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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 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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Where Does the Change Start? by Meghan Noga

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Wilbur and Orville Wright are famous for a one reason – they invented the airplane.  Their invention sparked a revolution of technology that has impacted history forever.  Today, we have airplanes that come in many different shapes and sizes.  Some are used for carrying people, some are used for spying on countries, some are used for show.  We have airplanes that can go faster than the speed of sound – 768 miles per hour – all because two little boys from Dayton, Ohio, with a passion for flying machines, decided to make their dreams into a reality.

The destruction of our environment has been a growing issue in the world.  It was an issue in the 1800s when states wanted to regulate the killing of game.  It was an issue in 1962 when Rachel Carson wrote her famous “Silent Spring,” that addressed the issue of pesticides.  It is an issue, still today, in 2012 – our fossil fuels, the very gears of our every day existence, have started to show scarceness, causing the rise in gas prices (among other products).  Coral bleaching and the deforestation and extinction of rain forests and animals such as the polar bear have become apparent; and the giant slabs of ice at the either extremes of the earth have slowly started to melt, eventually causing the sea level to rise about 61 meters, wiping out the southern coast of North America with ease.

Wow, that is a mouthful.  Not to even mention that these are just mere  examples, of how our environment is changing for the worst.  There are numerous other issues with the planet and the worse part, is that the actions and carelessness of Americans effect countries thousands of miles away.

So why isn’t our government doing anything?  One could argue that, Yes! The government banned the use of aerosols and enacted laws like the Clean Air Act – cute attempt but not enough. Why don’t we invest in alternate energy?  The answer is obvious but not an excuse – our gas prices may be high, but there is still gas to use. And how, exactly, does a coral reef affect me?  And have you SEEN the SIZE of Antarctica?!  It is massive!  7000 feet of solid ice?  That thing isn’t melting any time soon.  But the thing is, these elements DO affect us, just not in a direct and therefore, incognizant way:  Coral reefs are beneficial because they stimulate revenue for struggling countries.  Reefs have also been found to have some kind of medical potential.  For all we know, these coral reefs could hold the cure for cancer.  Besides wiping out the entire state of Florida, the melting slabs of ice we call Antarctica and the North Pole contain massive amounts of CO2.  As the ice melts, this CO2 will be released into the Ozone – Not. Good.  CO2 is one of the leading causes of climate change.

Now, don’t get me wrong, issues such as the education system, job stimulation, and healthcare are extremely important.  However, the American government is made up of a bunch of extremists who can’t seem to find a balance.  It is incomprehensible to them, and of some sort of mathematical formula with a complexity beyond even the most profound knowledge, to equally distribute focus and funds to multiple purposes.

So that is it, then?  The natural world is doomed as we know it and thus, every inhabitant, including us, is doomed with it?  Not quite!

If our government isn’t going to do anything about this serious issue, then we, the every day, average American citizen must make the change happen.  Change doesn’t start with the President, or the Senate, or the Governor of Virginia.  Change starts with you, with us.  We have to force the attention of our government and demand the change our environment so desperately needs.  Of course, the change won’t happen in a day – it will take years, generations, for the environment to make noticeable adjustments.  Maybe that is why people don’t feel the need to stand up for the benefit of Earth.  Humans are obsessed with immediate modification.  We desire the visible difference.  That just isn’t how the environment works.

A seed doesn’t grow in one day and time heals all wounds. It is time to start a revolution and then, take all that we’ve learned in that revolution, take all the change and incorporate it into everyday living – just like airplanes.  At the time, Wilbur and Orville created something new and morphed the way humans live.  But now, planes are about as common as breathing.  That is how our treatment of the environment should be – there shouldn’t be a “Green Movement,” it should simply be just how we live.

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October 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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