Woodgrove Wins the Wells Fargo Cup


Written by Rebecca Faletti and Lorallye Partlow

Woodgrove High School was dubbed the ‘State Champion of State Champions’ by winning the Wells Fargo cup for the 2015-2016 school year. Woodgrove received the award after accruing the highest number of points in all academic competitions in the state’s 4A classification, and became the first school in Loudoun County Public School history to win the distinction.

36 schools all over Virginia were judged on excellence in several categories, including publications, forensics, film festival, scholastic bowl, creative writing, theater, and debate. With a final score of 172.5, Woodgrove beat out other schools including Chancellor, Jamestown, and its cross-town rival, Loudoun Valley High School. All of Woodgrove’s points were earned by the forensics team, the film festival competitors, and by the yearbook and newspaper staffs.

The forensics team, coached by Mr. David Noland and Ms. In Sim, earned first and third place titles at the state championship in the spring of 2016. The Humorous Duo team of Dillon Douglasson and Wyatt Ellerbeck and Molly Warndorf and Sarah Rector took first and third in the state respectively. Douglasson and Ellerbeck also earned the title of state runner up at the VHSL 2016 film festival. The yearbook staff, advised by Mrs. Tammy Pyle, earned a Trophy Class award at the VHSL publications conference, while the newspaper staff, advised by Mrs. Lea Longerbeam, received a first place designation at the same conference.

The award’s announcement was released by the Virginia High School League in July, but the official award presentation will be held on October 29 during halftime at the University of Virginia game in Charlottesville. Principal Sam Shipp, accompanied by Noland, Sim, Pyle and Longerbeam, will accept the award on Woodgrove’s behalf.
Woodgrove High School was also recognized by Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock through an official resolution. In her resolution, Representative Comstock said, “Education is the cornerstone of American innovation, and these students are championing their generation towards greater success. It is my hope that additional schools will follow the standard of academic excellence set by Woodgrove High School, and encourage their students to be the best that they can be.”