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The Class of 2017 Graduation & Commencement Ceremony will be on Thursday, May 11th at 7PM at the Patrick Henry Stadium behind the school.
Rain Date is Saturday, May 13th at 7PM
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photo credit: Carolyn Wilson / for the Bristol Herald Courier
Carlee feeds heifers that are gentle enough for her to pet. She has earned the title of "cow whisperer" from her family and friends.
article credit: Carolyn Wilson / freelance writer in Glade Spring, Va.
MEADOWVIEW, Va. — Participating in 4-H and FFA has made 16-year-old Carlee T. the person she is today.
The Washington County youth, who’s earned the title of "cow whisperer" from her family and friends, was recognized earlier this month for her agricultural leadership in the community — and her amazing history with showing cattle.
Taylor received the 2017 Outstanding 4-H and FFA Member Award presented by the Southwest Virginia Agricultural Association, a group that represents the major commodities produced in Southwest Virginia and creates ideas and resolutions to make farming more profitable.
The teen, who was nominated to represent Washington County, was selected from among 4-H and FFA members in a 19-county region of Virginia from Lee to Giles. She received the award during the association’s annual meeting at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center.
"I knew I was receiving an award, but I had no idea I was competing against that many members," said Carlee, who was presented a certificate and $50 from Crystal Peek, Washington County 4-H extension agent.
"Carlee is the future of agriculture in Washington County," said Peek. "She plans to pursue an education that will feed back into our largest commodity, which is agriculture."
Andy Overbay, executive secretary for the association and senior agriculture extension agent for Smyth County, agreed it’s an elite group of youth who win this award.
"When we look back at the 81 years of the association, the people who have won this award are now industry leaders in agriculture all over Southwest Virginia and throughout the nation."
Carlee, a sophomore at Patrick Henry High School, is considering a career as an extension agent after majoring in agriculture at Virginia Tech.
Agriculture has been a way of life for the teen since she was old enough to
walk to the barn.
"I enjoyed feeding them when I was little. I started going to the barn and working with the heifers, and I just loved it. They are like my babies. I refer to them as ‘my girls,’" said Carlee, who has been showing cattle since she was 9 years old.
One of the heifers she is training for this show season will lick watermelon-flavored suckers and drink Gatorade. "She can drink water from a water bottle, too."
Taylor said her participation in FFA and 4-H has made her a stronger competitor in the show ring.
Her friends at school and Brumley Gap Methodist Church can vouch that she puts her whole heart into showing cattle.
The teen’s recipe for success in the show ring is simple. "You have to be compassionate. If you don’t have the love for it, you’re not going to enjoy it because it’s a lot of work. You work every day to make sure the heifers are taken care of — and they’re taken better care of than some humans. If you don’t have the love for it, you’re not going to be successful."
Her room at home contains not hundreds but thousands of show ribbons, trophies and banners.
She’s been awarded the Chippy Carrier Award at the Bristol Steer and Heifer Show in 2012 and 2016. Taylor showed the champion Simmental heifer and the reserve supreme heifer at the Virginia State Fair in 2016.
This year, she was awarded the Ernest Copenhaver Memorial Beef Achievement Award at the Washington County 4-H Banquet. She has served as an FFA officer at her high school since 2016.
Despite her busy schedule participating in volleyball, softball and basketball at school, Taylor always winds up her day feeding and working with the heifers she plans to show this season.
The Bristol Steer and Heifer Show in Abingdon is on her calendar for May. Summer means other youth livestock shows in the county and larger ones at the Appalachian and Dixie Classic fairs and a state fair near Richmond.
"My goal is to do well at the state fair this year. You always want to have that number one heifer.
"The livestock are never going to progress to exactly where you want them. There is always something you’re striving for," said Carlee.
Pictured left to right:
Joe H., Thomas O., Jenna L., Mr. Carroll, and Thomas S.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Potter M., a senior at Patrick Henry High School, is the recipient of the 2016 Good Citizen Award and Scholarship Contest given each year by the Black’s Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 1:00 pm
CAROLYN R. WILSON FOR THE WASHINGTON COUNTY NEWS
GLADE SPRING, Va. — With an hour to write and a dictionary to help him, 17-year-old Potter M. recently prepared a patriotic essay at his school that has won him awards at the county and district levels with an opportunity to place at the state level in the coming weeks. Based on his winning essay, Potter, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, is the recipient of the 2016 Good Citizen Award and Scholarship Contest given each year by the Black’s Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Second place for the essay competition went to Sarah Lilly, a senior at Abingdon High School, and the third place winner was Madison Garrett, a senior at Holston High School. Potter was nominated to enter the contest by his social studies teachers because of his knowledge and interest in history, as well as his writing abilities. After receiving his school nomination, he formulated an essay based on the sealed focus question: “How do the combined actions of many good citizens keep our nation moving forward?” Potter received the essay question at school with no previous knowledge of its content. His answers to the essay question revolved around three issues. “It’s not so much what (our citizens) are doing, but it’s why they’re doing it. And, that’s what I think moves our country forward,” he said. “There are three things that drive good citizens to move the country forward— the love of equality, freedom and service.” The student developed his ideas by writing, “Equality is the foundational worldview of the patriot that drives all of their other actions. Jefferson states the equality of all people in the Declaration most succinctly when he writes that all people possess, ‘certain unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ “ Potter addressed the issue of freedom by writing, “Freedom is the goal of a just society and the purpose of patriots, which good citizens must always move our country towards for the sake of equality.” Lastly, he wrote, “If equality is the ‘why’ and freedom is the ‘what,’ then service is the ‘how.’ The DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship contest was created in 1934 to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship among students throughout the country. The award is given to one senior each year who exhibits dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. After learning his essay had placed at the county and district levels of the DAR, Potter attended a Black’s Fort DAR meeting in January where he read his essay to the chapter’s members, and accepted a monetary award of $300 from the local chapter. “It’s a huge honor, and the money will help with college expenses,” said Potter, who plans to attend the College of William & Mary in the fall. Potter believes his service work in the school has molded him into a good citizen. Potter plays trumpet in the Patrick Henry Rebel Regiment Marching Band, and served a leadership role as brass captain this school year. A member of the Scholastic Bowl Team at his school this school year, he scored second among team members from Patrick Henry, Northwood, Honaker and Holston high schools. He currently is playing the role of the Cat in the school’s Dr. Seuss play, “Seussical the Musical” that opens Feb. 23. In his free time, he enjoys reading philosophy, theology, political and economic literature. Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Homecoming 2017
Congratulations to Sydney C. and Jarrett A. for raising the most money for PHHS Gives Back.
Also, congratulations to all of these leaders for raising over $5,500.00 for charities such as: Washington County Relay for Life, Ecumenical Faith in Action, Susan G. Komen, St. Judes and Cancer Institute of America.
Congratulations to Campbell B. and Rodah B.
for being voted "Homecoming King and Queen"
Patrick Henry High School sophomore, Carlee T., recently competed at the State Fair of Virginia in Doswell, Virginia which was held September 30th through October 2, 2016. Carlee competed against many exhibitors from all across Virginia for awards and scholarships.
She took five heifers with her and brought back many awards including Grand and Reserve Champion Simmental, Grand Champion Bred and Owned, Division Champion in Sim-Angus, and Reserve Division Champion in All Other Breeds with a Limousin. Her Grand Champion Simmental was chosen as Reserve Supreme which placed her with the second place heifer out of the entire show/fair. As a result of this award, Carlee received a $500 scholarship. Congratulations Carlee!
Students in Mrs. Woosley’s AP chemistry class conducted a single replacement reaction experiment. In the lab, students removed the water from a mass of copper (II) chloride dihydrate, made a solution of the resultant anhydrous solid, and displaced the copper from solution using aluminum metal.
The products included copper metal, which was then filtered from solution and dried. The students had to determine the formula of the hydrate from the data and determine percent error based on the stoichiometry of the reaction and the actual yield of the copper metal. This lab requires the demonstration of numerous techniques and skills and encompasses the entirety of the stoichiometry concept in chemistry. Now, if we could only figure out what to do with all that copper…..