Below is the video Wetsel Middle School 7th graders made about the importance of giving back to the community and the power of leadership under the guidance of STEM teacher Tori Gelbert.
Our students are impressive in this video - certainly, passion resonates. I am touched by their desire to make the world a better place and am thankful of an important message. Today's children will be the next leaders - we must nurture their passion. - Superintendent Matt Eberhardt
This submission goes to the White House Film Festival this year where the top national video receives a trip to the White House.
We at MCPS can change a life every day which in turn will change another life and eventually we can change the world. My message to our leadership team is ... we must forge ahead together … we all have a common goal - changing lives every day. – Principal Tim Taylor
MCHS was represented by freshman Ben Dillon and junior Rosemarie Mullen at the Ben Hair Memorial Dive Invitational Meet on Monday January 5 at Smith Pool in Charlottesville.
Mullen completed 6 dives and placed 4th overall during the competition out of 11 divers. Dillon completed 11 dives placing 4th overall out of 17 divers. Dillon achieved an overall score of 268.05 which meets the state bar to qualify for diving at the Virginal High School League Diving Competition in February 2015. Dillon will be the first diver from MCHS to advance to states.
Additionally, MCHS Swim has qualified all three female relays to compete at the state level, as well as individual swimmers Kara Morgan McHaney, Claudia Gohn and Rosemarie Mullen qualifying in multiple events.
Madison Swim is in its fourth year and Madison Dive is in its first year.
Last year, Kara Morgan McHaney not only went on to state competition but became the first-ever Madison swimming state champion.
Ben Dillon has already made Madison history as the first-ever Madison diver to go on to state competition. I am proud of Ben and equally proud of the Madison Swim ambassadorship with Kara Morgan, Claudia, and Rosemarie. Best to all at states! – Superintendent Eberhardt
MCPS employee and Forensics Coach Jason Dart is acknowledged nationally.
The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) announced today:
Madison County High School (VA) Forensics Coach Jason Dart has received the Donus D. Roberts Quad Ruby Coaching Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. The Donus. D. Roberts Quad Ruby Award is given to coaches who attain their 1000th NSDA coaching point
The award is named in honor of NSDA coach and past President Donus D. Roberts. Donus served on the NSDA Board of Directors for 24 years and earned ten coaching diamonds, the highest degree earned by any coach in history.
Coaches earn 1 coaching point for every 10 points earned by their students, so in order for a coach to earn this prestigious award, the students of that coach would need to earn over 10,000 points. Every coaching point represents incredible dedication as a forensic educator and mentor. The development of student members will impact their academic, professional, and personal success for the rest of their lives.
The National Speech and Debate Association is incredibly proud of its coaches and their accomplishments working with students. The NSDA would like to congratulate coach Dart on this remarkable honor.
Dart is an alumni of Madison County Public Schools and has volunteered with or coached the nationally-recognized Madison Forensics Team since 2012.