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A strong and healthy fitness Drifter generation

He taught them well! For over 34 years Steve Swope has extolled the benefits of staying fit to elementary, middle school and high school kids. “Along with healthy eating habits, physical fitness should be heavily emphasized,” Swope said. “It keeps people alive

longer, and provides a better quality of life.”

From the moment they are able to do sit-ups to the day they capture the national spotlight, such as former middle school Drifter and Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith or Longwood University point guard TT Carey Swope promotes health and fitness. Whether an aspiring fitness enthusiast becomes a high school sports star or a youth who seeks a better quality of life, Swope is adamant about eating the proper diet, while pursuing a daily regimen of exercise.

“We try to keep all our kids physically active, especially when the State test come around,” Swope said. “Kids should take pride in doing their best to pass them all.”

Last week Swope gave his final State physical fitness test, and bid farewell to his middle school health and physical education classes. Although his presence will be missed on the courts of elementary school, middle school and high school, his legacy for encouraging pride and self-esteem through exercise will forever become a part of Drifter lore. His message lives on in the hearts of the community of Colonial Beach.

Drifter kids are fit!
Congratulations to Colonial Beach Middle School students in grades 6-8, who passed all four State physical fitness tests in the spring of 2013. These students received better than satisfactory test results on pull-ups, curl-ups, V-sit & reach, and the mile run in their respective grades and age groups.

Sixth grade students who passed all four State tests included: Boys: Mason Delane, Roman Lasse, Dwayne Newman, Austin Norris, Jared Sowell, Tony Holton, Carson Allison, David Cable, Dorrell Gray, Kevin Harris, Kris Herrod. Girls: Elizabeth Drummond, Rachael Gray, Madeline Law, Micheala Martinez, Mayla Miller, Althea Patrick, Olivia Strickland, Kealey Blandford, Breeanna Frye, Shay Grosstephan, Charity Miller, Christy Parker, Shadae Pyatt, Kashala Rosier.

Seventh grade students who passed all four State tests included: Boys: Sean Blandford, Tyshaun Davis, Ethan Harris, Chris Johnson, Andrew Lewis, Ryan Spurlin, Allen Webb, Tommy Donahue, Jeremiah Gibson, Joey Miller, Bufford Sta. Maria, Josh Willford, Tristan Williams, Andrew Burrell. Girls: Kara Allison, Hannah Butler, Lente Huiskens, Latrisse Rosier, Amber Knudson, Kimberly Carbonell, Alyssa Lundmark, Jordan McGinniss, Kiera Parker, Hallie Phillips, Jordan Pratt, Reilly Muse.

Eighth grade students who passed all four State tests included: Boys: Kendrick Creasey, Wyatt Feltner, Alan Gaxiola, Akim Johnson, Cody Kovach, Quintin Napper, Peter Oliver, John Parks, Trey Bowler, Hunter Bristow, Christian Foster, Lorenzo Kovach, Lamar Lucas, AJ Phillips, Chance Roy, Trey Schadegg, Bailey Smith, Alonzo Turner, David Wang. Girls: Michaela Beverly, Jennica Bullet, Katrina Fortune, Megan Mayhew, Shelby Modlin, Ksea Spurlin, Adorn Aranda, Lavonda Brown, Kenzie Cox, Amber Jones, Sariah Ndiaye, Victoria Nutt.

 

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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