Woodgrove Enters Its Fifth Year


Five years of Woodgrove: four grades, three state champion sports, two million minutes of high school, and only one Woodgrove.
From sports to academics, Woodgrove has been successful in all areas in the five years it has been open.
“We have such talent in the building and I think some other high schools in the county do not see that within the first few years, let alone year four or five,” said the head of guidance Geri Fiore.
Students have talents in a range of activities offered to them here from academics, to sports, and the arts. Woodgrove students have had some stunning accomplishments.
Academic Team Coach, Louise Spicer, said, “We [the academic team] have won the scholastic challenge three of the last four years. We have won districts twice, then region runner up twice, and we were state runner up this past season.”
Another academic achievement would be the thriving debate team.
Debate Team Coach, Samantha Purvis said the debate team, “won many tournaments with the WACFL league. Several students won first place at the James Madison University tournament. Two groups went to states and one came in fourth in the entire state.”
While some students enjoy being part of academic teams, many enjoy being members of the music department.
Sophomore Dillon Corral said, “I really like the music department. It is very open and diverse, and anyone can just go and have fun.”
This year at the Valley Showcase and the U.S. Band Competition in Herndon, the Marching Band won first place. Two years ago, the marching band won second place in the U.S. Band State Championship. The jazz band also performed two years ago in front of thousands of people at the Leads Convention.
The choral program has been growing since the first year of Woodgrove, doubling in size. Starting with just two choirs, now there are four. Their growth has resulted in many students making district and state chorus.
Chorus teacher Jessica Morgan said, “Last year and the year before we have had more students make district chorus than any other school in the county.”
Also in the last two years, the orchestra has received superior ratings and according to Junior Angela Yost has become a “more advanced group.”
Along with music, the drama department has experienced extensive growth.
According to drama teacher, David Noland, this year Woodgrove has the biggest drama departmentin the county.
Noland said, “I think already we are one of the upper echelon programs. We will be competing for the top spot in the county and probably the area as far as drama is concerned. The kids just keep getting better and better, and they are more and more motivated.”
Not only has the music and drama department been successful, but Woodgrove athletics have also been able to make their mark.
In the past four years, three Woodgrove sports have won a state champion title: girls soccer, softball, and girls lacrosse.
With hard work and dedication, the girls soccer team won two state championships in 2012 and 2013.
Softball has progressed to the state finals all four years, winning the championship title in 2012 and 2014.
“When you find everybody is willing to sacrifice for the common good, good things tend to happen,” said Softball Coach Joseph Spicer.
The Woodgrove girls lacrosse team won their first state champion title in spring 2014. According to Girls Lacrosse Coach, Bob Fuller, what made this year’s team so effective was the team’s great chemistry which is “critical in girls’ sports.”
Fuller said, “The Wolverine Lady Laxers should continue to be strong for years to come.”
Although the school as a whole has accomplished many things in a short amount of time, there is always something to improve.
Freshman Kevin Anderson said, “We need to stay focused on our work. High school is a time for students to realize what they want to do and where they want to go.”
Only one Woodgrove High School exists in the entire United States, so students and faculty are determined to make it as good as it can be.
“There seems to always be someone here on their own time working hard. That says a lot about the work ethic that has been instilled,” says Principal William S. Shipp.