Robotics Teams Excel in the Region

Congratulations to the six Goochland robotics teams that competed at L C Bird  HS in Chesterfield last weekend!

  • BES- first place, Project Design Award;
  • GMS- first place, Core Values – “Dumpster Divers”
  • GMS – first place, Robot Design Award – “Clean Up Crew”

The award-winning GMS Dumpster Divers robotics team!

And, the GMS Dumpster Divers are going to the state competition at JMU the first weekend in December!  We celebrate the work of these exemplary coaches: Anne Moore, Carly Dachelet, Lisa Brown, Nate Potter, Candice Labbott, and Sherrill Kauffman.

Fall Athletic Success and Upcoming Events

Our scholar athletes have achieved tremendous success this fall!


Join us in congratulating the Varsity Volleyball team beat R.E. Lee on Thursday night 3-1 in the semi-finals of Region 2A East Volleyball Tournament!  With the win, GHS will host the finals of the tournament at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 14.  Admission for the game is $6.00.

Also with the win, the VB Bulldogs will play in the semi-finals of the VHSL State Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, November 17.  With a win on Saturday, we will host and if we lose on Saturday we will be on the road.


We will host Wilson Memorial tonight in the first round of the Region 2A East Football Playoffs.  We are ranked #1 and Wilson is ranked #16.

With a win on Friday night, we would host the winner of Brunswick/Greensville game next Friday night, November 20 in the second round.

With a win on November 20, we would host again vs. another second round winner on Friday, November 27 in the third round.

And if we win on November 27, we would host again on Saturday, December 5 vs. the second highest ranked team from the West in semi-finals of the VHSL State Playoffs.   This would be a 2:00 game on that Saturday.

Cross Country:

Cross Country Bulldog Austin Bruce will be competing in the VHSL State Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA.  2A runs at11:30.  The boys’ team won the conference meet and the girls came in second! Both teams competed in the 2A East competition last Wednesday.


Theater is competing in the 2A East Competition this Saturday at Prince Edward at 1:30.


Competition cheer finished 2nd in the conference! Well done!


GHS Volleyball Player and Coach of the Year

Please join us in congratulating these exemplary scholar-athletes and coach from Goochland High School. The GHS Volleyball team has a 22-0 record, having beaten every opponent 3-0, every time!  In addition to the all-conference selection awards below, Madelyn Ott was named Player of the Year and GHS Volleyball Coach Jennifer Erixon was Coach of the Year!

2015 Quad Rivers 34 All-Conference Volleyball Selections

  • Madelyn Ott, Middle Hitter, GHS Senior
  • Josie Summitt, Setter, GHS Senior
  • Maddie Parker, Outside Hitter, GHS Senior
  • Alexis Wiggins, Middle Hitter, GHS Sophomore
  • Casey Spencer Libero, GHS Junior

Goochland was the Conference Champion and will advance to play Amelia in the Regional competition.

GHS Volleyball team currently has a 22-0 record!


Middle School Band Scores Big at Busch Gardens

The GMS band had a great day at Busch Gardens last week!

The 8th grade band received third place with the rating of “Excellent”. The 6th grade band received second place with the rating of “Superior”. The 7th grade band received first place with the rating of superior! The 7th grade band also went on to receive grand champion for instrumental music for the day!

Emily Roberts, the oboe player from the beginning band, received the outstanding musician award. Garrett Kemmerly  received an outstanding musician award for his tuba playing. Dawn Ellis, a percussionist from the 7th grade group, also received an outstanding musician award. The 8th grade flute section received an award for the outstanding section of the day. Margaret Black from the 8th grade group received the outstanding soloist award for the day!

Way to go Mr. Sykes and Goochland Middle School band kids!

GHS Dancers Receive Gold Ratings

Please join us in congratulating the GHS Dance Company class! The team earned two High Gold ratings in its competition last week. Sophomore dance student, Katheryn Parrish, earned a High Gold performing a Tap Solo!

Great work Dance Company and Mrs. Black!

GHS Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Conference Championship

The GHS Scholastic Bowl Team claimed its first ever Conference Tournament Championship after earning their first ever District Championship title.

Coach Barry Smith reports the students were exemplary, exhibiting sportsmanship and excellence in every way.

Hats of to the students and sponsors for an outstanding season! The varsity team compiled a 16-3 record while the JV team was undefeated!

The Varsity Team, led by Team Captain Erin Maguire: Michelle Daschner, Cameron Ford, Hannah Herrman, Keith Jandzinski, Julia Barr, Brandon Myrick, and Henry Carscadden.

The JV Team: Tyler McNeer, Carter Palen, Erin Wachter, Max Spivey, Joshua Hobbs, and Jacob Clarke.

Scholastic Bowl 1st in District

The Goochland High School Scholastic Bowl Team was ranked number one in the James River District after a thrilling 13-3 season this year! The JV team was also undefeated this year, so we look forward to continued excellence in the future.

From Coach. Mr. Smith:

“Our students earning the #1 seed is a real student achievement, but is further testament of our teachers and their commitment to academic excellence. As with any competition, you always hope to put your best team out there to compete. Building on the momentum of reaching regionals last year,  Mr. Derrico and I reached out to our core teachers, seeking and encouraging our very best academic students to represent our school. Our students have delivered in every way. “

Scholastic Bowl is a great competitive forum offered through the VHSL. It enables students to excel and pursue their competitive interests off of the traditional playing field of athletic events.

From coach, Mr. Derrico:

“The students positively represented Goochland High School by demonstrating integrity and academic excellence throughout the entire season.”

Our sincere congratulations go out to these students and their coaches!

GHS Competes in FFA for the First Time in 20 Years!

We congratulate Mr. Allen and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) on their recent success at the forestry competition in Powhatan last week. It has been more than 20 years since GHS FFA has competed in any FFA event!  Our neighboring divisions were excited to welcome us back into the field and our students did a tremendous job, coming in 3rd overall!

The students worked to identify 25 different species of trees, 25 different pieces of equipment used in the forestry industry, and calculate both tree value and volume in a given area.  The students had 25 minutes  to complete each station.

We look forward to future success from this stellar team!

Pictured left to right R J Jones, Heath Parrish, Austin Duley, Tara Johnson, Hunter Bailey, Julie Vogal and Chloe Evens

Support Former and Current Band Students November 12

Goochland Schools Faculty & Staff,
Please come out and support former and current students on November 12th, at 7pm, in the GHS Auditorium, when the Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble will be hosting their Fall Concert.  These students are very dedicated to music and this is a great opportunity to show support for their interests!  The concert is free of charge.  Below is a list of the students who will be participating in the concert:
Jazz Band
Matthew McCauley
Travis Short
Noah Craig
Jerelle Jones
Emily Spangler
Giovanni Esposito
Phillip Goodman
Justin Miller
Anthony Dougherty
Charles Brown
Jaleel Jackson
Camden Harrahy
Percussion Ensemble
Jaleel Jackson
Cameron Ford
Josh Revercomb
Tyler McNeer
Jacob Clark
Charles Brown
Jordan “BJ” Lynch
Micah Allen
Brandon Fortune
I hope to see many of you next Wednesday!

These GHS Volleyball Players Top in District

2014 James River Volleyball All-District Teams were recently announced and we are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of five Goochland High School players who have risen to the top among the competition!

First Team, All District:

  • Josie Summitt , Junior
  • Madelyn Ott, Junior
  • Sydney Alvis, Senior

Second Team, All-District:

  • Maddie Parker, Junior
  • Erin Rodriguez, Senior

Cross Country Runners Excel to Regional Competition Next Week

Congratulations Cross Country Runners!

The boys won the James River District Cross Country Meet on Wednesday, October 22 and the girls placed second. Both the girls & boys won the Quad Rivers Conference 34 Cross Country Meet on Wednesday, October 29.

Both teams advance to the Region 2A East at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, VA next Wednesday, November 5.  The girls run at 3:00 & the boys at 4:00.

Come support the Bulldog runners!

Spring Band Concert a Success

Congratulation to Jay Sykes and the Band for a wonderful concert last week! Some of the band alumni came out and played a very moving tribute to GHS & Maggie Walker student, Katie Anderson.

The first Katie Anderson Beginning Band award was given to Taylor Teague and Coleman Boatwright. This award went to the students that have consistently displayed Excellence, Creativity, Courage, Honor and Optimism. Alexis Wiggins and David Tremain received the Outstanding Eighth Grade Band member award.

Boys and Girls Basketball District Recognitions

Please join us in congratulating these exemplary scholar athletes who have recently been recognized as standouts in district basketball competitions:

  • Jessica Liddle, James River District All District Team Girls Basketball
  • Josh Hayden, James River District All District 1st Team , Quad Rivers Conference Team Boys Basketball and District Player of the Year!
  • CeeJay Johnson, James River District All District 2nd Team Boys Basketball
  • B.J. Snead, James River District Honorable Mention Boys Basketball





GHS Swim Team Success

The VHSL Group 2A & 3A State Swimming and Diving Championship was held this past Friday, February 21 at the Christiansburg Aquatics Center. Goochland was well represented this year as Justin Edwards swam his way to two first place finishes! Justin won the 200 yard Individual Medley by 0.58 seconds and the 100 yard Breastroke by 5.04 seconds.

GHS had another swimmer, Mary Wright, qualify to attend the State Championship. Though she was unable to attend we are extremely proud of her accomplishments.

Last year both swimmers set High School Regional swim records. This year, GHS was unable to attend the 2A Regional meet due to the most recent snow storm in Goochland.

“I’ve traveled to the state meet with Justin over the past three years and have seen him work hard to improve his times,” explained GHS swimming coach Elizabeth Kilberg. “I was proud of how fast he swam and how well he competed on Friday evening. Justin has been a true leader for the GHS swim team and we will be sad to see him go as his graduates this spring.”

GHS State Swimming Champion Justin Edwards

Justin will attend Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2014 and will be a member of the Swimming & Diving Team.

Congratulations Coach Kilberg and the GHS swimmers!