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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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Russell Jennings, Teacher of the year 2017The Fluvanna School Board meeting Wednesday (May 10) was chock full of good things – accomplished students, favorite teachers and staff and employee bonuses.

The Board voted unanimously to give a $400 bonus to all full-time employees of the 2016-17 school year who worked through May 19. Employees should expect to see the money in June.

Each building principal announced the teacher and support staff person of the year for their building.

Superintendent Chuck Winkler then announced who among them got the award for the whole district. Add a comment

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Chuck WinklerWhile Chuck Winkler isn’t new to Fluvanna, he is the new superintendent of the Fluvanna County Public Schools. Winkler came to Fluvanna nearly six years ago to serve as former Superintendent Gena Keller’s assistant. When Keller took a job with the state in January, Winkler stepped into the role as interim. On April 24 the School Board officially named him superintendent.

The Fluvanna Review sat down with Winkler to find out what he’s all about.

Tell us about one or two experiences you had in your youth that shaped who you are today.

I’d have to say scouting. I was involved in it early on and I became an Eagle Scout. Working with good leaders on morals and values affected me from then through today.

What was your Eagle Scout project?

I grew up in Buckhannon, W.Va., and we didn’t have a Salvation Army. I organized a community fundraiser to help the homeless and indigent. Buckhannon now has a Salvation Army. I won’t say it was because of what I did, but people did recognize the need.

Any other experience that shaped you?

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Charcoal drawing by Connor ReillyAt the annual Fluvanna County High School art show (May 6), a variety of art students emerged in different categories featuring some traditional mediums and more contemporary art forms. In past shows, judges from the Fluvanna Art Association saw more paintings, often picking a painting as Best in Show; but in the last few years, pencil and charcoal have been the winning mediums, showing the students’ solid grasp of anatomy and understanding of the medium itself.

Out of the over 100 students that participated this year, Reanna DeVarennes won for her pencil drawing of a child hugging an elderly veteran with the American flag as a backdrop. Not yet a senior, DeVarennes has been a rising star. She is not timid in her pencil work as some are, with washed out tones, but her use of strong contrast and flawless execution of detail is what made her piece stand out from the rest. She also won first in her category of pencil drawing.

It was a tough choice for the judges who also praised Connor Reilly’s charcoal/Conte crayon work which was striking in its sharp contrasts and dramatic appeal. Both captured their subjects’ emotions, highlighting their awareness and feeling. Add a comment

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7th grade artFor nearly 10 years, the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) has judged the Fluvanna Middle School art show. This year’s crop of students showed strength in creativity and imagination. There were multiple winners in several categories for grades five through seven.

It is evident in their work that art teacher Margie Kritzer fosters the seeds of creative thought and imagination before bogging her students down with limitations and precision. No one knows better than Kritzer that knowledge and skill will come when students are dedicated and train their eyes to see what is realistic in their environment, then learn to translate that through their chosen media.

A Fluvanna native, Kritzer has been teaching for 22 years. She said she misses her eighth graders, but has adapted to inspiring a much younger group of kids from fifth through seventh grades. She teaches them to see basics through color and shape while encouraging their artistry to take off and flourish. She believes in giving them the right tools for creation and grounding them in the fundamentals of art – but she makes it an adventure. Add a comment

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