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September 13, 2017

Major Warner will receive Good Scout Award Oct. 27

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Fauquier native Major Warner in May presides over his final graduation ceremony as Kettle Run High School’s principal.
Brian van de Graaff, a WJLA-TV 7 meteorologist and Eagle Scout, will emcee the Oct. 27 Good Scout Award Dinner at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton.
Fauquier schools’ Associate Superintendent for Instruction Major Warner next month will receive the 2017 Roland Tapscott Good Scout Award.

The Boy Scouts of the Piedmont District’s Fauquier Division will make the presentation at a dinner Friday, Oct. 27, at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton.

WJLA-TV 7 weatherman Brian van de Graaff, an Eagle Scout from the Piedmont District, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Fauquier’s school board selected Mr. Warner, 48, as assistant superintendent in February and started the job in June. He previously worked a decade as Kettle Run High School’s principal.

Born and raised in Fauquier County, Mr. Warner attended Thompson Elementary School, Coleman Elementary, Marshall Junior High School and Fauquier High School, where he starred in basketball. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Emory & Henry College, where he worked as an admissions counselor following graduation. Mr. Warner earned master’s degree from Tennessee Tech and did postgraduate work at the University of Virginia in administration and educational leadership.

The Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in 2007. He started four years on the college basketball team, which won 79 percent of its games with Mr. Warner scoring 1,261 career points.

When Liberty High School opened in 1994, he took a position as a substitute teacher, while coaching baseball and basketball. Following several school counseling and assistant principal positions in Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William public schools, he became principal at Kettle Run in 2007.

His wife Lisa teaches physical education at Coleman Elementary School. They have a son, Tré, who graduated from Kettle Run in May.

The Good Scout Award is named in honor of the life and deeds of the late Roland Irvin Tapscott. A Montford Marine of World War II, Mr. Tapscott was one of the first African-Americans in the U.S. Marine Corps. Trained at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Mr. Tapscott served in World War II. He worked in Washington for the federal government after the war and returned to his home in Fauquier County, where he served as commander of American Legion Posts 72 and 360 in Warrenton. Mr. Tapscott played a leading role in ending racial segregation in the Fauquier County Public Schools and local restaurants. He received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 and the Fauquier Chamber’s Valor Award in 2013. Mr. Tapscott died in 2014 at age 91.

Each year, the Fauquier division of the Piedmont District considers nominations for the Roland Tapscott Good Scout Award. Nominees are selected based on their everyday demonstration of the scouting principles embodied in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Previous award recipients include Fauquier Chamber President Joe Martin, Warrenton businessman Jim Rankin, Orlean minister Randy West, Vint Hill high-tech executive Gary Newell and Marshall physician, Norris Royston.

Tickets for the Good Scout Award Dinner are $80 per person, $150 per couple and $250 for four. The event will start at 6:30 p.m.

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martinkus · September 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm
Jim Griffin:

I concur with you 100%. He was an outstanding principal at Kettle Run High School and continues to excel in his new position. The county is truly fortunate to have someone of his caliber has an employee!
Jim Griffin · September 13, 2017 at 8:20 am
Major Warner deserves all the honors we can send his way, small recompense for the contributions he makes to our community on an on-going basis. We are fortunate to have a leader of his measure among us focused on the next generations. Bravo!
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