The regular May Colonial Beach School Board meeting was filled with several award presentations.
Tamra Rucynski was presented by principal, Jennifer Grigsby, the Jefferson Book Award from the University of Virginia. Rucynski is a junior at Colonial Beach High School.
According to UVA’s website, “The Jefferson Book Award was established to recognize outstanding high school juniors or students in the next-to-graduating class who embrace creativity and innovation, and embody the spirit of discovery, much like the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. The student is a demonstrated citizen leader who works to improve their community locally or globally.”
Student Ava Reid was presented with awards at the local, district, and state level from the American Legion Post #148 by Tommy Edwards. Reid participated in an essay contest in which she took first place locally and in district 12 and then second place at the state level. Encouraged by teacher Sean Klaver to enter the contest, he was also presented with a certificate from Edwards.
The School Board presented an award of appreciation to Curtis Shipe who has been the job superintendent on the new elementary school. Shipe is moving on to a new job. In talking about how much time he spent with Shipe, Trivett compared it to a marriage, “It’s kind of like a divorce we’re getting ready to go through. We have spent many many hours together, even on weekends, making sure things are right.”
Elementary principal, Michelle Coates, in speaking of Shipes said, “I’m sad, but I’m kind of glad he’s leaving. I think he’s trying to take over my job.” During one tour of the new school, “The staff followed him(Shipe) like ducks.”