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Board honors Battle of the Brains success

The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recognized the achievement of Fuqua School’s team competing in the 2019 Battle of the Brains. The recognition came during the board’s regular October meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8. County Administrator Wade Bartlett said during the meeting that the “Fuqua School Battle of the Brains team prevailed over the team from Thomas Dale High School in Richmond in the first round of this year’s Battle of the Brains competition. The team is coached by history teacher Dr. Katherine Blank … It should be noted that Thomas Dale High School has 2,307 students, and Fuqua has 105 in the high school.” Bartlett gave the floor briefly to Blank, who said of her team members, “I thought they did a fantastic job, especially since this is a year where we’re all learning. I’m new to Battle of the Brains coaching, and I’ve got a team full of sophomores, so I’m very proud that they did so well against a team that practices quite a bit and had a whole bunch of seniors.” Bartlett noted that the Fuqua team was set to compete Thursday, Oct. 10, against Hermitage High School in Richmond during the second round of the competition. Pictured at the board meeting are, from left, front row, Fuqua team members George Magnotti, Zachary Eason and Josh Huggard with Dr. Blank; back row, Prospect District Supervisor J. David Emert, Buffalo District Supervisor Llewellen “Llew” Gilliam Jr., in back, Hampden District Supervisor Dr. Odessa Pride, in front of Gilliam, Farmville 701 District Supervisor and Board Chairman Jim Wilck, Bartlett, Leigh District Supervisor and Board Vice Chairman Jerry R. Townsend, Farmville 801 District Supervisor Pattie Cooper-Jones and Farmville 101 District Supervisor Gene A. Southall. Fuqua team member not pictured is Hunter Melton.