- Katie McElroy broke the women’s triple jump record with a jump of 34'4".
- Addison Roeschley broke the men’s 500m record with a time of 1:09.23.
- Michael DeLaCruz broke the men’s 300m record with a time of 36.49.
Congratulation to the athletes who broke school records at last Friday’s indoor track meet.
Congratulations to the six TA General Ag students who competed in the very first FFA General Ag Competition at East Rock on Dec 16! Sam Pittington received a gold rating for his prepared public speech on deer jawbone aging. Kaleb Crawford received a gold rating for his prepared public speech on the weather. Tori Jarboe and Scott Roy both received gold ratings on their presentation of the FFA Motto and answers to FFA trivia questions. Shen Sarco received a silver rating for both the educational and colorful categories in the poster contest. And Mona Rabie received a silver rating for the educational category and a gold rating for the unique category of the poster contest. If you see one of these six students give them a big congratulations and high five for the hard work and success at this very special event!
TA held its fifth annual Shakespeare Competition last Friday. This was the closest competition we’ve ever had, featuring great performances. First place went to Kasey Britt, second place to Judi Cleaver, and third place to Blaire Sharman. Kasey advances to the regional competition which held at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in January. Congratulations to everyone who participated.
DECA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. While the mission of this co-curricular organization is to provide opportunities for students to become college and career ready, during the holiday season Turner Ashby DECA focuses on the importance of giving back to the community through its annual “Angel Tree Project.”
This year, under the leadership of Natalie Helmick, the DECA Vice President of Civic Consciousness; Katrina Martin, a senior DECA member; and DECA Advisor, Melissa Talley, the students, faculty, and community of Turner Ashby High School rallied to sponsor 200 children in the Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County area that needed items such as coats, shoes, toys, and personal hygiene items. On December 2, 2015 the Marketing classroom was transformed into “Santa’s Workshop” in an effort to wrap, label, and organize more than 600 gifts for the children. On December 4, 2015, eighteen Turner Ashby students and four teachers transported the gifts to Harrisonburg/ Rockingham Department of Social Services using two school busses.
In addition to providing gifts for the children, DECA also collected an estimated $1,500 worth of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items that will benefit local elderly citizens in need. In total, more than 360 hours of service to the community were performed by Turner Ashby students to make this school-wide project such a success.
“It’s been a rewarding experience. I was very proud of the response from our school and community with how much time and effort they put into this project. Everyone rallied behind such a great cause. Definitely a life learning experience,” Helmick said while looking back at the project’s success.
Angel Tree Project (3D version of picture above)
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The debate and forensic teams did a great job at last night’s ShenVaFL tournament. This was the largest tournament of the season so far, with 270 students from 18 schools. First place winners were Zach Dolack in Student Congress and Parker Estes and Seth Stapel in Policy Debate. Second place medals went to Danielle Cave and Ellie Miller in Policy Debate. Third place medals went Kaelyn Spickler in Student Congress and Ben Neher in Extemporaneous Speaking. Also placing were the following: Emily Villacrusis, fifth in Humorous Interpretation; Emily Howe, sixth in Dramatic Interpretation, Gabriela Leija, sixth in Student congress; and Kelly Rohrer and Rachel Moore, sixth in Public Forum. A special shout out to Patrick Martin who competed for the first time in Student Congress and qualified for the Champions Tournament. Great job by everyone!
Congratulations to policy debaters who competed in the JMU Debate Invitational last weekend: Parker Estes, Seth Stapel, Emily Howe, Ben Neher, Danielle Cave and Ellie Miller competed in six rounds of debate against some of the toughest teams in the mid-Atlantic Region. Everybody managed to squeak out a win and survived a real marathon of hard work and competition. They did so with good humor and positive attitudes, and they represented TA with honor! Congratulations!
Congratulations to the following band members for being selected to the All District Band: Chelsey Boutilier, Zach Reedy, Tori Smith, Colleen Byers, Meghan Kiser, Isaac Smith, Adeline Hipps, Katie McElroy, Brooke Fifer, Heather Knott and Alton Hipps.
We had three (3) students place high enough in the district to qualify for All State Band. Congratulations Zach Reedy, Meghan Kiser and Isaac Smith.
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