Herald News Briefs: Students make President’s List, Storm moves

Published 3:58 pm Thursday, January 11, 2024

Local students make President’s List 

It’s an accomplishment to make the President’s List at a college or university. To make that happen, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours and earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.9 or better. Pamplin resident Anna Elder was one of just 519 students to achieve that at Shenandoah University during the Fall 2023 semester.

Also achieving the feat was Elizabeth Matyus of Cumberland. The Herald learned about the achievements of both students this week, as Shenandoah released its lists. Now at Shenandoah, all President’s List honorees are also recognized on the university’s Dean’s List, reserved for students who earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher, so both students earned that achievement as well. 

Board names new Chair, Vice Chair

The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors went through somewhat of a changing of the guard during their Tuesday, Jan. 9 meeting. It’s customary at the first meeting of the year to choose the Chair and Vice Chair. This is done on a rotating basis, so that every member of the board gets to experience both roles at some point during their tenure. In 2023, the role of Chair fell to District 5 Supervisor Llewellen Gilliam. This time around, the Chair will be District 8 Supervisor Pattie Cooper-Jones, with District 1 Supervisor Harrison Jones serving as Vice Chair. 

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“Hopefully we have a prosperous and a Happy New Year,” Cooper-Jones said as she took her gavel and opened up the meeting. “And that the board will continue to strive in the manner that God has called us to do and that we can do things in his honor.” 

Meetings got moved

One of the things Tuesday’s multiple storms did was cause several early closings and cancellations. Meetings also got postponed. For example, the Prince Edward County School Board didn’t have their scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, as there was still concern of potential power outages due to high wind gusts. Instead, it’s been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. Cumberland County supervisors also postponed their meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday night. Now that’ll take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16. 

Some slight changes to counselor call 

The Town of Farmville Parks and Recreation Department have made some adjustments to their request for teen counselors. Parks and Rec need counselors for the 2024 Farmville Summer Day Camp program. 

As it stands, teens interested in serving as counselors must be at least 16 years old by the starting date of employment to be eligible. They also must be available to attend scheduled training sessions. To apply to be a counselor, an application will be available in February. Teens that are 14 and 15 years old are eligible to take part in the Counselor-In-Training program, to take place during Summer Camp. 

The Summer Day Camp program runs between seven to eight weeks and consists of field trips, physical activity, learning experiences, and socialization opportunities. Camp counselors aid in the supervision and guidance of campers during programming. Counselors also assist Parks and Recreation staff to facilitate activities and program evaluation to help improve the camp program for participants.

For additional information, please contact the Town of Farmville Parks and Recreation Department at (434) 391-1125 or Thomas Woodson at twoodson@farmvilleva.com.