On November 8, the Madison County High School and Wetsel Middle School Forensics Teams competed in the season's first tournament: Virginia Catholic Forensic League Tournament #1 at Midlothian High School near Richmond. There were 16 schools competing with nearly 150 individual entries.
- 1st place Rose Young
- 3rd place Jacob Corbin
- 4th place Taylor Kimball
- 5th place Olivia Turcios-Sanchez
- 3rd place Sierra Weaver
- 5th place Hailey Helm
Dramatic Performance of Drama and Humor
- 1st place Jordan Taylor
- 2nd place Ian Coppage
- 5th place Erick Teo-Abrego (WMS Team--8th grader)
- 1st place Summer Davis and Jackie Dews
- 2nd place Taylor Davis and Steven Franklin (WMS Team--8th graders)
- 5th place Camryn Powers and Bryanna Smtih
- 2nd place Camryn Powers
- 4th place Summer Davis
Oral Interpretation of Prose and Poetry
- 1st place Shannon Blow
- 2nd place Autumn Chasse
- 4th place Devon Bewley
- 5th place Rebecca Young
Of the 15 schools participating, team sweepstakes in Speech results were:
- Team Champion Madison County High School
- Runner up Champion Maggie Walker Governor's School
- 3rd Place Fluvanna County High School
- 4th place Midlothian High School
- 5th place Louisa County High School
- 6th place Wetsel Middle School
Out of 16 schools, our Wetsel finished 6th place – the highest placement ever for a middle school team against high school teams. This is yet another reason why the Virginia High School League calls Madison a “traditional powerhouse.”
Congratulations to the Wetsel Robotics Team led by Tori Gelbert and Shawn McDonough. The team competed in their first regional competition at James Madison University (JMU) and took home first place in robot design.
The regional (Valley) FIRST Lego League completion took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Harrisonburg sponsored by JMU’s College of Integrated Science and Engineering, JMU’s research and Scholarship, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.
There were three different categories: robot design, robot challenge completion, and research presentation.
First year, first place. Amazing! -Superintendent Eberhardt
The Madison student research presentation was on how to prevent concussions, where they researched new, innovative solutions and invented a new football helmet to protect against concussions in football using a hexagonal, honeycomb padding shape using memory foam.
The students would like to thank Football Coach Stuart Dean for donating an old football helmet and MCHS teacher Joe Novack for making their robotic board platform and for sawing the helmet in half for them to recreate. The team consisted of 10 members and one mentor:
- Halee Apple
- Morgan Clark
- Dalton Dodson (mentor)
- Samuel Estes
- Emma Rae Fox
- Connor Houser
- Colby Messinger
- Abigail Tanner
- Ethan Taylor
- Julian Tyree
- Luke Wintersgill
The students not only did a great job, but had so much fun along the way. They are already looking forward to competition next year! Next year, the students have already decided we're going to states and want to start practice again in the Spring and work on next year’s competition during the summer!! – Coach Gelbert
Wetsel celebrated both Madison Strong Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Friday, October 24, 2014. Wetsel students and teachers staff stepped up to the plate in the fight against breast cancer in one day by raising $848 for the UVA Breast Cancer Center. The whole-school event was celebrated in a Pep Rally to Fight for a Cause.
Casey Jensen, the representative from the UVA Breast Cancer Center who attended the Pep Rally, said, "I have been to a lot of schools but have never seen this level of enthusiasm and support.”
The Madison Strong Day saw all MCPS school employees wearing common shirts and providing parents and community members with bumper magnets: Madison Strong.
Wetsel Pink Day encouraged students to wear pink for a cause. Pictured is the middle school’s pep rally to fight breast cancer. (Far right is Principal Taylor.)
This is the third Madison event this month to bring awareness to breast cancer. First, there was a Volleyball game. Second, there was a football game. Now, an entire school goes pink.
I hope our Madison efforts have reached all children with a life-long message: coming together for a cause is important. – Superintendent Eberhardt