You get to make a difference.” Until moving here, Gilreath had only heard of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. While regional thinking is important, she said, an organization like the Chesterfield Chamber gets to zoom in on a specific area, making sure to serve that community’s specific needs and look out for the welfare of the county. Gilreath said one of the things she’s most proud of is the Chamber’s Education Committee, which was formed three years ago. She said she recently felt a swell of pride for the organization as she watched a group of local business leaders conducting mock job interviews with a group of at-risk students. “Volunteering is much easier when you know where to go, what to do



and when to show up,” Gilreath said. “We were able to prove there was a need and become the conduit to get the business community involved with the schools.” Gilreath said it is her sincere hope that the Chamber continues to grow and thrive, fulfilling a five-year strategic plan that recently was created. “I am very, very confident the board’s going to hire someone who’s able to take that plan and implement it, growing the chamber into what we hope it will become.” Looking back on the past eight years, Gilreath said what makes the Chesterfield Chamber truly stand out is its people – dedicated, friendly, impassioned members. “We have some great members – a core set of volunteers who are very passionate about the quality of life we enjoy here, and who work very hard to continually improve that,” Gilreath said. Leaders in county government mirror those qualities, she added. “What makes the Chamber special is you’re always going to feel welcome. You won’t feel like an outsider. You may not know anybody, but someone will come up to you, introduce themselves, learn about you and who they can introduce you to,” Gilreath said.

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George E. Allen scholarship recipients CONTRIBUTED REPORT


organ Warren of Midlothian High School was among 15 high school seniors who received George E. Allen scholarships during a May 14 awards dinner at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The law firm’s scholarship program, now in its 22nd year, recognizes students who have overcome unusual obstacles or special challenges, while achieving high standards of community service and academic performance. Warren plans to attend Longwood University. “In the face of great challenge, these amazing students have proven that with perseverance, one can achieve great things,� said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “It is an honor to be a part of helping such deserving young adults accomplish their dreams.� The George E. Allen Scholarship was created to honor the firm’s founder, George E. Allen, Sr., who overcame significant hardship to put himself through college and law school. He went on to become the Mayor of Victoria, a Virginia Senator and one of the Commonwealth’s top trial attorneys. For more information about this and how to apply next year, visit


Morgan Warren of Midlothian High School, shown third from left in the rear row, recently was named one of the recipients of the George E. Allen scholarship.

‘Survive’ seminar teaches wilderness endurance skills one. Another one that we will do in the fall will be about water sourcould you know what ing, and we’re planning one about to do in an emerawareness.� gency wilderness As Smet explained, many people situation? don’t take proper precautions when Participants will learn to brave camping or hiking because they the wild at a “Survive� seminar set don’t believe that they can become for 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, injured or lost in the wild. June 20. The course will be held “A lot of folks aren’t prepared, at the Rockwood Nature Center, and they think that nothing will go which is located at 3401 Courtwrong,� Smet said. “We want the house Road in Chesterfield. participants to build self-reliance Bob Smet, the director of the and confidence if they’re ever in Rockwood Nature Center, will that kind of situation.� teach the class. Smet said he has Successful survival of wilderness also provided instruction during emergencies starts in the mind, wilderness survival courses for the Smet added. National Wildlife Federation. “The most important thing is Tonight’s offering, which is your mental attitude,� Smet said. aimed at anyone over age 7, is an “If you can’t avoid panic, you can’t installment in a series of wildermake good decisions.� Smet said he will also discuss the ness-themed classes at the center items people should pack for their that began last fall. outdoor excursions. “The series of courses that we “When folks plan to go out into offer starts with one on general the wilderness, they should throw in preparedness,� Smet said. “And, each course that we offer builds on things like waterproof matches, high energy non-perishable foods and the information presented in the water purification filters,� Smet said. others.� Smet will also touch on prepar“Last quarter, we had one on ing for encounters with wildlife durshelter building, and another one ing the class. For instance, Smet said was about fire and how to build

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people should always know what types of snakes live in locales where they plan to camp. Humans should avoid confrontations with untamed critters whenever possible. “In most cases, people should steer clear of wildlife,� Smet said. “They are more afraid of you than you are of them.� It’s also a good idea to let family or friends know where you’re going before you leave for a weekend in the wilderness, Smet suggested. “Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back so people will know where to start looking if they don’t hear from you,� Smet said. Space for the class, however, is severely limited. Participants must register in advance by calling 804748-1623 before 5 p.m. today. Smet noted that a new assortment of new classes will begin at Rockwood Nature Center this fall. The program guide that lists those courses will be available on Friday, Aug. 2 and registration will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 13. For more information about “Survive� and other upcoming seminars, visit


Four Midlothian High School graduates are headed to service academies. Left to right are Hailey Christian Lane, who will attend United States Air Force Academy; Brandon D’Sean Alford, bound for the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School; Benjamin Grant Budinger, who will attend West Point Military Academy; and Edwyn Ellis Cunningham, who is headed for the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Girl Scout badge workshop set June 29 CONTRIBUTED REPORT

Girl Scouts can soon earn a badge for GPS skills thanks to a partnership of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Girl Scout Junior Geocaching skill builder workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Eppington Plantation, which is located at 14201 Eppes Falls Road. Girls will learn to use GPS receivers

and to locate GPS coordinates, get info about common types of caches and make a trade item for a cache. Participation costs $10, and reservations are required in advance. Space is limited. For details, call Bryan Truzzie at 751-4946 or e-mail him at can be made by visiting the Chesterfield Historical Society’s website at www.chesterfieldhistory. com via PayPal.


Locals win academic accolades CONTRIBUTED REPORTS


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tudents with local roots are excelling in academics at schools near and far. Among those who have recently been recognized for outstanding achievements include:  Grace Gardiner of Midlothian was named to Randolph College Dean’s List.  Amanda Barfield of Chesterfield was named to Valdosta State University’s Dean’s List.  Kathleen Davis of Midlothian, Nancy Shultz of Chesterfield and Wilmer Wilson of Richmond were inducted into Mary Baldwin College’s National Honor Society for Adult Students.  Kelli Hutcheson of Midlothian has been named to Randolph-Macon Academy’s President’s List.  Gregory Chambers of Midlothian has been named to Harding University’s Dean’s List.  Damon Christy of Midlothian has been named to Southeast Missouri State University’s Dean’s List.  Anna L. Jones of Midlothian has been named to Bucknell University’s Dean’s List.  Eric Moore was named to the Dean’s List for the 2013 spring semester at Messiah College.  Phoebe Hesch of Midlothian and Christopher Pierpont of Richmond were named to the Dean’s List at Coastal Carolina University.  Shelley Brown of Midlothian, Christine Burgess of North Chesterfield and Christopher Zabrosky of Chesterfield were inducted into the honor society of Pi Kappa Phi at Old Dominion University.  Talisha McAuley-Davis of Ches-

terfield was initiated into the honor society of Pi Kappa Phi at Virginia Tech.  Matthew Osterbind of Midlothian has been placed on the Dean’s List at New River Community College.  Venita Allen, Tracy Austin, Haywood Bass, Erika Burns, Amanda Dinges, Joe Giles, Satina Grider, Amanda Harris, Elaine Jackson, Allison Lilly, Semena Mann, Karey Morgan, Laura O’Connell, Ernest Penrose, Logan Saunders and Sabrina Stith, all of Chesterfield, made the President’s List at Bryant & Stratton College.  Lisa Goodson, Kristi Harold, Amber Harris, Liane Phillips, Lyssa Powell, April Raimo, Melanie Renfroe, Susan Smith, Joan West, all of Midlothian, made the President’s List at Bryant & Stratton College.  Claire Edmonds Hatch, Mary Rebecca Kretzer, Jacy Morgan Meanor, Kyle Charles Pohle, Maridee Timms Rabb and Zachary Petras Roman, all of Midlothian, made the Dean’s List at Clemson University.  Riley David Wilson of Chester and Cameron Josef Weekley of Chesterfield made the President’s List at Clemson University.  Wendy Amadee was named to the Dean’s List at Grove City College.  Bryan Omar Barahona, Diego Rolando Velasco of Richmond was named to the Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College.  Dylan Donald Bishop, Connor David Bradley, David Michael Coe, Xavier Quinn Gray, John Taylor Meinhardt, Connor Patrick Paul, Gavin Desmond Paul, Caleb Dallas Watkins and John Michael Fitzgerald of Midlothian were named to the Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College.

 David Michael Goad and Aaron Salim Gilani of Chesterfield were named to the Dean’s List at HampdenSydney College.  Timothy Allen Morgan, Mason Everett Luck and Travis Myles Luck of North Chesterfield were named to the Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College.  Adam Peterson of Chesterfield and John ‘Andrew’ Trevey of Richmond were named to Dean’s List at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.  William John Butler of Midlothian was named to the Dean’s List at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.  Michael C. Adams of Midlothian, Taylor M. Brannan, Shannon M. Clunie, Austin J. Hagerty, Kristin N. Jones, Kagan E. McSpadden and Alexandria M. Parrish, all of Midlothian, were named to the Dean’s List at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.  Maria N. Conte of North Chesterfield was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.  Kelsey L. Cunningham, Jacob E. Hargis, Emily F. Hodder, Susanna N. Kirschner, Amber E. May, Chelsea L. Neal and Zaire K.A. Sprowal, all of Richmond, were named to the Dean’s List at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.  Jerome M. Mueller of Chesterfield was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.  Leah C. Tams of Midlothian was named to the President’s List at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.



Greenfield students study glass art CONTRIBUTED REPORT


reenfield Elementary students participated this spring in an indepth study of glass sculptures created by Team Chihuly, a group of artists led by glass sculptor and entrepreneur Dale Chihuly. Fourth and fifth grade students collaborated and used recycled materials to create a three-dimensional sculpture in the round. The inspiration for this collaborative piece came from the study of Team Chihuly’s chandelier sculptures and Chihuly’s revolutionary team based approach to creating art. Kindergarten through second grade students focused on color, line, and assemblage. They created translucent organic forms, layering these various shell-like sea forms, and created a colorful com-


Students at Greenfield Elementary recently got a lesson on an innovative art collective.

position similar to Chihuly’s multi-piece glass sculptures in the Seaform series installations. Team Greenfield wrote to Dale Chihuly to share their excitement and show off our colorful creations inspired by his works. Team Chihuly responded with a letter

acknowledging how pleased they were that Greenfield students were so interested in the arts, and they were delighted that Greenfield appreciated Team Chihuly’s work. Team Chihuly generously sent Team Greenfield multiple fine art exhibit books along with books/DVDs for

the school’s library. Principal Mary Dunn presented each student with an exhibition postcard of Chihuly’s artwork to take home, sent as gifts from Chihuly himself. For the study unit, students worked closely with Greenfield’s long term substitute art teacher Rachel Burgett.

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Off Mentor and vice president of the Spanish club and participating in National Junior Honor Society, Beta Club, robotics, Mu Alpha Theta and the academic team. Outside of school, he has volunteered at a food pantry and served as a math tutor. After graduation, Ryan plans to attend Yale University, where he plans to either pursue an undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics and a graduate degree in either business or math, or pursue an undergraduate degree in political science and a graduate degree in law. Looking back on his high school career, Ryan said, “Overall, I thought high school was a memorable four years of my life. On the first day of school senior year, I couldn’t wait ‘til graduation, but, as the school year came to a close, I felt that senior year went by too quickly,” Ryan said. “While I will remember the knowledge I learned in the classroom, what I will remember most are the experiences I’ve had at James River, the lessons that I’ve learned from them, and the friendships I’ve made.” “Memories such as Mrs. (Carrie) Roarty’s pep rally and her determination and perseverance, our passionate class president Luke Jefferson and his dedication, and our amazing and humorous principal, Mr. (Jeff) Ellick, will always be a part of my high school experience,” Ryan said. “My time at James River has certainly been an opportunity to build a foundation to prepare for life beyond high school. While I’m not sure what the future may bring, I’m certain that James River has helped me prepare for college and more importantly, prepare for success. As I reflect on my last four years, I’m truly honored and blessed to be named the valedictorian, but to say I’m a graduate of James River High School and especially a part of the class of 2013 is an even more humbling honor.” As for Zoe, in school, she was a member of the Beta Club, the Climbing Club and National Honor Society and served as president and parliamentarian of the Latin Club. Outside of school, she was a member of the Peak Experiences Pro Climbing Team. After high school, Zoe plans to attend Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she will major in either computer science or engineering – or both. “High School has been long with early mornings, but I feel both ready and prepared for college and, ultimately, life,” Zoe said. “Also, I’m excited to have two non-Specialty Center students as valedictorian and salutatorian.”

also known as KOM. He also served as president of Monacan’s Rock Climbing Club. Outside of school, Andy has worked with the Homeless Outreach Ministry at Monroe Park and has served as a student leader at the Southside Church of the Nazarene. “I have truly enjoyed the past four years at Monacan High School,” Andy said. “While attending Monacan I’ve learned many life lessons such as perseverance and determination that will help me in college and my future career.” Andy plans to attend Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where he will be on a pre-physical therapy track. “I’m looking forward to studying physical therapy at Messiah and can’t wait to be a Falcon!” Andy said, referring to the school’s mascot. “But, most importantly, I’m looking forward to being obedient to God and strengthening my relationship with Jesus Christ.” The son of Tim and Laura Bruce, Hunter has been involved with his school’s National Honor Society, Beta Club and Kick-Off Mentor program, along with serving

as vice president of the Rock Climbing Club. Outside of school, Hunter has volunteered to help with kindergarteners at his church. This fall, Hunter will attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where he plans to study engineering. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my high school career at

Monacan and am thrilled to be a Ram next year at VCU,” Hunter said. “With help from the faculty, I have learned self-discipline and good study habits that will help me in the future, and especially in my college career. I believe good habits are the key to success as they have helped me succeed and can help one achieve a


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leading squad, tennis, Red Cross club, National Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and Spanish Club and served as secretary of the Health Club, editor of the Key Club and co-director of membership in DECA. Outside of school, she served as a page for the Indiana State House of Representatives, participated in Model County Government, served as a writer for the Village Mill newspaper and worked as a hostess at the Cracker Barrel. This fall, Sarah plans to attend Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., where she will major in professional writing, although she hasn’t yet decided a specific career track. Sarah shared fond memories of her time in high school. “It has been a humbling experience to work with so many great educators at both Frankton High School in Frankton, Ind., and Clover Hill High School,” Sarah said. “I have found some of my greatest support and encouragement in the people I have met along the way, especially Clover Hill English teacher Heather Curran, and I’m very excited to continue working hard to achieve my goal of becoming a successful writer during my four years in Burlington and beyond.”


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CLOVER from page 1 Senior Advisory Council and Chamber Orchestra and served as secretary of the TriM Music Honor Society. In his community, he was a member of the Brandermill Church and its youth group. This fall, Evan plans to attend Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, although he said he’s not quite sure which branch of engineering he ultimately wants to pursue. Of his high school experience, Evan said, “High school is a strange time for everyone, and, honestly, I truly hope I don’t look back and miss it. I believe there are far greater things to come.” As for his valedictorian honors, Evan pointed the spotlight at other students. “In my opinion, class rankings are not a great system of judgment,” Evan said. “There are plenty of smarter and more dedicated people in our school. That said, I am very honored and privileged to hold this position.” Evan said his hopes are high as high school comes to a close. “Like all other graduates, I’m very much looking forward to the future. I can’t wait to begin something new and get out of the routine of the first 18 years of my life.” During her time in high school, Sarah was a member of the Politics Club, cheer-

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1900 block of Esquire Road A battery was reported stolen from a 14700 block of Village Square Place victim’s unlocked vehicle. Windows were broken on two vehicles in a parking lot and property was reported stolen.

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after man’s demise. Special Correspondent Subways in collapse, large skyscrapers standiving in America these days is not for the ing windowless and overgrown streets present faint of heart. a daunting visual as viewers imagine what life One night of television reinforces that would be like 50 years after man disappears. presumption, and a brief glance of the I’m not sure that’s something I need to examevening’s lineup removed any doubts that I had ine. My search continues. on a recent leisurely evening. I’m up in the high numbers of cable television It began with a news report that warned of an now, and a screaming televangelist comes on yellimpending SARS type epidemic quickly appear- ing about the last days. ing in other parts of the planet. He’s convinced that our days are numbered, The World Health Organization said the and, realistically, all of ours are, but he offers a outbreak could have perilous consequences and puzzling and somewhat unique solution to the global impacts, and experts know little about the impending destruction. new virus. To assure your place in the final reckoning, he Whoa, I couldn’t turn the suggests donations of $25, $50 channel fast enough until I and $100. I’m not sure why he stopped on something called needs the money with the end Forecasting the End. A group so near, but he seems sincere of scientists theorized on just enough. Besides, I’m beginhow the world will end, examning to yawn, and still not ining scenarios as if they were amused or satisfied with my weather patterns instead of the night off. Apocalypse. Wait, this looks interesting. There has to be something It’s kind of an old movie about else on that’s not all gloom and Rome and looks like it has the doom. Let me see. potential of some great historiWhat is this? It’s not the cal scenes. This may be what positive message I was searchI’ve been looking for, some ing for. The show is called mindless escape to a time long Doomsday Preppers and it’s about ordinary past. people who prepare for the end of society as we The beginning credits are beginning to reveal know it. the disturbing information that this is a docuThe show explores secret hideouts and bunmentary. Well, that’s OK. I can deal with a few kers constructed by people who obviously believe minutes of educational information on old Rome that a world destroyed by horrific events is a or Italy or whatever. place worth living, and they’re ready for all of it. The final insult to my plans came in the unIt’s like a version of “Be Prepared” on steroids, expected revelation of the title of the thing I was but another blow against optimism for what I watching. thought would be a night off of mindless televiOn a night when I was confronted with every sion. form of end of the world destruction imaginable, I suppose only a glutton for punishment I must admit I wasn’t prepared for the final blow would have clicked on my next stop, a show that the title dealt: “Pompeii: The Last Days” examines what the earth would look like years Next time, I’ll try the radio. BY JIM RIDOLPHI


Deadline to apply for citizen youth board nears CONTRIBUTED REPORT

If you want a chance at a volunteer opportunity to help local young people, act now, as the June 24 deadline for the Chesterfield County The Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development Department is seeking youths and adults to serve on its Youth Services Citizen Board. The board is composed of a junior and senior from each high school and an adult representative from each magisterial district. In addition, up

to eight youths may be appointed as at large members, representing students not enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools, such as those attending home, private or governor’s schools. Board members attend monthly meetings and help plan programs throughout the year, including the Outstanding Youth Awards and the Community Youth Forum. Positions are available for seven at large members, as well two adults in the Bermuda district, a rising junior and rising senior

from James River High School, a rising junior from L.C. Bird High School, a rising junior from Manchester High School, an adult from the Matoaca District and a rising junior from thomas Dale High School. To download an application, visit Mail completed applications to Janice Blakley, clerk, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832 or faxed to 804-717-6297 by June 24. For details, call 804-796-7100.

23113 June 7 14100 block of Riverdowns North Terrace A purse reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle at a residence.



The Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation is still enrolling campers for a new summer day camp targeting sixth to ninth graders. The Teen Escape summer camp features sports, games, arts and crafts, guest speakers, field trips and special events. Each Friday

is a field trip, either to go swimming at Pocahontas State Park or playing at Ironbridge Sports Park. Weekly sessions will be held July 1 through 29 at Robious and Tomahawk Creek middle schools. The sessions run from 1 to 5 p.m., and summer school participants enrolled in those schools may go directly to the camp from summer

school. The July 1 through 3 session is $20, and the other weeks are $30, with an additional fee for the field trip to Ironbridge Sports Park. For more information, including course numbers, contact Mark Pinney,, or 804-748-1992. To register, call 748-1623.

Maggie Walker student receives awards at the INTEL International Science Fair CONTRIBUTED REPORT


amantha Marque of Chesterfield, who attends the Maggie Walker Governor’s School won both first place and Best in Category awards in Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.






Samantha is the only finalist to ever win first place three three years in a row in the history of ISEF. She was also awarded the 2013 Innovation Award, one of the top four awards at the fair. The value of Samantha’s awards, including awards for her high school and her sponsoring fair, is in excess of $10,000.






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10000 block of Dakins Drive Unknown suspect/s entered an unlocked vehicle outside of a residence and stole items.

2300 block of Indian Hill Road Fuel was siphoned from a vehicle at a motel/hotel.

June 11 8400 block of Scottingham Drive An animal at large was reported at a residence

June 9 5200 block of Pineland Court An unknown suspect observed a suspect running from a victim’s unlocked shed.

June 10 5200 block of block of Collindale Road Unknown suspect/s entered a residence through a rear unlocked window and stole items.


23237 June 8 6700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway A victim stated unknown suspect/s entered his locked residence. Items were reported stolen. No signs of forced entry were noted. 2600 block of Drewrys Bluff Road The front window of a vehicle at a residence was found broken and items were stolen.

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1700 block of Early Settlers Road A vehicle was reported stolen from the parking lot of a residence.

9700 block of Proctors Road Maltreatment of/cruelty to animal was reported at a residence.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Chesterfield Triad meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Chesterfield County Police Department Police Support Services Division, located at 2730 Hicks Road in North Chesterfield. Juanita Balenger, community outreach and Triad director, Office of the Attorney General, will talk about the financial exploitation of seniors and what is being done to address the issue. Triad is a statewide network of publicsafety and older-adult organizations that work to enhance the quality of life for, and reduce crime against, senior citizens. For more information about Chesterfield Triad, call 804768-7878 or email Leidheiserd@ The Talleys will be in concert at Bethany Place Baptist Church, 1501 S. Providence Rd., N. Chesterfield, at 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The Talleys’ top priority in a concert is to lift up Christ in their music while presenting the message with class and excellence. For more information visit www.bethanyplace. com or call 276-3993.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 The Clover Hill Library’s Critics book discussion group will cover “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks from 11 a.m. to noon. The library is located at 6701 Deer Run Dr. in Midlothian, and can be reached by calling 804-318-8668.

A free SAT Practice Test will be administered by The Princeton Review with all of the guidelines as a real SAT test from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Midlothian Library. Registration is recommended and space is limited to 20 students. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign in with The Princeton Review. Covered beverages will be allowed. To register or for more information go to or by calling 804-751-CCPL. Registration begins on June 8. À la Art: Still Life with Recipe will combine food and art at Central Library from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This workshop will not only give participants the opportunity to learn a new recipe (and eat it), it also will allow them to create a still life painting from the ingredients in the recipe. Artist Kendra Wadsworth will guide students through mixing acrylic colors and creating interesting still life compositions. This program is recommended for adults. Space is limited and registration is recommended. A Teen Studio Photo Workshop will be offered at the Clover Hill Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will present a workshop for teens on how to take better digital photos. Learn how digital cameras work, how they “see” what you see, and

how to use your camera’s features create the image you want. Then go on a photo shoot around the library. Bring your own digital SLR, point-and-shoot or cell phone. Participants in this program must be 12 to 16 years old. Registration is required. Register online at library. or by calling the library branch at 804-751-CCPL. Meet Author Brad Parks from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bon Air Library. Parks is the first author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards. In the “The Good Cop,” the fourth in Park’s awardwinning humorous mystery series, investigative journalist Carter Ross must uncover the truth behind a beloved cop’s alleged suicide. Parks will share his experiences as a novelist and journalist, his approach to writing, and sign copies of his books. Registration is recommended.

MONDAY, JUNE 24 Early Literacy Story Times will be offered 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Midlothian, Bon Air and LaPrade libraries. Story times help develop early literacy skills, which enable your child to be reading-ready for kindergarten. Central Library’s Brown Bag Page Turners book discussion group will discuss “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Central Library. The library is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield, and can be reached by calling 804-7481603. Paws to R.E.A.D., which offers individual 20-minute help sessions during which children read to therapy dogs in a quiet space, will be offered at the Clover Hill Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Parents can sit in or nearby during the session. Sign up at the reference desk. Advance registration is recommended. For more information, call 804-768-7941. Central Library and the Clover Hill Library will both host pajama story times from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Children are welcome to wear pajamas and bring stuffed animals. Story times help develop early literacy skills, which enable your child to be reading-ready for kindergarten.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25 The Fischer Sundae Puppets Go Diggin’ at the LaPrade library from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. What adventures can you unearth when you dig into a good book? Meet shy dinosaurs, magic fish and musical mosquitos in a fast-paced show full of stories and songs. You might even get to be part of the show! This program is recommended for children 3 to 7 years old. Registration is recommended. Register online at library. or by calling any library branch at 804-751-CCPL.

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Great American Backyard Campout Clover Hill BY KOREY HUGHES

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he Great American Backyard Campout, set for this weekend at state parks across Virginia, aims to encourage families to take advantage of a traditional and affordable way to spend time together outside. Local residents can get in on the fun when the camping event starts at Pocahontas State Park at 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. According to Zoe Rogers, visitor service specialist for Virginia State Parks District 4, camping is a fun activity that is sometimes neglected in today’s technologically-focused world, but Saturday evening’s activity aims to change that notion. “It encourages families to get out,” Rogers said. “For the first time, we have a generation that is largely disconnected from nature, but doing things outdoors like camping makes kids happier and healthier.” Special educational programs that will happen from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. are free to anyone who camps in the campgrounds.



Families will take to the outdoors this weekend across Virginia as part of the Great American Backyard Campout.

Although the Great American Backyard Campout has happened at Pocahontas State Park before, this year’s itinerary will include appearances by invited guests for the first time. “We wanted to change up the program this year,” Rogers said. “We wanted to offer people the experience of being in our campground and give them activities to enjoy throughout the night.” For instance, the Old Dominion Iron Chefs will provide a cooking

demonstration that uses cast iron and Dutch ovens to prepare a campfire meal. The Bee Flats will play an assortment of traditional songs that include banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin sections. The Crewe Astronomy Club will be on hand with its telescopes to teach attendees about the stars and various constellations. “Pocahontas State Park is 8,000 acres, so it eliminates having all those competing lights like you would in a

subdivision,” Rogers said. “So you get to see all the stars shining brightly.” Other programs will get underway earlier that day, such as an archery class that Rogers said will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The park’s nature center and the Civilian Conservation Corps museum will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. “I think this particular event is a great opportunity for families who camp together or

have not had the experience together before,” Rogers said. “They can slow down to enjoy time together and what nature brings – looking at the stars, cooking a meal at a campsite and being a family in a relaxing and quiet environment.” Space for the Great American Backyard Campout is limited to 129 campsites. To make camping reservations, call 800-9337275. For more information, call 804-796-4255 or visit

lover Hill High School students will get a chance at a concert set for tonight, Thursday, June 20, will get a chance to take the stage with the classic rock bank Foreigner to sing one of their most popular songs. The concert, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is presented by the Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment at Pocahontas State Park, which is located at 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield. Clover Hill High School’s Show Choir will join Foreigner to sing their number one hit, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Foreigner is known for partnering with the Grammy Foundation charity that helps support needy high school music programs nationwide Foreigner’s top hits include “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Juke Box Hero,” “I Want To Know What Love Is.” The current line-up includes founder Mick Jones, known for songwriting and playing guitar, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, multiinstrumentalist Tom Gimbel, keyboardist Michael Bluestein, and drummer Brian Tichy. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the gate; Gold Circle seating is $40 in advance, $45 at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Visit for tickets, information, and directions. Tickets are also available at the Pocahontas State Park office, at all Capital Ale House locations in Richmond, or by calling 804-794-6700.


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Walk-up music brings character to America’s favorite pastime BY MICHAEL SCHOEFFEL Sports Writer


n the wake of the semi-recent news about the VHSL advising schools not to play walk-up music during baseball and softball games, it seems like an appropriate time to meditate on the ancient and complex art of walk-up music* and the role that it plays in ball and bat sports – from the high-school level all the way up to the professional ranks. To be clear, the VHSL hasn’t banned walk-up music. It has merely suggested that teams nix the practice. Why? Well, according to the powers that be, several high schools have been guilty of playing music at inappropriate times, thus interrupting the flow of play and causing ballgames across the state of Virginia to descend into states of utter anarchy. And we can’t have that. There must be structure! In all seriousness, there is a certainly some merit to the VHSL’s to wag a stiff finger at walk-up music. After all, it would be fairly distracting for everyone involved if the opening verse of “Welcome to the Jungle” was suddenly fired up at the climax of the pitcher’s wind-up. Baseball is a difficult game even in the absence of Guns ‘N Roses. Once you bring Axl’ banshee-like shrieking into the equation, it’s dang near impossible. But truth be told, walk-up songs serve an important purpose. They bring a sense of character to the game. They give the fan a five-second glimpse into each player’s psyche and reveal his unique sense of style. Did he choose “My Humps” by the Black-Eyed Peas? Then he’s probably the – you know, that guy – who whips his teammates with a wet towel in the locker room after a game. Did he go with “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin? Then the man obviously has a highly-refined taste in music. Did he select an excerpt from a Mongolian throatsinging ritual? Then, shoot. Beats me. Perhaps he’s just a spiritual guy. Unlike other sports, baseball is a highly personal game that derives its appeal from a unique fan-player connection. When watching a baseball game, each at-bat is like a brief one-on-one dinner date, of sorts. The fan gets to hear the player’s name, see the player’s face, read the player’s stats, and in doing so, forms a sort of visceral bond with him – a connection that is wholly unique to the sport of baseball. The majority of team sports are highly impersonal. When we watch football, we’re essentially watching one herd of bodies slam and bash another herd of bodies. In soccer, the brutality present in football is distinctly absent, but the idea is the same – one mass of individuals is competing against another opposing mass. Same goes for basketball, hockey and handball. In most team sports, the whole tends to overshadow the individual. But in baseball, the inverse is true – the whole is still the most important thing, for sure (There is no “I” in team!”), but the individual is constantly in the spotlight. As a college buddy of mine once keenly noted, baseball is, at core, a series of duels. A string of one-on-one battles. This intense focus on the personal makes baseball one of the most humane team sports, and walk-up music serves the purpose of enhancing that sense of humanity. So to any high school team out there currently playing Guns ‘N Roses while the pitcher is in mid-wind-up, cut it out – or else the VHSL might really bring the hammer down and issue a mandatory state-wide kabash on any and all walk-up music. And that’s something that no baseball fan or player wants to see happen. *Walk-up music is neither ancient nor complex. Nor should it be considered an art.



Chelsea Whitcomb, Cosby High School’s ace of the hill, was named Central Region co-pitcher of the year and will continue her softball career at Virginia Tech after graduation.



he may be a twotime Central Region pitcher of the year, by Chelsea Whitcomb doesn't consider herself a pitcher. Pitching, she said, was a role that she only decided to take on because her coach, Ray Jeter, thought it gave the team the best shot at winning. Jeter was right.

Since taking the mound full-time at the beginning of her sophomore year, the tall flamethrower (her fastball has been clocked at 65 mph) with the golden locks has led her team, the Cosby Titans, to back-to-back state tournament appearances - winning it all in 2012. Last Wednesday, she took a brief moment out of her day to chat with the Midlothian Exchange. I read in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article that you don't really consider yourself a pitcher. Now that you've had as much success as you've had on the mound, are you officially a pitcher?

No. I mean, to be a Division I pitcher I have to have a change-up, and I don't have that. And I definitely don't work as hard at pitching as a I do at shortstop and hitting. And I'm going to college to play utility, not pitcher. What ultimately made you choose Virginia Tech over some of the other schools that you may have had a chance to go to? It's a good distance away from home - not too close, not too far. I love the campus, I love the coaches and I really love the softball team, WHITCOMB page 7


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chool is out and seniors have graduated. This means one thing for local high school (and a few college) baseball players: the legion baseball season is kicking off! American Legion Post 201’s team is looking to build on a strong 2012 campaign. They finished third in the district amassing a 14-9 record. The team is led by head coach Bryan Hannum. He is currently in his third year with the squad. Hannum is an assistant coach at nearby James River High School and also played collegiately for Randolph-Macon College where he was a member of the 2009 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship team. Hannum will be assisted by fellow James River coaches Cam Kohler and Matt Strittmatter. Hannum is pleased with his roster despite its lack of experience. “We have a solid group, but not many returners,” he said. “I also lost a lot of my pitchers, but I’m so excited for this group.” This year’s roster features four Powhatan natives, 1B/OF Luke Rodgers, C/RP

Not pictured are Nicky Mailo C (Randolph-Macon College) and Jamie Schaller P (Powhatan High School)

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Cosby’s Moorhead and Denuel achieve state-level success on the court festivities, it was certainly one of the more impressive athletic feats hile Cosby High of the weekend. School didn’t It was the second-consecutive capture any state state title for the JMU-commit. championships in Last year, Moorhead, who began team sports (softball lost in the playing tennis at the age of nine, state semifinals, while boys soccer beat Scott Huang of Lake Bradlost a heartbreaker in the state dock High School to take home the finals), one champion of the court, state title. This year, he took down Brett Moorhead, took home a a much more local foe – Shyam title in tennis – albeit it somewhat Venkat of Henrico High – 6-1, 6-2 quietly. to defend his state championship. The state tournament in Group He will leave Cosby High School AAA tennis was the only spring as inarguably the most celebrated sport not to hold their tournament player in the history of the school. at Westfield High School. Instead, Moorhead also competed in the the matches took place about doubles state tournament with his twenty minutes away, at Jefferson partner, Dillon Sykes, but the two District Park in the quaint town fell to Chris Vrabel and Kevin Wan of Falls Church - well out of the – Thomas Jefferson S&T’s potent spotlight of the seething mob that duo – in the state championship had gathered at Westfield to watch match. the baseball, softball, lacrosse, and But Moorhead wasn’t the soccer state tournaments. only tennis player from Cosby So while Moorhead’s Group to reach the state championship. AAA state championship may not Moorhead’s apparent equal on the have been the focal point of the girls’ side of things, Lauren Denuel,



reached the Group AAA girls tennis final – which was also held at Jefferson District Park, at the same time as Moorhead’s championship match – but ultimately fell to Lizzie Stewart (Oakton High School in Vienna). Denuel rolled against Ciara Mulcahy (Patrick Henry-Roanoke in Roanoke) 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the state tournament. She followed up that dominating performance by taking down Olivia Large (Frank W. Cox) 7-5, 6-2 before ultimately falling to Stewart in the title match. Denuel and her partner, Jamie Cochrane – who will play for George Mason next spring – qualified for the state tournament in doubles, but were eliminated in the first round by Sydney Goodson and Melissa Parks (Langley High School), a duo that advanced all the way to the state final before falling to the Oakton combination of Lizzie Stewart and Katie Clark.


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LEGION from 6 Nicky Mailo (Randolph-Macon College), 2B/3B Cody Mann, and SP/OF Jamie Schaller. Representing Amelia County is 2B/3B Austin Anderson, who currently plays at Longwood University. The rest of the squad is made up of players from James River High School. Powhatan’s own Jamie Schaller will begin the season as the pitching rotation’s ace. He will be followed by a trio of James River pitchers that includes Justin White, Stuart Brown, and Vinnie Pasquantino. Coach Hannum will turn to James

WHITCOMB from 6 you know. It was just perfect for me. I felt at home when I went there. It just clicked. What do you have planned for this offseason? Travel ball. Working out, but I don't think I'll start doing that until winter because I'm still playing ball right now. Hopefully Tech will give me a workout plan next spring so I can prepare myself.


River’s Mac Caples to close out games. Hannum is having a very difficult time settling on a starting line-up and says it will vary from game to game. “Our team is very very deep and every one of the guys could start,” he said. “It will be hard putting a starting line-up together, but that’s a great problem to have.” Thanks to all of the recent weather, 201 is yet to play a game. However, they are hoping to finally get the season underway Thursday night against Post 284 at Colonial Heights High School. How many seniors did you all lose in the offseason? We lost four starters. We have a lot of young athletes coming up. We have seven people in my grade, so I think we'll be fine. Have you learned anything from the state semifinal loss? Obviously we're not used to losing, so it was heartbreaking for me and my team. I thought we had another chance, you know? I guess you win some, you lose some.

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