Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

April 30, 2015


Congratulations to Rachel Santucci of Mechanicsville, who is a recipient of a 2015 “Yes I Can Award” honoring children and youth who shine in the category of School and Community Activities. The award is sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The CEC is proud of Rachel’s efforts and the excellent example she has set for others. Rachel has demonstrated through hard work, courage, and determination that it is possible for each of us to reach our goals. She is described by others as someone who has a “true heart for service,” which she demonstrates by continuously giving back to both her school and community.

The nomination packet included background information, student accomplishments, and student support in the community and school system, letters of recommendation, and a nominee statement.

Rachel received her award at the “Yes I Can Awards Ceremony” on April 10 at the San Diego Convention Center as part of the CEC 2015 Convention and Expo. The awards were presented by the CEC Immediate Past President, and greetings and congratulations were offered from the U. S. Department of Education, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. After the award ceremony there was a reception on the mezzanine level of the Convention Center overlooking the city of San Diego. The CEC also hosted the award winners on a field trip to the Birch Aquarium at the University of California, San Diego.

Mechanicsville is proud of you, Rachel!

Hanover High School Band Boosters will present a Jazz Dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the school commons. Dinner includes a hot potato bar with toppings, salad, drink, and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by the Jazz Band with a “Name That Tune” contest. Tickets are $6 each and no more than $30 for a family. “Our Town,” the play, will be presented in the auditorium at 8 p.m. for an $8 ticket. Other performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1 and May 2.

There is still time to sign up or donate to the National MS Society’s Walk MS, which is on May 2. Please support Dana Nelson of Mechanicsville by making a contribution or planning to walk for this important cause. Email Lee Nelson at for more information.

A National Day of Prayer Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Ashland Town Hall. It will be an evening of music, praise, and prayer. “4 the Lord” will be providing special music as will the Praise Band from the Master’s House. All are welcome; please bring a lawn chair.

It’s getting to be time to honor our graduates. Please send in a word about your favorite middle school, high school, or college grad. It’s your chance to brag and you deserve it. Please send your news and photos to or call 746-9142. Enjoy this week!

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