Clay FFA team captures national title

FFA team L-R: Darren Ray, Isaac Childers, Clarissa Keiffer and Samantha Hicks. Kelsey Flinn Photo

Posted: June 19, 2018 | Source: Clay County Free Press

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter at Clay County High School has done it again!

For years now, our FFA students have been in the news finishing top in their class in contests that deal with farm management and other genres dealing with wildlife, plants, soil management and grassland conditions.  Earlier this year, students from CCHS competed in the West Virginia Grassland Evaluation Contest at WVU Jackson’s Mill.  This contest, as well as the national contest, was developed due to the need for better knowledge of grassland management.  This is a serious need in our country due to the ever growing problems of pollution and wise uses of grassland will improve water quality and the overall health of a population.  Productive land will benefit people in the country as well as the city.

For a person to survive, there are two needs – fresh water and food. Without proper land management of grass lands and forests, our ability to survive becomes problematic. Our food and  water supplies are essential, always have been and must be protected.  At Jackson’s Mill, students pitted their abilities against…


Emilee Butcher signs with West Virginia Wesleyan College

Pictured is Emilee Butcher, center, signing for WV Wesleyan College.

By: Regina Hubbard | Posted: May 1, 2018 | Source: Clay County Free Press

On April 27, 2018, Emilee Butcher signed with Wesleyan College, where she will be attending this fall. Emilee is the daughter of Sharri and Mike Blagg and Richard Butcher. Emilee will major in nursing at Wesleyan she will also run cross country for them. (more…)

WVU’s top seniors honored with 2018 Order of Augusta, Outstanding Seniors award

Posted: April 23, 2018 | Source: WVU Today

Eight students who collectively “reflect West Virginia University’s mission and vision” have been honored with the Order of Augusta, WVU’s most prestigious student honor.

“When we recognize some of our soon-to-be graduates with the Outstanding Senior award and the Order of Augusta, we celebrate their extraordinary achievements so far,” said Provost Joyce McConnell. “But perhaps even more exciting, we anticipate their future achievements, knowing they will make our world a better place, today and tomorrow.”

The students come from a variety of backgrounds, but share impressive academic achievements, profound volunteer efforts and Mountaineer spirit.

“This year’s outstanding seniors not only exceed expectations in the classroom, but collectively reflect our University’s mission and vision,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris. “They are among our most highly accomplished students who have excelled in undergraduate research, community service, leadership, and global opportunities. I am certain that this Mountaineer cohort will continue to accomplish great things after graduation-in West Virginia and beyond.”

These students, who are among 41 students named WVU Foundation’s Outstanding Seniors, will be honored at a ceremony Thursday (May 10) at 10 a.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center.

The 2018 Order of Augusta scholars are all members of the WVU Honors College:

Daniel Berrebi, from Morgantown, will graduate with degrees in biology and Spanish and a minor in business administration. He is the president of the TriBeta Biological Honors Society, fundraiser chair for the WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades, and serves as a student ambassador for the WVU Foundation and Undergraduate Admissions.
Read more about Berrebi.

Sara Berzingi, from Morgantown, will graduate with degrees in biology and English with a concentration in professional writing and editing. She is a two-term president of the Muslim Student Association, has served as the diversity executive for the Student Government Association, and a former student ambassador for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Read more about Berzingi.

Garrett Burgess, from Elkview, will graduate with degrees in political science and Russian studiesand a minor in foreign literature in translation. He is the former wing commander of the Air Force ROTC Detachment at WVU, president of the WVU Model United Nations, president of the Russian Club, an avid runner, and was named the 2017 Mr. Mountaineer.
Read more about Burgess.

Tanner Filben, from Glen Dale, will graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in computer science. He is the assistant executive director of the Mountaineer Maniacs, a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a former intern to the director for athletics of the Student Government Association.
Read more about Filben.

Anna Gilpin, from Martinsburg, will graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in statistics. She is the vice president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, member of the Society of Women Engineers, associate editor for the Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review, and former executive director for recruitment and retention for the Student Government Association.
Read more about Gilpin.

Trevor Kiess, from Elkins, will graduate with an accounting degree and a minor in pre-law and legal studies. He is the director of community service for the Mountaineer Maniacs, a member of Mountain Honorary, Mortar Board Senior Honorary, and has held several leadership positions in the Student Government Association.
Read more about Kiess.

Savannah Lusk, from Covel, will graduate with a degree in exercise physiology. She is a member of the Helvetia Honorary, Chimes Junior Honorary Society, the WVU chapter of Our Children, Our Future, Model United Nations Club, Mortar Board Honorary, and has served at the 2016-17 alternate Mountaineer Mascot.
Read more about Lusk.

Grant Robertson, from Wheeling, will graduate with a degree in biochemistry and minors in biology and sociology. He serves as the technology chair of the American Chemical Society, community service chair for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a member of WVU Collegiate NCAAP Chapter, and WVU Students Optimistic for Curing Kids.
Read more about Robertson.

Established in 1995 to signify the 40th anniversary of the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Seniors award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

The Order of Augusta further recognizes the students’ superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and record of community and public service. The award is named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the Legislature when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863.

The remaining 33 WVU Outstanding Seniors are:

Rosalynn Andrade; Beckley (Honors College)

Jessica Arvon; Charleston (Honors College)

Faith Baldwin; Saint Clairsville, Ohio

Megan Barthelmess; Hurricane (Honors College)

Cassidy Bland; Wellsburg (Honors College)

David Buch; Beckley (Honors College)

Emily Columbus: Brentwood, Pennsylvania

Wijdan Dabeek; Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Alyssa Diehl; Chardon, Ohio

Lindsay Elliot; Moseley, Virginia (Honors College)

Yacine Feliachi; Morgantown (Honors College)

Audrey Geise; Allentown, Pennsylvania (Honors College)

Morgan Goff; Weirton (Honors College)

Ahmed Haque; Bridgeport (Honors College)

Nicole Hegele; Odd (Honors College)

Jason Horvath; North Royalton, Ohio (Honors College)

Riley Imlay; Huntington (Honors College)

Allyson Karnell: Cincinnati, Ohio (Honors College)

Elizabeth Keim; Glen Dale

Raven Kennedy; Paynesville

Morgan King; Charleston (Honors College)

Zachary Koenig; Charleston (Honors College)

Abigail Lusk; Man

Arin Migaiolo; Morgantown (Honors College)

Jared Peterson; Morgantown

Courtney Pyatt; Fayetteville (Honors College)

Jordan Riggs; Wheeling (Honors College)

Morgan Stemler; Nestorville (Honors College)

Luke Stover; Saxon (Honors College)

Rachel Tallman; Morgantown (Honors College)

Patrick Thomas; Hurricane (Honors College)

Hunter White; Clendenin (Honors College)

Jeffrey Zopp; Milton



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Clay County Schools announces winners of Young Writers Contest

Miss Stover and  Lucy Gonzales of Clay County Middle School.

Posted: April 17, 2018 | Source: Clay County Free Press

For over 30 years, the West Virginia Young Writers Contest has celebrated student writing in the state.  The YWC grows out of a deep commitment to writing in all subjects, and to the publishing, displaying and celebrating of student writing. (more…)

WVWC students receive NASA awards

Submitted photo West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Department of Physics and Engineering has been successful at the recent West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, a program sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Shown here are Department Chair Dr. Albert Popson, John Harvey, Angela Meyer, Connor Farrell, Dr. Tracey DeLaney and Ethan Randolph. Not pictured is Paige Stinson.

Posted: April 17, 2018 | Source: The InterMountain

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Department of Physics and Engineering was successful at the April meeting of the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, a program sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (more…)

Middle school students mix it up at Chemist Challenge

DuPont Middle School students and their sponsor who took part in the “You Be the Chemist Challenge” April 13 at West Virginia State University included, from left to right, (front row) Max Hall, Jenny McBrayer, Olivia Minor, Dashaya Booker, Halley Burke, Joseph Cook, Bryant Welch, (back row) Hayden Henderson, Kaleb Rameriz, Charles Melvin, Zoe Spencer-Clark and DPMS teacher/sponsor Kristy Peters. CLINT THOMAS | Metro

Posted: April 13, 2018 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail – Metro Kanawha

West Virginia State University hosted the annual Dow Chemical “You Be the Chemist Challenge” on April 13, in the James C. Wilson University Union on the Institute campus.

More than 60 competitors from 11 area middle schools competed in the challenge, an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades five through eight to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.

Competitors came from the following middle schools: Andrew Jackson, Calvary Baptist Academy, Charleston Catholic, Clay County, DuPont, East Bank, Hurricane, McKinley, Sissonville, Stonewall Jackson and Winfield.

The youths competed against one another through numerous rounds of multiple-choice questions that tested their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries and chemical safety awareness.

The Hurricane Middle School team of Gianna Muto (first place), Olivia Akins (second place) and Laynee Caldwell (third place) swept the event.

Sponsored locally and nationally by Dow Chemical, the challenge is an academic competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation.

43 Kanawha County Students Qualify for National DECA Marketing & Management Competition

By: Briana Warner, Communications Director | For Immediate Release: Mar. 22, 2018 | Source: KCBOE

Charleston, West Virginia – Forty-three high school students from Herbert Hoover High School, Nitro High School, Sissonville High School and St. Albans High School have qualified to compete in the national competition at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 21 – 24 in Atlanta, GA. DECA is a nonprofit international student organization that prepares students for a future in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. (more…)