Awards and Recognition

7 months ago


HOSA State Conference

Chasity McCabe, a senior at Central High School and member of the SCPS Biomedical Sciences Academy, was recognized at the 2022 Virginia HOSA-Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference this past weekend.   As Historian of the SCPS chapter of HOSA, Chasity has created and maintained a social media presence for the chapter, following guidelines for the competitive event "HOSA Happenings."  Chasity is one of only four individuals to be recognized at the state level for this competitive event..

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SCPS FCCLA Students Compete at State Conference

Shenandoah County Public Schools Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students and chapters participated in the 2022 Virginia FCCLA Leadership and Recognition Conference, held April 1 - 3, 2022, in Virginia Beach.

Awards are presented to FCCLA chapters as well as to individual students or groups of students who compete in Student Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events. A list of recognitions and winners from each participating school is below. Students earning first and second place in their category will advance to the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this summer in San Diego, California.

Chapter Awards:

Gold Level Outstanding Chapter

Membership Increase Award

Received chapter awards for participation in National Programs: Career Connection, Community Service, Families First, and Student Body

STAR Events:

Emily Burner (senior) placed 1st with a trophy in Entrepreneurship.

Emily Funkhouser (senior) placed 1st with a trophy in Focus on Children.

Mckinzie Sullivan (freshman) and Keriana Stottlemyer (freshman) placed 1st with a trophy in Chapter in Review Display.

Cheyenne Estep (senior) placed 1st with a trophy in Leadership.

Haley Rush (freshman) and Reagan Burner (freshman) earned a silver medal and placed 2nd in Professional Presentation.

Sydney Miller (sophomore), Landon Ryan (junior), and Claire Koontz (senior) earned a bronze medal in Food Innovations.

Shenandoah Scholars for 2021-22 School Year

Shenandoah Scholars scholarships are awarded to senior students from any Shenandoah County public high school. Winners are chosen based on character, academic achievement, and school/community involvement.  


Cheyenne S. Estep

Erika A. Grant

Emma L. Lapp

Brooke M. Loughry

Grace R. May

Michele L. Mickelwait

Kolbe A. Osarchuk

Sia K. Patel

Parker W. Sheetz

Brianna R. Spence

Bailey A. Spiggle

U.S News and World Report Ranking

7 months ago

Central High School Earns Bronze Medal 

Central High School was recognized by US News and World Report as being one of the best high schools in the US. Their accomplishment, based on the criteria set forth by this publication, has earned them a national bronze medal. For additional details, click on the link above:
Best Schools Badge

Virginia Naturally School

7 months ago

Central High School has recognized as a 2017 Virginia NaturallySchool for environmental and educational efforts during the 2017-18 school year.  Central High School has been honored for the tenth consecutive year as a Virginia Naturally School.

National Blue Ribbon School

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 Central High School, Woodstock, VA is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.

On September 29th 2015, Central High School was recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.  Central was one of 285 public and 50 private schools to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon School and only 1 of 35 public high schools in the nation to receive this award. Central High School is the first ever Shenandoah County Public School to ever receive this prestigious recognition.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Central High School stating, “This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success”. Duncan said in a video message to the 


. “Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence – in vision, in implementation, and in results – and we want to learn as much as we can from you.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award plaque affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The award flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.


these two

 performance categories Central High School is recognized as an

Exemplary High Performance School.

The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The U.S. Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blue Star School for Financial Literacy Certification

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Central High School is a 2017-2018 Blue Star School for Financial Literacy Certification

 Students enrolled in Economics/Personal Finance take the WISE Financial Literacy Certification test, a nationally recognized industry certification. A school must have achieved a 80% passing rate on the WISE Financial Literacy Certification Test and have EITHER a majority of students at a given grade level take the Test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85% or higher. 

National FFA BIG Recognition

7 months ago

Sherry Heishman, Agricultural Education teacher and FFA Advisor at Central High School, is proud to announce that Central’s FFA Livestock Judging Team finished in first place at the Big E, earning them the National Big E Championship. 

FFA members holding awards
Central’s Livestock Team members were John-Robert Helsley (2nd), Jenna Kibler (3rd), Jacob Coffey (5th), and Gracie Bailey (8th).  Team members’ individual placements are within parentheses following their names. The Big E is a big event! FFA teams who place first at state FFA Conventions advance to the National FFA Convention. Those teams who place second at their respective state conventions are invited to compete at the Big E, the Eastern States Exposition held annually in September/October in Springfield, Massachusetts. At the Big E, over 900 students compete in two days of events that mirror FFA events. The Livestock Team judged live animals—beef, sheep, and swine for market and for breeding-- and were required to defend their placements before a judge with 3 sets of orals reasons. Students also had to respond to a panel of industry experts about a livestock production scenario presented to their team.


7 months ago

Congratulations to CHS FCCLA for their achievements at the Virginia State Conference. Several students were honored with awards for participating in chapter projects in all of the national programs including certificates for:

-Leadership Service in Action

-Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS)

-STOP the Violence

-Career Connection

-Families First

-Student Body

-Financial Fitness

-Power of 1 (Individual Project by Gwyneth George) 

Three groups participate in competitive STAR events and all 3 earned silver medals in:

Job Interview (Nakayla Irvin)

Chapter Service Project Display (Erika Thorpe and Gwyneth George)

Illustrated Talk (Summer Sypolt, Alexis Huffman, Hannah Copp) 

Nakayla Irvin finished 2nd overall qualifying for Nationals this summer in San Diego in Job Interview. 

Exxon/Mobil Grant

7 months ago

By Richard S. Shockey

Central High School Awarded Exxon/Mobil Grant

Thanks to the efforts of Edinburg Food Mart, Central High School has been awarded a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant.

The money will be used to purchase a Sunspotter which will be used to show the relative motion of the Sun across the daytime sky as well as a soil auger to help students learn first hand about soil horizons. The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon retailers like Edinburg Food Mart with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.