By: Meredith Baker, Staff Writer
PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George School Board recognized a number of Appomattox Regional Governor’s School students at a recent meeting.
Musical Theater students Richie Bishop, Jessica Beaudet, and Glen Meza of Prince George are part of the acapella group Dragon Scales, which recently won first place in the Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School A Cappella Mid-Atlantic quarterfinals and won third place in the semifinals.
Willie Elliott, the director of gifted education and Title I, said that the group also won awards at the quarterfinals for outstanding arrangement and lead vocals.
“We are very proud of each of you,” Elliott told the students. “You have gone out and you continue to make us proud.”
Students Crew Cox, David Crowder, Anisa Isaac, William Kessler, and Bain Kvasnicka were also honored for a variety of academic and extracurricular accomplishments.
Elliot said Crowder and Cox are both leaders on the ARGS Robotics team, which has qualified for the First World Championship for two years. Cox also won first place in the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition sponsored by the Richmond Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and even won the “Beat-the-Engineer Award” for scoring a higher efficiency rating than ASCE engineers.
Elliott continued by saying Bain Kvasnicka took part in building an Augmented Reality Sandbox, which was then exhibited at the 2016 Naval STEM Expo as part of the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in Maryland. William Kessler earned places in both the District Choir and the District Band, playing flute for the latter.
Issac, who runs the ARGS student newspaper, has received recognition for two poems that she has written. Her poem “Message to my Melanin” earned her a Scholastic Silver Key Award, and “Color-coded” has been published in a Creative Communications anthology.
“We are all very proud of you,” Board Chairman Kevin Foster told the students, “and we know that you are not in Prince George Schools day in and day out, but I know that if you cut you still bleed green and gold, and that’s important to know, and you guys and gals can do anything you set your mind to.”
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