By NATALIE MILLER
At their last meeting of the 2016-2017 school year, the Hanover County School Board recognized several notable students and employees.
The School Board recognized Hanover County’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Paula Drumheller. This Henry Clay school counselor has worked with Hanover County schools since 1996.
The Board also recognized Kay Loving, a custodian at Cool Spring Elementary School, as the Support Employee of the Year. Loving was selected for her “dedication and love to the students, staff, and community daily,” the Board said.
Sixth grade math teacher at Oak Knoll Middle School, Amanda Williams, was recognized as the Beginning Teacher of the Year. Williams started teaching with Hanover County in August.
Hanover High School junior Victoria Kimberlin was recognized for winning the grand prize of $1,000 for the 2017 Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers Poster Contest. Kimberlin’s artwork was in the running with students from Caroline, Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent Counties, as well as the City of Richmond.
Michael Lenzi, Jr., a junior at Hanover High School, placed third in the state at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science annual competition May 17 at VCU. Lenzi’s project was “The Effect of Interleukin,” in the Microbiology and Cell Biology senior division.
Patrick Henry High School junior Ashley Harris won a second-place engineering award at the Metro Richmond STEM Fair March 11, for her project “Black Box Retrieval: Using an Aircraft Recovery Maker System” in the senior division. Harris also earned awards from the U.S. Air Force, Yale Science and Engineering Association, the John B. Fenn Award and from the Patent Trademark Office Society for her project.
In other news, the School Board unanimously approved the purchasing of new high school Earth Science text books, to be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year. A textbook adoption committee for science met to discuss and recommend a textbook for the School Board to approve. The approved Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grade 9 Earth Science textbook will cost an estimated $89,000, including shipping.
Hanover County’s high school seniors will graduate this Saturday, June 17 at the VCU Stuart Siegel Center in Richmond. Each high school’s graduating class will be honored at their own ceremony throughout the day. Lee-Davis High School’s graduation will kick off the day at 8:30 am at the Siegel Center, followed by Hanover High School at 12 pm, Patrick Henry High School at 3:30 p.m. and Atlee High School at 7 p.m.