W-JCC Board recognizes local student achievements

During its regular meeting Tuesday night, Williamsburg-James City County School Board recognized several local students for their recent achievements. 

The board hosts similar recognition ceremonies at each board meeting. 

Jamestown High School student Alexa Halko was named 2015 U.S. Paralympic High School Track & Field All-American for the 100, 200, 400, and 800-meter races.

Halko also holds the US records for these races.  She was one of the youngest members of the U.S. team and is currently ranked third in the world. 

Lafayette High School theatre students were named Virginia High School League Conference Champions for their one-act play The Yellow Boat. This is the ninth consecutive year that the team has competed in the state competition.

Toano Middle School teacher Ronald Trainum was named the 2015 Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Trainum has been a teacher with W-JCC Schools for more than 20 years and teaches health and physical education. 

He competed against teachers from 10 states to earn the Souther District Middle School HPE Teacher of the Year title and has advanced to the national level, where he's up against three other teachers for an award.

The state group is a professional association of educators advocating for quality programs in health, physical education, recreation, dance and sports, according to its website. 

The school board also recognized several Lafayette and Warhill High School athletes for being named to Virginia High School League all-star teams.

Warhill High School volleyball coach Gregory Koon was named Virginia High School League Coach of the year for the second year in a row. His team won the Group 3A volleyball championship game for the second time this year.

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