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Robohawks ready for regionals

At competitions where L.C. Bird High School’s Robohawks are in play, the fans come out fired up and in face paint. It’s crazy, fun, exhausting and hectic, one participant said, but it’s not football, baseball or basketball.

Chester native to manage college radio station

Oliver Lukas Timmer, a sophomore at Hampden-Sydney College, has been elected general manager of the student-operated radio station WWHS-FM 92.1, according to information from the school.

Area VT alumni offer five scholarships

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association’s Richmond Chapter is offering five $2,000 scholarships that will be awarded to worthy high school seniors in the Richmond area – including the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Powhatan, Goochland, New Kent and Charles City – who are enrolling at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2010, according to information from the chapter.

Host a student, or send one to study abroad

Hosting an exchange student can be a rewarding experience, and having a high school student study abroad is the experience of a lifetime, says Becky Bell, local coordinator for the Council on International Educational Exchange.

Students craft winning cruiser

A group of fourth graders from Salem Church Elementary School took second place in the 2010 State-Wide Boat Design Competition, according to information from Samantha Webster. The Virginia Children’s Engineering Council held the state-wide boat design competition on Feb. 25 in Midlothian.

Remembering Mrs. Gregory

Veteran L.C. Bird High School music teacher and choral director Margaret F. Gregory died suddenly on March 1. In the days since her passing, nearly 1,600 people have joined a group created in her memory on a popular social networking site, and hundreds of messages of love, sorrow and support have been shared. The Village News invited members of the community to share their stories of how Mrs. Gregory touched their lives.

Chester Middle students prepare for final show

At Chester Middle School, a sign just outside drama teacher Martha Stanley’s door echoes the enthusiasm of her students: “Welcome!!! It’s time to create awesome pieces of theatre!” The students’ affection for their task was obvious last week, as they warmed up by doing the Hokey Pokey and hustled to get into costume and rehearse their next show, Getting to Know … Once Upon a Mattress.

Reminiscence: Half a century at C. E. Curtis Elementary School

Chester Elementary School couldn’t be finished fast enough. In 1959, leading up to the opening of a new school building on West Hundred Road, elementary students living in Chester were attending class in unorthodox settings.