Students in costume for a performance

CHS Highlights: March 2016

German students & film-makers

Congratulations to students in German 2 and 3,  who won 1st and 2nd place in the U.Va. German studies short film contest! Their films explored the local history of the Germanna Colonies and will be posted on the Germanna Foundation’s website.

art collage
Award-winning Paramount & Art Nouveau

Two seniors recently won art awards.  “Art Nouveau,” a comb by Sydney Saunders, won honorable mention in the southeast region of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. A painting of the Paramount Theater by Serena Meintzschel won 2nd place in the Virginia School Boards Association’s central region art contest.

Author, artist, & graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge offered a comics workshop to help ESOL students tell their immigration stories.

Talia Wiener

Kudos to Talia Wiener ’16, runner-up for Virginia’s High School Journalist of the Year.  At the March CCS School Board Meeting, Talia also presented a plan for adding student representation to the Board.  The plan was crafted by the CHS Student Council Association, on which Talia serves.

Students from CHS participated in a Special Olympics track meet for area schools held at Albemarle High School. The event was a celebration of achievement and community.

The CHS Concert Orchestra & String Ensemble once again earned straight superiors at district assessments!

Kejuan Shivers and Deandre Bryant

Athletic Honors:

  • Deandre Bryant and Kejuan Shivers will continue their academic and football careers in college at U.Va. and Averett, repectively.
  • Tariq Carrington earned the number 3 seed in the state indoor track meet’s 55-meter dash final.  He went on to place 6th in the race. In total, 6 CHS students qualified for the state meet.
  • Basketball: Tyreek Ragland was named to the Jefferson District boy’s team, while teammate Caleb Gage was Jeff District co-player of the year and was also named to the 1st team for Conference 23. Ragland and Jaylen Hudson were on the conference 2nd team. For girls, Jeff District honors went to Destinee McDonald, Daeja Wade, & co-player of the year, Alaijah Ragland. Girls Conference 23 honors went to McDonald & Ragland (1st team) and Wade & Kajesha Taylor (2nd team).  Finally, the regional team included Ragland (1st team) & McDonald (honorable mention).
Getting outside for gym and spring sports, whether it’s sunny or snowy.

Line NBC29CHS students organized their fourth annual “We Are the Line” vigil on the Downtown Mall to raise community awareness of violence against women.

CHS will be hosting a Cybercamp this summer to introduce students to the emerging field of cybersecurity.  The school won a state grant to develop the program. Stay tuned!

band on the run logoThe CHS band and cross country programs are organizing the first-ever “Band on the Run 5K,” set for May 7, starting and stopping at the high school’s Curtis E. Elder Track.

Jenna Warren served as the school’s rep on the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Youth Service Award Committee, which first learns about philanthropy and then selects a community organization to win their $10,000 grant.  They selected International Neighbors, a local nonprofit established by Jackson-Via ESOL teacher Kari Miller.

TheatreCHS offered five great performances of Aida, with a 130 students participating in the cast, pit orchestra, tech crew, and other roles.  For more pix, click here.

Aida Collage
Aida pictures courtesy Stephen Simalchik. More at

The Charlottesville Singers performed at Old Cabell Hall for the U.Va.’s celebration of  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the Knightengales sang as part of WinterSongs at Monticello High School, raising money to support SHE (Shelter for Help in Emergency).

Preparing for the Youth Summit of the Tom Tom Festival, 25 teams pitched their ideas for businesses or community-building at the competition to select CHS’s representatives in the community-wide teen competition.

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