BCPS Pride

Graphic of barns and farm tools to congratulate Lisa Taylor's Kindergarten class at Huddleston Elementary School that was awarded a Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom grant.

Congrats to Lisa Taylor's Kindergarten class at Huddleston Elementary School awarded a Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom grant!

Agriculture in the Classroom seeks to encourage Virginia teachers to integrate agriculture into their daily curriculum. To celebrate and support teachers who do so, Agriculture in the Classroom offers Garden and Agriculture Experience Grants. These grants and the projects they support also help youth better understand food production and career opportunities in agriculture.

The class is going to use the grant to buy planting supplies and books about growing vegetables and farming. They plan to learn about many fruits and vegetables, as well as milk, and the work it takes to produce them. They also plan to create their own take-home vegetable gardens and have the opportunity to sample various foods including some they haven’t tried before.

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's Alex Jordan who was the VHSL 4A Boys state runner-up at the VHSL 4A Girls State Cross Country Championships.
Alex Jordan made another unbelievable run for Jefferson Forest to become the VHSL 4A Boys state runner-up at the Cross Country Championships.

 Great job!

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Zoie Lamanna who was crowned state champion at the VHSL 4A Girls State Cross Country Championships.

Jefferson Forest High School’s Zoie Lamanna was recently crowned state champion at the VHSL 4A Girls State Cross Country Championships. 

What an accomplishment to recognize!

Picture of two Staunton River High School students, Maggie Mitchell and Lyla Young, who were selected for the 2023 VI All-District Choir.

Select members of the Staunton River High School choir recently auditioned for a spot in the 2023 District VI All-District Choir. Two students, Maggie Mitchell and Lyla Young were selected.

Your dedication and hard work aren’t going unnoticed. Great job!”

Picture of Two of our Forest Middle School teachers, Cindy Watson and Erika Mabry, and Allison Kappler, Supervisor of Science and Computer Science presenting at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute.

The Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) hosted the first in-person Professional Development Institute in the last few years. Two of our Forest Middle School teachers, Cindy Watson and Erika Mabry, presented "Mission to Mars: Mimicking Perseverance & Ingenuity Activity" sharing ideas and insight into a program Cindy developed for her science exploratory class integrating robotics. Cindy also presented in collaboration with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium about the "Plant the Moon Challenge" where she led Forest Middle School students through a project-based-learning challenge and won national awards last year, and will be competing again this year. Allison Kappler, Supervisor of Science and Computer Science presented, in collaboration with others from Campbell County, Amherst County, and the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair Steering Committee, practical ways to keep the momentum of regional science fairs going despite the challenges over the last few years with other teachers and leaders from across Virginia.

Picture of the cast of Jefferson Forest High School's theatre students who  recently took the title of Region 4D Champs for The Beggar’s Opera.

Jefferson Forest High School recently took the title of Region 4D Champs for The Beggar’s Opera!

Blake McGregor received Honorable Mention and Sara Lynn Loucks and Carter Rice were named Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively.

State Championships will be in Charlottesville on December 3. 

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Competition Cheer Team who had some members become a part of the Class 4 First Team All-State Team. They are Mallory Marshall, Madi Zegarelli, Lorelei Maas, Madeline Powell, and Madeline Perdue.

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) recently announced its 2022 all-state competition cheer teams.

Let’s all cheer for Jefferson Forest High School’s Class 4 First Team All-State Team consisting of Mallory Marshall, Madi Zegarelli, Lorelei Maas, Madeline Powell, and Madeline Perdue!

Picture of BCPS students recycling as part of our partnership with Bedford County Department of Solid Waste. 

Bedford County Public Schools and the Bedford County Department of Solid Waste partner to recycle cardboard and other materials at 9 schools. These bins allow for convenient storage of material that would have otherwise found its way into a landfill. By saving the county money on waste disposal and protecting our habitat, our students are learning important lessons in environmental stewardship.

Special congratulations to the students and staff at Bedford Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, and Staunton River Middle School for being our top recyclers so far this year! Together our schools have recycled nearly 17.5 tons of material in 2022.

Picture of Staunton River High School’s Cara Martin who made the 2022 Class 3 Second Team All-State Competition Cheer Team.

Congratulations to Staunton River High School’s Cara Martin who made the 2022 Class 3 Second Team All-State Competition Cheer Team!

Picture of the Cavalier Theatre who recently competed at and won the VHSL Section 4D-2 Theatre Festival for The Beggar’s Opera.
The Cavalier Theatre recently competed at and won the VHSL Section 4D-2 Theatre Festival for The Beggar’s Opera, with individual recognitions for Carter Rice, Sara Lynn Loucks, and Eliza Hayes for Outstanding Actor! The group will next compete November 19th in the Region 4D Championships at Pulaski. 

Picture of the top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

Presenting our top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year!

Jefferson Forest High School - Thomas Fox 
Moneta Elementary School - Angie Kraje
Staunton River High School - Regina Davis

Picture of The Jefferson Forest High School Marching Cavaliers at the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative State Championships

The Jefferson Forest High School Marching Cavaliers recently performed
at the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative State Championships where they took 2nd Place in Group 4, winning Best General Effect and Best Percussion in the Preliminary competition before advancing to the Commonwealth Cup Finals where they achieved their highest placement ever in the Commonwealth Cup of 4th overall.

Congratulations on these outstanding achievements!

Picture of members from Smith Mountain - Staunton River High FFA from the 95th National FFA Convention.

Smith Mountain FFA was recently recognized as a 2-Star National Chapter at the National FFA Convention.

Staunton River Alumni Emma Jackson, Josh Powers, and Danielle Tuck had the honor of receiving American Degrees.

Keep up the amazing work!

Picture of New London Academy's Teacher of the Year, Mandy Simpson.

New London Academy’s Teacher of the Year is Mandy Simpson!

Mandy has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years, all of which have been at New London Academy. She currently serves as a reading specialist where she provides high-quality reading support for students. Beyond these skills, she is a persistently positive and supportive individual, whom the students love and look forward to seeing. Her school community is thankful to have her and proud to be able to recognize all she does for the students.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of members from Liberty High and Liberty Middle FFA from the 95th National FFA Convention.

The 95th National FFA Convention was recently held in Indianapolis. Liberty Middle FFA was recognized as a 2-Star National Chapter and Liberty High FFA with the highest rating as a 3-Star National Chapter.

The Liberty FFA Veterinary Science Team brought home the title of Silver Rated Team. They were also awarded individual recognitions: Gold Rating - Meagan Cash & Anna Grohs, Silver Rating - KayLi Lindsay, and Bronze Rating - Natalie Corbin

Additionally, Liberty Alumni Charlie Moser, Kevin Painchaud, and Joel Witt were American Degree recipients, which is the Gold Standard of National FFA.

Picture of Forest Middle School's Teacher of the Year, Lisa Willis.
Forest Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Lisa Willis!

Lisa has been working in Bedford County Public Schools for 17 years. She is in her eighth year at Forest Middle School where she currently teaches 7th-grade English. She is excellent at engaging students in their learning while providing a positive and conducive environment. Lisa is a team player who works diligently with her coworkers, parents, and most importantly, her students.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Big Island Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Kristen Honeycutt.
Big Island Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Kristen Honeycutt!

Kristen has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 13 years, 7 of which have been at Big Island Elementary School. She currently teaches Kindergarten. In her 20-year teaching career, she has taught grades K-8. She is willing to do whatever is in the best interest of not only her students but the school as a whole. Kristen plays a vital role in the weekly food backpack program, collaborates daily with other teachers to ensure student success, and is always willing to be a voice for her colleagues as a member of the BCEA.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Staunton River High School's Teacher of the Year, Regina Davis
Staunton River High School’s Teacher of the Year is Regina Davis!

Regina is currently in her fourth-year teaching Spanish at Staunton River High School with Bedford County Public Schools. She is dedicated to the success of all students and staff. She serves on the Instructional Leadership Team and has been a mentor to the other teachers in the foreign language department. Regina cares deeply for her students. She goes above and beyond to ensure that they are provided with the resources that they need. All of her students talk about her dedication to their growth and achievement. Regina’s energy and positivity are infectious. She is truly an asset.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Julie Polk.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Julie Polk!

Julie is in her 14th year working for Bedford County Public Schools, all of which have been at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. She currently teaches 1st grade. She is not only a passionate teacher but actively participates in the PTA and other school events to go above and beyond to support students. Julie is a trusted and respected colleague who always seeks to learn and grow in practice.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Bedford Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Art Johnson.
Bedford Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Art Johnson!

Art has been working for Bedford County Public Schools for 22 years, all of which have been at Bedford Elementary School. He has been a special education teacher for 18 of those years. He loves working with students and enjoys seeing their faces when they finally understand a concept, can read a sentence, or complete a math problem. He is so proud of all their accomplishments, especially when they learn to react differently to situations, speak and interact with their peers, and contribute to class conversations. Art expresses that the key to learning is having meaningful relationships with students and letting them know they are cared for. He wants them to be successful and will do anything that he can to ensure just that. Art’s coworkers state that he helps out wherever needed, collaborates, is positive, enthusiastic, and keeps the workplace fun.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Jefferson Forest Competition Cheer who recently went on to reign as the champions at the Region 4D Competition.
Congratulations to Jefferson Forest Competition Cheer who recently went on to reign as the champions at the Region 4D Competition. 

Great job all! We continue to cheer you on!

Picture of Stewartsville Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Crystal Bondurant.
Stewartsville Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Crystal Bondurant!

Crystal has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 11 years, all of which have been at Stewartsville Elementary School. She currently teaches 4th and 5th-grade math. Since her students feel at ease with her, they feel more confident about school in general and math specifically. Crystal incorporates manipulatives, technology, group and partner work, and offers plenty of opportunities for her students to practice these skills. She finds many ways to present information so that each child can learn, often using her planning time to remediate students that are experiencing difficulty. She builds relationships with students that last long after leaving her classroom. Crystal is also detail-oriented, a leader among the faculty, and a mentor teacher.  

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of the Jefferson Forest Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams who were named Seminole District Champions.
The Jefferson Forest Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams were named Seminole District Champions, with both teams achieving a perfect score of 15. Juniors Zoie Lamanna and Alex Jordan each won their respective race. Both teams placed third at the Region 4D Championship in Blacksburg, earning them spots in the VHSL State Championship. Zoie Lamanna was crowned the Region 3D girls champion. Five athletes earned a place on the all-region team: Zoie Lamanna, Alexis Plaster, Alex Jordan, Luke Gaylor, and Macon Smith. 

The teams will compete in the Class 4 State Championship on November 12th at Oatlands Plantation. This is the 29th consecutive year for the girls team to qualify for states and the 27th state championship appearance for the boys team.

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Teacher of the Year, Becky Melton.
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Teacher of the Year is Becky Melton!

Becky has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools at SGSTC for 4 years. She currently teaches Practical Nursing and Introduction to Health Sciences. She has been a nurse since 1998. Early in her career, Becky discovered she had an aptitude for teaching her patients. She prioritized empowering patients through education and began mentoring new nurses and nursing students. With the rising need for nurse educators, she felt drawn to teach in a formal setting. Becky is very passionate about teaching, the nursing profession, and most importantly making a positive impact on the lives of those she encounters along the way. She has a great relationship with coworkers. They expressed that she is empathetic, encouraging, patient, knowledgeable in nursing and a team player with both staff and students.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Sam Weddle of Staunton River High School, who recently won the Blue Ridge District Cross Country Championship. In doing so, he was named the 2022 Blue Ridge District Runner of the Year.
Congrats to Sam Weddle of Staunton River High School, who recently won the Blue Ridge District Cross Country Championship. In doing so, he was named the 2022 Blue Ridge District Runner of the Year!

Staunton River will compete in the VHSL Region 3D Cross-Country Championships tomorrow from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex in Axton, VA.

Picture of Cavalier Theatre who recently took the runner-up trophy for their One-Act Play “The Beggar's Opera” at the Virginia Theatre Association Convention
Congratulations to Cavalier Theatre who recently took the runner-up trophy for their One-Act Play “The Beggar's Opera” at the Virginia Theatre Association Convention! Jefferson Forest and Stafford High School will represent Virginia and compete at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, Kentucky in March.

JF received special judges awards for Best Costumes, Best Ensemble, and Technical Merit.
Carter Rice, Anna Miller, and Blake McGregor were named to the All-Star Cast, and Eliza Hayes and Annalise Schultz received Best Performer Awards.

Come out and support them during the VHSL Section 4D-2 Theatre Festival at Jefferson Forest High School on November 5!

Picture of  Otter River Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Lynn Doss.
Otter River Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Lynn Doss!

Lynn has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 9 years, 8 of which have been at Otter River Elementary School. She currently serves as the library media specialist. Lynn leads the school’s Hospitality Committee, teaches both Library Resource and STEM Resource classes, and collaborates with classroom teachers to better support the students. She is a committed, reliable, and valued part of the school family.  Lynn genuinely cares about the students and is wonderful with them as well as her coworkers. 

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Liberty High School's Teacher of the Year, Eric Seckman.
Liberty High School’s Teacher of the Year is Eric Seckman!

Eric has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 11 years, all of which have been at Liberty High School. He is an incredible educator and leader who is well respected. Whether working with students during the day, coaching on the soccer field, or attending countless extracurricular activities, he is known as a servant leadership model and integrity.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Huddleston Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Brittany Mistretta.
Huddleston Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Brittany Mistretta!

Brittany has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years, 7 of which have been at Huddleston Elementary School. She currently serves as the library media specialist. Brittany is great with students and provides engaging lessons and activities for them in the library. As stated in the following quotes from staff, there is no shortage of coworkers who think she is the best around. "She is organized, structured, respectfully polite, and makes sure her students feel safe, loved, and eager to learn new things." "Mrs. Mistretta has gone above and beyond making our library an exciting place to learn, including improvements to the aesthetics as well as providing engaging lessons." "As soon as she moved into the library position, she remodeled the space to be more modern and inviting. She integrates an abundance of technology and involves every student in STEM lessons that are really engaging. My students are so excited when it is library day!" "Mrs. Mistretta is a fantastic teacher and librarian who shows students just how big her heart really is each day. Her wealth of experience and genuine love for reading have a huge impact on her students. Our school is a better place because of her collegiality and innovation."

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Forest Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Jessi Owen.

Forest Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Jessi Owen!

Jessi has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years, 12 of which have been at Forest Elementary School. She currently teaches 1st grade and her students gravitate toward her calm and comforting demeanor. She makes learning enjoyable and engaging through a mixture of structure and flexibility consisting of hands-on activities, learning games, journaling, science experiments, and story time. Jessi takes time outside of school to attend her students’ sporting events and other activities. She understands how important it is to build strong relationships with her students and makes them feel special. Jessi is a friend to all and coworkers enjoy her incredible sense of humor.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of the Liberty High and Liberty Middle School students that were recognized at the Town Council Meeting for being selected to serve on Mayor Tim Black’s Student Advisory Council for the Town of Bedford.
Congratulations to the Liberty High and Liberty Middle School students that were recognized Tuesday night at the Town Council Meeting for being selected to serve on Mayor Tim Black’s Student Advisory Council for the Town of Bedford.

Pictured: Charlotte Burke, Drake Coles, Laci Craig, Marlon Creasy, Malaya Davis, Marcus Davis, Jayden Hurt, Tommy Kirby, Heleigh Maguire Hernandez, Colton Manning, and Diego Salinas   

Not Pictured: Jitka Diaz and Jaiden Napier     
Picture of Liberty Middle School's Teacher of the Year, Patricia McDouall

Liberty Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Patricia McDouall!

Patricia is in her 5th year teaching with Bedford County Public Schools, all of which have been at Liberty Middle School. She currently teaches 6th-grade science. Patricia is well-liked by students and staff because of her infectious personality. She always has a smile on her face and through her thoughtfulness goes out of her way to brighten the days of others. She is never one to give up and truly puts into practice the expression of being a "lifelong learner." She is a national board-certified teacher who has been changing students' lives for over 32 years. Her desire to see each student do their best, reach their full potential, and be a team player are just a few of the reasons she was recognized for this award.   

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Goodview Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Erin Jones.
Goodview Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Erin Jones!

Erin has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 16 years, 15 of which have been at Goodview Elementary School. She currently teaches 5th grade and always strives to support each student through creativity and engagement to motivate them to learn. Erin connects with each of her students and asks what she can do to help them. She has an innate ability to relate with colleagues and community members and can always be counted on to volunteer when there is a need. She inspires others around her to give their best daily.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's Teacher of the Year, Thomas Fox.
Jefferson Forest High School’s Teacher of the Year is Thomas Fox!

Thomas has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 19 years. He is in his second year at Jefferson Forest High School. Colleagues have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. “Coach Fox is an incredible teacher, person, and friend. His students are constantly engaged and responsive. He’s very thorough with directions, explanations, etc. His students have fun in class while learning aspects/skills that they can take into their own personal lives. He’s constantly working and planning the next great activity for his students. He comes to work on his days off and the word “no” is not in his vocabulary. He will do anything and everything to help anyone out. If something is “broke”, he’s going to try his best to fix it. He’s always willing to give a helping hand and is always trying to better his classroom and environment for his students. He is definitely a teacher for the students. He embodies everything a teacher should be and so much more.”  

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Bedford Primary School's Teacher of the Year, Jessica Skow.
Bedford Primary School’s Teacher of the Year is Jessica Skow!

Jessica has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 4 years, all of which have been at Bedford Primary School. She currently teaches Kindergarten and her teaching style keeps the students engaged in the classroom. She is positive, humble, and always a true team player who is supportive of coworkers and students. Jessica demonstrates love for both her students and education.  

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Moneta Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Angie Kraje.
Moneta Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Angie Kraje!

Angie has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools across all three zones for 16 years, 3 of which have been at Moneta Elementary School. She currently serves as the Success for All (SFA) Facilitator. Angie is always willing to help her colleagues and is an advocate for students and their success. She is dependable and helps with administrative duties when needed. There isn’t a time when she doesn’t have a smile on her face. 

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

 Picture of Boonsboro Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Taylor McDonald..

Boonsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Taylor McDonald!

Taylor has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 5 years, all of which have been at Boonsboro Elementary School. In those 5 years, she has served as a Special Education, 2nd, and 4th-grade teacher. Outside of the classroom, Taylor has taken on various roles which include grade level chair, leadership team member, and Canvas point person. No matter the role or situation, she embodies all the qualities that define what it means to be a life-changing educator. Her knowledge, commitment, and passion for her students and profession are incomparable.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Pictures of Liberty High School Cheerleaders who placed 2nd and the Jefferson Forest High School Cheerleaders who placed 1st at the Seminole District Cheerleading Competition.

Liberty High School hosted the Seminole District Cheerleading Competition on Wednesday, October 12th. Battling against fierce competition, the JFHS Cheerleaders placed 1st and LHS Cheerleaders placed 2nd. Both move on to the Regional Cheerleading Competition. Liberty will be competing in the Region 3C competition at Spotswood High School at 11:00 a.m., while Jefferson Forest will be competing in the Region 4D competition at Louisa County High School at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, October 22nd.

We are cheering you on! 

Picture of Staunton River Middle School's Teacher of the Year, Greg Harris.
Staunton River Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Greg Harris!

Greg has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools across all three zones for 22 years, 16 of which have been at Staunton River Middle School. He continuously demonstrates positive energy and passion, not only for his content subject of history but professionally and personally. His intensity and purpose for all students to succeed are evident in his teaching practices. Greg makes history lessons come to life with engaging simulations, stories, games, and competitions. He is sincere, humble, and has a spirit of gratitude to teach.  

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Picture of Montvale Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Madison Karnes.
Montvale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Madison Karnes!

Madison has been teaching with Bedford County Public Schools for 7 years, 2 of which have been at Montvale Elementary School. She currently serves as a reading specialist. Madison is known for her positive attitude and willingness to do anything that will help make her school a better place. She does it all with a smile. Her colleagues describe her as a "team player", "shining light", and "great leader". Madison builds strong relationships with her students, finds creative and fun activities to help them learn, and is passionate about helping everyone become lifelong readers.

Thank you for your dedication and passion for teaching! 

Graphic of instruments and names of five Jefferson Forest High School students who were selected by audition for All-South-Central Regional Orchestra.
Five Jefferson Forest High School students were selected by audition for All-South-Central Regional Orchestra. 

Leo Chang - Violin (9th Grade) Angelina Guo - Violin (10th grade) Courtney Trahant - English Horn (12th grade) Jack Waters - Trombone (11th grade) Brienna Yates - Flute (12th grade)  

The South-Central Senior Regional Orchestra event will take place November 11-12 in Richmond.

Graphic of Susie G. Gibson Science and Technology Center's ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest program offering in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

Susie G. Gibson Science and Technology Center (SGSTC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its newest program offering. The school is now offering classes in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Students will be able to earn credentials that will enable them to graduate and go straight into the workforce, or further their knowledge in college to pursue advanced opportunities in the field. Area business owners have indicated a need for new skilled HVAC technicians.

The following businesses made donations towards the program’s implementation:

Southern Refrigeration Corp
Davis Heating & Cooling
Witt Mechanical
Gemaire (Rheem)
T
he Vistas at Dreaming Creek
Southern Trust HVAC
Varney

Special thanks to SGSTC Culinary Arts, JROTC, staff, and our community members for making this event a success. We look forward to getting the word out and growing the new HVAC program. 

Graphic of Jefferson Forest High School’s Madeline Powell who was selected to receive 1 of 11 Virginia Pilot Pathways Scholarships.
Congratulations to Jefferson Forest High School’s Madeline Powell!  She was selected to receive 1 of 11 Virginia Pilot Pathways Scholarships for Fall 2022.

The Virginia Pilot Pathways program is providing flight training for these 11 Virginia high school students through a pilot flight training scholarship program. Each scholarship covers up to 40 hours of flight training plus the private pilot license fee. This will serve as the next step in moving students with outstanding demonstrated potential toward their career goal of becoming commercial pilots.

It is a great honor to be chosen! Way to go Madeline!

Graphic with pictures of the Bedford County Public Schools Little Feet Meet that was recently held at Liberty High School for our students with disabilities and their unified partners where they enjoyed fun activities and friendly competition by participating in various sports activities.   
The Bedford County Public Schools Little Feet Meet was recently held at Liberty High School. This is the third time BCPS has sponsored this event with Special Olympics. Our students with disabilities and their unified partners enjoyed fun activities and friendly competition by participating in various sport activities. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and students that made this event possible.

Graphic of Olivia Della Penna and Avery Pyzik, two young scientists from Forest Middle School were selected for the Broadcom MASTERS Top 300.
Bedford County Public Schools is proud to announce that Olivia Della Penna and Avery Pyzik, two young scientists from Forest Middle School were selected for the Broadcom MASTERS Top 300! Founded and produced by the Society for Science, Broadcom MASTERS is the premier STEM competition for middle school students. The students participated in the 2022 Central Virginia Regional Virtual Middle School Science Fair in May where they won 1st place for their chemistry project: Plastic Made from Milk? An Investigation into the Usability of Milk-Plastic Spoons Versus Petroleum-Based Plastic Spoons.

The Top 300 MASTERS were selected from 1,807 students from 47 states and three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each of the Top 300 MASTERS will receive a $125 award from the Department of Defense (DoD STEM).

So awesome! 

Graphic recognizing students from our three high schools who were awarded academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs for excelling in their classrooms and on College Board assessments.
The College Board awarded students from across the country with academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs for excelling in their classrooms and on College Board assessments. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Bedford County Public Schools is proud of our students who have received this recognition.

Kiersten Bruns - Staunton River High School Raven Rucker - Jefferson Forest High School Maria Ziegler - Jefferson Forest High School

We had two students earn the AP Capstone Diploma. For this honor, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing. This is an exceptional achievement.

Parker Bruns - Staunton River High School Brynn Hill - Jefferson Forest High School

In addition, we had an outstanding number of AP Scholars. We had a total of 56 AP Scholars from our 3 high schools, with an average score of 3.47 (out of 5). 

Congratulations to all for your excellence! 

Graphic of students raising freedom flag and other students watching video testimonials to honor and recognize Patriot Day (9/11).
Schools across our division flew freedom flags on September 12th to honor and recognize Patriot Day (9/11).
There were many other activities to commemorate this day such as reviewing the events that happened, group discussions about what students knew about 9/11, and video testimonials by high school students, firemen, and workers in the World Trade Center on that day.
Graphic of Sara Johnson, a rising Senior at Liberty High School, placed third in the National History Day Competition with her individual performance titled “Shenandoah National Park - Debate and Diplomacy Lead to Displacement.”
Sara Johnson, a rising Senior at Liberty High School, placed third in the National History Day Competition with her individual performance titled “Shenandoah National Park - Debate and Diplomacy Lead to Displacement.” Sara competed against other state winners from around the country. The National Contest was held virtually this year from June 12-16th.

What a great honor!

Graphic of award winners from Liberty High School and Jefferson Forest High School at YOVASO’s recently held annual Awards Program during their Summer Leadership Retreat.
YOVASO recently held its annual Awards Program during the Summer Leadership Retreat. The awards are designed to recognize all levels of involvement, from new high school clubs just starting their traffic safety programs to veteran high school clubs working towards earning ribbons for Outstanding Club Recognition.

We couldn’t be prouder of Liberty High School and Jefferson Forest High School for these impressive awards!

Liberty High School - YOVASO Club of the Year

In recognition of a member club for establishing and setting the standard for best practices in peer-led youth traffic safety programs. The award recognizes excellence in student leadership and club development, community outreach, engagement of the student body, effectiveness of programming, and participation in YOVASO campaigns and retreats.

Emma Ogden, Jefferson Forest High School - Rock Star Award

In recognition of a student who demonstrates enthusiasm and excitement in their school and community for promoting safe teen driving and passenger safety. This student is a champion for the cause and a vocal role model within the school and community.

Payton Poindexter, Jefferson Forest High School - Youth Leadership Award

In recognition of a YOVASO Youth Advisory Council (YAC) student who demonstrates exemplary leadership skills and a commitment to working on safe teen driving and youth traffic safety programs at the local and state level. The student leads and takes an active role with their school club, YAC, and the Summer Leadership Retreat.

Ben Thurman, Liberty High School - YOVASO Sponsor of the Year (Teacher Advisor)

In recognition of a teacher’s ongoing support and guidance to the school’s traffic safety club and commitment to striving for excellence in club growth and development.

Pictures of students from Smith Mountain FFA at the 96th Annual Virginia FFA Convention recently held at Virginia Tech.
Time for some Eagle Pride! 

Smith Mountain FFA’s Beth Gillespie is the state winner of the Outdoor Recreation Proficiency Award and Emma Jackson is the state winner of the Swine Production Placement Proficiency Award. 

The following students were State Degree recipients: Emily Creasey Kody Burnette Beth Gillespie Jacob Nichols Michelle Winand

As a chapter, Smith Mountain FFA earned the South Ridge Area: National Chapter - Strengthening Agriculture award, Superior Chapter, and Gold Rated National Chapter awards.  

Congratulations on these achievements from the Virginia FFA Convention!

Pictures of students from Liberty FFA at the 96th Annual Virginia FFA Convention recently held at Virginia Tech.
The 96th Annual Virginia FFA Convention was recently held at Virginia Tech. The Liberty FFA Vet Science Team consisting of KayLi Lindsay, Maegan Cash, Anna Grohs, & Natalie Corbin took 1st place in the state. They will compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in late October. 

There were many individual accomplishments to recognize. 

State Proficiency Awards: Makenna Garrett - Diversified Horticulture Charlie Moser - Veterinary Science Kevin Painchaud - Nursery Production 

State Degree Recipients: Hailey Carhart Parry Dooley Makenna Garrett Alexis Hensley Brooke Hodges 

In addition, Makenna Garrett, the 2021-2022 Liberty FFA President was nominated and conferred Virginia FFA State Secretary. 

As a chapter, Liberty FFA earned South Ridge Area Star Chapter, Superior Chapter, and Gold Rated National Chapter awards. 

So much to celebrate!

Picture of alumni, teachers, and staff who recently came together to paint the Staunton River High School band room.
Alumni, teachers, and staff recently came together to paint the Staunton River High School band room. Throughout nine hours the room underwent a fantastic facelift and it looks like a brand-new space. Thank you to everyone that came out to help!

 Graphic showcasing banners decorated by our students in their art classes across the division that are displayed in town on Main Street.
All of our schools across the division decorated banners in their art classes to be displayed in town. They are now hanging up on Main Street. The theme this year was "Summer in Bedford". We appreciate the Town of Bedford's partnership with us in displaying the banners and featuring our students' work.

Great job students!

Picture of Jeni Levine, one of Staunton River High School’s Girls Outdoor track athletes who was crowned champion in the regional high jump competition and runner-up in the state high jump competition.

A familiar name in athletics at the River found success yet again recently with the Golden Eagle Girls Outdoor Track Team.

Jeni Levine was crowned champion in the regional high jump competition. She then went on to the state competition, where she was runner-up in the high jump.

Let’s hear it for Jeni!

Picture of some of the Staunton River High School’s Boys Outdoor Track team athletes who are this year’s champions and runners-up in the regional competition.
The Staunton River Boys Outdoor Track team recently found plenty of success in the Region 3D Outdoor Track competition. Champions and runners-up are below.

Champions:

Boys 4 x 400 Relay Team: Alfred Finney, Malakhi Gregory, Spencer Kearns, and Kayden Ryder
Boys 4 x 800 Relay Team: Spencer Kearns, Kayden Ryder, Jack Weddle, and Sam Weddle

Pole Vault: Spencer Kearns

Runners-up:

Long Jump: Malakhi Gregory

Triple Jump: Malakhi Gregory

Kudos to all! 

Graphic of Jefferson Forest High School’s animation titled Clay Boi that took 1st Place in the Animation category at the VHSL Film Festival.
High school filmmakers across the Commonwealth submitted 103 films from 24 schools to the VHSL Film Festival this year. Only 48 were designated Official Selections. We couldn’t be prouder to announce that
Jefferson Forest High School took 1st Place in the Animation category for Clay Boi! The film was also the audience choice winner! JFHS also had other teams that placed in categories as well.

Job well done!

You can watch Clay Boi here: https://youtu.be/8xZY2CsDmxI.

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Baseball team who are this year’s district co-champions, region champions, and made it all the way to the state semifinals.
It’s been a spectacular year to be a player, coach, parent, or fan of the Jefferson Forest High School Baseball Team. Hard work paid off this year and translated into much success, with the team being district co-champions, winning the region, and making it all the way to the state semifinals.

Additional props to these individuals:

Breckin Nace has been named to this year’s VHSL Class 4 All-State 1st Team! 

Peyton Smith - Region Player of the Year!

Head Coach Ryan Gilleland - Region Coach of the Year!

Hats off to JF Baseball for these accomplishments!

Picture of the Staunton River High School’s Girls Softball team who are this year’s Blue Ridge District champions.
The Staunton River High School’s Girls Softball Team won the regular season Blue Ridge District title and finished with a record of 19-4 (9-1). 

In addition, Varsity Softball Coach, Scott Cisco, was named the 2022 Blue Ridge District Coach of the Year. 

Great job! 

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Boys Soccer team who was this year’s Seminole District champions plus region and state runners-up.
The Jefferson Forest High School Boys Soccer Program has been nothing short of phenomenal the past two years, coming so close to a state championship in both seasons. This team is a force to be reckoned with and remains a soccer powerhouse in Virginia. 
That’s not all, we have some individuals to recognize as well:
Kyle Butcher, Walker Stebbings, and Wilson Hetrick have been named to this year’s VHSL Class 4 All-State 1st Team! 
Kyle Butcher - Seminole District Player of the Year!
Scott Zaring - Seminole District Coach of the Year!
Huge congratulations to this year’s Seminole District champions plus region and state runners-up!
Graphic for Jefferson Forest High School who was an Activities Winner who was awarded the Class 4 Cup.

Activities Winners for this year’s National Guard Cup have been announced, and Jefferson Forest High School ran away from the competition to win the Class 4 Cup! 

Winners of the National Guard Cup are determined by a point system based on performance in VHSL state competitions. Points are awarded for all sanctioned sports, plus sportsmanship, and schools can earn academic activity points for outstanding participation in scholastic bowl, creative writing, theatre, forensics, debate, film festival, broadcast, newspaper, yearbook, and magazine.

Way to go Cavaliers!

Graphic for Liberty High School’s Girls Outdoor Track team who had 2nd place winners in both the region and Seminole District Outdoor Track Championships.
Liberty High School Girls Outdoor Track athletes are proving that dedication pays off!

Susannah Allen competed in Pole Vault and finished 2nd in the Region 3C Outdoor Track Championships.  
Hailey Clark, Brianna Adams, Mary Malcolm, and Natalee Powers finished 2nd in the Seminole District Outdoor Track Championships in the Girls 4X800 Meter Relay.
Congratulations!

Picture of some of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Boys Outdoor Track team who placed first and second at the region competition.
We have celebrated the girls, but the Jefferson Forest High School Boys Outdoor Track Team had an outstanding season as well. This team did their damage in the region competition, and today we recognize them for their accomplishments.
Way to go!

Boys Region Champions Brannon Adams - 1st 3200m Addison Hilton - 1st 400m
Boys Region Runners-up Brannon Adams - 2nd 1600m Alex Jordan - 2nd 3200m  Addison Hilton - 2nd 200m Brian Aveson - 2nd 400m Landon Epperson - 2nd 4x800 relay Jacob White - 2nd 4x800 relay Jonah Packer - 2nd 4x800 relay Keagan Venable - 2nd 4x800 relay

Picture of some of the Jefferson Forest High School’s Girls Outdoor Track team who finished the season as state runners-up.
What a year for Jefferson Forest High School’s Girls Outdoor Track! They finished the season as state runners-up and brought home many individual accolades as well.

Time to celebrate!
Girls State Runners-up Hannah Pettyjohn - 2nd Pole Vault Zoie Lamanna - 2nd 800m & 1600m
Girls Track - Overall Region 1st place
Girls Region Champions  Zoie Lamanna - 1st 800 & 1600 Shauna Skow - 1st 3200 Kandace McIvor - 1st Long Jump Hannah Pettyjohn - 1st Pole Vault, Shot Put, & Discus
Girls Region Runners-up Zoie Lamanna - 2nd 4x400 relay Kandace McIvor - 2nd 300m hurdles & 4x400 relay Alexis Plaster - 2nd 4x400 relay Hannah Pettyjohn - 2nd High Jump & 4x400 relay

Pictures of our students who were recognized for top awards at the Central Virginia Regional Middle School Science Fair.
We are so proud of all of our students who were recognized at the Central Virginia Regional Middle School Science Fair! BCPS students showed off their research knowledge, dedication, and skills at the regional fair, and many were awarded special awards for their work. Two of our groups were nominated to represent BCPS and our region at the 
2022 Broadcom Masters International Science Fair. These students are Forest Middle School’s Avery Pyzik, Olivia Della Penna, Sophie Bellanger, and Nicolas Bellanger. Avery Pyzik and Olivia Della Penna also won the 1st place Chemistry award. Forest Middle School’s Owen Evans won the 2nd place Physics award. Moneta Elementary School’s Anson Hager won 2nd place in the Rube Goldberg Challenge. Congratulations to all!

Picture of names and logos of our Teacher of the Year sponsors who gave so that our Teacher of the Year, Katrina Grooms of New London Academy, could be further rewarded for her dedication and exceptional work in the classroom.
We could not be more grateful for those that gave so that our Teacher of the Year, Katrina Grooms of New London Academy, could be further rewarded for her dedication and exceptional work in the classroom. The following businesses and organizations genuinely support our educators.

Bedford Area Educational Foundation Emerson Creek Pottery Fostek Corporation JM Freebird, LLC Moneta Farm & Home Center London's Salt Spa Sam Moore Furniture Simply Vanilla Gourmet Virginia Furniture Market

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Justin Kim who attends Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology recently won the 4th place Grand Award in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Jefferson Forest High School’s Justin Kim who attends Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology recently won the 4th place Grand Award in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for his presentation: The Effect of Bacillus cereus on the Central Nervous System of Dugesia tigrine.

Student winners are in ninth through twelfth grades who earned the right to compete at the Regeneron ISEF 2022 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state, or national science fair.

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Principal, Troy Doss’ blue hair with green polka dots. He promised Mrs. Chittum’s Cosmetology students that if they passed their Virginia State Board of Cosmetology Exam that they could color his hair.
During the first week of May Mrs. Chittum's Cosmetology students tackled the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology Exam consisting of a written exam as well as a hands-on competency check. Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Principal, Troy Doss spoke to the class a couple of months ago and told them if they had a 100% pass rate that they could color his hair. Well, don’t make a promise that you don’t intend to keep. They all passed! Check out the video to see him fulfill his side of the deal!

Picture of the ocean with writing in the sand saying Happy Retirement 2021-2022 Retirees Bedford County Public Schools.
We would like to honor all of our 2021-2022 Bedford County Public Schools retirees. We want to thank them for their time, energy, and dedication throughout the years.
Click here to view our retiree recognition presentation.

Picture of the Forest Middle School Science Exploratory class’ work on the international Plant the Moon Challenge where three teams grew green beans, lettuce, and kale in moon regolith and varying amounts of soil additive. The green bean team earned Best in Show/Growth honors!
The Forest Middle
School Science Exploratory class worked hard on the international (248 teams representing 10 countries from elementary, middle, high school, and college levels) Plant the Moon Challenge. Three teams worked 5 days a week for 10 weeks to grow green beans, lettuce, and kale in moon regolith and varying amounts of soil additive. Growing pods were created with LED grow lights, PVC pipe, and clear cloth for protection. The kale team even added hydrogel from diapers to their pots to reduce their water needs by 60%. The project was done so well that it led to a great opportunity to virtually present to representatives from NASA, the Virginia Department of Education, and many universities/colleges. They also showcased the project to incoming 6th-grade families at the FMS Open House and board members/supporters at the Bedford Area Educational Foundation breakfast meeting.

All 3 teams were AMAZING but the green bean team earned Best in Show/Growth honors!

Picture of the t-shirt designs from the three Liberty High School students whose designs were awarded by the Bedford Fiber Festival.  

Congratulations to our Bedford Fiber Festival T-Shirt Design winners! While the Bedford Fiber Festival is using only the first-place design on their shirts, they were so impressed they felt that more students should be awarded for their beautiful work and decided to choose a second and third place which will also receive monetary prizes.

1st: Abryella Blair 2nd: Isabel Wilberger 3rd: Reilly Hiner

Thank you to every student who put forth fantastic designs representing the LHS Art Department and heartfelt congratulations to our winners!

Pictures from The Big Feet Meet event that is sponsored through Special Olympics in partnership with schools and community. This year it was held at Liberty High School and included students with disabilities and their peers in all 3 middle and high schools in Bedford County.
The Big Feet Meet is an event that is sponsored through Special Olympics in partnership with schools and community. This year it was held at Liberty High School and included students with disabilities and their peers in all 3 middle and high schools in Bedford County. The students competed in a variety of track events that varied for all skill levels. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Bedford County Fire Department, Virginia State Police, and the Town of Bedford Police Department were all in attendance to support this event. Students, staff, parents, spectators, and community volunteers all enjoyed this amazing event that highlighted our students with disabilities. 

Pictures of Jefferson Forest High School’s Anna Anderson and Zane Wales who were recognized and featured by People Magazine.
Two of our amazing students were recognized and featured by People Magazine! Congratulations to Jefferson Forest High School’s Anna Anderson and Zane Wales who were recently named prom queen and king.

https://people.com/human-interest/high-school-names-students-with-down-syndrome-as-prom-king-queen/?fbclid=IwAR1F86aLgg7zM4Fj5tjTCD0IZ-QNjwNQuHPQkqbBSLz9gRczNa6YON-kgDw

Picture of Liberty High School students Sara Johnson, Noah Lehrer, Makayla Branham, and Mason Mooneyham who recently participated in the History Day state competition.
Liberty High School students Sara Johnson, Noah Lehrer, Makayla Branham, and Mason Mooneyham recently participated in the History Day state competition.
Sara Johnson took first place in her performance, and will now represent Virginia in the Senior Individual Performance at the National History Day competition. 
Noah Lehrer and Mason Mooneyham took third place in Senior Group Website and are now alternates for the national competition. To view their website, click the following link: https://site.nhd.org/92488529/home.
Makayla Branham also received a $1,000 scholarship.
Congratulations to all!

Picture of the three Jefferson Forest High School students, Elise Brady, Hannah Wright, and Alyssa Nazigian whose artwork won three of the four Merit Awards at the The University of Lynchburg High School Art Show reception.

The University of Lynchburg High School Art Show reception was recently held in the Lobby Gallery of the Dillard Fine Arts Center. At the reception, these awards were given: four student Merit Awards (each worth $100), one People's Choice Award (worth $100), and one Top High School Art Award (worth $100).   
Jefferson Forest High School participating students, Elise Brady (11th grade), Hannah Wright (12th grade), and Alyssa Nazigian (12th grade) won three of the four Merit Awards. And, JFHS won the Top High School Art Award for best overall representation! This is the second time that JFHS has won this award in the four years of the show's existence. 
This year, 30 students from these 8 high schools participated: Altavista, Brookville, E.C. Glass, Heritage, Jefferson Forest, Liberty Christian Academy, Virginia Episcopal School, and William Campbell. Each school submitted five pieces of artwork, totaling 40 pieces. 

Picture of members of the Susie G. Gibson Legacy alumni group who gathered to unveil a plaque that recognizes the historic designations of the former Susie G. Gibson High School. In 2021, the school was placed on both the Virginia and national historic registries.
Members of the Susie G. Gibson Legacy alumni group gathered on April 29, 2022 to unveil a plaque that recognizes the historic designations of the former Susie G. Gibson High School. In 2021, the school was placed on both the Virginia and national historic registries. 

Picture of the four recipients who were awarded $1,000 Bedford County Council PTA scholarships.
We are greatly appreciative of the partnership and constant support that our PTA gives our students and schools!
Annually, each high school gets awarded one Bedford County Council PTA scholarship for $1,000. To be eligible, the student/parent(s) has to be PTA member(s) by December of the year they are applying. A rubric scoring system is used that takes into consideration volunteer community service time, academic grades and classes, if they have a part-time job, and extracurricular activities. A short essay by the student and provided recommendation letters from teachers or employers are also reviewed.
This year the PTA County Council had enough funds to support awarding four scholarships. The following students were the recipients: 
Jefferson Forest High School – Olivia Oen Liberty High School – Makenna Leigh Garrett Staunton River High School – Elizabeth Gillespie Staunton River High School – Sydney Thomas

Congratulations to all!

Picture of BCPS School Board Office's Support Staff of the Year, Becky Robertson.
BCPS School Board Office’s Support Staff of the Year is Becky Robertson!
Becky is in her 8th year working for BCPS. She has been serving in her current role as Administrative Assistant of School Nutrition since November of 2017. Becky has the ability to put anyone that she meets or talks with at ease and faces all that she does with a positive attitude. No matter who she is assisting, she is able to think through the situation and offer a solution to help. She has many job responsibilities but never hesitates to take time to help others and always treats them with a caring and kind attitude. Becky is a tremendous asset and we are blessed to have her in our Nutrition department.

Picture of Staunton River High School FFA’s Kody Burnette who placed 1st in the 4-Wheel Wagon Event & 1st on the Exam Portion at the State Tractor Driving Competition.
A handful of the Virginia FFA Competitions are held prior to the State Convention. Recently, the FFA Tractor Driving Area winners convened at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds to see who would be the top FFA Tractor Operator in Virginia. 

Smith Mountain FFA - Staunton River High School's Kody Burnette placed 1st in the 4-Wheel Wagon Event & 1st on the Exam Portion. His total score was 562, making him the overall State Tractor Driving Winner!

Way to Go!
Picture of New London Academy's Support Staff of the Year, Emily Horgan.

New London Academy’s Support Staff of the Year is Emily Horgan!

Emily has been with Bedford County Public Schools for 3 years, most of which have been at NLA. She is an incredible paraprofessional that works to support the learning of all the students in a classroom and actively looks for opportunities to contribute to the school community. Wherever there is a need, she is willing and ready to help. Emily is a hard worker who always maintains a positive outlook, even on the toughest days. NLA is so thankful to have her. 

Picture of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Deanna Wirth.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Deanna Wirth!
Deanna has been a paraprofessional at Thomas Jefferson for the past nine years. She works directly with students in remediation groups, assists teachers in the classroom working with small groups of students, prepares instructional materials for class projects, works in the front office on various tasks, and regularly covers classes for teachers. Deanna takes initiative, often asking, "How can I help?" when she sees a need arise and always pitches in with a smile. Her love for the TJES school community is evident in her dedication and positive attitude each day. 

Picture of BCPS Maintenance Department's Support Staff of the Year, Sherry Ratliff.
BCPS Maintenance Department’s Support Staff of the Year is Sherry Ratliff!
Sherry has been with BCPS for 10 years. This is her second year serving as the Administrative Assistant for both the Maintenance and Testing & Demographic Planning departments. She has enjoyed getting to know the staff she interacts with in her job duties. Sherry is friendly and easy to get along with. She is highly valued as a team member and excels at any tasks thrown her way with exemplary performance. 

Picture of Staunton River High School's Support Staff of the Year, Jennifer Buzzo.
Staunton River High School’s Support Staff of the Year is Jennifer Buzzo!
Jennifer served as a paraprofessional at SRHS for 5 years until she passed away this fall. She was dearly loved by the SRHS staff and community. Her family received the award on her behalf.
There is no shortage of colleagues with wonderful words to say about Jennifer. Here are a few examples:
“Jennifer Buzzo has been nominated since we started doing this award. She was the most kindhearted and helpful person. She was always willing to pitch in and help out with anything. She was not only a paraprofessional, but she was our backup nurse, a fill-in secretary, and subbed in classes when teachers were out. She always had a smile on her face. She loved working with the students. She was always willing to help and work with students to achieve inside the classroom. She was the best paraprofessional I ever had in my classroom. I could be absent and my classroom would run just as I was there. I know she is no longer with us physically. But she deserves to be recognized for all her hard work and dedication to SRHS and the community.”
“Jennifer would do anything for anyone. She was assigned to classes in the History department but would also cover lunches for the attendance secretary, nurse, and front desk secretary. She was an amazing employee and friend. She jumped in to help out whenever she was asked or would take time out of her day to help where she knew there was a need. Jennifer had great relationships with students and staff, she knew everyone and was willing to help in any way.”
“Buzzo would do anything for anybody. She would flawlessly jump in to fill in for the nurse, secretary, or teachers whenever asked. She was the heart of the History department. We always joked that we could not survive without her and that she was the MVP of the department. She was exceptional with the kids. She was invested in the kids that she worked with. She did not just read aloud the test to them, but she encouraged them and cheered them on. She was able to jump in and teach the classes she supported at a moment's notice and did so often. Even though she did not see much of this school year, her years of service to this school more than qualify her for this award.”
SRHS created a video presentation, which can be viewed by clicking the link below, to recognize Jennifer’s value to them and express their love for her.
We appreciate her hard work and commitment! 
SRHS Support Staff Video

Picture of those members from both the Liberty High School and Staunton River High School FFA who attended the South Ridge Area Rally that received 1st and 2nd placements in contests.
Members from both the Liberty High School and Staunton River High School FFA attended the South Ridge Area Rally consisting of 25 schools where they participated in contests and workshops. 
Here are those placing 1st and 2nd:
Liberty High School  Adam Witt - 1st Junior Tractor Operator Adam Witt and Wyatt Jenkins - 1st Tractor Troubleshooting Team Wyatt Jenkins, Andrew Hiner, Caleb Williamson, Zane Key and Landon Asal - 1st Senior Ag Mechanics Team Olivia Esposito - 2nd Extemporaneous Public Speaking Natalie Corbin - 2nd Creed Public Speaking  Allyson Long - 2nd Individual in Floriculture 

Staunton River High School Tractor Driving - 1st Overall Kody Burnette - 1st Tractor Driving  Vet Science - 2nd Overall

Both squads are gearing up to compete at the State Convention at Virginia Tech during the week of June 27 - 30, 2022! 

Picture of Bedford Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Judith Marlow.

Bedford Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Judith Marlow!
Judith is new to Bedford Elementary this year and has been a fantastic addition. She began as a long-term substitute and transitioned into a full-time paraprofessional. She is flexible and willing to support all students and staff. She is always open to suggestions and feedback, takes all tasks seriously, and can adapt and adjust her schedule at a moment’s notice. Judith has built a positive rapport with the students and always does what is best for them.

Picture of the Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center students who placed in the top two of their competitions.
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center had seven students compete in the SkillsUSA Virginia State Skills and Leadership Conference. Five of those students placed in the top two of their respective competitions. They were as follows:
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair Contest High School 2nd Place - William Wood
Building Maintenance Contest Post-Secondary 1st Place - Anthony Uttley  High School 1st Place - Aidan Wortmann High School 2nd Place - Timothy Nickols
Carpentry Contest High School 2nd Place - Taylor Weschke

The two first place winners will be attending the national competition, which will be held from June 20-25, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia!

Picture of Otter River Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Kathy Overstreet.
Otter River Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Kathy Overstreet!
Kathy is the Cafeteria Manager and has worked at Otter River for 22 years! Kathy and her wonderful, sweet cafeteria ladies are dedicated to providing delicious and nutritious meals for our students and staff.  She is always willing to lend a helping hand even outside the cafeteria. She is dependable and caring, and loves hearing the students' stories and watching them learn and grow. Kathy is an integral part of ORES.

Picture of BCPS Teacher of the Year, New London Academy's Katrina Grooms.
The votes are in.....and it’s time to announce this year’s Bedford County Teacher of the Year. 

Huge congratulations to New London Academy’s Katrina Grooms!

Click the link below to watch the announcement. 

https://youtu.be/nCPtMkSoohw

Picture of Moneta Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Mary Bonds.
Moneta Elementary
School’s Support Staff of the Year is Mary Bonds!

Mary has worked in the cafeteria at Moneta Elementary for 27 years! She is always willing to help with a beautiful smile on her face. Mary is dependable, knows her job well, and cares for the students. She is loved by her MNES family. 

Picture of Big Island Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Melissa Overstreet.
Big Island Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Melissa Overstreet!

This is Melissa’s 8th year working as the secretary at Big Island Elementary. She is considered nothing but the best to those who know and work with her. She is a team player and goes above and beyond the duties handed to her. Melissa wears many hats each day and does so with a great attitude. She has strong ties to the community, volunteers for everything, is super organized, sweet, dependable, and truly cares about the students and their well-being. She is a mentor to students and is always there to meet the needs of the staff. BIES feels that every school should have a Melissa, but they most definitely aren't going to let her go.

Picture of Forest Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Erin Barbolla.
Forest Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is
Erin Barbolla!

Erin is in her second year working as an instructional paraprofessional at FES. She has been working with kids for 20 years and loves every minute of it. Erin’s strength is in her positive attitude. She will do anything you ask with a smile on her face. Her passion is to help those struggling with reading. She and the reading specialist work closely to make sure students get the help they need to succeed. Erin is utilized in other areas such as math support and substitute teaching because she is so adaptable and talented. No matter what is needed of her, she gives it her all and never complains. She is highly respected and a dedicated educator.

Picture of BCPS Transportation Department's Support Staff of the Year, Jeff Karnes.
BCPS Transportation Department’s Support Staff of the Year is Jeff Karnes! 

Jeff began working with BCPS as a bus driver 10 years ago. Since 2019 he has been serving as an Administrative Assistant where he fulfills many duties including assisting new bus drivers, helping parents with bus routes and bus stops for their children, and helping with many day to day tasks that arise in the office. His co-workers describe Jeff as a hard worker who is a pleasure to be around. 

Picture of Staunton River Middle School's Support Staff of the Year, Ronda Crouch.


Staunton River Middle School’s Support Staff of the Year is Ronda Crouch!
This is Ronda’s 20th year with BCPS, 2 of which have been at SRMS. She is a highly dedicated Golden Eagle that wears many hats from attendance, new enrollments, withdrawals, thousands of questions, going above and beyond school hours to maintain student records, and ensuring tasks are completed so that her school operates smoothly. Not to mention this is all done with a smile. Ronda is truly a jack of all trades and greatly appreciated on so many levels.

Picture of Liberty High School's Support Staff of the Year, Susan Tomlin.
Liberty High School’s Support Staff of the Year is Susan Tomlin! 

Susan began serving as the Front Office/Principal's Secretary last year, but she has been a familiar face around Liberty High for 13 years. Prior to her current role, she served as a faithful substitute, as well as an involved parent, and supporter of LHS. Her colleagues shared that "She is an amazing problem solver with a can-do attitude. She is truly a jack of all trades who is always kind and helpful, even when she's being pulled in multiple directions at one time. She makes me feel welcomed and appreciated every day." 

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Support Staff of the Year, Carolyn Carson.
Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s
Support Staff of the Year is Carolyn Carson!
Carolyn has worked as a custodian at SGSTC for the past 2 years. Colleagues have nothing but good things to say about her. 
“She always responds promptly to any issues that may arise.” 
“She takes pride in her job on a daily basis.” 
“She is willing to learn new things.” 
“She comes every day with a smile on her face." 
“She is a hard worker and a pleasure being around.” 
The list goes on and on. 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's Support Staff of the Year, Debra Brugh.
Jefferson Forest High School’s Support Staff of the Year is Debra Brugh! 

Debra has been a paraprofessional at JFHS for 23 years. What she likes most about working with students are the “light bulb” moments that occur when students understand a concept that they have been working on. It gives her great pleasure when she sees former students and their parents and they thank her for all she did for the student while they were in school. Colleagues describe Debra as being one of the hardest working and most dedicated people at the school and as being very patient and helpful with the students and teachers. 

Picture of Huddleston Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Carol Thoemke.
Huddleston Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Carol Thoemke!

Carol has worked as an educator for 23 years. She has worked as an instructional paraprofessional at Huddleston Elementary for the past 3 years. As a former teacher, Carol understands the goals and needs of teachers and students. She loves working in the classroom, assisting students with their academics, and working to make an impact on our young learners. She is encouraging and nurturing. Carol goes above and beyond her paraprofessional duties to assist the school in whatever need may arise. She loves the bond that makes HES feel like family. HES feels so fortunate to have Carol on their staff.

Picture of Bedford Primary School's Support Staff of the Year, Donna Saunders.
Bedford Primary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Donna Saunders!

Donna has been working for Bedford County Public Schools for over 22 years. This is her first year working at BPS where she currently serves as a Special Education paraprofessional. She works in the inclusion classrooms with kindergarten students to support progress academically and behaviorally. Donna is no stranger to being Support Staff of the Year, previously winning at Otter River Elementary. No matter where she has worked across the county, she has been a huge asset, is always positive, and goes above and beyond to do whatever it takes to support students. 

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School's Odyssey of the Mind team who finished in 2nd place at the state tournament.

Jefferson Forest High School finished in 2nd place at the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on April 1st. They did this with an overall score of 339.25 out of 350, missing first place by only 2.7 points. They qualify for the World Finals in Iowa in May. 

Congratulations to the team members: Jack Coleman, Molly Ellis, Riley Farris, Olivia McAvoy, Emily Jacobo-Sanchez, Katie Rodriguez-Ramirez, & Ella Waicul!

Picture of BCPS Nutrition Department's Support Staff of the Year, Cindy Garner.
BCPS Nutrition Department’s Support Staff of the Year is Cindy Garner!

Cindy has been working with Bedford County Public Schools for 6 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Cafeteria Manager. Cindy is loved and appreciated in so many ways. Her caring personality shows up in the quality of work that she gives daily. She truly cares about the nutrition program and wants students to have the best experience possible when they come to the cafeteria. Whenever a fellow staff member is struggling or a student is having a bad day, she wants to make it better. Cindy is dependable, friendly, trustworthy, caring, and respectful. Her positive attitude shines each day. A common saying that Cindy uses is "It will be ok, we can do it!" No matter what is asked of her, she always finds a way to get things done.

Picture of Boonsboro Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Troy Otey.
Boonsboro Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Troy Otey!

Troy is the head custodian and has been at Boonsboro for 6 years. You would be hard-pressed to find a more hardworking, dedicated, and caring person. Troy’s contagious positive attitude makes him a pleasure to be around. He is a blessing to BNES. 

Picture listing those students who received 1st District placings in the PTA Reflections Art Contest along with some pictures of students and/or their submissions for the contest for dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts.
Membership in the Virginia PTA provides the opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections Art Contest.

Students in Pre-K through grade 12, and a special artist division are invited to create theme-based artwork in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. We had no shortage of winners from BCPS, and those receiving 1st District placings include:

Dance Choreography Caroline Wedemeyer - Forest Middle School

Film Production Aubrianna White - Forest Elementary School Ben Messier - Liberty Middle School

Musical Composition Andrew Hebdon - Forest Middle School 

Literature Claire Reynolds - Forest Elementary School Autumn Edwards - Forest Middle School Alena Price - Forest Middle School

Visual Arts Abby White - Forest Middle School 

Photography Gavin Harrington - Forest Middle School 

Picture of Goodview Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Lisa Morris.
Goodview Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Lisa Morris!

Lisa is currently a custodian, but started out working in the school's cafeteria. She has a heart of gold and a real love for children. The feeling is mutual because she gets many invitations from students to be their “grandma”, which she gladly accepts. Lisa can often be found encouraging students, covering for a teacher who may need a quick break, and volunteering in the community. She is praised by colleagues for her dedication, work ethic, and passion for all. Lisa is a team player, a shining example of kindness, a friend, and an ultimate GES Grizzly.

Picture of Liberty Middle School's Support Staff of the Year, Barbara Owsley.
Liberty Middle School’s Support Staff of the Year is Barbara Owsley!

Barbara has worked for Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years. She is currently a Special Education paraprofessional in the adaptive classroom at Liberty Middle. She loves her students and her team. Barbara enjoys laughing with her students and learning new things. She forms strong relationships with her students by creating an environment that is caring, loving, and supportive. Barbara is dedicated to her students, a team player, and no one has a better smile than her. Her colleagues feel greatly blessed to have her as part of the team at LMS.

Picture of Forest Middle School's Support Staff of the Year, Lorrie Brunet.
Forest Middle School’s Support Staff of the Year is Lorrie Brunet!

This is Lorrie’s 21st year working as a paraprofessional at FMS. Over the years she has worked in all grade levels including ISS and the front office. Several years ago she hesitantly moved into Adaptive Education but quickly realized that is where she was meant to be. Lorrie is a team player, works well with her colleagues, and is respected by all. She is quick to develop great relationships with her students and goes above and beyond to support them in their academic setting. Her former students consistently ask about her after they leave FMS because of her strong rapport with them. 

Picture of Stewartsville Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Joyce Brown.
Stewartsville Elementary
School’s Support Staff of the Year is Joyce Brown!
Joyce is a dedicated, patient, and versatile educator with a kind heart. Although she is an hourly employee she volunteers her time prepping to ensure students will be receiving the best instruction possible. Joyce is frequently tasked with substituting for other staff members when they are absent. She does this without complaint and adapts to a wide range of grade levels and subject areas. She has a positive and calm demeanor which contributes to a positive classroom environment. Joyce is a tremendous asset at SES. 

Picture of Montvale Elementary School's Support Staff of the Year, Kelly Balderston.
Montvale Elementary School’s Support Staff of the Year is Kelly Balderston! 

This is Kelly's first year as a BCPS employee, but she has been working with children for over 16 years. She first came to Montvale as a Therapeutic Day Treatment provider. She loved it there so much that when her company was moving on, she was hired as a Special Education Paraprofessional. She helps the students learn, the teachers teach, and even helps the custodians clean. She says she enjoys coming to work each day, and we are so glad she does.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Key Club at the Capital District Key Club Leadership Conference. Additional pictures of individual students who received the following honors: Bethany Duncan - Outstanding Club President for the Capital District. Alissa Goodwin - Outstanding Webmaster for the Capital District.

Last weekend at the Capital District Key Club Leadership Conference (DCON), Liberty High School’s Key Club received top awards competing with Key Clubbers across the Capital District consisting of VA, WV, MD, DC, and DE.
LHS won first place in Single Service Silver and Non-Digital Poster, as well as second place for Major Emphasis. They will go on to compete at the International Convention this summer for their first place standings.
Individual students also received the following honors:

Bethany Duncan - Outstanding Club President for the Capital District. She also received the Ellis H. Stroup Key Club Leadership Scholarship for $2,000.
Alissa Goodwin - Outstanding Webmaster for the Capital District.
Amazing job!

Pictures of our two state champions and runner-up in forensics. Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh placed first at the VHSL State Championships in the category of Original Oratory. Staunton River High School’s Jaheim Leftwich also placed first in Prose Interpretation. Jefferson Forest High School’s Paul Reid is the state runner up in Prose Interpretation.

The overall aim of high school forensics is to build the confidence and skills needed to research and speak to an audience. Our staff has done an amazing job building that confidence and those skills in our students, and now we have some of the best in the state to show for it!

Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh placed first at the VHSL State Championships in the category of Original Oratory. Staunton River High School’s Jaheim Leftwich also placed first in Prose Interpretation. Jefferson Forest High School’s Paul Reid is the state runner up in Prose Interpretation. 

Congratulations to our two state champions and runner-up! So proud of our own!!!

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Zoie Lamanna who received All-American Honors at the Nike Indoor Nationals event by placing 3rd in the 1600-meter ladies event.
The Nike Indoor Nationals bills itself as “A wide selection of the country's top athletes competing for a chance to win hardware and national championship recognition”.

We couldn’t be more proud to have one of those athletes getting that national recognition. 

Jefferson Forest High School’s Zoie Lamanna received All-American Honors at the New York event by placing 3rd in the 1600-meter ladies event!

Picture of Bedford Elementary School's Beth Isner who was named a “Top Teacher” by Lynchburg Living Magazine.
After the votes were tallied, one of our own was named a “Top Teacher” by Lynchburg Living Magazine! 

Beth Isner was nominated by Marianne Thurman, a colleague, because she is a dedicated teacher who consistently goes above and beyond for the students at Bedford Elementary School. She encourages all students and has high expectations for them, regardless of their athletic status. Even though Beth is a PE teacher at heart, she learned the school-wide SFA reading intervention program and teaches a reading group during school-wide remediation time. Beth and her Resource colleagues collaborate and have created numerous family and student events for BES. She feels as though she cannot do without her fellow colleagues; however, that is true of her colleagues as well.

Pictures of our top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Forest Middle School - Heidi Hackworth, New London Academy - Katrina Grooms, and Liberty High School - Jessica Nash.
Presenting our top 3 finalists for Bedford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year!
Forest Middle School - Heidi Hackworth
New London Academy - Katrina Grooms
Liberty High School - Jessica Nash


Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Abigail Williams, who placed 2nd recently at the Lincoln-Douglas regional debate competition.
Congratulations to Jefferson Forest High School’s Abigail Williams, who placed 2nd recently at the Lincoln-Douglas regional debate competition!

Picture of New London Academy's Teacher of the Year, Katrina Grooms.
New London Academy’s Teacher of the Year is
Katrina Grooms!
Katrina has taught in Bedford County Public Schools for 15 years and previously was named Teacher of the Year while at Huddleston Elementary School. She took some years away from the classroom to stay home with her children, but went back to teaching in 2015 at NLA, where she is currently teaching 4th grade. Katrina has taught 3-5th grades in all subjects. She started the WATCH D.O.G.S. program at NLA and is currently a mentor for beginning teachers. Her colleagues say that she has been nothing short of a rock star this year.

Picture of Staunton River High School Girls Basketball player, Jeni Levine, who has been named to this year’s VHSL Class 3 All-State 1st Team.
We can’t say enough about the awesome season the Staunton River High School Girls Basketball team had this year, and now there’s an individual accolade to celebrate.

Jeni Levine has been named to this year’s VHSL Class 3 All-State 1st Team! 

Picture of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Kim Jacobs.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Kim Jacobs!

Kim is the Reading Specialist at TJES. She has such an impact at her school working with students to improve their reading skills, leading the school's literacy and intervention teams, and collaborating with teachers on best practices in literacy instruction. Kim’s previous experience in special education adds to the wealth of knowledge she brings to the school community.

Picture of Staunton River High School's Teacher of the Year, Neal Mustard.
Staunton River High School’s Teacher of the Year is
Neal Mustard!

Neal is an invaluable staff member at SRHS. He serves as the English Department Chair, SCT/504 Coordinator, and teaches 9th grade English. He is a servant leader who advocates for his fellow English teachers. You can see him frequently on the sidelines of sport events cheering on the Golden Eagles. This is Neal’s 22nd year at the River. His favorite part of the job? "Having a captive audience for my stories. Working with teenagers is never dull - it keeps me feeling young. I especially love seeing folks I've taught or coached in the past have successful careers and families of their own."  

Picture of Bedford Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Henna St. Clair.
Bedford Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Henna St. Clair!

Henna was selected by her peers for her dedication to all students, families, and staff, for the high expectations she sets for all of her students, and much, much more. She is in her 20th year of teaching, which includes stops in North Carolina and Tennessee. She says it is an absolute honor to be chosen as BES Teacher of the Year. She says she can’t believe she gets to do a job that she loves and enjoys doing every day. Henna loves supporting her kids in their extracurricular activities, such as watching them play ball, or performing in plays, and her desire is always to instill a love of learning in them, but more importantly, a love for themselves. 

Picture of Forest Middle School's Graham Woodruff who is The Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee winner.
Graham Woodruff, a 7th grader at Forest Middle School, is The Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee winner! Graham studied hard using the online Scripps platform to prepare for the virtual bee held at Forest Middle School and proctored by Dr. Diane Isenhour. Competing against students from 17 other school divisions, Graham made it through 33 rounds which he said was, “difficult but pretty cool.” The champion is really excited about going to Washington D.C. on Memorial Day Weekend to participate in the National Spelling Bee!

Picture of Otter River Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Lisa Taylor.
Otter River Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Lisa Taylor!
Lisa is currently Otter River's Reading Specialist. She also serves as the SCT Coordinator and is a member of the school's Leadership Team. Lisa is a dedicated teacher and works tirelessly to support both students and staff members. Her professionalism and positive attitude make her a huge asset to the school and the community.  

Picture of Moneta Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Beth Warren.

Moneta Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Beth Warren!

Beth is very organized and goes above and beyond to ensure that her students meet their goals. She works one on one with students, builds a positive rapport with them, and maintains an open line of communication with parents. Beth is always willing to lend her colleagues a helping hand in any way that is needed.

Picture of Big Island Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Ellen Angus.
Big Island Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Ellen Angus!

Over her 25-year career, Ellen has served as a 21st Century Grant Coordinator, SOL remediation teacher, homebound teacher, and a classroom teacher in Kindergarten-4th grades as well as being the principal's designee for the past several years. With the challenges of the past few years, she has adapted her teaching and conquered new technologies to ensure student success. She has also been a cooperating teacher for student teachers, a role model for practicum students, and served as a mentor to new teacher colleagues. In the classroom, Ellen strives to ensure all of her students grow academically while forming strong relationships with the students and their families. She is respected by students and colleagues alike, not only for her willingness to help in any situation but also for her dedication. 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Hannah Pettyjohn who won the women’s pentathlon at the Adidas Indoor Track & Field National Championship.
We officially have a national champion to brag about!

Jefferson Forest High School’s Hannah Pettyjohn won the women’s pentathlon at the Adidas Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Virginia Beach recently with a total score of 3,237; 200 points more than her nearest competitor.

Picture of Forest Elementary School's Teacher of the Year, Rachel Padgett.
Forest Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is
Rachel Padgett!
This is Rachel’s 22nd year teaching with Bedford County Public Schools. She taught at two other Bedford County schools before finding her home at Forest Elementary School where she teaches second grade. She taught first grade for five years and a total of 17 years in second grade. Throughout her career, she has served as a mentor to new teachers, student teachers, and practicum students. Every year she volunteers to be the inclusion teacher for her grade level. She and the special education team work closely to ensure that each student receives the help they need, while fostering independence. Her strength is in developing relationships with her students and their families. She makes a connection by finding something in common with each individual student. She is leader among her peers and loved by the community.

Picture of Staunton River Middle School's Teacher of the Year, Allyn Short.

Staunton River Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Allyn Short!

When her colleagues speak about Allyn, the word “Always” comes to mind. She is always there, always knowledgeable, always happy to help, always intuitive, always hardworking, always selfless, and always conscientious! Allyn consistently pushes herself in the area of technological innovation in the classroom and serves in various leadership roles. Her presence each and every day has a lasting impact on whomever she encounters. Allyn greets everyone with a smile, bubbly demeanor, and a positive outlook on any situation. She knows the students, what is needed within the school, and has established strong connections with families and community members. Students often say, "Mrs. Short is someone I can count on when I need help" and students often ask, "may I see Mrs. Short, she can help me with this". She creates an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and confident as they learn.

Picture of Liberty High School's Teacher of the Year, Jessica Nash.
Liberty High
School’s Teacher of the Year is Jessica Nash!
Jessica has been teaching history for the past 8 years, with 7 of those years at LHS. She currently teaches honors and regular World History II along with AP Psychology. She also serves as the Social Studies Department Chair, on the NHS Faculty Council, is a teacher mentor, and the lead Junior Class/Prom Sponsor. Jessica was nominated by 4 different colleagues this year. Her peers shared that she is "one of the most professional, intelligent, and hardworking educators I have ever worked with; she is always willing to step-up or step-in whenever something or someone is in need; she works hard to make every student feel included; she exemplifies Liberty Pride, and I truly believe that she is one of Liberty's best, and she is a role model for all of us!"  

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Teacher of the Year, Zac Shupe.

Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Teacher of the Year is Zac Shupe!

 Chef Shupe has been an asset to SGSTC for the past 4 years, has catered many events for the county, and is well respected in the culinary community. Chef relates well with all students. They enjoy preparing his culinary creations from gourmet meals to desserts. All staff members enjoy sampling his creations. He is a valuable team member and is always willing to take on any job preparing culinary meals for functions such as School Board meetings, athletic events, and weddings. Chef’s students have an excellent pass rate with ServeSafe and all are well prepared to enter the food management industry. 

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Teacher of the Year, Debra Woodson.

Jefferson Forest High School’s Teacher of the Year is Debra Woodson!

Debra has taught English at every secondary grade and ability level for 35 years. The students she teaches along with her family keep her life vibrant and interesting. Educational innovations influence her own learning as she is constantly trying new methods of instruction joined together with the old as well as collaborating with and mentoring new teachers. When former students share their success stories with her, she feels such joy that she was allowed to be a part of their educational journeys. Debra is always connecting her content to matters of significance and meaning within her communities.

Picture of Huddleston Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Laurie Pringle.
Huddleston Elementary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Laurie Pringle!

Laurie serves on committees as needed and is the principal designee. She is very mindful about her profession and goes about her job with purpose and passion. She bases her decisions on what is best for students, is a team player, and is always willing to support the school no matter the event or cause. Laurie treats each student as if they were her own and continually maintains effective communication with parents. She has worked to develop close relationships with her students and families as well as the faculty, student population, and administration at HES. 

Picture of a group of Jefferson Forest High School students that competed in the DECA state and region competition where two students, Abby Beard & Amanda Trent won 1st place for Impromptu Business and 2nd place overall at the state competition.

Regional and state results are in for Jefferson Forest High School in DECA competition, and the Cavaliers dominated the competition!

State Results: Impromptu Business Presentation - 1st Place: Abby Beard & Amber Trent 2nd Place Overall State Winners: Abby Beard & Amber Trent

Regional Results: Apparel and Accessories Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Amelia Edmunds Business Finance Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Mason Williams & 2nd Place: Gabriel Rosado Business Services Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Jennifer Nguyen Entrepreneurship Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Addison Palmer Food Marketing Individual Series Event - 1st Place: Alex Dooley & 2nd Place: Ben Hiss  Hotel and Lodging Management Series Event - 1st Place: Sydney Riddlebarger & 2nd Place: Mena Sutphin  Human Resource Management Series Event - 2nd Place: Amber Trent  Marketing Communications Series Event - 1st Place: Morgan Blankenship & 2nd Place: Holly Jacobs Principles of Business Management and Administration Series Event - 1st Place: Taylor Graves Principles of Finance Series Event - 1st Place: Casey Molette Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Series Event - 1st Place: Molly Ellis & 2nd Place: Madeline Paris Principles of Marketing Series Event - 2nd Place: Kylie Sheldrake Quick Service Restaurant Management Series Event - 1st Place: Johnny Naylor & 2nd Place: Zach Dotson Restaurant and Full-Service Restaurant Management Series Event - 1st Place: Norah Tyree & 2nd Place: Wilson Hetrick Retail Merchandising Series Event - 2nd Place: Riley Campbell  
Congratulations to all the state and region winners!

Picture of Bedford Primary School’s Teacher of the Year, Katie Clark.
Bedford Primary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Katie Clark!

Katie is recognized for her tireless daily efforts to support her students' academic, social, and behavioral progress as an adaptive special education teacher. In addition to providing individualized instruction to each of her students, she supports the entire school community in her role as the Child Study and 504 Coordinator at Bedford Primary. Katie works closely with her colleagues to provide support to meet the varying needs of students across all grade levels. She always maintains a positive attitude and is nothing short of incredible to those who know her.

Picture of Boonsboro Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Carrie Adams.
Boonsboro Elementary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Carrie Adams!

Colleagues of Carrie say there could not be a more deserving recipient of this honor. She is a passionate and dedicated educator who is committed to excellence and success, but what makes her even more special is her tremendous heart for kids. Carrie strives for and makes a positive impact and influence on her students.

Pictures of Liberty High School Unified students and teachers playing against local law enforcement officers at the LHS event, Hoopin’ with Heroes, a fun filled evening of basketball.
It was basketball for a great cause, and a lot of great people came together to make it a big success!
Liberty High School recently hosted Hoopin’ with Heroes, a fun filled evening of basketball featuring LHS Unified students and teachers playing against local law enforcement officers. All money that was raised during this event went to support Bedford Special Olympics and LHS Unified programs.

Picture of Goodview Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Holly Milton.
Goodview Elementary
School’s Teacher of the Year is Holly Milton!

Holly is definitely meant to be a teacher and she is right in her element when she shows up for the kids every day. She has made the preschool curriculum come alive in her classroom and she is always coming up with new ideas and activities to incorporate. She is a team player and is always willing to help others in any way possible. She goes out of her way to make new additions to the faculty and staff feel comfortable by always checking in on them, making sure they know where things are, and introducing them to their new colleagues. She is a gem and the students that get to have her as their teacher are so incredibly lucky.

Picture of Liberty Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, Brian MacDougall.
Liberty Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Brian MacDougall!

Mr. Mac, as the students call him, is the face of Liberty Pride for LMS students. Brian comes to school each day with a smile on his face. He produces the morning announcements, is a huge asset with bus dismissal, and he demonstrates leadership qualities in his willingness to help out when any need arises. He is a great teacher and colleague. Brian forms strong relationships with staff and students, attends school events, and shows students that he supports them in every way. He takes on every day with a student-first approach and works tirelessly to meet students' academic and social needs. Mr. Mac makes school fun and he makes LMS a happy place for students and staff.   

Picture of Forest Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, Heidi Hackworth
Forest Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Heidi Hackworth!

Heidi teaches 8th grade at FMS. She has spent her entire 16-year teaching career at FMS. Heidi has taught English in each of the three grade levels, as well as 6th grade history, math, and science. She has served in leadership roles as the grade level chair, and is presently the English Department Head and Gifted & Talented Coordinator. Heidi is a hard worker, an excellent team player, and always focuses on what is best for students.

Picture of Stewartsville Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Amanda Ergenbright.
Stewartsville Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Amanda Ergenbright!
Amanda makes a difference in student performance through her decision making, depth of knowledge, and wealth of strategic skills. She has demonstrated her knowledge of young children and their developmental abilities through her instruction, planning, and goal setting. Amanda is always positive, caring, and thoughtful when working with her students. The kids in her class adore her as their teacher. She creates a fun, engaging learning environment and makes her students feel loved. Amanda has been a dedicated teacher for many years. She also works well with colleagues, staff, and administration. Amanda is always willing to go above and beyond to help her co-workers.
Picture of Montvale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Lori Parr!

Montvale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Lori Parr!
This is Lori's tenth year teaching and her second year as a Kindergarten teacher at Montvale. She is energetic, organized, and keeps her students engaged. Lori is not only student-centered but also freely shares ideas and resources with her colleagues. Those that work with her call her a "natural-born teacher".  

Pictures of our students that were recognized at the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair as grand award winners. These students are Burke Bankston (Grand Physical) and Justin Kim (Grand Biological). Abby Wyatt will be our Grand Alternate for Biological Sciences.


We are so proud of all of our students who were recognized at the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair. BCPS students showed off their research knowledge, dedication, and skills at the regional fair, and many were awarded special and grand awards for their work. Two of our students will represent BCPS and our region virtually at the 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. These students are Burke Bankston (Grand Physical) and Justin Kim (Grand Biological). Abby Wyatt will be our Grand Alternate for Biological Sciences. We also had many of our students recognized as category winners including Anna Grohs, Cane Hornberger, Harris Ilyas, Sarah Lynn Loucks, Charlotte Maxwell, Ciara Nauful, Faith Peerman, Jacob Tiller, Micah Willis, and Maria Ziegler.  

Pictures of students and teachers participating in Huddleston Elementary School's first ever Hour of Code week.

Huddleston Elementary School recently had their first ever Hour of Code week. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade took part in plugged and unplugged coding activities, including robotics, board games, and more! Funding from a generous donation from Staunton Baptist Church, as well as the PTA County Council, helped them in moving forward towards providing challenging, grade appropriate coding and robotic resources for all classrooms. The students were not only learning about coding and robotics, but also how to solve problems, use critical thinking skills, persevere, and collaborate with their peers. We are very thankful for our awesome community partners for their ongoing support.  

Picture of our newest member of the School Board, Mr. Chris Daniels, who was sworn in on March 10, 2022, at the Bedford County Circuit Courtroom
We would like to welcome our newest member of the School Board, Mr. Chris Daniels, who was sworn in this morning at the Bedford County Circuit Courtroom. We look forward to working with you.

Pictures of students and staff in our schools throughout the county celebrating Read Across America Day in various ways including adults and students reading to younger students, others dressing as book characters.
March 2 was National Read Across America Day. The annual event was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help children get excited about reading. This year’s theme was Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. 

The titles and resources featured by NEA’s Read Across America include books that students can see themselves reflected in, as well as books that allow readers to see a world or a character that might be different from them.

Our schools throughout the county celebrated in various ways. The Staunton River High School National Honor Society traveled to all the Staunton River Zone elementary schools to read to students. Boonsboro, Moneta, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools had a book character dress-up day. Author Miranda Mittleman came to read to Big Island Elementary School students and gave K-2 students a signed copy of one of her books. Those are just a few of the exciting celebrations.  

Picture of the 4 Jefferson Forest High School students that were selected by virtual audition for All-State Band & Orchestra. Rachel Dees - 4th in the All-State Concert Band on Bassoon, Baylis Huckabay - 6th in the All-State Symphonic Band on Trombone, Brooke Li - 27th in the All-State Orchestra on Violin, Taylor Lowry - 10th in the All-State Concert Band on Trumpet.
4 Jefferson Forest High School students were selected by virtual audition for All-State Band & Orchestra. 

Rachel Dees - 4th in the All-State Concert Band on Bassoon
Baylis Huckabay - 6th in the All-State Symphonic Band on Trombone
Brooke Li - 27th in the All-State Orchestra on Violin
Taylor Lowry - 10th in the All-State Concert Band on Trumpet

All-State Band & Orchestra will convene April 21-23 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News for 2 days of intensive rehearsal with world-renowned conductors for a live concert performance on April 23.  

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Girls Indoor Track team who finished 2nd in the state in VHSL 4A. Additional pictures of the state champions and runners-up from the girls and boys indoor track teams.
What an awesome season for the Jefferson Forest High School Girls Indoor Track team! They finished 2nd in the state in VHSL 4A, while various members of the girls and boys teams were either crowned state champions or state runner-up. 

State Champions: Hannah Pettyjohn - Girls pole vault (Set a state meet record of 12'6")  Zoie Lamanna - Girls 1000 M Addison Hilton - Boys 300 M    

State Runner-up: Zoie Lamanna - Girls 1600 M

Picture of Jeni Levine, Staunton River High School Girls Basketball's VHSL Region 3D Player of the Year.
The journey isn't over yet, but the accolades are already starting to come in. Staunton River High School's Jeni Levine is the VHSL Girls Region 3D Player of the Year!

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Matt Wirth who is the state runner-up in the 160 weight class in Virginia’s Region 4A Wrestling.
It takes an amazing amount of dedication and effort to make it all the way to a state championship match in any weight class, and that’s why today we celebrate Jefferson Forest High School’s Matt Wirth. Matt is the State Runner-Up in the 160 weight class in Virginia’s Region 4A. 

Congratulations Matt!

Picture of Marisa Parikh of Liberty High School who won 1st place in original oratory and Jaheim Leftwich of Staunton River High School who 1st place in prose at Forensics super regions.
Two of our own recently conquered their respective categories in Forensics! Marisa Parikh of Liberty High School and Jaheim
Leftwich of Staunton River High School won original oratory and prose at super regions and will represent their schools and BCPS at the state competition later this month.

Picture of two of the Jefferson Forest High School Girls indoor track team members who were region champions, and four of the boys region champions.
The Jefferson Forest High School Girls indoor track team is Region 4D Runner-up! 

Girls Region Champions: Zoie Lamanna - 1600 M & 1000 M Kandace McIver - 300 M  Hannah Pettyjohn - High Jump, Pole Vault, & Shot Put

Girls Region Runner-up: Kandace McIver - 55 M Hurdle

Boys Region Champions: Addison Hilton - 500 M  Landon Epperson, Joseph Whaley, Brian Averson, & Addison Hilton - 4 x 400 M  Jonah Packer, Andrew Johnson, Keegan Venable, & Jacob White - 4 x 900 M

Boys Region Runners-up: Brannon Adams - 1600 M  Mobu Nwakor - High Jump

Best of luck to everyone competing at states! Pictures of all the Susie Gibson Science & Technology Center students who placed in or won their competitions in the annual SkillsUSA competition.

It’s no secret we have one of the best career and technical education centers (CTE) anywhere, and our Susie Gibson Science & Technology Center students recently proved that again in the annual SkillsUSA competition! The following students placed in or won their competitions:

Taylor Weschke - 1st Carpentry Blake Shelton - 3rd Carpentry  William Wood - 1st Maintenance and Light Repair Caden Tanner - 3rd Automotive Service Technology Kendrick Anwar Jimenez-Cervantes - 1st Refinishing  Zachery Friess - 2nd Refinishing Nathaniel Denne - 2nd Collision Repair Jacob Bowden - 1st Electrical Alexis Buckland - 2nd Electrical Kyler Glidden - 3rd Electrical Anthony Uttley - 1st Building Maintenance (Post-Secondary) Aidan Wortmann - 1st Building Maintenance (Secondary) Timothy Nickols - 3rd Building Maintenance (Secondary)

Picture of the Staunton River High School Boys Indoor track team who is the 2022 Region 3D Team Runner-up.
The Staunton River High School Boys Indoor track team is the 2022 Region 3D Team Runner-up! 

Region Champions:
Alfred Finney, Malakhi Gregory, Spencer Kearns, and Kayden Ryder - 4 x 400 M Relay
Kayden Ryder - 500 M Run
Spencer Kearns - Pole Vault

Good luck at the Class 3A State Indoor Track Meet this week!

Picture of the four Jefferson Forest High School Boys swim team state champions: Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, and Ben Hiss.
The Jefferson Forest High School swimming program is a strong one, and they proved that once again this year in district, region, and state competition!

Brendan Whitfield was named Seminole District Swimmer of the Year while the boys team is region runner-up!

Region Champions:
Ben Hiss - 100 Breaststroke 

Brendan Whitfield - 50 Free & 100 Butterfly  

Region Runners-up:

Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Ryan Frasier - 200 Medley Relay 

Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Evan Shopbel - 400 Free Relay 

Jack Mills - 200 Individual Medley & 100 Butterfly

Max Schonfelder - 100 Breaststroke 

Evan Shopbell - 500 Free

State Champions:

Brendan Whitfield, Evan Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Evan Shopbel - 400 Free Relay 

State Runners-up:

Brendan Whitfield, Max Schonfelder, Jack Mills, & Ben Hiss - 200 Medley Relay 

Brendan Whitfield - 40 Free & 100 Back 

Jack Mills - 200 Free 

Pictures of the Staunton River High School Forensics team's two first place regional placements, Cole Price - 1st place Impromptu and Jaheim Leftwich - 1st place Prose.

The Staunton River High School Forensics team had two first place regional placements!
Jaheim Leftwich - 1st place Prose
Cole Price - 1st place Impromptu

They will move on to the Super Region this weekend at Turner Ashby.

Pictures of SGSTC students from the Early Childhood/Teachers for Tomorrow, Building Construction, LPN, and Cosmetology programs visiting with students at Stewartsville Elementary School. Includes pictures of SGSTC students from Building Construction visiting Forest Middle School.
It is never too early to begin learning about the awesome programs offered at Susie Gibson Science and Technology Center (SGSTC)!

We are proud of our SGSTC students from the Early Childhood/Teachers for Tomorrow, Building Construction, LPN, and Cosmetology programs for taking time to visit with students at Stewartsville Elementary to show them the ropes. 

Building Construction seniors also paid a visit to students at Forest Middle School to share their experiences and knowledge.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen. She is the Region 3C Indoor Track Pole Vault Champion!
Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen. She is the Region 3C Indoor Track Pole Vault Champion!

Pictures of the first kick off meeting of our new recycling program where many of the schools' elected “staff champions" were present to hear from Bedford County Solid Waste on the recycling process and share ideas for ways to build recycling programs in our schools.
We are excited to implement a new recycling program at 9 of our largest schools. Each of these schools now has a recycling container on campus for corrugated cardboard, loose mixed paper, and bagged aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. Last week was the first kick off meeting where many of the schools' elected “staff champions" who were present to hear from Bedford County Solid Waste on the recycling process and share ideas for ways to build recycling programs in our schools. We are excited that our students will be directly involved and will be able to learn more about the entire process!
Pictures of the Staunton River High School wrestling team state champions - Colin Martin in the 106 weight class and Noah Nininger in the 113 weight class. Also pictured are Logan Arnold in the 145 weight class and Josh Kelly in the 170 weight class who both were state runners-up.

Congratulations to the Staunton River High School wrestling team for their 3rd place finish at the Group 3A State Championship. The Golden Eagles had 2 state champions in Colin Martin in the 106 weight class and Noah Nininger in the 113 weight class. Logan Arnold in the 145 weight class and Josh Kelly in the 170 weight class both were state runners-up.  Way to go Golden Eagles!  

Picture of the Staunton River High School Girl’s Basketball team who finished the season as undefeated, Blue Ridge District and Tournament Champs! Another picture shows Coach Kim Jones who was named Blue Ridge District Coach of the Year, and Jeni Levine who was named Blue Ridge District Player of the Year!

SRHS History!!!
Your Golden Eagle Girls Basketball team has finished the regular season with a school record 21-0 season. They finish the season as the undefeated, Blue Ridge District champs!
They recently improved to 23-0 by taking care of Lord Botetourt to become district tournament champs, and tonight begin region tournament play by taking on Northside at home!
In addition, Coach Kim Jones was named Blue Ridge District Coach of the Year, and Jeni Levine was named Blue Ridge District Player of the Year!

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh! Marisa was recently crowned the VHSL Region 3C Forensics Champion in the category of Original Oratory.

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Marisa Parikh! Marisa was recently crowned the VHSL Region 3C Forensics Champion in the category of Original Oratory.

Picture of the three Bedford County students including Tayden Rhodes from Boonsboro Elementary School, Eli Stevens from Liberty Middle School, and Kinslie Winterfeldt from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School who won at the State Elks Hoop Shoot in Waynesboro.

A big congratulations to our three Bedford County students who advanced to the State Elks Hoop Shoot in Waynesboro last weekend as all three won! This includes Tayden Rhodes from Boonsboro Elementary School, Eli Stevens from Liberty Middle School, and Kinslie Winterfeldt from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. They will advance to the Regional Hoop Shoot on Saturday, March 12 in Frederick, Maryland.

Pictures of JROTC Cadets from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center competing in the annual Raider Challenge at the National D-Day Memorial.
On Saturday, February 12
th, ten Virginia and one North Carolina schools brought a total of 18 teams of JROTC Cadets to compete in the annual Raider Challenge at the National D-Day Memorial. The meet consisted of six events that tested the mental and physical fitness as well as the problem solving and teamwork abilities of the more than 150 Cadets that participated. The Bedford Cadets planned and prepared to host the competition for several weeks, which provided opportunities for them to learn and practice organizational and leadership skills; integral parts of the JROTC mission!
Picture of a teenage girl in position to run on an indoor track and a coach holding a stopwatch stating that Jefferson Forest High School’s girls indoor track team won the Seminole District Championship, the boys Coach Ryan Marano is the Seminole District Coach of the Year, and the boys track team was runner-up.

Jefferson Forest High School’s girls indoor track team won the Seminole District Championship again! They won by 20 points over Heritage.   
Boys Coach Ryan Marano is the Seminole District Coach of the Year! 
The boys track team finished 2nd in the Seminole to Heritage.   
District Champions: 
Boys - Brannon Adams - 1000 M 
Boys - Brian Aveson, Landon Epperson, Addison Hilton, & Joe Whaley - 4 x 400 M Relay
Boys - Alex Jordan - 1600 M 
Boys - Andrew Johnson, Jonah Packer, Keagan Venable, & Jake White -  4 x 800 M Relay
Girls - Zoie Lamanna - 1000 M 
Girls - Kandace McIvor - 500 M & 55 M Hurdles  
Girls - Hannah Pettyjohn - Pole Vault & Girls High Jump 
Good luck to the teams this weekend at the region tournament!

Picture of the SRHS Golden Eagle Wrestling Team who brought home the school's first ever Region 3D Team Title, and Coach Scott Fike who was awarded the Region 3D Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to Staunton River High School's Golden Eagle Wrestling Team as they bring home the school's first ever Region 3D Team Title!

Led by multiple individual titles and top placers, the Golden Eagle Wrestling team finished with 244 total points. Coach Scott Fike was also awarded the Region 3D Coach of the Year! They will send a school record 10 wrestlers to the state tournament this weekend at the Salem Civic Center.
Logan Arnold (145) - 1st place
Josh Kelly (170) - 1st place
Colin Martin (106) - 1st place
Noah Nininger (113) - 1st place
Brady Barnes (152) - 2nd place
Peyton Hatcher (132) - 2nd place

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School wrestling team who had 2 runner-up wrestlers and 3 champions recently at the Region 4D tournament in Orange County.

Jefferson Forest High School had 2 runner-up wrestlers and 3 champions recently at the Region 4D tournament in Orange County. All nine wrestlers placed in the top 3 and qualified for the VHSL Class 4 State tournament February 18 & 19 in Virginia Beach! 
Congratulations to:
CJ Cambeis (138) - Region Champ
Jake Lee (Heavyweight) - Region Champ
Matt Wirth (160) - Region Champ
Floyd Wells (170) - Region Runner-up
Luke Wirth (126) - Region Runner-up

Picture of Staunton River High School Indoor Track team who are the 2022 Blue Ridge District Boys Indoor Champions!

Congratulations to the Staunton River High School 2022 Blue Ridge District Boys Indoor Champions!
Below is a list of everyone who finished first at the Blue Ridge District Indoor Meet. They will run at Roanoke College this weekend for the Region 3D Indoor Meet.
Bryce Cook - Pole Vault 
Alfred Finney - 300 M Dash
Alfred Finney, Malakhi Gregory, Spencer Kearns, & Kayden Ryder - 4 X 400 M Relay
Alexis Ice & Spencer Kearns - 1000 M Run
Alexis Ice & Sam Weddle - 1600 M Run  
Kayden Ryder - 500 M Run
Sam Weddle - 3200 M Run       Pictures of BCPS Spelling Bee winners for our elementary and middle schools that came together for the annual Bedford County Spelling Bee. Also includes pictures of the 2022 BCPS Spelling Bee Champion, Forest Middle School's Graham Woodruff, and runner-up, Forest Elementary School's Nifemi Adetona.

It was a battle of the champions Friday morning at Liberty High School! Spelling bee winners from our elementary and middle schools came together for the annual Bedford County Spelling Bee. 

Huge congratulations to Forest Middle School's Graham Woodruff, as he edged-out Forest Elementary School's Nifemi Adetona for the honor of 2022 BCPS Spelling Bee Champion. Dr. Bergin was in attendance and enjoyed speaking with the contestants, while also demonstrating how tall Graham is while just in middle school!

Graham will now move on to regional competition, and we'll be rooting for him to wind-up at the national finals in Washington D.C. later this year.

Good luck Graham and congratulations to all of our individual school winners!

Pictures of students dressed as historical figures during the 2022 Staunton River Middle School 6th Grade Living Museum
The 2022 Staunton River Middle School 6th Grade Living Museum was a success! 6th Grade teachers flipped the gym into a Living Museum for students and families to experience. Students researched historical figures of choice, dressed the part, and turned into their historical figures for the day.

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Prentiss Lamont Patrick-Carter who was awarded the Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award for $20,000.
The Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award has been bestowed upon Jefferson Forest High School’s Prentiss Lamont Patrick-Carter. Only 11 of these $20,000 scholarships are given in the state of Virginia, one for each congressional district. We are extremely proud of Prentiss!

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's boys and girls swim teams, both of which were recently crowned Seminole district champions.
It doesn’t matter which swim team you run into at Jefferson Forest High School. They are both outstanding! Congratulations to the boys and girls teams, as both were recently crowned Seminole district champions.

Picture of the Staunton River High School Boys and Girls Swim team Coach Seth Chalflinch being voted the Boys Coach of the Year, Landon Grisso the Boys Swimmer of the Year, and Faith Sprinkle the Girls Swimmer of the Year!
The Staunton River High School Boys and Girls Swim teams recently competed in the Blue Ridge District Championship with Coach Seth Chalflinch being voted the Boys Coach of the Year, Landon Grisso the Boys Swimmer of the Year, and Faith Sprinkle the Girls Swimmer of the Year!
Regional competition was held and we are proud to announce that sophomore Luke Grisso qualified for state swim competition in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter breaststroke.

Picture of Staunton River High School senior Jeni Levine for reaching the 1,000 career points scored mark earlier this season while leading the Golden Eagles to a win over William Fleming.
Congrats to Staunton River High School senior Jeni Levine for reaching the 1,000 career points scored mark earlier this season while leading the Golden Eagles to a win over William Fleming. The team remains undefeated this year under coach Kim Jones, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

Picture of two Jefferson Forest High School students' artwork that won awards at the 2022 Scholastic Art U.S. Region-at-large East competition: Senior Alyssa Nazigian won a Silver Key in the Ceramics and Glass category while fellow JFHS senior Hannah Wright won a Gold Key in the Photography category.
Two Jefferson Forest High School students won awards at the 2022 Scholastic Art U.S. Region-at-large East competition: 

Senior Alyssa Nazigian won a Silver Key in the Ceramics and Glass category while fellow JFHS senior Hannah Wright won a Gold Key in the Photography category. 
Gold Key winning artwork has now moved on to the National competition in New York City, where it will compete for Gold and Silver Medals, including other special achievement awards and scholarships. 
Congratulations Alyssa and Hannah, and good luck Hannah at the National competition!

Pictures of the cast and crew of Jefferson Forest High School’s one act version of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors that was named VHSL Class 4 State Champions.
Jefferson Forest High School’s one act version of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors was named VHSL Class 4 State Champions. This is JF's third state championship in a row. Prentiss Patrick-Carter, Sky Evans, Sara Lynn Loucks, and Micah Willis swept the Outstanding Actor recognition, which has never happened before.

Picture of three board members Hill, Holbrook, & Nelms being sworn it at the Bedford County Circuit Court.
A familiar face was sworn-in for a second term on the School Board, while two new individuals took their oaths of office at the Bedford County Circuit Courtroom. 

Judge James Updike administered oaths to Mr. Marcus Hill (District 4), Mr. Matthew Holbrook (District 2), and Mr. Dwayne Nelms (District 3). 

Many other elected officials and county administrators, including Dr. Bergin, were able to attend this morning’s ceremony.

We look forward to our new School Board members beginning their terms in 2022!

Picture of Liberty High School’s Jeanne Willis who was named one of the Regional Outstanding Economic Educators by the Virginia Council on Economic Education!

Liberty High School’s Jeanne Willis has been named
one of the Regional Outstanding Economic Educators by the Virginia Council on Economic Education!

This award honors innovative and engaging approaches to teaching entrepreneurship, economics, or personal finance at the K-12 level.

Picture of Big Island Elementary School sign for their recognition as one of only two schools in all of Virginia to be designated as a National ESEA Distinguished School for the 2021-2022 school year. ESEA is the abbreviation for the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The school was selected for exceptional student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years.
We are so very proud of Big Island Elementary School!
BIES is one of only two schools in all of Virginia to be designated as a National ESEA Distinguished School for the 2021-2022 school year. ESEA is the abbreviation for the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The school was selected for exceptional student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years.
It's a huge honor, and BIES staff will be recognized during the 2022 National ESEA Conference, February 16-19, 2022, in New Orleans.
Way to go Bulldogs!!!

Picture of Staunton River High School’s Head Football Coach Shaun Leonard who was named the Coach of the Year for the Blue Ridge District this season.
Staunton River High School’s Head Football Coach Shaun Leonard was named the Coach of the Year for the Blue Ridge District this season. Coach Leonard has led his staff and student-athletes through a challenging time, finishing the season with a 4-6 record, making the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. When asked about the honor, Coach Leonard was quick to acknowledge his assistant coaches and student-athletes who have worked hard over the last three years to get to this point. The team had 5 All Blue Ridge District award recipients as well as 2 All-Region 3D selections.

Picture of plants and the moon representing Forest Middle School being selected for the Plant the Moon Challenge.
AWESOME OPPORTUNITY ALERT

Forest Middle School has been selected for the Plant the Moon Challenge!!!

The Plant the Moon Challenge is a global science experiment, learning activity, and inspirational project-based-learning challenge to see who can grow the best crops using lunar regolith simulant.

Participants in the Plant the Moon Challenge examine how vegetable crops can grow in lunar or Martian soil. Each team will receive real soil simulant from the University of Central Florida’s CLASS Exolith Lab. They will design and conduct a set of experiments using this simulant to grow crops for a future long-duration mission.

After a 10-week growing period, you will submit final project reports and join the global network of researchers helping to expand our space exploration capabilities.

FMS will submit a report detailing their experiment setup, parameters, and results to help NASA scientists understand how to use lunar soil to provide nutritious crops for future missions to the Moon!

All participants with completed projects will be invited to showcase their work at a virtual symposium with NASA scientists, program executives, and other dignitaries, where Best-in-Show awards will be presented to teams with the best experiments in a variety of categories.

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School’s Cavalier Theatre who were named VHSL Region 4D Champions for The Comedy of Errors!
Jefferson Forest High School’s Cavalier Theatre was named VHSL Region 4D Champions for The Comedy of Errors! Sky Evans received Outstanding Actor recognition, and Sara Lynn Loucks and Paul Reid were Honorable Mentions. They will be competing at the State Championships at Monticello High School on December 11th.

Picture of Staunton River High School Theatre’s One-Act cast and crew who took 2nd Place at the Region 3D Theatre Festival at Christiansburg High School!
Repeating our posts? No way…Congratulations are once again in order for Staunton River High School Theatre’s One-Act cast and crew who took 2nd Place at the Region 3D Theatre Festival at Christiansburg High School!
Layla Crutchfield was also honored with the Outstanding Actor Award!

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Marching Band who won the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Group 3 State Championship.
Group 3 State Champions!
Huge congratulations to the Jefferson Forest High School Marching Band who won the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Group 3 State Championship. They won caption awards for Best Music, Best General Effect, and Best Percussion. JF also finished 5th overall in State Championship.

Picture of Cavalier Theatre students who were recently crowned VHSL Section 4D2 Champions with their “The Comedy of Errors” production.

Cavalier Theatre was recently crowned VHSL Section 4D2 Champions with their “The Comedy of Errors” production.

Sky Evans received Outstanding Actor recognition, while Prentiss Patrick-Carter and Paul Reid received honorable mentions. 

Picture of Staunton River High School’s One Act Theatre cast and crew who recently finished 2nd at the Region 3D2 sub region competition.
Staunton River High School’s One Act Theatre cast and crew recently finished 2nd at the Region 3D2 sub region competition. Laila Crutchfield was honored as Outstanding Actor while Madison Crow received Honorable Mention. 

Pictures of students from the 94th Annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention in Indianapolis where the Liberty FFA Livestock Team consisting of current Liberty High School students Maegan Cash and Makenna Garrett, as well as graduates Charlie Moser and Kevin Painchaud, was awarded a Silver Rating in the National Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE). Also a picture of State President Charlie Moser being awarded the 6th High Individual in the Nation.
The 94th Annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention is underway in Indianapolis and the Liberty FFA Livestock Team consisting of current Liberty High School students Maegan Cash and Makenna Garrett, as well as graduates Charlie Moser and Kevin Painchaud, was awarded a Silver Rating in the National Livestock Evaluation
Career Development Event (CDE).

State President Charlie Moser was awarded the 6th High Individual in the Nation.

Congratulations to all!

Pictures of presenters at Montvale Elementary School's career day including parents, community members, and students and teachers from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center.
Montvale Elementary School recently invited dozens of parents, community members, and students and teachers from Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center for their annual career day. Students learned about several careers from various industries including automotive, culinary, transportation, military, infrastructure, construction, nuclear energy, and early education. Presenters discussed their work responsibilities, how they stay safe on the job, the skills needed to be successful in the workplace, and what kind of training and education they completed. The students were also able to see and experience various tools and vehicles including a fire truck and a crane!

Picture of the Jefferson Forest High School Competition Cheer Team who finished second at the regional level,

They began their season a month late, but they never gave up, and now a trip to state competition is their reward for all the hard work and determination. The Jefferson Forest High School Competition Cheer Team recently finished second at the regional level, and now advance to the state tournament November 6th at Virginia Commonwealth University!

Picture that looks like a magazine stating Jefferson Forest Cross Country participated in the Seminole District Championships and brought home 1st place in both boys and girls with dominating performances. The girls took seven of the top ten spots and the defending state champion boys team took six of the top ten positions. Brannon Adams and Zoie Lamanna won the boys and girls races respectively and Seminole District Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Colby Delbene won Seminole District Boys Coach of the Year. The teams will participate in regionals on November 2, 2021, at Panorama Farms.
Picture that looks like inside page of magazine with pictures of Jefferson Forest Cross Country participants in the Seminole District Championships who brought home 1st place in both boys and girls. Brannon Adams and Zoie Lamanna won the boys and girls races respectively and Seminole District Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Colby Delbene won Seminole District Boys Coach of the Year.
You know you have a special program when both your boys and girls teams win district championships!
That is the case this year at Jefferson Forest High School. Jefferson Forest Cross Country participated in the Seminole District Championships and brought home 1st place in both boys and girls with dominating performances. The girls took seven of the top ten spots and the defending state champion boys team took six of the top ten positions. Brannon Adams and Zoie Lamanna won the boys and girls races respectively and Seminole District Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Colby Delbene won Seminole District Boys Coach of the Year. The teams will participate in regionals on November 2, 2021, at Panorama Farms.

Pictures of students during school-wide themes to promote kindness including “Never Too Old for Kindness” with students dressing like they were 100 years old, “Twice as Kind” with students twinning with another classmate, “Kindness Ties Us Together” with students wearing ties, and “Community Kindness Heroes Day” with students dressing like our community essential worker heroes!
It is never too early to begin instilling kindness as an important virtue, and Huddleston Elementary School has been going above and beyond in this area. There have been school-wide themes to promote kindness including “Never Too Old for Kindness” with students dressing like they were 100 years old, “Twice as Kind” with students twinning with another classmate, “Kindness Ties Us Together” with students wearing ties, and “Community Kindness Heroes Day” with students dressing like our community essential worker heroes!

Picture of Rushie May Bradford Woolridge who has served as a school crossing guard in Bedford for the past 50 years.
One of our finest is celebrating an amazing milestone this year. Rushie May Bradford Woolridge has served as a school crossing guard in Bedford for the past 50 years. She began this role for us in 1971, and today assists grandchildren of those she first helped get across the street back then.

Thank you, Rushie, for your amazing dedication and service!

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Picture of Bedford County Public School’s Teacher of the Year, and now Virginia’s Region 5 Teacher of the Year, Liberty High School’s Matthew Uselton.

We are honored and so very proud to have one of only 8 finalists for Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Bedford County Public School’s Teacher of the Year, and now Virginia’s Region 5 Teacher of the Year, Liberty High School’s Matthew Uselton.

Click here for video presentation of Region 5 Teacher of the Year.


Picture saying Congrats to Jefferson Forest High School and Staunton River High School’s Yearbook Staffs! Both schools placed in the VHSL Multi-Media State Championships. This took place using their 2021 yearbooks.
Congrats to Jefferson Forest High School and Staunton River High School’s Yearbook Staffs!
Both schools placed in the VHSL Multi-Media State Championships. This took place using their 2021 yearbooks.

Advertising: JFHS - 1st Place and SRHS - 2nd Place Infographics: SRHS - 1st Place Candid Sports Photo: JFHS - 2nd Place Sports Coverage: JFHS - 3rd Place Clubs Coverage: JFHS - 3rd Place Student Life Coverage: SRHS - 3rd Place Academics Coverage: JFHS - 3rd Place

Picture of some students in the Jefferson Forest Marching Cavaliers who took 1st Place in Class AAAA.

Picture of some students in the Jefferson Forest Marching Cavaliers who took 1st Place in Class AAAA.

The Jefferson Forest Marching Cavaliers took 1st Place in Class AAAA, with 1st Place in all captions (Music, Visual, General Effect, Percussion, and Colorguard), and were named Grand Champion for highest score regardless of size classification at the 47th Annual Lynchburg Classic Marching Band Competition.  

Picture of Liberty High School’s Cheerleading Coach, Katrina Caesar, who was named the Seminole District Competition Cheer Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Cheerleading Coach, Katrina Caesar, for being named the Seminole District Competition Cheer Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to both Liberty High School and Staunton River High School Future Farmers of America (FFA)!!!
Picture number 1 of Liberty FFA Senior and Junior Forestry Teams won the HUB Federation Forestry Contest.

Picture number 2 of Liberty FFA Senior and Junior Forestry Teams won the HUB Federation Forestry Contest.

Liberty FFA Senior and Junior Forestry Teams won the HUB Federation Forestry Contest.

Picture of Smith Mountain FFA Forestry Team also competed at the Federation Contest. Kelcey Weston placed 1st individually and Sarah Tuck placed 5th individually, with the team placing 2nd overall.

Smith Mountain FFA Forestry Team also competed at the Federation Contest. Kelcey Weston placed 1st individually and Sarah Tuck placed 5th individually, with the team placing 2nd overall.

Pictures of students in Bedford County 4-H (Emma Jackson, SRHS; Makenna Garrett, LHS; and Kevin Painchaud, LHS graduate who represented VA at the Aksarben Contest in Nebraska.
Congratulations
to these students who represented VA at the Aksarben Contest in Nebraska! Staunton River High School’s Emma Jackson was second high individual in Reasons. Great job Emma Jackson, Makenna Garrett (Liberty High School), and Kevin Painchaud (Liberty High School graduate) of Bedford County 4-H coached by Joy Powers.

Picture of Staunton River High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) members who competed at the Virginia State Fair in the Jr. Dairyman’s Contest.
Staunton River High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) members competed at the Virginia State Fair in the Jr. Dairyman’s Contest. They identified equipment, feeds, and dairy products, along with judging a class of cows & heifers. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Pictures of Kyle Petty and the Charity Ride that ended at the D-Day Memorial.
Fifth graders at Bedford Elementary School raised $330 for Victory Junction Camp developed by the Kyle Petty Organization. The students also wrote cards and letters for students at the camp. The donation will help to fund students with disabilities so that they can attend camp. The pictures are of Kyle Petty and the Charity Ride that ended at the D-Day Memorial.

Picture of USA Wrestling Magazine and World of Wrestling 23rd Annual World All Start Team including Staunton River High School Freshman, Noah Nininger.
Congrats to Staunton River High School Freshman, Noah Nininger on being selected to the USA Wrestling Magazine and World of Wrestling 23rd Annual World All Start Team. This is an elite group comprised of five age groups and 72 weight classes throughout the country!

Picture of Seniors in Culinary Arts at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center that shows off their baking skills.
Seniors in Culinary Arts at Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center have been showing off their baking skills. Here is a little taste of their hard work!

Picture of Bedford JROTC that participated in opening the First Responders Lunch held at Bedford Elks Lodge led by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Matthew C. Payne and retired First Sergeant (Retired) Leonard Hutton.

Bedford JROTC participated in opening the First Responders Lunch held at Bedford Elks Lodge. The Day was honored with the local JROTC who presented the flag to start this event. First Sergeant (Retired) Leonard Hutton opened the event by singing the National Anthem and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The JROTC teaches cadets communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills. These are just a few of the skills used every day in one’s life. It also teaches cadets how to find success in life; not give them success but how to achieve it. These young cadets are led by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Matthew C. Payne and retired First Sergeant (Retired) Leonard Hutton.

Picture of Nikaya Smith and Matthew Uselton, English Teachers at Liberty High School, who presented at the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) Virtual Live Streaming English SOL Conference
Nikaya Smith and Matthew Uselton, English Teachers at Liberty High School, presented at the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) Virtual Live Streaming English SOL Conference on Wednesday, August 18th. Of the five presentations accepted from across the entire Commonwealth, the presentation on authentic assignments offered by Nikaya and Matthew was the only one hosted by two teachers. Every other presentation was delivered by teams of division level leaders. Congratulations Nikaya and Matthew!

Picture of our students that were recognized at the August 8, 2021 school board meeting for their recent accomplishments!  Our TWO FFA state officers - Staunton River High School's Emma Jackson (Secretary) and Liberty High School's Charlie Moser (President)!  Liberty High School - State Champion Livestock Judging Team!  Jefferson Forest High School Soccer team - Class 4 State Runner-up!

We want to say another BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our students that were recognized at last night’s school board meeting for their recent accomplishments!
Our TWO FFA state officers - Staunton River High School's Emma Jackson (Secretary) and Liberty High School's Charlie Moser (President).
Liberty High School - State Champion Livestock Judging Team.
Jefferson Forest High School Soccer team - Class 4 State Runner-up.

Picture of Noah Nininger and Colin Martin who gained All American Status. Noah Finished 5th in the country in Greco and Colin finished 8th in the country in Greco.
Picture of Noah Nininger and Colin Martin who gained All American Status. Noah Finished 5th in the country in Greco and Colin finished 8th in the country in Greco.

Congratulations Staunton River Wrestling's Noah Nininger and Colin Martin on gaining All American Status. Noah Finished 5th in the country in Greco and Colin finished 8th in the country in Greco. Huge accomplishment to call yourself one of the top 8 best wrestlers in the country!

Picture of Liberty FFA Livestock Judging Team who won the Virginia FFA State Contest
Congratulations Liberty FFA Livestock Judging Team for winning the Virginia FFA State Contest!

 Picture of Liberty High School graduates announced as 2021 scholarship and grant recipients by The Trustees of the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg! The Colonel Joseph Brown Scholarship has been awarded to Kevin Painchaud.  The Craig Cousins Merit Grants were awarded to Kevin Ilozor and Ella Schmehl.
Liberty High School graduates announced as 2021 scholarship and grant recipients by
The Trustees of the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg!
The Colonel Joseph Brown Scholarship has been awarded to Kevin Painchaud. This scholarship is named in honor of Colonel Joseph Brown, who initially borrowed $250 from the E&B Fund to attend the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Beyond repaying his loan, Colonel Brown was a benefactor of the E&B Fund. Kevin will be attending Virginia Tech this fall to study Horticulture Sciences.
There were four Craig Cousins Merit Grants awarded this year, two of which went to Liberty High School students Kevin Ilozor and Ella Schmehl. The Craig Cousins Merit Grants are awarded to individuals who are active and in leadership positions in civic and community service clubs at high schools where the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg sponsors Key Clubs. Kevin will be attending Liberty University where he intends to study Integrated Communications. Ella will be attending the University of Mary Washington to pursue studies in Psychology and Education.

Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Harlee Martin (Staunton River High School) and Shyenne Haynes (Liberty High School) for their accomplishments at the Educators Rising National Conference. Harlee was awarded as the National Champion in CTE Lesson Planning and Delivery. Shyenne was awarded as one of the Top 10 in STEM Lesson Planning and Delivery.
Congratulations to Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s Harlee Martin (Staunton River High School) and Shyenne Haynes (Liberty High School) for their accomplishments at the Educators Rising National Conference. Harlee was awarded as the National Champion in CTE Lesson Planning and Delivery. Shyenne was awarded as one of the Top 10 in STEM Lesson Planning and Delivery.

It is Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center’s first time having a National Champion in their Teachers for Tomorrow or Early Childhood Education programs! Congratulations to both students as well as their instructor, Libby Wendland, for the countless hours of preparation.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Charlie Moser president and Staunton River High School’s Emma Jackson, secretary who were elected to serve as officers on the 2021-2022 Virginia Future Farmers of America State Office
Bedford County Public Schools is excited to announce that for the first time in history, the division will have two students serving as officers on the 2021-2022 Virginia Future Farmers of America State Office. Liberty High School’s Charlie Moser is only the second president in Bedford County history (Ethan Jackson, Staunton River High School), while Staunton River High School’s Emma Jackson was elected to serve as secretary.
Picture of Dr. Bergin and FFA members at the State FFA Convention gathering lo celebrate these outstanding students.
Dr. Bergin stopped by the State FFA Convention gathering last night to celebrate these outstanding students.
Picture of Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center's Bedford Army Junior ROTC program who conducted JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge or JCLC.

The Bedford Army Junior ROTC program conducted JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge or JCLC as it is commonly known from the 7th through the 10th of June. First Sergeant Hutton and Lieutenant Colonel Payne of the Bedford Army JROTC program, based at Susie G. Gibson Science and Technology Center, conducted an educational, challenging, and fun week with fifteen select Cadets from this year’s program. Cadets visited the Bedford Boys Tribute Center, toured the Bedford Museum, hiked up Sharp Top, learned land navigation skills, conducted team and confidence building challenges at the YMCA, toured the D-Day Memorial, constructed and launched model rockets as a STEM project. Throughout the week Cadets improved their leadership skills, built unit cohesion, connected with their past and community, and had a whole lot of fun.
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PIcture of Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen finished 5th in the VHSL Class 3 State Championships.
Liberty High School’s Susannah Allen finished 5th in the VHSL Class 3 State Championships.

Picture of Liberty High School’s Crishaun Cunningham and Jordan Steele finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the VHSL Class 3 State Outdoor Track Championships in the 100 meter dash. Crishaun ran a 10.98 and Jordan ran a 11.11.
Liberty High School’s Crishaun Cunningham and Jordan Steele finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the VHSL Class 3 State Outdoor Track Championships in the 100 meter dash. Crishaun ran a 10.98 and Jordan ran a 11.11.

Picture of JFHS State Champion, Hannah Pettyjohn (won the Class 4 Pole Vault with a vault of 12'4").

Jefferson Forest High School's State Champion, Hannah Pettyjohn (won the Class 4 Pole Vault with a vault of 12'4")

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's State Champion, Addison Hilton (won the 400 with a time of 49.32).
Jefferson Forest High School's State Champion, Addison Hilton (won the 400 with a time of 49.32).

Picture of Jefferson Forest High School's Girls Track & Field - 2nd place in the state championship.
Jefferson Forest High School's Girls Track & Field - 2nd place and Boys Track & Field’s Brannon Adams ran a 9:30 in the 3200, placing 4th.


Picture of sports field with student names and results from Staunton River High School that are going to state competition at Liberty University.
Congrats to these Staunton River High School student-athletes on advancing to the state track meet next week at Liberty University!

Picture of Liberty High School Performing Arts' Kacie Daniel who is in slideshow for the 2021 National Honor Society for Dance Arts senior (NHSDA).