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Students speak out in support of Bluestone coach / November 22, 2017
Trei Venable, Maleek Pulliam and Samantha Bright, three former Bluestone High School students, spoke out at the School Board meeting Monday night in Boydton in support of former Bluestone Baron football coach Jesse Chropka.

It was announced last week that Chropka would be stepping down as head football coach for the team. He will continue to teach math at the school.

All three students praised Chropka’s ability to motivate them and to push them beyond the boundaries they set for themselves. Bright, in particular, told of how injuries kept her from playing the sports she loved. It was Chropka who encouraged her to try out for track and field. She said she loved the sport and credited the coach with the success she achieved while competing.

Venable submitted a petition signed by more than 70 past and present Bluestone students, all of whom want the school division to reinstate Chropka as head football coach.

In 2016 Chropka took the Bluestone Barons football team to the conference playoffs, a first for the program in decades.

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