For the third consecutive year the Powhatan County Public Schools has been recognized with the Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation, the education wing of the National Association of Music Merchants. Powhatan is one of only seventeen divisions in Virginia to be recognized for the efforts by teachers, students, administrators, parents and the community to make music education a critical part of a well-rounded education. The designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify Andrew Snead, Lead Teacher for Performing Arts completed an extensive survey, which included questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for music education; responses are verified by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. The following music faculty was recognized: Terrell Dean, Cami Graham, Gina Dickerson, Joshua Wright, Chris Thomas, Linda Utt, Sandra Parker, Nicholas Snead, Neil Landini, Andrew Snead, Tom Beekman (not pictured).