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Ashburn Football Stars

We’ve always been ready for some football here in Ashburn, and this Bowl season brought us the chance to see our Ashburn football stars in action on the big screen! Event hose who aren’t college football fans, turned on the TV, gathered at local watering holes, and even in some cases, made the trip to see the games.

First up, with a Tuesday afternoon kickoff, was the Military Bowl, with Wake Forest up against Temple. Redshirt junior TE Cam Serigne, of Briar Woods fame, had three catches for 68 yards, including a catch for the first score for the Deacon Demons. Final score: Temple 26, Wake Forest 34. With the game Annapolis, MD, most of Ashburn was deserted, as Ashburn football fans and friends made the little over an hour journey to watch and exciting game. Cam announced he’ll return to Wake Forest for his senior year.

Cam Serigne TD pass

Touchdown in the first quarter. Photo credit: Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film

Cam Serigne Military Bowl

Celebrating the first WF TD in the Military Bowl. Photo credit: Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film

Next up, the Stanford Cardinal took on North Carolina in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX on Friday. When Stanford’s QB was injured late in the second quarter, senior Ryan Burns, former Stone Bridge Bulldog, stepped up to lead the team to victory, going 6-12 for 86 yards. Final score: Stanford 25, North Carolina 23.

Ryan Burns Stanford Sun Bowl

Ryan Burns gets a pass off at the Sun Bowl. Photo credit: AP Photo/Mark Lambie

We had just enough time to grab some sleep before turning on the Peach Bowl to see Stone Bridge’s own Jonathan Allen play for Alabama as they took on Washington. Game Captain Allen, a senior DE, had two tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery for a defense that only allowed 7 points, as the Crimson Tide won 24-7. Alabama advances tot he National Championship, against Clemson, in Tampa on Monday, January 9. Roll Tide!

Jonathan’a awards include the Chuck Bednarik Award (national defensive player of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year), Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s top defensive end) and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Ashburn football fans look forward to cheering Jonathan on in the National Championship game next week, and NFL next year!

Jonathan Allen Peach Bowl Football

Jonathan Allen makes a tackle during the first half of the Peach Bowl. Photo credit: AP Photo/David Goldman

 

Jonathan Allen Peach Bowl Football 2016

Jonathan Allen recovers fumble at the Peach Bowl. Photo credit: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

We rounded up bowl week with the Rose Bowl, where Penn State took on USC on Monday. Those who watched got to see an very exciting game, with Penn State’s QB, redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley, former Briar Woods Falcon, leading the team to reel off 24 straight points after falling behind early. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough, and USC won 52-49 on a FG as time expired in the game. We look forward to watching McSorley again next year, confident he’ll lead the Nittany Lions to another Bowl bid.

Trace McSorley Rose Bowl 2017

Trace scrambling during the Rose Bowl. Photo credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 

Trace McSorley Rose Bowl 2017

Trace runs for a touchdown in the Rose Bowl. Photo credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone’s Talking About LCPS

It’s that time of year…the holidays are over; parents are ready for the kids to go back to school and BAM! In the first 7 days LCPS closes 3 days and delays for 2 hours on another. On Facebook the debate rages and I begin to wonder, does Loudoun County Public Schools ever make the right call?

post photo courtesy of Dave Scarangella

When the forecast calls for bad weather—snow/ice—LCPS monitors Doppler radar and AccuWeather. In addition, transportation staff drives around the county to assess the roads and other staff spot checks various schools to see the conditions of parking lots and sidewalks. That information, plus available forecasts, go into the official call, which needs to be made around 4am, to allow for getting the word out to staff, news outlets, and then parents and students.

When some of us, especially in Eastern Loudoun, get up, survey the roads, and finding them reasonably clear, head to the Internet, sending it into overdrive. Many fail to take into account the Western and more rural areas of Loudoun County, which have many roads that are narrower, less maintained, and are made of gravel or dirt. These areas are often much more treacherous than our paved, maintained roads of Ashburn.

I work from home—and so does my husband—and it’s an interruption when the kids are home. But I’m not responsible for around 70,000 students. Closing, delaying or closing early is a pain and I’m sure one not made lightly. Schedules, activities and more have to be shifted around and/or rescheduled. So let’s give the folks at LCPS the benefit of the doubt, that they are making informed decisions and aren’t just messing with us.

Wayde Byard, LCPS Public Information Officer

Don’t blame me–I’m just the messenger.

Although…on Tuesday there was a brief news item on the official LCPS site that schools would be delayed 2 hours on Wednesday. My poor friend (who shall remain nameless) happened to catch it and posted on Facebook. She obviously was not the only one, which let to the hilarious situation of the LCPS Public Information Officer, Wadye Byard, having to send out emails, texts and autocalls assuring frustrated parents all across Loudoun County that school would be on and on time Wednesday.

Whew!

And now…the big news.

There was a security breach at LCPS that wasn’t discovered until someone was Googling a phone number, which led him to a web page with personal details about LCPS students. A third party, Risk Solution International, left the pages public after testing, leading to the breach. Leesburg Today is following the story.

At this time what we know is that the site deals with emergency management plans for LCPS, is normally password-protected, and contains almost 1300 links with identifying information on students. It did NOT contain social security numbers, photos, or credit card/drivers license numbers.

The good news (really) is that the site was not hacked; the site was left unsecure unintentionally. This is still a serious mistake and obviously Risk Solution International needs to review and possibly change their internal protocols. That information needs to made public to the parents of LCPS students, so we feel assured that everything that can be done to protect our kids information is being done.

This incident is just one more reminder of the fragile nature of the Internet. As more and more information, especially sensitive information, is shifted to massive servers, like we have dotted around Ashburn, we need to be vigilant, demand excellence from those who are storing our information, and have a plan for when breaches occur.

It is also a teachable moment to our kids about what they – and we – put out there about ourselves and how is can be accessed, intentionally or not.

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