NNPS contributes helping hands and fast feet during One City Marathon

Posted: March 14, 2019

One City Marathon weekend came and went with NNPS students and staff lending a helping hand and fast feet to make the weekend's races a success.

Everything a runner experienced during the weekend events involved Newport News Public Schools students and staff. Students from Enterprise Academy stuffed goody bags for runners as a service-learning project. The bags were picked up by participants during the Health and Wellness Expo on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at the Denbigh Community Center.

Seventy-two NNPS buses transported runners to the marathon and half-marathon start lines on Sunday morning.

Before the start of the marathon, half marathon and 8k, NNPS students performed the National Anthem and presented to the U.S. and state flags.

  • For the One City Marathon, Naomi Hurt, a senior at Denbigh High School, delivered the National Anthem with members of the Denbigh High School ROTC presenting colors.

  • At the half marathon start line, Abigail Powell, a freshman at Menchville High School, performed the National Anthem, and members of the Menchville High School ROTC presented colors.

  • To kick off the Maritime 8K, Lyric Slaughter, a sophomore at Warwick High School sang the national anthem and the Heritage High School ROTC presented colors before the start.

Woodside, Denbigh and Warwick high schools had cheer stations along the marathon route and students and staff were out early to encourage the field of runners.

Students and staff alike also participated in the races. Most notably, Chief of Staff Rashard Wright and Chief Academic Officer Brian Nichols ran their first half marathon and marathon respectively, with 32 employees registering for the marathon, half marathon or 8k. Nearly 630 students participated in the Nautical Mile representing two early childhood centers, 14 elementary schools and two middle schools.

Slideshow: NNPS at One City Marathon

  • Rebecca Rysinski, Kymani Pearson-Brown, Kirsten Vandergrift and Kristen Young, ESL teachers at Denbigh High School ran the marathon relay.
  • Catherine Harden, an Instructional Assistant at Passage Middle School ran the full marathon.
  • Students and staff from Denbigh High School show off their signs of encouragement for runners.
  • The ROTC from Denbigh High School presented colors before the start of the marathon.
  • Heritage High School's ROTC presented colors before the start of the Maritime 8K.
  • Students from Hidenwood Elementary School pose with their medals after running the Nautical Mile.
  • Phyllis Pope, a lead teacher at Enterprise Academy completed the marathon.
  • Riverside Elementary School Principal Jacky Barber poses with Riverside students who completed the Nautical Mile.
  • Chief Academic Officer Brian Nichols; Chief of Staff Rashard Wright; Shelby Hernandez and Charlotte Bordino, teachers at Achievable Dream Academy; and Emily Dugan pose with their medals.
  • Saunders Elementary School students pose before the start of the Nautical Mile.
  • Substitute teacher Valor Foy-Jones completed the marathon.
  • Students from Warwick High School cheer on marathon and half marathon runners.
  • Students and staff from Woodside High School cheered on marathon runners.