Superior marching bands
More Chesterfield County marching bands than ever achieved a superior rating — the highest possible rating — at the annual assessment of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. That includes Manchester High’s Marching Lancers, who earned their first-ever superior rating. Nine marching bands from Chesterfield County high schools were rated superior: Bird, Clover Hill, Cosby, Thomas Dale, James River, Manchester, Matoaca, Midlothian and Monacan.
The National Association for Career Pathways Leadership selected the Cisco Academy of the Chesterfield Technical Center as the recipient of the first-ever Rigorous Programs of Study National Award. Students in the Cisco Academy participate in work-based learning, projects and competitions in computer networking while earning college credit through dual enrollment with John Tyler Community College and achieving industry certifications. The award was announced in October during the National Career Pathways Network conference.
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School junior Samantha Marquez won first place in the research competition at the International Space Olympics, which took place in Russia. Her project explored “A New Frontier in Microgravity Biomedical Engineering: From Microtissues on Earth to Celloidosomes in Space.” One of five Virginia students selected for the International Space Olympics, Samantha and her family live in Chesterfield County, where she attended Robious Middle School. More information is available here: worldnetva.pwnet.org/russia2012/index.htm.