Matoaca’s seniors should keep seeking success

Bilal Sayar, son of Sharif and Anena Sayar, delivered the valedictory address to the Matoaca High School Class of 2010. With plans to study biomedical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall and a goal of being a neurosurgeon, Sayar gave advice about the future to the 412 seniors during the commencement exercises on Friday, June 11.

Top seniors encourage perseverance, self-awareness

Perseverance and knowing yourself were the messages from the top two seniors at L.C. Bird High School and The Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies. Salutatorian Kenneth Andrew Nicholson said there will be catastrophes in life, but the graduates need to persevere and make it through the hard times. “We can persevere,” he said.

GRADUATION: Seniors had a home at Community High School

Vanessa Santos, daughter of Armando and Clenentina Santos, glowed when she expressed her feelings about reaching the top of her class. As valedictorian for the Class of 2010 at Chesterfield Community High School, Santos told the 154 candidates on Saturday, June 12, that, “[Community] offered us, each of us, just what we needed.”

Bird teacher is CCPS Teacher of the Year

L.C. Bird High School’s Dr. Nancy Hoover was recently named the 2011 Teacher of the Year for Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Ecoff class goes nuts for reading

As a reward for reading more than 750 books, Marianne Lyon’s third-grade class at Ecoff Elementary School enjoyed lunch with a squirrel last week.

Class teaches students with autism the language of music

Chester resident Julia Boltz, a Richmond native who’d recently returned to the area from Norfolk, was scanning employment ads online when she came across one that caught her eye.

Police Blotter: June 16, 2010

ORIOLE AVE 6/06 Grindall Creek Park. Miscellaneous property was reported stolen from the victim’s unlocked, 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. A pressure washer was also missing from the victim’s yard.

Police seek woman who stole two area donation containers

Someone stole Muscular Dystrophy Association collection boxes from two area 7-Eleven stores, and the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program wants to help law enforcement identify the suspect.