Newport News Public Schools update – February 2021

Students achieve real-world giving through virtual fundraiser

Drama students at Woodside High School are giving back to the local theater community, an industry hard hit by the pandemic.

For this year’s fundraiser, drama students held a virtual fundraiser that surpassed their $10,000 goal. After covering their own expenses, they donated nearly $2,000, distributed among the Virginia Stage Company, the American Shakespeare Center, the Peninsula Community Theatre, the Actors Fund COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund and the Thespian Relief Fund.

Heritage High student wins regional computer science competition

Heritage High School Principal Earling Hunter helps Miles Thomas, sophomore, celebrate winning a new laptop in the 2020 Computer Science in Your Neighborhood competition sponsored by Code VA.

Miles Thomas, a sophomore at Heritage High School, has been named the Region 2 winner for grades 6 – 12 in the 2020 Computer Science in Your Neighborhood competition, sponsored by CodeVA and the Virginia Department of Education.

In response to a prompt asking what he would create using computer science, Miles wrote an essay describing three applications he would design: two that would assist incarcerated individuals in finding jobs once released and one that would help families communicate and stay connected with those who are incarcerated. As the regional winner, Miles received a new PC laptop.

Justin Bishop, who teaches programming at Heritage High, shared information about the contest with his students. He was pleased that Miles chose to write about his industry and that the essay won.

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