St. Catherine’s School students solve mock crime scene mystery

By Alexa Nash

March 2, 2017

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A high school class of sophomores and juniors at St. Catherine’s School, an age 3 through 12th grade all-girls school in Richmond, Va., took part in a mock crime scene as a part of a week-long program called X-Term: an experiential learning program in coordination with St. Christopher’s School to enhance understanding of new material. They had to solve a “murder” by using evidence they collected at the crime scene as well as “suspect” interviews.

This term’s theme was forensics, and the students learned how to process a crime scene which includes identifying the parts of the skeleton, dusting for fingerprints, testing dirt samples, analyzing blood spatter and testing for poison. The students, broken up into two groups, went through the entire forensic process for the mock crime scene, and each member of the group had a specific job that mimics a real crime scene.

Their teachers, Jennifer Harper and Jeanette Adkins, gave the students a list of suspects and their fingerprints. The group members interviewed the suspects based on evidence collected. While neither group identified the correct “perpetrator,” their processed evidence and interviews pointed to two different suspects with two different motives: The need for money for a trip to London and having the same hair color which was found on the crime scene. The “murderer” was later identified as Dr. Ryan Warren, based on fingerprints and his shoe print.

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The first group enters the mock crime scene and immediately begins to document evidence. Photo by Alexa Nash.

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Females forge a new STEM culture

Education programs in the Richmond, Va. region work to bridge the gender gap in male-dominated STEM careers.

By Alexa Nash

UPDATE: April 12, 2017

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A second-grade STEM class at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va. learns about how air fills space to better understand its relevancy to an air pressure experiment Feb. 27. Photo by Alexa Nash.

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Richmond Constituents Discuss Success of Upcoming RPS Plans

The Nov. 8 evening turnout provided opinions from Stoney, Berry and Morrissey voters on how each candidate will move Richmond Public Schools forward.

By Alexa Nash

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Levar Stoney is the mayor elect of the City of Richmond. Photo by Alexa Nash.

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Championing for Mayor: Constituents Discuss their Support

This podcast includes interviews from Richmond, Va. mayoral voters from the watch parties of Joe Morrissey, Jack Berry and mayor elect Levar Stoney.

By Alexa Nash

November 9, 2016

UPDATE: November 21, 2016

Championing for Mayor: Constituents Discuss their Support

David Myers and Tommy Kranz of RPS: A Podcast

By Alexa Nash

Richmond Public Schools leaders David Myers, chief financial officer, and Tommy Kranz, chief operating officer, talk with me about the state of RPS facilities. They both dive into how the new elected Richmond leadership can have a positive, or negative impact on the state of education in the area.

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David Myers and Tommy Kranz of RPS: A Podcast

Morrissey, Mosby Square Off on Financing RPS

Mayoral candidate Michelle Mosby attacked Joe Morrissey’s education plan, stating that he has consistently failed; the experts give their take.

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Morrissey, Mosby Square Off on Financing RPS