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Beloved student-driven event raises funds for area food banks by sharing a soup dinner in bowls hand-made by our ceramics classes

On Friday, March 10th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Highland students will be hosting their annual Empty Bowls event to raise money for local food shelters. There will be live music and ceramics bowls handmade by students available for purchase between $10-20. Guests will be able to eat unlimited soup in their bowl and take it home with them. 

There will also be a silent auction for six high quality bowls starting at $20 with a minimum $2 bid increment. After the dinner, there will also be a performance of The Mikado in the Rice Theater by the Highland Players, which we greatly encourage everyone to stay for. We hope to see everyone come out to help support this amazing event!

Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten 2 to Grade 12 programs at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Join us on Sunday, March 5 at 1:00pm
Join us on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:00pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Winter Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:00pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School musical 'The Mikado' on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today!

At Highland School, we can customize the cost of your student's education based on your family's ability to pay. Introducing Indexed Tuition.

At Highland School, we can customize your tuition based on your family's ability to pay. Introducing 'Indexed Tuition' at Highland School.

Managing the cost of tuition is a consideration for every family interested in an independent school education. To help, we use an easy and accessible approach called "Indexed Tuition" that bases tuition on how much a family can contribute toward its child's tuition. 

As a school rooted in community, we are determined to make a Highland School education accessible to students and families from a wider range of economic backgrounds. To achieve this, families pay a tuition that is tailored to their income.

Whether your family qualifies for indexed tuition or a student receives a merit scholarship, our goal is to ensure that every qualified candidate from Kindergarten to Grade 12 has access to the Highland School experience. In fact, we awarded more than $2.5 million in grants and scholarships to new and returning students last year.

Read more about all the ways we can help you afford a Highland education for your student!

Our Founder's and Piedmont Merit Scholarship programs are intended to recognize and reward top-performing students entering Highland's Upper School. Learn more about all the details, including detailed checklists, in this article

As part of our efforts to make a Highland School education available to a wider range of students and families, we offer two merit scholarship programs open to rising 9th grade students. These programs are our Founder's Scholarship and our Piedmont Scholarship.

Founder's Scholarship
Highland's Founder’s Scholarship program is intended to attract and retain students of exceptional intelligence who possess the highest qualities of leadership, character and citizenship. Through a highly selective process, we seek to identify students with great promise at the beginning of their high school careers so that we may nurture their talents and allow the school to benefit from their attendance. We know that extraordinary individuals have a deep and lasting impact on the entire community. As a result we award merit-based grants to enable talented students to attend Highland. Founder’s Scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to rising Grade 9 students.

Founder’s Scholars at Highland are actors, musicians, athletes, student government officers, Prefect Board members, student hosts and ambassadors. The common bond among them is their drive and determination to achieve academic excellence. They are leaders who play a large role in shaping the culture of our school. 

Click here to download complete details on our Founder's Scholarship program

Click here for our Founder's Scholarship timeline

Piedmont Scholarship 
The purpose of the Piedmont Scholarship Program, established in 2012, is to attract new students of exceptional talents to the Highland Upper School.

The merit-based program, initiated by generous donors, seeks to enroll students who possess the ability to make a meaningful and significant contribution to the quality of school life.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a passion and excellence in academic performance, extra-curricular activities, leadership, and/or community service.

Click here for complete details on our Piedmont Scholarship program

While excellence in athletics is not a criterion for consideration or selection under the Piedmont Scholars Program, students with a strong record of athletic participation along with their record of academic excellence, leadership and extra-curricular excellence are welcome candidates.

Read more about our Merit-Based Scholarship programs here



Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten 2 to Grade 12 programs at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Join us on Sunday, March 6 at 1:00pm
Join us on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 1:30pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Fall Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:30pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School play on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today!

 

Butterflies are huge in Highland's Lower School! In September, first- and second-grade students visited Airlie to look for butterfly eggs and caterpillars.

In September, Lower School students went to Airlie to look for Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars, which feed on local milkweed plants. Check out the full article and image gallery on FauquierNow.com

 

The Class of 2017 recently headed to the Shenandoah Mountains for a few days of canoeing, hiking and class bonding. FauquierNOW joined them for insight into their experiential educational trip. Read the full article...

The Class of 2017 recently headed to the Shenandoah Mountains for a few days of canoeing, hiking, and class bonding.  FauquierNOW.com joined them for insight into their experiential educational trip.  Read the full article...

We're asking for the support of Highland's lacrosse families to host a reception at Highland on Monday, August 8 immediately after the burial, which will take place at 11:30am at Stonewall Memory Garden in Manassas.

Lacrosse families,

In this very difficult time, I want to thank you for your continued support of the Helmick family. Monday night’s event at Highland was very touching and the outpouring of shared stories and reflections really touched Kristy, the girls and her family. In addition, I felt that it was therapeutic for our lax players as well.

I spoke to Kristy yesterday to discuss funeral arrangements, especially the post-burial reception that will be held in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. With everything that she has to deal with and to remove the pressure of this event from the family, Briar and I have taken the lead in planning a wonderful reception for Kevin’s family, friends and players.

We thought that the best place to start our planning would be with our lacrosse families. The expected attendance for Monday morning’s funeral and reception is in the neighborhood of 300 people. The Blue/Gold Club is going to donate money for centerpiece decorations and food. The greatest portion of food will need to be obtained through family donations. We are asking each lacrosse family to prepare a lunch food item that will serve 10–15 people and/or you may choose to donate money instead.

All donated money would come directly to Briar and she will purchase the proper items to supplement the prepared food. Any leftover money will be given directly to Kristy. Briar will also take the lead to coordinate the menu (sandwiches, entrees, appetizers, desserts, etc.)

If you plan to prepare a dish, please e-mail Briar to let her know what you are planning to bring. Dishes can be dropped off to the lobby Monday morning from 9:00am–noon. Please complete the following information so that Briar will have an accurate assessment of items collected.

Name: __________

Food Item: __________

Drop off time: __________

Money: __________

Please make checks payable to Blue/Gold Club *Checks may be given to Angie at the US front office this week or you may give them to Briar on Monday.

Additionally, I would also like to have our entire boys lacrosse team wear their home white jerseys and sit together as a team for the ceremony at Moser and Stonewall on Monday. Coach Kraut will have game jerseys in the parking lot of Moser Funeral Home on Monday morning at 9:00am. In keeping with Coach Helmick’s goal of everyone being properly uniformed, I would also ask all players to wear khaki pants.

Again, thank you in advance for going the extra mile to help the Helmicks through this event and we look forward to hearing back from you very soon. If you have any questions regarding this e-mail, please contact Briar or me at any time.

Gary and Briar Leake

Our Highland School community generated 413 unique gifts for a total of nearly $100,000 to earn the top gift from event organizers. Also, our May Madness winners helped increase participation in all divisions.

Thank you for the tremendous response to the Give Local Piedmont (GLP) effort on May 3 and 4!  We appreciate your support, generosity, and patience as we’ve worked to raise awareness and encourage participation in this important fundraising effort. The dedication of our school community was undeniably on display during the last 48 hours of GLP, as so many pitched in to take Highland to the top of the Leaderboard. 

We are pleased to be able to officially announce Highland as the winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize for highest total gifts (413). We are most humbled by the generosity of our donors demonstrated in both total gifts and total amount raised ($97,968.)  Each gift and dollar supports the incredible programs offered by Highland, and the excellent teachers and staff who facilitate them.

Additionally, we’re happy to announce the winners of the May Madness challenge and Popsicle Parties. Grades competed within brackets to see who could accumulate the highest points per student average during Give Local Piedmont:

  • The Village: Kindergarten

  • Lower: Grade 4.  We will also award Grade 3 for being the first class to reach 100% participation!

  • Middle: Grade 8

  • Upper: Grade 9

We are very grateful to the GLP Presenting Sponsors: Northern Piedmont Community Foundation (NPCF) and PATH Foundation.  NPCF facilitated this community-wide day of giving to the benefit of Highland and many other community organizations, working tirelessly behind the scenes before, during and after to provide this important fundraising platform.  The PATH Foundation generously provided $100,000 in matching bonus dollars.  Additionally, PATH sponsored a program designed to engage students in philanthropic-mindedness about their community, enabling each Highland Senior to choose a community organization to receive $25.   

Thank you, again!

Questions? Megan Catalfamo, mcatalfamo@highlandschool.org

Lots of great new Summer Programs offered at Highland School for 2016! Camps focused on academics, athletics, arts, and enrichment for students from Pre-K2 to Grade 12.

This year, Highland School is offering a completely new and reimagined slate of summer programs for students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade that are fun, safe, and educational. Our camps provide enriching, challenging and fun activities that incorporate a wide variety of developmentally-appropriate activities, including free play and outdoor time for our younger campers.

We create and foster a choice-oriented and child-centered program while maintaining a healthy, caring and relaxed atmosphere. And remember, you don't have to attend Highland School to take part in our great camps, enrichment, and college preparation programs. Click here to learn more about the camps we'll be offering for the summer of 2016.

Do you have questions about any of our camp, enrichment, or college-preparation classes offered for the summer of 2016? Please contact our Summer Camp Director Maureen Sidor via email to summerprograms@highlandschool.org or call 540-270-7092.

Are you ready to sign up for our summer camps, enrichment programs, or college-preparation classes? Click here to register for any of our 2016 summer programs today.

Charitable fund makes four grants totaling $30,000 to environmental organizations to mark the 46th anniversary of Earth Day


In honor of Highland alum Finley Broaddus '14, her 'Green Leap Forward' Fund announced four new grants to deserving environmental organizations. To celebrate Earth Day, these three grants are:

In all, the grants total $30,000. Click here to read more! 

 

At this year's Upper School Poetry Slam, more than 25 students got up on stage and put themselves on display.
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Here are the results from the 2016 Poetry Slam:
Best Original Piece – Kieran Kirk
Best Rendition – Mr. Didok / Mary Lib Minter
Best Performance / Best In Show – Georgia Scarborough
Best Group Performance – Phillip Sass & Martin Moreno
Best Foreign Language Piece – Jacob & Julia Daum
Best Delivery – Addie Norden
Most Poignant – Jaymen Tucker

On Saturday, April 16, Highland students and families participated in a range of service projects both on campus and around Fauquier County.

Numerous students, parents, and teachers volunteered on six different projects for Highland's tenth annual Family Service Day on Saturday, April 16. Off campus, volunteers assisted clients with food boxes at the Fauquier Food Distribution Coalition, helped Special Olympics athletes practice for their track and field meet, planted trees with the American Chestnut Foundation, and offered basic supplies and friendly conversation to families living in low rent motels via The Dignity Project.

On campus, volunteers revitalized Finley’s Garden with a fresh load of compost to prepare it for fall planting. Afterwards, they worked to weed and freshen the Lower School garden and planters. Our youngest volunteers enjoyed designing two fairy gardens.

Inside the Chilton Commons, the Enkijape Rummage Sale raised $5,200 for our sister school in Kenya. It was wonderful to have Jeremiah Solonka, Highland’s first Enkijape scholarship recipient, there to greet shoppers and tell his story. We are grateful to the many volunteers who shared their time, energy and talents to improve our school, local, and global community.  

We are especially grateful to our adult and student volunteer project coordinators and liaisons including Ann, Isabella and Lilly Martin, and Jen and Georgia Scarborough (Enkijape Rummage Sale), Mary Chrisinger, Lise Hicklin, Amudha Mahendiran, Molly Ayres, and Maddie Schmidtmann (Lower School garden), The entire Mayer Family: Bryan, Laurie, Brandon, Justin, Rylie, and Carson, and Reed Morris (Special Olympics), Kit Harmon and Taylor Welch (Food Distribution), Leslie Ziegler, Katie Clifford, and Julia Massimiamo (Chestnut Planting)  and Mallory Bryan (The Dignity Project.)

Visit the Highland Key Club Facebook page for more photos from the day. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10153681759090819&type=1

Experienced NCAA basketball coach Joe Harrington will run clinics for boys and girls from grades 6-9 on Saturday mornings from April 16 through April 30. Contact Gary Leake to sign up today


Coach Harrington has recently moved to Fauquier County and is currently offering private training for local middle and upper schools. Coach Harrington has an extensive basketball background and he will be sharing his knowledge with Highland School student athletes! Coach Harrington is the former head coach at Hofstra, Long Beach State, Colorado and George Mason University. In addition, he has been an assistant coach at Maryland and he assisted with Coach Mike Krzyzewski for the USA Basketball team! He also has NBA coaching experience! 

Program Information:

Dates: Saturday Mornings   April 16, 23 and 30

Grades: Boys and Girls Grades 6 – 9

Times: Girls 9:00 – 10:30 Boys 10:30 – Noon

Payment: $25.00 per session of attendance

Checks: payable to:  Joe Harrington Basketball Clinics

Location: Highland Upper School Gym

To register or to receive more information, please email Coach Harrington at: coachjoeharrington@yahoo.com or Gary Leake at: gleake@highlandschool.org

This is an excellent opportunity for Highland’s basketball players to receive high level training at an affordable price. Training sessions are open to players of all abilities.

Please join us for Highland's annual Empty Bowls soup dinner sponsored by Highland's Key Club and ceramics students.



Benefit Dinner Sponsored by Highland Key Club, Ceramics Classes
The Empty Bowls Soup Dinner from 5:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday, March 11 in the lobby of the Highland Center for the Arts is an annual benefit dinner sponsored by Highland Key Club and ceramics students to combat hunger in our local community. All year long, students in ceramics classes make bowls in preparation for this event. Guests choose a bowl, handmade by Highland ceramics students, and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread donated by local restaurants in their handmade bowls. The bowl is yours to keep as a reminder that every day there are empty bowls in the world.

Soups Generously Provided by Area Restaurants, Businesses
There is a suggested donation of $10. Proceeds benefit three local emergency food programs: The Fauquier Food Bank, The Fauquier Food Distribution Coalition, and FISH.  The dinner precedes Highland’s spring musical performance of Brigadoon (tickets sold separately at the kiosk.) A wide variety of delicious soups will be provided by area restaurants including: 

• Black Bear Bistro
• Claire’s at the Depot

• Harris Teater
• Hidden Julles
• Hunan Restaurant
• McMahon’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
• Molly’s Irish Pub
• The Natural Marketplace
• The New Bridge
• Safeway
• Sunny Hills American Grill

After your meal, stay for the Highland Players' production of 'Brigadoon' in The Rice Theater. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for students. 

 

For the first time ever, we're opening an online 'Fan Zone' featuring custom-embroidered Highland apparel by Nike and Under Armour. Check out the jackets, pullovers, and polos chosen specifically for parents, alumni, and students.

Highland Introduces New 'Fan Zone'
Did you see the Fan Zone at the DAC Championship basketball game in February? Well, our all-new team store for parents, alumni, and fans with great gear by Nike and Under Armour is now online. Here's the link:

Access code: hawks9VG

If you've ordered from one of our team stores for your student-athletes, it's the same process. However, our new 'Fan Zone' is packed with apparel chosen specifically for parents, alumni, and fans – and all items are up to 25% off normal retail prices. The site is managed for Highland School by BSN Sports, a supplier of high-quality athletic gear to top colleges, universities, and independent schools throughout the United States.

Your order must be placed by March 16 and will be delivered in early April. Click here to download the flyer.

 

 

Performances at two meets exceeds expectations at conference and state level.

This February, Highland’s boys and girls swim teams had a big two weeks. On February 13, the teams participated in the end-of-season Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) championships hosted by Saint Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg. From February 18-20, a record eight Highland swimmers qualified to swim at the VISAA state meet.

Delaney Athletic Conference Championships February 13, 2016
The meet was a success for Highland swimmers as the boys team, led by senior Caleb McGuire ‘16, finished in fifth place overall. This represented an improvement of three spots from last year’s DAC championships The girls team, led by senior Reni Moshos ‘16, finished fourth overall moving up one spot from the 2015 season.  

Overall, our swimmers turned in season-best times in nearly 70% of the events in the meet. Medal winners for the meet were:

• Cameron Smith – two Gold medals in 200 Individual Medley and 100 Backstroke

• Caleb McGuire – two Bronze medals in 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle

• Cameron Smith, Evan Crowne, Preston Mulford and Caleb McGuire – medaled in the Boys 400 Free Relay

• Reni Moshos – two Gold medals in 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly

• Girls 200 Free Relay Reni Moshos, Carolyn Treuting, Georgia Scarborough and Brooke Landers

Additionally, Caleb McGuire qualified for states in the 100 Freestyle and Georgia Scarborough qualified for states in the 50 Freestyle bonus event. Reni Moshos was named female swimmer of the meet. Congratulations to all Highland swimmers for all their efforts and successes!

VISAA State Championship Meet February 19-20, 2016
From February 18-20, eight Highland swimmers with qualifying times attended the three-day 2016 VISAA State Swimming and Diving Championship at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg.

On Thursday, the environment in the aquatic center was electric. The teams fed off that energy to turn many of their best times of the season. As the first day results were tabulated, the boys team was in twentieth place overall and the girls were in 14th place.  

Here are some of the highlights from the first day of the VISAA State Championships:  

• The girls 200 Medley Relay team of Reni Moshos, Georgia Scarborough, Brooke Landers and Carolyn Treuting dropped a massive 5.80 seconds off their previous best time.

• The boys 200 Medley Relay team of Preston Mulford, Caleb Mcguire, Cameron Smith and Evan Crowne dropped 2.10 seconds off their previous best time.

• Caleb McGuire swam his fastest ever 200 Freestyle and dropped 5.69 seconds off his previous best time.

• In the 200 Freestyle, Cameron Smith maintained his 14th place overall seed and came back to swim the consolation final where he improved his seed by two spots and took 12th place overall.

• Reni Moshos was the first place qualifier in the 200 Individual Medley and came back for the main event that night to take the gold medal in VISAA record breaking time. She broke her own state record from last year and swam her fastest time ever at 1:59.82. Reni is one of only a few 17 year old swimmers to break the 2 minute mark in that event.

• Georgia Scarborough dropped 1.12 seconds in the 50 Free finishing up in 23rd place in the bonus event.

• Brooke Landers swam an almost identical time as her seed time and finished in 30th place in the bonus event.

• Preston Mulford dropped 1.19 seconds in the 50 Free finishing up in 15th place in the bonus event.

Day 2 of the VISAA State Championships
The second day of the State competition continued on with the same energy and great results for Highland’s swimmers. Senior Reni Moshos ‘16 completed her high school career with another state title and another state record – for a total of six state titles in her five years as a varsity swimmer (Moshos swam the varsity team as an 8th grader). This time, Reni captured the 100 backstroke in VISAA record time.

The girls relay team of Reni Moshos, Carolyn Treuting, Georgia Scarborough, and Brooke Landers outswam expectations by dropping nearly five seconds and made it back to finals where they scored a much-needed two points for the team’s overall score.

Those two point from the relay team along with Reni's 2 first place finishes earned Highland a total of 42 points for the meet.  That total earned the Hawks a hard-fought runner up spot in the Division II competition. Overall, Highland’s girls team finished 15 out of 36 teams.

Girls VISAA Division II Overall Results:

1. Hampton Roads Academy

2. Highland School

3. Seton School

4. Trinity Christian School

5. Millwood School 

Highland’s boys team also shined during the day by swimming personal best times in every event of the day. Senior Caleb McGuire ‘16 swam a best time by dropping 1.34 seconds in his individual 100 Freestyle event. Cameron Smith swam another best time in the 100 Back and then came back in the finals to drop more time finally finishing in 12th place overall earning another 5 points for the boys. The 400 Freestyle Relay team of Cameron Smith, Evan Crowne, Preston Mulford and Caleb McGuire had the swim of the meet for the HAWKS and dropped an amazing 11.83 seconds and coming in 17th place overall. 

Overall, Highland finished 22 out of 40 teams competing at the event:

Boys VISAA Division II Overall Results: 

1. Hampton Roads Academy

2. Fredericksburg Christian

3. Trinity Christian School

4. Steward School

5. Saint Michaels

6. Highland Hawks

Special thanks to Highland’s swim team coaches Rich Landers and Ross Malinow, who compiled the results for this report. For more about Highland’s athletics programs, please visit www.highlandschool.org/athletics.

 

 

 

Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn about our Pre-Kindergarten 2 to Grade 12 programs at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 6, 2016.


Join us on Sunday, March 6 at 1:00pm
Join us on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 1:00pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Winter Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:00pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School play on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today! 

 

 

MC Treuting '15 attended a Capitol Hill event with current Highland students to receive award for 'Tan Less Shine More' initiative she launched in 2015.


Treuting recognized at cancer event on Capitol Hill
On February 4, Mary Catherine 'MC' Treuting ’15 was recognized at National Cancer Prevention Day on Capitol Hill for her initiative, Tan Less Shine More, which discourages teens from using tanning beds. Ms. Treuting attended the event last year with her Highland classmates and was inspired to take action after hearing from Dr. John D. Groopman, researcher and professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, about the health risks of tanning bed use, particularly for teens. Highland School was also recognized for its efforts to engage students in this cause.


Highland's Social Justice class in attendance 
The awards were presented by Dr. Tom Sherman, Chairman, and Mr. Bill Couzens, Founder and President of Next Generations Choices Foundation, which is also known as Less Cancer. Social Justice class students heard several notable scientists, public policy advocates, and congressional representatives including Congressmen Dent (PA), Israel (NY), Murphy (PA), and Congresswoman Dingell (MI), Dr. Graham Colditz, Associate Director of Prevention and Control at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and award-winning documentary film artist, Meghan O’Hara. Students identified several avenues and platforms for influencing policy-making, public awareness, and funding priorities.

Click here for video of the speakers’ remarks:

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCl7MB1oj29spCIKmCjQoLvQ

To learn more about National Cancer Prevention Day, visit www.LessCancer.org.


 

 

Celebrating twenty years at Highland in 2016, Coach Leake is recognized by Virginia's largest athletic organization for his work on and off the field.


In between coaching basketball, substituting as a Middle School referee, emceeing Highland's beloved Spirit Week, handing out state championship honors, coordinating college signings, and tackling the overall job of Highland School’s Athletic Director, Gary Leake was recently named the VIAAA (Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Independent School Athletic Administrator of the Year Award for 2016.

“While I am indebted to Gary for the work he has done at Highland,” said Head of School Hank Berg, “it is because of his contributions to the Delaney Athletic Conference and, thereby to the state, that I believe he deserves this recognition. All of us in the league have seen his care in meeting the disparity of needs among this group of schools that has resulted in better programs for our students.”

Leake will be honored at state conference in April
Leake, Highland’s Athletic Director for nearly two decades, will travel to Richmond, Va., in April to accept the award at the 2016 VIAAA State Conference.

“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen for this award,” Leake said. “It is both humbling and rewarding to have been chosen by a group of my peers to join this impressive list of winners. I am thankful for all of the amazing coaches and superior student athletes I have had the good fortune to work with over the years who have helped make this possible.”

Recognized for impact on student athletes all over Virginia
Mike Costello, Athletic Director at Wakefield Country Day School, nominated Leake for this award. “Gary’s service to the Delaney Athletic Conference, Highland School and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association shows his commitment to our profession and to student athletes. That is why I nominated him for this award.  I am keenly aware as a past winner of this award how it can validate the many hours of effort to promote athletics and to provide opportunities for student athletes.  I am delighted that yet another quality administrator in the DAC has won the VIAAA Athletic Director of the Year Award.”

Highland recognized as one of state's top athletic programs
As a member of the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC), Highland's athletic program is consistently ranked near the top in most of the conference’s sports. As the athletic program gained momentum heading into the early 2000’s, success in the DAC directly contributed to accomplishments in state and invitational tournaments. On average annually, Highland’s program produces 50 all conference athletes, ten athletes who commit to collegiate programs, ten all state athletes and five coaches of the year. Though there is not an annual sports requirement, over 81% of students participate in the athletic program.

"We are not a win at all cost school, but have developed a method that emphasizes the quality of the experience over the quantity of wins and losses,” said Leake. “I truly believe that, through participation, Highland student athletes have the opportunity to gain life-long lessons in areas including self-discipline, work ethic, character, time management, commitment and personal training habits.”

“In the world of independent schools, it is rare for the Athletic Director and the Chief Academic Officer to work so closely together,” said Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director Cassin Bertke.  “It is possible at Highland because Gary recognizes that academics must always come first, and he sends a clear message to our athletes about the importance of scholarship and sportsmanship in the world of athletics.  I feel lucky to work with such a dedicated and well-grounded colleague, and I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of this recognition.”


Leake has worked as a coach and Athletic Director for 30 years
Gary graduated from Shepherd College in 1985, where he was an All-Conference baseball player for the Rams. Within his long career in school athletics, Gary has coached seven different sports in both public and private school systems. He has served as Athletic Director at Highland since 1996. Gary has held an administrative position with the Delaney Athletic Conference for 14 years, the past nine as the league’s president. He is also the founder of the state’s coed golf tournament and serves on several state committees.


 

 

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