Archery team travels to state tournament

provided by Carrie Hill

Dominion Ridge Academy has announced that their NASP Archery Team traveled to the State Bullseye/3D Tournament this past weekend.

The 25 archers displayed extreme patience and excitement throughout the long day.

In the 3D competition, two of the school’s young archers secured 2nd place in their respective age groups, while a third finished in 5th place.

The high school team’s effort led them to secure a 9th place finish in the States.

The elementary school team missed out on the 3rd place by just thirty points.

The team is now aiming to participate in the National Tournament in Kentucky this May.

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Dominion Ridge Academy announces big plans

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Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA) is preparing to expand their private Christian educational services at a 9-hole golf course in Warren County.

This non-denominational school teaches preschool through 12th grade currently at New Bible Church on New Lake Avenue. 

Richard Runyon, owner of the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club who recently bought the adjacent Bowling Green golf course, offered part of the Bowling Green property to the academy for its expansion.

DRA will need a conditional-use permit in order to build a school on the property.

At a recent EDA meeting, academy founder Lorraine Hewitt, and Michael Graham, interim chairman, talked to the authority about the expansion plans.

The representatives and board members talked at the special meeting about possible partnerships the school may have with the EDA, the town and county governments or outside agencies for funding opportunities.

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Camping for Hunger is wrapping up

Camping for Hunger Food Drive is wrapping up this morning, thank you to everyone who contributed this year.

A big thanks to Dominion Ridge Academy whose students packed up all the donations but also donated over 2200 pounds of nonperishable foods and household items this year with their 7-week themed collection.

Final totals will be announced next week.

Without all of you we couldn’t have made this event a success.

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News Maker Carrie Hill on DRA help with Camping for Hunger

During the Camping for Hunger campaign invaluable help is offered every night by the students of Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA).

We spoke with Saturday morning newsperson Carrie Hill about it in our latest newsmaker.

Newsmakers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Carrie is also an employee of DRA where she wears a number of hats that include coordinating the students for the monstrous effort of stacking and packing the food the community brings us.

She also gives us a little history behind the continual endeavor that we are eternally grateful for.

Carrie also gives us a preview of what to expect from the school this year.

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Dominion Ridge Academy hosts successful archery tournament

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Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA) hosted a successful archery tournament this past Saturday, October 21st in Front Royal.

The event attracted 62 archers from five public and private educational institutions from as far away as Southern Maryland.

This tournament demonstrated outstanding marksmanship by several DRA students.

The highlight of the event was by high school sophomore Madison McCoid, who not only scored first place for high school girls with a score of 286 out of 300, but also the tournament leader.

Further notable achievements from DRA archers included:

  • Elementary boys:
    • Jenson George – 1st Place
    • Levi Hill – 2nd Place
    • Nikolaus Leypoldt – 3rd Place
  • Elementary girls:
    • River Plott-D’Elia – 1st Place
  • Middle School boys:
    • Logan McCoid – 2nd Place
  • Middle School girls:
    • Avery Philpot – 1st Place
    • Paige Fletcher-Perez – 2nd Place
    • Abigail Winner – 3rd Place
  • High School girls:
    • Madison McCoid – 1st Place

Coach Jason Herndon, reflecting on the event, shared, “The progress and accomplishments of our students have been wonderful to witness. Several have surpassed their personal bests, making this tournament particularly special.”

DRA eagerly anticipates hosting more such events, underlining its commitment to promoting skill, sportsmanship, and fostering a community spirit among students.

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Local school onboard for the 15th annual Camping for Hunger

The River 95.3 is gearing up for the 15th year of Camping for Hunger, it is not too late to start collecting nonperishable food.

We have learned that Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA), who have been a part of Camping for Hunger for the last 14 years, will start their collection next week.

DRA has introduced weekly themes to encourage donations through their school.

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Dominion Ridge Academy: Parent Community Night

Dominion Ridge Academy is having a Parent Community Night online, Featuring international speaker, author, and comedian Christopher O’Shaughnessy.

An evening of laughter and inspiration Tuesday September 28th from 7-8 pm.

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News Maker Detra Tutton on Dominion Ridge Academy

front royal town hall

Front Royal’s Dominion Ridge Academy selected a new Principal.

We talk with  Detra Tutton about her new position the administration changes and the school itself.

Detra tells us about her experience as well and the myriad of sports offered by the school.

She also tells us how a parent can enroll their child in the only pre-K through 12 Christian School in Front Royal.

Here is Detra’s interview.

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