Scott supervisors honor forensics champ, Gate City basketball team

Holly Viers • May 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM

GATE CITY — The Scott County Board of Supervisors started what it hopes will be a new tradition this week to honor high-achieving students.

During its regular meeting on Wednesday, the BOS presented awards to the Gate City High School boys’ basketball team, which won a state title earlier this year, and Loren Vermillion, a Gate City High School student who won a state forensics competition.

“There are students or groups of students that … perform above and beyond the call of duty sometimes, and they represent our county,” said BOS Chairman David Redwine. “In the state of Virginia, for anyone to hail from Scott County and win championships or win awards that are statewide, it’s a tremendous accomplishment.”

Redwine began by presenting a plaque to Vermillion, a 16-year-old who recently won the VHSL 2A state championship for original oratory in forensics.

“That is something that is very difficult. … To take a student who is 16 years old and have her perform in front of large groups of people (and win) is a tremendous accomplishment,” Redwine said.

BOS member Danny Mann followed by presenting a plaque to the Gate City High School boys’ basketball team, which consists of Mac McClung, Bradley Dean, Jon Compton, Grayson Jenkins, Andrew Sharpe, David George, Drew Vermillion, Jacob Hicks, Jonathan Sallee, Zac Ervin, Logan Noe and Charlie Quinn.

The team made school history earlier this year by winning the VHSL Class 2 championship, the first win for the program in five trips to the state final.

“It’s not an easy task to do what you’ve done, the practice and man-hours you put in,” Mann told the players. “I know you probably struggled somewhere, but somewhere, somebody encouraged you to play harder, to try harder and put more effort forward. … So you’re Scott County’s team; you really are.”