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Sophia KershnerParents
Nicholas and Michelle Kershner

Destination after high school
University of Virginia

Plan of study
Pre-Med: Chemistry

Dual enrollment/AP credits
33 with six pending   

Achievements:
14 Academic Excellence Awards
National I Dare You! Leadership Award
William and Mary Leadership Award
AP Scholar Award
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Eva McGeheeParents
Theresa Carroll and Overton McGehee

Destination after high school
Georgetown University

Plan of study
I’m interested in art history, American studies, politics and women’s studies. I’m excited to explore all of the options.

Dual enrollment/AP credits
36 with nine pending   

Achievements:   
National AP Scholar Award
AP Scholar with Distinction
Commended National Merit recognition

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Fluvanna County High School celebrated the graduation of 273 students of the Class of 2017 Saturday (May 20) at the Phil Browning Stadium in the R.J. Searcy Sports Complex. Graduation 2017

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The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night (May 17) to move forward with a fiber network project that will benefit both the school system and county government.
The fiber project will connect key school spots, including the Abrams building, the School Board office and the bus garage, onto the same network. The schools are under a federal requirement to up their bandwidth by 2020.

This project will result in fiber being laid near key county buildings. In some cases, the fiber will cross in front of county building entrance roads. For this reason, the county can piggyback onto the project at a tremendously lower cost than if it undertook a fiber connectivity project on its own.

Supervisors therefore decided to connect the library, sheriff’s office, county administration building, Palmyra fire station, and social services building.

Money from a federal program known as E-rate and from the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) may help to significantly lower the cost of this project. Josh Gifford, IT director for the schools, estimated that the project has an 80 percent chance of securing those funds. It may take a year or more to learn whether the project was approved for E-rate and VPSA rebates, Gifford said.

Without any rebate, the total cost of the school project is $440,000. If the E-rate and VSPA dollars come through, the cost will plummet to $88,000.

Last December supervisors approved a $430,222 carryover of unspent fiscal year 2016 (FY16) school funds to the FY17 capital improvements plan (CIP) and earmarked it for the fiber network project.

The December price tag was an estimate as the project had not yet gone out for bid. Supervisors voted 4-0 Wednesday night (Chairman Mike Sheridan absent) to allocate a supplemental appropriation of $9,778 to fully finance the project.

They also voted 4-0 to approve a transfer of $43,500 from unassigned fund balance to the FY17 CIP for the county fiber network project.

Owning its own fiber will allow the county to cut the amount it pays for internet to the tune of $24,000 a year, according to information presented at a Jan. 18 meeting. The project will therefore pay for itself in less than two years, and additional savings will continue to accrue.

The library portion of the project is eligible for E-rate dollars. If that money comes through, the cost of the county project will decrease to $36,900.

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Questions about the community pool and food service dominated a candidates’ forum hosted by the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Wednesday night (May 17) at the new Fairway Clubhouse.
LMOA Board President Rich Barringer, Secretary Tom Braithwaite, and Director Bing Spitler are running unopposed for new three-year terms.

Barringer voiced “extreme disappointment” that “we couldn’t get three people together to run for the Board.” Their reelection bids were rooted primarily in ongoing projects they want to see through to completion.

“I think the last two or three years have been pretty exciting years here,” said Barringer.

With the clubhouse renovations now complete, each candidate listed off multiple goals for the next three years and beyond: walking trails, changes to the marina, continued upgrades to the playground and beaches, expansion of the dredging program, and reviews of staffing procedures and safety protocols.  

“And I’ve always wanted a zip-line,” Spitler joked, “but I’ve been told not to bring it up.” Add a comment

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