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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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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Gearing up for the 15th year of Camping for Hunger

For the 15th consecutive year, The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 will be hosting
‘Camping for Hunger,’ from Monday, November 13th through Saturday, November 18th to collection of food & monetary donations as well as raise awareness of hunger in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Since 2008, donation totals for the Camping for Hunger Project have exceeded 190,000 pounds of food and supplies such as personal hygiene items and over $135,000 in cash and gift cards.
On average, the total amount of food and money collected each year provides approximately six months’ worth of food for C-Cap’s pantry program.
On-air personalities Lonnie Hill, Randy Woodward, Ryan Rutherford and Scott Bradley along with station owner, Andrew Shearer and other staff members will again take to sleeping on the bus, which will be parked at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.
During the week-long camp-out event, The River 95.3 will broadcast live asking for community support and donations for Front Royal/Warren County C-Cap’s food pantry. In-person collections will take place during Camping Week at the bus and at area businesses and organizations.

A list of drop-off locations can be found by click here, along with an
online donation link, direct to C-CAP.
Royal Broadcasting President, Andrew Shearer commented, “For the 15th year, my staff and our neighbors will sacrifice a little of themselves, with either money, non-perishable food, or their time to help those in need. C-CAP has indicated they have seen a nearly 100% increase in requests for assistance in 2023.”
“Our partners for the past 14 years have included the Front Royal Police Department, Warren
County Fire & Rescue, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Warren County Government,
Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Century Link, Dominion Ridge Academy, and C-CAP. These
organizations help us with the set-up and resources necessary to undertake such a large event. Numerous local companies host in-house food drives, which helps add to the totals and support. All donations stay in our local community,” according to Shearer.
The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 are committed to continuing to serve the community through direct-involvement events and activities. For more information, contact the station: 540- 635-4121; email: or visit

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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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