Congratulations to Matthew Lawrence, Indian River High School Boys Volleyball Coach, for being named the All-Class 5 Region A Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year. Coach Lawrence and the Braves recently captured their first ever Class 5 A South Region championship giving the team their first state birth in school history. They finished their season as Class 5 A state runner-up. Coach Lawrence is very proud of his team, he states, “Coaching is easy when you have a team who is dedicated, has amazing work ethic, sportsmanship, and unity as a team. The boys strive to accomplish their goals and are the reason we have had success this year.” While Coach Lawrence highlights his team, he has played a vital role in shaping his players into well-rounded, student-athletes who exemplify the characteristics he acknowledges above.
Congratulations to Katie Duke, Great Bridge High School field hockey coach, for being named the All-Class 4 Region A Coach of the Year. Coach Duke and the Lady Wildcats recently captured the Class 4A state title, their second consecutive title.
Every year, FIRST LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values (Inspiration, Teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism). Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values.
Congratulations to these schools for earning awards:
- Deep Creek Central Elementary – Hydro Hornet Warriors Team I Division I Team – Judge’s Award
- Greenbrier Intermediate – Greenbrier Panthers Division I Team – 1st place – Project Research Award
- Hugo Owens Middle – Mindstorm Mustangs Division I Team – 1st place – Robot Design Award
- Hugo Owens Middle – Mustang Bots Division II Team – 1st place – Robot Performance Award and Champion’s Award
- Jolliff Middle – JagBots Division II Team – 1st place – Robot Design Award
- Southwestern Elementary – BruinBots Division I Team – 1st place – Core Values Award
- Western Branch Middle – Bruin Bot Builders I Division I Team – 1st place – Champion’s Award
- Western Branch Middle – Bruin Bot Builders II Division II Team – 1st place – Robot Design Award
Good luck to Greenbrier Intermediate’s Greenbrier Panthers, Hugo Owens Middle’s Mustang Bots, and Western Branch Middle’s Bruin Bot Builders I as they advance to the state tournament at James Madison University on December 2 and 3.
The school division was recognized once again by the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) as a 2017 VSBA Certified Green School Division – Platinum Certification. The VSBA Green Schools Challenge is an annual friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community. School divisions can become a certified “Green School Division”, and many of these actions can save local school divisions money.
Congratulations to the Great Bridge High School girls field hockey team for collecting their second consecutive state title. Great Bridge finished their season with a 20-2 record. Way to go Lady Wildcats!