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Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

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Henderson collegiate shares the christmas spirit

Leaders with the Vance County Department of Social Services released results of their Christmas Cheer campaign on Monday, noting one local school as stepping up in a big way this year. Director Antonia Pedroza said more than 300 families and senior citizens received clothing, personal care items, toys and food this holiday season through Christmas Cheer. Contributions from Henderson Collegiate Charter School included more than 1,000 donated items and 95 hand-decorated gift bags, prompting Pedroza to single them out for a special note of thanks among many other helping organizations, churches, businesses and individuals. Of Henderson Collegiate school leader and Read more
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Finding the right career includes path to familiarity

Henderson native Jaquell Sneed-Adams will be returning to her hometown to teach after she graduates from Harvard this spring. Jaquell Sneed-Adams couldn’t have imagined when she was growing up in Vance County that she would eventually gain admission to one of the most selective colleges in the country. The 21-year-old Northern Vance High School alumna and Henderson native will graduate from Harvard University in May and return home as a Teach for America corps member in fall 2014. “When I was in third grade, or fifth grade, or even high school, I didn’t believe I would go to an Ivy Read more
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Charter school ready to build

As Vance County’s newest charter school continues to grow, the school leaders are moving ahead with plans for a permanent facility. The school’s co-founder Eric Sanchez said the bidding and hiring process for a contractor should take place over the next few months. Henderson Collegiatel, which opened in 2010, uses modular units on county property. The Henderson Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved its proposal for a two-story, 45,000-square foot building off Old Epsom Road last March. Sanchez said Five Star Properties and Rentals donated 30.9 acres to the school in 2012. “The only conditional part of agreement was that Read more
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Willing to step Out and make a change

When Tracey Greenway’s son graduated from Vance Charter, she began to look for alternatives to Vance County high schools. For the Henderson resident, the Vance County Schools system wasn’t an option for her son. She decided to send him, instead, to Oxford Preparatory High School, which opened its doors this year with about 70 ninth-graders. “It’s great to have someone willing to step out and make a change,” Greenway said of the school’s executive director, Andrew Swanner. Greenway’s move is part of a larger trend in the county, which has seen decreasing student enrollment in the public school system for Read more
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Ask a ranger students compete in 25th ecology meet

Ask a Ranger: Students compete in 25th Ecology Meet JESSICA WILLIAMS Each year, state and Virginia middle and high schools near Kerr Lake are invited to participate in an Ecology Meet, an eight-station competition that tests youths’ minds on various aspects of the environment. The stations examine soil ecology, wildlife, hydrology, herpetology, aquatics, endangered species, forestry and everyone’s favorite: environmental education interpretation. Participating students spend months studying, researching and preparing for this event, which is also a collective effort for the local organizations from our state and Virginia that participate as facilitators. They are Virginia Wildlife, Army Corps of Engineers, Read more