Battle at the Fairgrounds Fundraiser for Wounded Warriors

A special fundraiser, “Battle at the Fairground” will be held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, VA on Sunday, August 26, 2012 to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Admission at the gate for adults is $20 and children (ages 6 to 13) $5.00.  One hundred percent of profits will go to the Wounded Warrior project. No outside food and drink allowed. Food will be sold by the Berryville Veterans of Foreign Wars.

WHAT: A variety of events will be held during the day to include:

  • Sanctioned MMA cage fight
  • Ring Girl contest
  • Ring guy contest
  • Car show
  • Bike show
  • Photo shoot
  • Bachelor / bachelorette auction
  • Live auction
  • Silent auction
  • Kids area


WHEN: Gates open to the public at 9 a.m. Check in time for car/bike show participants is 8 a.m.
WHERE: Clarke County Fairgrounds, 890 West Main Street Berryville, VA 22611
NEEDED:  donated items for the auctions are welcome. Please contact Tricia Nalls at 540-532-6913 if you have an item or monetary donation.


  • Sanctioned MMA cage fight   :  Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports.
  • Ring Girl contest: A contest similar to a beauty contest
  • Ring guy contest: A contest similar to a female beauty contest
  • Car show: Cars from all years’ makes and models are able to come and be shown to be judged
  • Bike show: Motorcycles from all year make and models are able to be judged
  • Photo shoot: Contestants of the car / bike show can have photos taken for a donation. Or the public may have photos taken with the contest winners or fight winners for a donation
  • bachelor / bachelorette auction  singles 18 years of age and up will be auctioned off to the crowd and then will be sent on a date that will be arranged at a later time.
  • Live auction: all items are donated
  • Silent auction: all items are donated
  • Kids area: activities for children (parents will be expected to supervise their own children)

Yard Sale and Ice Cream Social at St. Luke’s Baptist Church

Find some treasures and enjoy a sweet treat as the volunteers at St. Luke’s host a Yard Sale and Ice Cream Social at St. Luke’s Baptist Church.


When: July 28, Saturday
Yard Sale – 8:00-2:00
Ice Cream Social- 11:00-2:00

Where: St. Luke’s Baptist Church- 17 Liberty Street in Berryville
More information- call 955-2313
or Mrs. Maxwell- 955-5263

Foxcroft’s Miranda Raschid Named to Governor’s School for French

Miranda Raschid, a junior at Foxcroft School, has been selected to attend the prestigious Virginia Summer Governor’s Foreign Language Academy for French, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Wednesday.

A multi-sport athlete and honors student who was recently elected Student Head of School for next year, Raschid is one of fewer than 100 students in the entire state selected to participate in this prestigious program, a full-immersion residential experience that will be held at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA from June 23-July 14.

The Governor’s Foreign Language Academies are highly-selective institutes for gifted 10th and 11th-graders. Students must be nominated by their high school, which is allowed only one nomination, and are then selected based of a number of criteria. The academies offer an intensive experience and unique challenge for students who have excelled in language study to continue their study of that language in a total immersion environment.

Miranda is the daughter of Karen Lilly of Purcellville, VA, and Michael Raschid of Berryville.


Boyce Student Makes Dean’s List at American University

Caitlin Friess of Boyce, Virginia has been added to the Dean’s List for the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC for the Fall semester 2011.

Betz Receives PhD from Columbia University

Amy Betz, the 3rd of 10 children and first daughter of Jim & Robin Betz received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering   June 30.

Amy Betz has received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York

Betz’s doctorate was awarded from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. Her research focuses on cooling for electronic systems.

Amy enjoyed travelling to other countries as a visiting scholar and her research into pool boiling thermal energy, which she gained a world record for  with her team while attending CU. She received her  undergraduate, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Amy attributes much of her success to  participating in one of the first classes in Fairfax County to  offer the foreign language immersion elementary school program, where she learned Math & Science in Spanish. She also received her IB diploma after completing the program at Robinson High School.

Betz has accepted a faculty position in at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas  beginning early August.

The Betz family celebrated Amy’s accomplishment their Berryville, Virginia home on July 17 where everyone threw their “well wishes” for Amy into the empty well planter. One wish for Amy  was that this new chapter in her life will be the end of her rainbow. (And everyone thought the end of the rainbow was in Oz?)

Clarke County Student Named to NRCC President’s List

DUBLIN, VA — Spring semester student Gregory Strosnider has been honored for academic excellence at New River Community College.

To be placed on the President’s List, a student must have taken 12 college-level semester hours or more, attained a grade point average of 3.5 for any one semester, and earned a minimum of 20 semester hours at New River Community College.

New River Community College is located in Dublin and is one of the Commonwealth’s 23 community colleges.

William “Billy” Wallace Awarded Trumbower Memorial Scholarship

The 2011 Sarah P. Trumbower Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Clarke County High School senior William E. Wallace by the Clarke County Historical Association (CCHA).   The Association gives the $5,000 award annually to a deserving student who will be majoring in the fine arts at the university level.

The Trumbower Scholarship was established in 2004 to commemorate Sarah “Sally” Trumbower, who served as the CCHA President for 15 years and was a founder of the Art at the Mill show, now in its 21st year.   A portion of the proceeds from the semi-annual show helps fund the scholarship.

Since 2004, CCHA has awarded $28,750 in scholarship money through this fund.

Mr. Wallace was one of two exceptional candidates who applied for the scholarship.   He presented an in-depth scope of work, including watercolors, acrylics and wire sculpture, coupled with an infectious passion for art.

“I’ve been making art since I was a little kid,” Billy said.   “And I just try to have fun with every piece I do.”

Wallace’s enthusiasm was apparent in the very expressive pieces he presented to the selection committee.   He also displayed his work at the student art show, led by CCHS IB Art teacher Kathy Campbell and held at the Burwell-Morgan Mill late last month.

Wallace carries a 3.8 grade point average, was voted “Most Talented Senior” by his peers, works part-time at Costco, and has participated in track & field, soccer, and as a middle school art mentor.

Billy Wallace will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Art this fall where he plans to pursue a major in the Fine Arts and an additional certification in arts education.   He says he “will always make art, no matter what” and eventually would like to become a high school art teacher.

He  is the son of  Lorie and William Wallace of Berryville, Virginia.


Olivia Viza of Berryville Receives Outstanding Student Award from Radford University

RADFORD, Va. – Olivia Viza of Berryville, a senior at Radford University in Radford, Va., was among 13 undergraduate and graduate students receiving The Outstanding Student Award at the university’s recent 10th Annual Outstanding Student Awards ceremony.

The ceremony honored organizations and individuals for outstanding commitment and service to the university and community.

Radford University Vice President for Student Affairs Mark Shanley provided welcoming remarks and presented the Outstanding Student Awards. “What distinguishes you is your willingness to be active and be engaged,” Shanley told students. “You clearly are our best and brightest.”

Radford University is a comprehensive, mid-sized university located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia. Serving a student population of approximately 9,000, Radford features small class sizes and a strong service orientation on a beautiful 191-acre campus.

Boyce Resident Among Top One Percent of U.S. Students

Margaret Brown, a senior at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA, has been named a finalist in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Her selection from more than 1.55 million eligible students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2009 puts Brown among the top one percent of high school students in the country.   It also makes her eligible for the National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million that will be awarded to these academically-talented students this spring.

The daughter of Dr. Stuart and Ms. Kate Brown of Boyce, VA, Margaret was named a National Merit Semifinalist last fall based on her performance in the 2009 PSAT/NMSQT, which was taken by 3,063,087 high school students. She earned finalist status after demonstrating that she had an outstanding academic record throughout her four years at Foxcroft, by earning SAT scores that confirmed her performance on the PSATNMSQT, and being endorsed and recommended by School Head, Mary Louise Leipheimer.   Brown also submitted a detailed application, which included an essay and information about her participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Brown has proven to be an outstanding scholar who earned the rare honor of being inducted into Foxcroft’s Cum Laude Society last spring as a junior. She has also served in several school-wide leadership positions including dormitory prefect, club head, and spirit team officer.

Friess Accepted at American University

Caitlin Friess, a Clarke County High School senior, has been accepted to American University’s School of Communication in Washington DC