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Congrats to Ashleigh Claybrooks on Being Named Rookie of the Week in the MEAC Conference

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MEAC Announces Women’s Basketball Honors

(Written by: MEAC Media Relations)

South Carolina State center Paris Alston was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Maryland Eastern Shore’s Ashleigh Claybrooks earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Coppin State’s Leola Spotwood earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Alston (Center, 6-2, Sr., Greensboro, N.C.) averaged a double-double of 13.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in two victories last week. Against Clemson, Alston scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while shooting 6-of-11 from the floor (54-percent) and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe (85-percent). She also totaled three assists, three steals and three blocks in the wins.

Claybrooks (Forward, 6-3, Fr., Manassas, Va.) combined for 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals to aid the Lady Hawks to a 1-1 record.  Against Mount St. Mary’s, Claybrooks was just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Spotwood (Forward, 6-0, Sr., Trenton, N.J.) grabbed 31 rebounds, stole seven passes and blocked one shot in three games for the Lady Eagles. Offensively, she added 26 points and dished out six assists.

Other Top Performers:


Keiara Avant (Hampton)
scored 22 points, nine rebounds and two steals in a conference win against Savannah State.

Alyssa Bennett (Hampton) tallied a double-double of 20 points and 12 points in a win over UMBC.

Tisha Dixon (NCCU) averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games for the Lady Eagles.

Rachel Gordon (NSU) scored 16 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in a loss to South Carolina State.

Jasmine Grice (FAMU) totaled 41 points, 16 rebounds and six steals in two games.

Mykala Jones (SCSU) averaged 11.5 points, while shooting 40-percent from the floor and 58-percent from 3-point range, in two Lady Bulldog victories. 

Ryan Jordan (Hampton) scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds against UMBC.

Tiara Knotts (SCSU) combined for 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals in two games.

Karona Roach (UMES)
totaled a career-high 20 points against Mount St. Mary’s.

Kimberly Sparkman (FAMU) scored 11 points, dished out two assists and stole one pass in a loss to Southeastern Louisiana.

Alexis Udoji (UMES) tallied a career-high six blocks in a victory over Towson.

Chasidy Williams (NCCU) posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Old Dominion.

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December 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

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Art and Photography Students Visit The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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The week before Thanksgiving break, art and photography students took a field trip and visited The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. The museum, which opened in 1936, is one of the country’s finest art museums and has spectacular collections. In particular, its collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, African Art and Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs are of special note.

Photography students concentrated on photographing the museum’s architecture and collections. Art students additionally were lucky enough to also view a special exhibit of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work. Chihuly is a cutting edge glass sculptor of great fame and admiration; a chance to see his extraordinary, large installations was a rare treat.

Go here to view pictures of the trip.

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November 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

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MMe Coscia Visits French III Class

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Mme Coscia, has generously visited MSA’s French III Class on two occasions. The first delightful visited included a lesson  about Corsica and Corsican society and history. Based on her travels, Mme Coscia was able to impart a wonderful sense of culture and Corsican way of life.

She also shared her knowledge of French bulldogs, which was both informative and delightful.

Lastly, Mme Coscia introduced a book that the class had just started reading, Le Petit Nicolas, and read an excerpt from the book in French.

MSA would like to thank Mme Coscia for sharing her knowledge, time and kind wit in helping to educate our French students!

(More Photos Here)

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November 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

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The Second Annual Robotics Competition

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The second annual Robotics Competition was held on Thursday afternoon, October the 26th .    The Robotics Program has grown to the point that Miller can support two teams allowing more students to participate in the designing, building and programming of robots.  It also allows us to host a competition between the two teams as the final event of the fall season.  The competition also gives the program a chance to show the student body and community the robots in action.   The Red Team of Alex Chan and Max Collins, the primary designers and builders of the red robot, took on the more experienced Blue Team of Jason Liu, Vicki Ao and new member Feier Chen.  The competition was broken into three ten minute task oriented sessions.  The Blue team won the first session, the Red Team, by a slim margin, the second and Red team won the contest by handily outscoring the Blue team in the final session

The other student members of the program, David Wu, Ryan Liu, Little Jason Liu, John Capaccio, and Ethan Wu worked with Mr. Gottlob to build the arena and construct the task framework for the competition.  The tasks, rules and guidelines for the competition are provided by First Tech.  Using the –First Tech guidelines allows us to measure our robots against a national standard.  Enjoy the video and pictures!

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November 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

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Samuel Miller Memorial Medal Winner: Duane H. Zobrist, Esq.

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On Friday September 14 at 6 pm, Duane H. Zobrist, Esq., was awarded the Samuel Miller Memorial Medal at the Miller School of Albemarle.

For over sixty years, Zobrist has been a registered Scout or leader supporting the Boy Scouts of America as board member in many roles, including Executive Board member and President of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council. Zobrist’s leadership was instrumental in securing financial support for improvements to programming and infrastructure that made tremendous contributions to the accessibility to local youth of scouting resources, improved training and activities facilities, and impactful leadership instruction.

Known to youth throughout Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding counties for his “wildlife classroom,” Zobrist is an expert falconer promoting protection of Eagles and other bird of prey species. His legendary Golden Eagle “Hera” is well known to thousands of youth in our community. Over the past decades, he has touched the lives of numerous young people by introducing them to the wonders of nature and the outdoors and the importance of respect for all living things that compose our complex physical environment, its protection, and its promotion.

A resident of Albemarle County, Zobrist has served two different terms as an Albemarle Planning Commissioner and is a long-term Rotarian volunteer and leader. He has served in all officer roles and as President of the Rotary Club of Charlottesville.

The Samuel Miller Memorial Medal recognizes sustained and substantive leadership contributions focused on area youth, in the spirit of one of our nation’s first major philanthropists, Samuel Miller. The Samuel Miller bequest in 1869 created and sustains the Miller School of Albemarle, one of the nation’s first co-educational boarding schools, located in western Albemarle County.

For media enquiries about the presentation event or for more information about the Samuel Miller Medal, previous medal recipients, and the Miller School of Albemarle, you may contact Bradley Bodager, Vice President, at bbodager@millerschool.org or 434-823-4805, ext. 211. To view all photos taken at this event, go here.

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October 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM

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Mrs. Burke’s Latin Classes Get In The Election Season Spirit

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To get in the spirit of the upcoming elections — and to gain experience writing sentences in Latin — all of the Latin students created campaign posters. They could chose either Obama or Romney for “consul” and create a poster explaining why that person should be elected. A few students supported fringe candidates or no candidate at all; but they still had to explain their reasoning. Negative campaigning was prohibited!! Each student began by writing sentences in Latin. After revising their work for grammatical correctness, they put the slogans onto a poster. The posters are on display outside Mrs. Burke’s room, where they will stay until after Election Day.

To view more photos from the project go here.

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October 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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Autumn En Plein Air Event at MSA Draws Many

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On Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, over thirty artists from the central Virginia region gathered at the Miller School of Albemarle to participate in the first En Plein Air Art Event of the school year. These artists and the MSA art students who joined them created some beautiful works of art, which will be on display in Gallery 1878 from October 28-December 17. The exhibit will open with a reception on Sunday, October 28, from 4:30-6:00 p.m., following the MSA Performing Arts matinee performance of Harvey.

To view more photos from the event go here.

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October 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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