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2 Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 THE JOURNAL Inge: Dynamic presence From page I Some of the new teachers timidly face their new classrooms and try their best to calm their fears. Others, charge in, ready to take on the dass, the school, the communi~ One of these eager young teachers is Wash- ington & Lee High School History teacher, Jacob Inge. He described his first day of teaching as a day of many emotions, " I imagine it was pretty much the same combination of anxiousness, nervousness and excitement that most other teachers feel when they don't know their students. The first day itself was great, the people I work with are wonderful, and the students are great kids. I couldn't have asked for much more on a first day:' Jacob has been impressing people ever since he arrived at Washington & Lee High School. His high energy exudes from his inner being. Always smiling, ever pleasant, lacob shows a maturity far above many of his peers. There are some people who were destined to be a teacher and fortunately for W&L students, Ja- cob is a born teacher. "In one way, I've known my entire life that I wanted to be a teacher; especially, by my third year of college. I grew up around two parents that were both wonderful teachers in their own right. When you're young, it's not es- peciaUy "cool" to follow in your par- ents' footsteps, I fought against the urge to teach for as long as I could, and when I finally accepted my ca- reer path, nothing felt more natural" Jacob graduated in 2009 from Beaver Area High School in Penn- sylvania. He received both his Bachelors and Masters at Edinboro University in Erie, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate degree was in History with a minor in Political Science. Jacob's Master's is in Edu- cation. When asked if he had a special teacher who influenced him in becoming a teacher he quickly responded~' Yes, one high' school and one college professor. The high school teacher is sort of cheating; it's my Dad. I had my Dad for all four years of high school, and I have nev- er come across a purely better teach- er. I know, really objective, right? My college professor nearly saved my Festival: Rain no obstacle From page I not to postpone it for a second year in a row. Events like the Kids Zone, spon- sored by the Cople and Washing- ton District parent-teacher organi- zations, and the annual Chandler Three Mile Run were wet, but that seemed to have little effect on the many enthusiastic participants. The fall festival, which was started more than 60 yeai's ago, is held to celebrate the beginning of the fall season, but wet and sometimes cool- er weather has often been a problem for the popular event. "I think the weather affected the turnout for this year's festival and I'm sure many of the vendors didn't get a chance to set up either. It's un- fortunate but we still had a pretty turnout," said Montross Vice-Mayor Terry Cosgrove. "The parade went on time and while we lost some participants due to the heavy rain about 2 p.m.'" Cos- grove said. "Those that took part got high marks from the viewers." Parade participants dealt with the rain in different ways, from rain slickers, to umbrellas to a band which traveled the parade route in a school bus playing music with their instru- ments sticking out the bus windows. "Fall Festival is apparently a tradi- tion that locals are not willing to skip despite obstacles that might dissuade others" said festival organizer Becky Nelson. "It was amazing to watch emotions unfold and morph during the day." "Wary vendors set up in the early morning drizzle, but remained un- scathed, even as the precipitation taunted them with downpour and actual deluge," Nelson said. "They stayed and enjoyed the mood of the crowd which only seemed to defiant- ly embrace the circumstances." "Instead of disappointment there was a childlike delight as the day cul- minated in a rain-soaked parade that went on as planned," Nelson said. "Montross is obviously a town that loves to gather and welcome others into their celebration of community. And even Mother Nature couldn't break their spirit. It was a fall festival that will not soon be forgotten!" From right, former Montross town manager Brenda Reamy and her husband, Bobby Reamy, chat with current Montross town manager, Patricia Lewis, during the rainy Montross Fall Festival Sarurday, Above, The band from Richmond County that participated in the Mon- tross Fall Festival parade Saturday rode their bus during theparade and played music out of the bus windows. Top right, Montross residents braved mud and rain in the Kids' Zone. Bottom right, A Westmoreland couple proudly defies the rain Saturday to display their wagon and team of horses in Montross' Fall Festival parade.The downpour caused some parade participants to drop out, but not this proud pair. teaching career. Being mesmerized by his storytelling, reminded me on a personal level, how much a good teacher can mean to'a student. That impact you can have, those relation- ships you forge, and that is what teaching is about." While only in his third week of teaching, Jacob is ecstatic about his new profession. He really enjoys dis- cussing relevant issues with his stu- dents. "The wonderful thing about teaching government is that in some capacity, students care about what is being taught; because the subject is all-encompassing, When you as the teacher can facilitate legitimate thoughtful debate, that's what I have enjoyed the most, thus far" While trying to accommodate finding time for everything, Jacob laments the days of youth. "I'm a first year teacher, so hobbies are es- sentially nonexistent at this point of time. Once upon a time however, I remember enjoying reading, swim sing, and camping" He noted that one benefit of the job is the people of Westmoreland County. "While living in the north certainly doesn't prepare you for how much people enjoy conversation in the south, it hasbeen a welcome surprise." Jacob's immediate plans include continue teaching at W&L. "I'm not totally convinced I could handle more than that in the immediate fu- ture. Down the road, I plan on going back to school for another Master's degree, this time in history, with a doctorate to follow, thereafter. After that, who knows?" His excitement about life and teaching is contagious. Jacob has hopes that his students learn life lessons from him. He notes, "There isn't one way to think about things. Sometimes we get so bogged down in our own way of thinking or "how it's always been" that we don't realize or choose not to acknowledge other legitimate opinions and ways of thinking out there. Question things when you're young, it makes being older a lot dearer" Washington & Lee High School is a lot brighter place with Mr. Inge tea ing there. His students and fel- low instructors have found another terrific teacher to guide and inspire them. Westmoreland County Public Schools welcomes Mr. Inge and all the new instructors who are begin- ning their careers in our district. things right, right, right, until they Benton Gale, we celebrate that you Film: Premiere is become right;' Jordon said. are the antithesis ofhim. Youhave She also offered thanks to the been heralded by many as a man smash hit many involved, including retired of vision -- worthy of high praise. From page I Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewa- Your moral compass guides you to ter, who narrates the film in a clear, seek out multiple opportunities for Bunche Museum and Cultural Cen- expressive manner, historical correctness, equal educa- tre. Jordon also provided a special tion for all students, and to do the The .project took a step forward presentation to Benson, saying the right thing when the wrong thing on Sept. 20, when the King George Ralph Bunche Alumni Association surfaces. Board of Supervisors authorized a owes him, his staff and the School "Dr. Benson, in appreciation of $53,462 contract with Wiley/Wil- Board, "a debt of gratitude for your your vision, dedication, generosity son for professional services as- partnership in the creation of the and partnership, it is our pleasure sociated with programming and video" to bestow upon you an 'Honor- the conceptual design phase of the She said they were happy the film ary Lifetime Membership' into The Ralph Bunche project, will be added to support school Ralph Bunche Alumni Association. And, the supervisors will host curriculum, enabling staff, "to teach We really are eternally grateful to the next public screening dur- from a local perspective regarding you and thank you for your contin- ing a meeting 6:30p.m. Oct. 18 in the history of Ralph Bunche High ued support." the board room of the Revercomb School, King George County and Following the film, Benson Administration building; behind the immense efforts ofall those pio- thanked ]ordon for her leadership the courthouse on Route 3 (Kings neers towards equal education." role in the film project. Highway). Jordon praised Benson, reading "When the panels were first pre- Prior to the documentary, iordon from a letter of presentation, sented, the story was incredible" explained the film simply. "With the modern day 'you' as Benson said. "The video tells the story of the superintendent of King George '~nd one of Dr. Turdean's corn- great pioneers who continue to do Schools and the bygone era of T. ments to the community was for Hi ks gist very likely that if the plaintiff is not overseen many elections including c :Re rar reinstated that the Westmoreland presidential elections during her 27 County voters in the upcoming na- year career, will provide the citizens rei nstated tional elections will not be properly of Westmoreland through her statu- From page I served," Hewitt declared, tory duties a well known election," "It is unlikely that the party ap- Hewittruled. views." Testimony in Hewitt's court pointed to replace the plaintiff has Judge Hewitt ruled Hick's rein- indicated that there has been tension the ability or the experience to han- statement will last until her current between Hicks and the current elec- dle the upcoming election as she has term expires on June 19, 2019 or un- toral board for some time. never before served as an assistant til there is a further court ruling in "It is highly likely that the reason registrar nor a general registrar," the matter. for her discharge was not based on Hewitt said. "I am very thankful," Hicks said the duties of her office according "It is more likely that the rein- after the court's ruling. "My prayers to law .... " Hewitt said. "It appears statement of the plaintiff, who has were answered." Loquac,'ous Lorene Tattle Tale the Espresso Caf~ will host bands Dave Tucker 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, and Peter and Lori 5 to 8 p.m. Oct 8. Bon- nie, the owner of Tattle Tales, serves food prepared on site, and also LORENE RICH serves beer and wine. On the pa- tio is a fire pit that's in use when the weather permits. It's a fun place to relax and meet people. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10574 on Hawthorn Street will be open to i the public Saturday; Oct. 8 with bands a.m. Saturda~ Made in the USA plays Medicine Wind and Splinters from 6 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Sounds like a whole p.m. to dosing. Shirle~ a member of three days of music and good times! the VFW will make her famous pulled Food is also available. pork sandwich, including the sides, for The Eagles Lodge 148 donated $1000 the VFW to sell. Good music and good to the Westmoreland Sheriff's Office fun, what more do we need? See you for Project Life Saver and $1000 to the there! Vickie Coffman Brain Cancer Char- Legion Post 148 ,will welcome vet- ity. Vickie is the owner along with her eran riders at noon Oct. 7 in their husband, Brian, of the HighTides Inn parking lot as part of the third annual Restaurant in Colonial Beach: Prayers Colonial Beach Bikefest. At 1 p.m.U.S, go out to Vickie. The cancer benefit Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va. 1) will ad- that Eagles just held at the dub netted dress and welcome the veterans on the $14,000. Become an Eagle member Town Hill Stage. and enjoy the benefits of being a mere- Eagles Lodge 4315 will be open ber and helping the community. to the public Oct 7 through 9. Mike Last but not least, don't forget Bike- Mann's band will play 4 to 8 p.m. and fest put on by the Chamber of Corn- Route 5 South plays 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. merce on Town Hill Oct 6 through 9. Friday. Rockin' Roger plays noon to 4 Let's hope the weather holds out with a p.m. and Soul Kitty plays 9 p.m. to 1 hurricane in the forecast. us to keep this story alive and to Claudette is a remarkable leader, a spread the story to make sure we remarkable person, and someone had a good firm grasp of the impor- who saw this through from begin- tance of the Ralph Bunche School ning to end." and the story of desegregation in Benson presented Jordon with a King George County" certificate excellence for the Ralph Benson said he was further prod- Bunche Alumni Association, "for a ded by School Board member Tam- generous and lasting contribution my Indseth. to the King George community" "She called me and said 'can we Jordon accepted it on behalf of get those panels into .each and every the alumni, then spoke off-the-cuff. one of our schools,' and I thought "Remember, we're all products of that was a fabulous idea and I shared our time. 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