FCPS recognizes support staff

Frederick County Public Schools Interim Superintendent John Lamanna recognized five outstanding support staff employees with the school division’s yearly awards.

Ed Lambert was named Bus Driver of the Year for his service to students over the last 15 years at Greenwood Mill Elementary School and Millbrook High School.

Zach Stiles received the Gala Award as the Security Officer for James Wood High School.

The Macintosh Award was presented to Amy Peschken who is an instructional assistant at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School.

The Rome Award for school nutrition services staff was given to Amber Hammons of James Wood Middle School.

The winner of the York Award, which is designated for specialists, is Brandy Bennett at Senseny Road School.

The recipients of each award received $500 and a plaque.

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Maids selected for Apple Blossom

Four young women from the area have been selected to serve as the Maids in the Court of the Queen for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival starting April 28th through May 1st.

The women selected were Elia Norton, Yeakley Pullen, Margaret Smith and Sarah Smith.

Norton is a graduate of Handley High School and is currently a sophomore at LFCC.

Pullen went to James Wood and now attends Alabama.

Margaret Smith is from Henrico, Va and attends John Tyler Community College.

Her sister Sarah is currently attending University of Virginia.

The women will take part in the Coronation Ceremony and ride on the Queens float in the parade.

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VSI awarded 66 scholarships

The Virginia Sheriffs Institute awarded 66 scholarships this year with a total of $65,000.

The recipients chosen are pursuing degrees in criminal justice at a Virginia college.

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholand will have the honor of distributing three of those scholarships to local students.

James Wood Senior Corrine Smith, Shenandoah University’s Elyssa McCafferty and Lord Fairfax Community College’s Sonya Puryear will all receive $1000 to put towards their education. 

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FCPS announce graduation ceremonies

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Frederick County Public Schools announced their high schools will host in person graduation ceremonies.

Millbrook High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday,  June 16 at Millbrook Pioneer Stadium.

Sherando High School’s commencement will be held on Thursday, June 17 at Arrowhead  Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

James Wood  High School’s graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Kelican  Stadium.

The rain dates for each school will be the following day.  

Each ceremony will be held outdoors in order to allow for the greatest number of spectators in accordance with state guidelines.

Each graduating senior will receive 6 admission tickets that can be distributed to family and friends.

Only those with tickets will be allowed in however the ceremonies will be live streamed on the respective school’s Facebook page.

COVID-19 regulations are expected to be adhered to.

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