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VHSL Competitions

Academic Team

The Scholastic Bowl competes against other high schools in academics. Matches are held on Monday and Thursday evenings December–January. Anyone with an interest in being academically challenged may join.
Coach: Mrs. Melissa Marston

Debate Team

In 1913, debate competition originated as the first VHSL sponsored activity (even before athletics), and today it remains an integral part of VHSL. In essence, debate competitors participate in formal, organized, researched argumentation. Through debate, students improve their speaking skills and their skills of persuasion. Debate also increases students’ research skills, as students must know their topic inside and out. Plus, debate is simply an excellent activity to have on a resumé. Throughout the debate season (September to April), topics on which students debate change. Generally, the team participates in two areas of debate: Lincoln-Douglass and Congress. All students are welcome to join the debate team.
Coach: Mr. Eric Snyder


Forensics is a VHSL sanctioned program that allows students the opportunity to be coached and take part in the following competitions: extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, prose interpretation, poetry interpretation, humorous dramatic interpretation, serious dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, storytelling and impromptu. Practices will be held on a regular basis after school. Students may qualify to proceed to district, regional or state competitions; district, regional and state competitions are in February, March, and April.
Coach: Ms. Lisa Gross

One Act

Theater competition involves presenting a one act performance governed by VHSL guidelines and is submitted to VHSL competition judging each fall.
Director: Ms. Lisa Gross


The yearbook is designed and produced by students in the Photojournalism class who research, photograph and write about the events and lives of the student body of the school. The yearbook is governed by VHSL guidelines and is submitted to VHSL competition judging each fall.
Adviser: Mrs. Helen Partlow

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According to Policy GBA/JFHA, the Shenandoah County Public Schools prohibits sexual harassment and harassment based on sex, gender, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Any student or school personnel who believes he or she has been the victim of or has witnessed sexual harassment or harassment by a student, school personnel or a third party should report the alleged incident to one of the compliance officers or to any school personnel. The following persons have been designated as the contacts regarding compliance issues associated with this sexual harassment and harassment policy: Mr. David Hinegardner, Director of Administrative Services and Strategic Planning, (540) 459-6708 Linda C. Hodges, Director of Human Resources, (540) 459-6743.
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