2005 Graduate – Nicholas Kauts
Culpeper, Virginia, is located in one of the most picturesque, historic and friendly regions of Virginia. Midway between the Washington skyline and Skyline Drive, Mount Vernon and Monticello, Bull Run and Appomattox, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the deep blue Atlantic.
Culpeper was named for Lord Thomas Culpeper, Colonial Governor of Virginia, 1680-83. He inherited his rights from his father, Lord John Culpeper, to whom King Charles II had given a large land grant.
At the Virginia convention held May, 1775, in Richmond, the colony was divided into 16 districts and each district instructed to raise a battalion of men “to march at a minute’s notice”. Culpeper, Fauquier, and Orange, forming one district, raised a cadre of 350 men called the Culpeper Minute Men. Organized July 17, 1775, under a large oak tree in “Clayton’s old field” (later known as Catalpa Farm), the Minute Men took part in the Battle of Great Bridge, the first Revolutionary battle on Virginia soil. The Culpeper Minute Men flag is inscribed with the words, “Liberty or Death” and “Don’t Tread on Me”.
In the early 1860’s, one of the most hotly contested areas in the entire world was North-Central Virginia. Culpeper’s strategic location made it a highly prized position for both sides and thus the county witnessed more troop movement than any location in the nation. Within the County, Grant headquartered, Lee camped, Jackson fought and Stuart wintered. In fact, there were more than 160 skirmishes in and around Culpeper during the Civil War.
Important Civil War battles were fought in Culpeper County at Cedar Mountain, Kelly’s Ford and Brandy Station and within the town of Culpeper Courthouse, now called the Town of Culpeper. On June 9, 1863, more than 17,000 saber-wielding horsemen and 3,000 infantry clashed in the Western Hemisphere’s largest cavalry battle. The Winter Encampment of the Union army during the winter of 1863-’64 was the largest encampment of the Civil War, numbering up to 120,000 soldiers.
Some 50 years ago, Culpeper was ranked as the second healthiest place in the United States, second only to Asheville, N.C. In 1971, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Culpeper-Warrenton area as one of the seven most desirable places in the nation to live. Many people choose to live in Culpeper for its high quality of life combined with the friendly atmosphere of a small town set in a beautiful natural environment.
Nicholas Kauts is a proud, healthy resident of this charming town. He also was a student of Citizens’ High School, located in Orange Park, Florida. That’s quite a commute, isn’t it? Actually Nicholas was attending his local high school until he just couldn’t tolerate the lack of their caring demonstrated by his teachers and administrative staff anymore. An unfortunate side affect of government run schools is the mentality that accompanies tenure. Webster defines tenure as the status of holding one’s position on a permanent basis without periodic contract renewals. More simply stated, the teachers in government schools are critically aware that it is next to impossible to get fired no matter how careless they are in the classroom.
Nicholas decided that he could do better on his own. With the support of his parents and the curriculum from Citizens’ High School, Nick completed his senior year at his kitchen table. He earned a 4.0 GPA as well as an accredited high school diploma. He completed his requirements and graduated last February, ahead of his peers.
Nicholas is now pursuing a bachelors degree by first attending Germanna Community College in Locust Grove VA. After he earns his AA, he will push on to a university to chase a Business Administration degree. We here at Citizens’ have every confidence in Nicholas. He has objectively demonstrated his will to succeed and the maturity to carry it out. We could not be prouder of him. We are also grateful that Nicholas and his family chose Citizens’ to assist him in the relentless pursuit of excellence.
Nicholas Kauts, you are Citizens’ High School’s Graduate of the Month for June 2005.
Nicholas Kauts is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for June 2005.