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The top 10 runners in kindergarten and first grade for the Pumpkin (1-mile) run are:
First-grade girls--Tayler Kimmell, Ryleigh McLaurin, Anna Drake, Lily Nugent, Megan Shoemaker, Bailey Gibson, Eliana Baugh, Abby Whorton, Abby Ferreira, Anna Moore, Susy Hernandez
First-grade boys--Nathan Davis, Camden Robertson, Kyler Ingraham, Griffin Harrel, Quinton Guilbault, Aaron Russey, Daniel Sullivan, Jackson LoFiego
Kindergarten girls--Ali Hutchins, Hannah Smoot, Natalie Stump, Emily Rhame, Brooke Klepic, Brooke Althiser, Angel Castillo, Mahla Iravani, Alivia Augrom, Nia Davis
Kindergarten boys--Nathan Klepic, Shaun Roseberry, Graham Ward, Hendrix Roberson, Matthew Benkosky, Jacinto Martinez, Phil Leonhart III, Trey Lipsomb, Jayden McGuire.
Grafton Village Elementary
The school held its annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 14. The following boys and girls won in their grade levels:
Kindergarten--Hailey Lemke and Connor Smith
First grade--Emily Burnett and Dominic Catell
Second grade--Isabella Kamenicky and Jonah Chase
Third grade--Celie Constantine and Wells Ouellette
Fourth grade--Thomas Sepulveda
Fifth grade--Cameren Downs and Miles Perrine.
The following staff members earned pins for years of service to Stafford County public schools:
25 years--Sheila Speed, teacher
15 years--Patty Slebonick, nurse
10 years--Eileen Edwards, speech/language pathologist; Tiffany Black, math specialist; paraprofessionals Chris Anderson, Lesa Brletich and Rose King
5 years--Nikki Black, art teacher.
The school recently held a turkey drive to support the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank for the upcoming holidays, and 45 turkeys totaling 622 pounds were donated. Joe Altorfer dressed in the turkey costume during the turkey drive. Gayle Leadership students and the River's Edge service unit Girl Scout Troop 3404 assisted in this project.
The eighth-grade Extended English classes recently completed a challenging unit on debate. Lively in-school debates were held at the end of October, with the following students continuing on to the annual Stafford County Public Schools Middle School Debate Forum held Nov. 8 at Thompson Middle School: Megan Mahoney, David Ghansah, Breanne Roscoe, Nolan Williams, Hannah Hinkley, Christian Chew, Micayla Starnes, Kayla Mason, Sidd Rao, Kallyn Joyner, Shaylee Bolling and Mazzen Shalaby. Alternates included Kerri Julian, Annie Fitzgerald, Leah Olson and Marc Celotto.
The team of Andrew Witalec, Margo Rayner and Mary Foley won "most persuasive" at the Middle School Debate Night.
Other debate team members include Ireland Twiggs, Alanna Davidson, Joey Heindrichs, Amanda Marshall, James Sunderlin, Shayna Smith, Ashlyne Taylor, Stephanie Jacobsen, Sidee Sesay, Richie Quispe, Amber Kohl, Ashley Kohl and Dorothy Castelly.