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AHS Post Grad Wins State Culinary Competition

On Saturday, April 5th, 2014, Olivia Price, a 2013 graduate of Alleghany High School and postgraduate student at JRTC, won the state culinary competition for Skills USA. Graduates can compete along side of high school students.

There are multiple categories, and Olivia specialized in garde manger, which is working with cold food. She made a club sandwich, a couple salads following a specific recipe, and a composed dessert.

Contestants are judged on sanitation, on how well they perform under pressure, and on the techniques they use.

Olivia is the first state champion Chef Tom has ever taught. “This was the first state champion I’ve had in any event, the first gold medalist in the nine years I’ve been doing it. I’m extremely proud of her for that,” said Chef Tom.

Though a graduate, she is still very connected with the school, spending first block in Mrs. Hartsfield’s class, second block as a volunteer class assistant in Chef Tom’s culinary class and third block finishing her third year of culinary arts at JRTC. She also completed Servsafe, which is a nationally accredited food safety and sanitation course.

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Boys Soccer Team Wins Vs. James River

The boys’ varsity soccer team won against James River on Wednesday, April
9th, 2014. The score was three to zero with goals scored by Milliyon Fesseha, Levi Seay,
and Logan Holley. “I felt we played really well as a team, we passed really well. That was
the first time that we’ve ever actually worked as a team, so it was good,” said Holley.

With an early season record of 2-2, the team agrees it still has room for improvement. One area
that multiple team members agreed needs improvement is passing. “I made a couple bad
passes in the first half,” said Adam Zierler. Another area in need of improvement is
shooting. “[The team needs to be] taking more shots,” said Fesseha.

The boys soccer team plays away on Friday, at William Fleming. “I’m a little bit
nervous; we’re playing a pretty big school, and they have a pretty good soccer program,”
said Seay.

Players on the team agree that larger, more supportive crowds at home games
would boost team spirit. “The more support you have, the harder you play,” said Zierler.
Holley echoed Zierler, saying he would like a crowd, “especially a student section.”

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VHSL Student Leadership Conference


This weekend a group of eight students, accompanied by assistant principal Mrs. Easton and guidance counselor Mr. Edwards, traveled to Virginia Beach for the annual VHSL Student Leadership Conference. Throughout the weekend these students were able to meet and exchange ideas with student leaders from around the state. “It was an awesome experience getting to know [students from] other schools that were completely different than us. We all need improvement in our leadership skills and this conference helped me be more determined to make our school high spirited,” said Levi Seay. “They showed and explained to me how they are able to maintain school spirit through various ways I never thought of,” said Adam Livesay.

The conference itself was composed of pep rallies, keynote speakers, specialized sessions, group idea sharing, and ended with a community service project that included making tissue paper flowers for St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. Upon returning home the group is hoping to implement what they learned at the conference in being stronger school leaders. “Sometimes when you are looking for change, you have to start with a small group, and take it one step at a time,” said Brooke Brackenridge.

Each student would also like to thank Mr. Vaughan, Mrs. Easton, and Mr. Edwards for everything they did in providing this opportunity!

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Youth for Understanding & U.S. State Dept. recognize AHS

c2c medallionWeb Banner250x250_pp01YFU president and CEO Michael Hill recently notified Mr. Vaughan that AHS
had been selected as a C2C Medallion school.

In the letter accompanying the award, Hill said:

“We are so thankful for your dedication and support of international education. Schools like yours are essential to making high school intercultural exchange a success.”

“The US Department of State’s C2C Medallion program was created to recognize US high schools for their commitment to bringing a global perspective into their classrooms through international scholarship exchange students.”

“By welcoming an exchange student into your school, you have helped them deepen their understanding of the US while also enriching your classrooms. When students and faculty are provided the opportunity to learn about a new culture and customs while sharing their own, they’re learning that there’s more to the story than what they watch on the news and read in their books.”

“YFU and the US Department of State applaud and appreciate your school’s partnership in making global diplomacy a priority in the education of our future leaders.”

AHS has three foreign exchange students this year:  Marike Johannsen, Blessing Ogbu & Janewit “Oak” Yongrattanakit

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Pride of the Mounties


Alleghany High School has awarded the Pride of the Mounties to two students. The award is given to a student that demonstrates the pillars of Character Counts. Ashland Barber (left) is a sophomore at AHS. She is the daughter of Ingrid and Randall Barber. She is a member of the Key Club, the Varsity Club and takes part in varsity Cheerleading and Competition Cheerleading. Wyatt Tucker (right) is a freshman at AHS. He is the son of Chris and Missy Tucker. He takes part in the marching band, and the wind ensemble, and he runs indoor track at AHS.

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2014-15 Program of Studies

AHS has published the Program_of_Studies  for the 2014-15 school year. The Program of Studies contains a listing of all course offerings at AHS, JRTC, DSLCC’s Dual Enrollment courses, and Jackson River Governor’s School. Graduation requirements are also included.

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News on Parent-Teacher Conferences from Mr. Vaughan

 March 19, 2014

Dear Parents,

Due to the inclement weather and the need to close schools on Monday, March 17, 2014, parent/teacher conferences were not held. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they would like to meet with teachers. A time will be arranged so that any parent wishing a conference with teachers will be able to have one.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  Thank you for your support.


Fred C. Vaughan



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