Chilhowie High Forensics Team Places Second in State Competition
The Chilhowie High School Forensics Team completed the 2016-2017 forensics season with three title wins. The team won the Mountain West-Conference 46 Competition on Feb. 19. The team finished second at the 1A West Regional Competition on March 4 at Radford High School; then took second-place in the state Group 1A competition on March 25 at Clover Hill High School in Richmond. Seated l-r: Ashlynn Surber (Poetry: conference-4th); Lacie Phillips (SI: conference-3rd/regional-2nd/state-4th); Jordan Guinn (Prose: conference-2nd/regional-3rd/state-2nd); Reanna Lilly: (Manager). Standing l-r: Isaiah Hutton (SI: conference-4th); Shelby Louk: (Manager); Micah Hutton (Prose: conference-1st/regional-1st/state-3rd); Avery Smith (Extemporaneous: conference-1st/regional-3rd/state-2nd); Abram Clear-Captain and fourth consecutive state placement: (HDI: conference-1st/regional-2nd/state-2nd); Alex Wheeler: (Impromptu: conference-1st/regional-2nd/state-3rd); Cody Cruey (Storytelling: conference-1st and regional qualifier); Katie Wagoner (Poetry: conference-1st/regional-3rd/state-2nd).
The CHS Forensics Team is coached by English and Theatre instructor Jackie Clark.
Saltville Elementary School Wins State Archery Championship
Saltville Elementary School won first place in the 3D Elementary Division of the Virginia NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), held March 11 in Dowell, Va. SES fifth-grader Summer Turley (right) was the elementary girls division state champion.
Marion Senior High Student Wins Art League Best-in-Show Award
Marion Senior High School student Deanna Lavern won Best-in-Show in the 24th annual Smyth County High School Art Show, sponsored by the Art League of Marion. Smyth County high school students submitted over 150 entries in the competition. The award-winning projects are currently on display at the Smyth-Bland Regional Library in Marion. Complete list of winners…
MSHS Forensics Team Finishes Second in State Tournament
The Marion Senior High School Forensics team finished the 2017 season as the Virginia High School League State Forensics 2A Runner-up team. The State Forensics Tournament was held March 25, at Clover Hill High School. Four new MSHS State Forensics Champions were crowned, as well as one runner-up and two third-place finishers:
- Brock Davidson–6th Place–Storytelling
- Duncan Martin–6th Place–Impromptu Speaking
- Riana Rutherford–3rd Place–Humorous Dramatic Interpretation
- Kendall Funk & Luke Sage–3rd Place Humorous Duo
- Jacob Armstrong–Runner-up- Humorous Dramatic Interpretation
- Hunter Blevins–State Champion–Extemporaneous Speaking (MSHS's first Extemporaneous State Champ)
- Faith Hannula–State Champion–Serious Dramatic Interpretation
- Charlie Hampton & Lily Gray–State Champions–Humorous Duo
This is the tenth consecutive year MSHS has qualified for the State Forensics Tournament and the program now numbers 14 individual State Champions. The team is coached by Todd Necessary.
Northwood Middle Archery Team Advances to National Tournament
The Northwood Middle School archery team advanced to the national NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) national tournament, to be held in Louisville, Ky., May 11-13. The team advanced on the strength of its performance in the Virginia state NASP tournament, held in Doswell, Va., on March 11.
Marion Student Earns Trip to National Spelling Bee
Marion Middle School student Liam Myers is the 2017 Regional Spelling Bee Champion. Liam outspelled 16 other county or city spelling champions from Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe counties during the March 11th Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee Championship. He earned the right to represent the region in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins May 28 near Washington, D.C. Liam is pictured here after winning the Smyth County Spelling Bee, with MMS principal Damon Mazoff, left, and Smyth County Schools Superintendent Dennis Carter, right. More details…
The 2017-2018 school year will begin Aug. 10, 2017. Each Smyth County School has planned special back-to-school events for parents and students.
Children up to the age of 18 can eat lunch for free every day beginning May 24 through July 28. The cafeterias at Chilhowie Elementary School and Marion Senior High School will be open daily from 11:45 AM until 1:15 PM serving a delicious and nutritious lunch. Friend’s Community Church, located at 145 Palmer Avenue, will serve the Saltville community from 11:30 until 12:30. All sites will operate based on participation. Every effort will be made to keep all sites open throughout the summer. Please contact Leeah Parks at 783-3791 extension 2267 if you have any questions.