Blacksburg High School’s Amanda Lowe named Virginia Volleyball Gatorade POY
In its 36th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Amanda Lowe of Blacksburg High School as its 2020-21 Gatorade Virginia Volleyball Player of the Year. Lowe is the first Gatorade Virginia Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Blacksburg High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Lowe as Virginia’s best high school volleyball player.
Nearly 75% of Blacksburg high students surveyed said they do not want 100% in-person learning
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Feeling left out of the school return conversation, two Blacksburg High School seniors collected their own data through an online survey. Looking for input, Lauren Collver and Molly McPherson asked students how they felt about leaving the hybrid learning model. After receiving nearly 270 responses in a few days, almost 75% said they do not want to switch to fully in-person learning. About 1,200 students attend the high school. Based on the written responses, Collver said most students are worried about switching so late in the year when the school year is almost over.
Montgomery County parents petition school board for earlier high school start date
BLACKSBURG, Va. A group of local parents concerned their kids wont be getting enough instructional time because of a delayed start to the school year is asking for community support in trying to get the school start date moved up. Blacksburg High School parents Kelly Stulce and Mike Fisher said with school starting on September 8, seniors will only get about half the instructional time for their AP courses before they have to take exams in May. Stulce, Fisher and others are working on a petition, but in the meantime they ask everybody to call or email Montgomery Countys School Board members and ask that high schools in the county start on Aug. 13My son is in four advanced placement and two dual enrollment classes and is very, very concerned, Fisher said. Its also a challenge balancing and trying to manage that increased workload with college application deadlines, scholarship deadlines, trying to prepare for the next phase of life, Stulce said. On Friday, 10 News reached out to the chair and vice chair of the school board, but did not get a response.
Whats News Today: COVID testing, Sprinkle Day
The New River Valley Public Health Task Force will hold a COVID-19 testing clinic today. The site will be set up at Blacksburg High School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will need an appointment. You can get a test between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Northside High School. Roanoke City Schools will answer your questions about reopening schools tonight. Center describes it as a tribute to the neighborhood. Theres a virtual meeting tonight at 6 p.m.
Whats News Today: COVID testing, greenway opens
ROANOKE, Va. There's a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the New River Valley today. The American Heart Association holds a webinar, looking at the impact of COVID-19 on Appalachian and rural communities. The association says people who live in these regions tend to be older and more likely to experience health issues. The Roanoke River Greenway and Mill Mountain Access Road will reopen today. The Kiwanis Club of Roanoke holds a groundbreaking today for a new playground.
Drive-thru coronavirus testing offered in New River Valley
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – A new drive-thru coronavirus testing site is now available in the New River Valley. On Tuesday, The Montgomery County Public Health Task Force opened the site at Blacksburg High School. The new drive-thru testing option also makes testing more easily available to people who might not have met the testing requirements beforehand. “This is one of many tools that we have in our toolbox in fighting coronavirus," Deese said. If you live in the New River Valley and have questions about coronavirus or if you think you need to be tested, call the New River Health District’s COVID-19 public health call center: 540-267-8240.
Montgomery County School Board votes in favor of allowing mental health sick days
BLACKSBURG, Va. - UPDATEMontgomery County School Board unanimously voted in favor of the proposed mental health policy on Tuesday night. Montgomery County School Board members could vote Tuesday night to allow students take days off school for mental health reasons. Some Blacksburg High School students led the push for change. They feel Montgomery County students should be able to have an excused absence for mental health reasons, just like when they're physically sick. They questioned if the move was because he shared mental health concerns with students, a reaction which helped jumpstart these efforts, they said.
Hundreds come to climate change demonstration at Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Hundreds of people gathered Friday at Virginia Tech to raise awareness about climate change. Blacksburg High School students chanted passionately as they walked to the Drillfield to join others for the event. "I think that it's really important that everyone is aware of what's going on and the urgency of the situation," Blacksburg High School senior Carson Hopkins said. "Every generation that they have to face head-on and that they have to fight together, and I think climate change is our issue," Blacksburg High School senior Christian Shushok said. Demonstration leaders feel Virginia Tech can be doing more to combat the problem, including using more renewable energy.
Mental health days may soon be a thing for students in Montgomery County
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Middle and high school students at Montgomery County Public Schools may soon be able to take a mental health day. It's all part of a new student driven program addressing the mental health needs of young adults. That's why Montgomery County School administrators and students want to make it easier, and less stigmatizing, to get mental health care. "In March, I felt as if there was a large injustice committed in our county," student Carson Hopkins said. The new mental health advisory committee will work to make students and families more aware of the services they can use.
Blacksburg High School turning to turf field by 2020
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 2018 season was quite the whirlwind for Blacksburg High School football: a new coach, an undefeated regular season, and a state semifinal appearance. With unplayable fields, the school decided to move its home games to Christiansburg High School, which has a turf field. "Anywhere you play, you're going to create memories, and so we have a lot of great memories from playing over there at Christiansburg High School. With the soggy spring this year, football wasn't the only sport affected by a poor playing field. "The synthetic artifical turf I think will be nice for a high school playing surface.