GATORADE – East Lynn Elementary School Teacher Stephanie Thompson, back, helps students Raymond Skeens, Kaydence Shoemaker, Ashton Maynard, Noah Caldwell and Glenn Dalton operate a Lego alligator using a laptop during the school’s science camp. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

East Lynn hosts science camp

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

EAST LYNN – East Lynn Elementary kicked off its annual Summer Science Camp this week with some animal fun.

Twenty-seven students going into the second through fifth grades learned how to use LEGO Robotics to build animated and moving animals.

Students were given the opportunity to design, develop, diagram, program and present their LEGO creations. They were also taught about animal habitats and designed their own for their LEGO creations.

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Cadet Emily O’Neal, left, of Spring Valley High School, earned the distinction of being the top cadet at JCLC out of 280 cadets attending the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge camp held at Camp Dawson June 11-16. Cadet Jacob Webb, right, a student at Tolsia High School, was the second place finisher making two out of the top three positions from Wayne County.

Wayne County students excel at JROTC Camp

CAMP DAWSON – Two Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students attending Wayne County high schools earned individual honors during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) camp held at Camp Dawson, WV, 11-16 June 2016.

Cadet Emily O’Neal, a rising senior at Spring Valley High School, earned the distinction of being the top cadet at JCLC out of 280 cadets attending the six day event. Cadet Jacob Webb, a student at Tolsia High School, was the second place finisher making two out of the top three positions from Wayne County.

JCLC is a leadership camp sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command where deserving cadets from each Army JROTC program in the State including five additional schools from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, develop their leadership skills. JCLC attendees are cadets bound for higher leadership positions within their respective schools’ JROTC programs. JCLC attendees are placed in leadership positions while at camp to hone their skills in leading their peers. Cadets are also faced with leading their fellow cadets through obstacle courses, rope bridging over a lake, a 60ft rappel tower and rock wall to challenge their personal courage, marksmanship, and a leadership reaction course.

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Above NRCS representative Bill Stewart presenting Tolsia High Agriculture students Johnny Johnson, Kyler Speer and Kenny Patton a $5000 check for the grant. Below, Tolsia Agriculture student Adam Marcum with the chickens at Tolsia High. Photos submitted

Tolsia High School Vo-Ag program gets national grant

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GLENHAYES – Tolsia High Vocational Agriculture Program received a grant in the amount of $5000 from the Natural Resources Conservation Services. Bill Stewart, representing the NRCS, made the presentation to the Tolsia High School Vocational Agriculture Program. The Tolsia program is led by instructor Gary Selby and will use the grant to purchase a new high tunnel.

Selby said,” We want to thank our partners at NRCS for their continued support. These type of partnerships enable us to give our students a great experience in the agriculture field.” Tolsia Agriculture Program also welcomed some new residents of the program recently.

Selby and his classes have a chicken coop that now houses 18 chickens at the Agriculture Complex. Selby feels that exposing his students to the many opportunities in agriculture with both plants and animals will better serve them in the future.

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From left: Daniel May, Joshua Blatt, Nancie Harmon, Quinlan Neal, Collin Smith, and Harrison Massie participate in a Skype meeting to present ideas about implementing one-to-one technology.

Spring Valley High students Skype with state CTE chief

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SPRING VALLEY – In response to an invitation from Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, West Virginia’s Chief Officer for Career and Technical Education, Spring Valley High School students participated in a Skype session to share their own ideas for implementing one-to-one technology in schools state wide.

Participating in the Skype session included representatives from two of Spring Valley’s Simulated Workplaces: The Valley Project (Project Lead the Way) and Patriotic American Leadership Specialists (JROTC).

Other high schools and career centers from across the state participated in the Skype session, as well as West Virginia State Board of Education President Michael Green, Dr. D’Antoni, and representatives from Leadership West Virginia.

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Justice Staley talks to judges about his Senior Quest project.

Senior Quest comes for
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GLENHAYES – Senior students in Wayne County’s three high schools are required to complete a Senior Quest Project as part of their graduation criteria. This entails an extensive process that includes a research paper, a hands on project that is completed by the student, and a presentation before a panel of outside judges.

Students are required to work with a mentor in the area that their project falls under and are guided through the process by their English teacher at the school as well. The Senior Quest Program in Wayne County Schools is coordinated by Mr. Vernon Shy.

Tolsia High Seniors completed their presentations before the judging panel on Thursday April 28th. The Tolsia Senior Quest Program is under the direction of Mr. Noah Copley English Teacher at Tolsia High. Mr. Copley feels that the Senior Quest process is invaluable for his students as they prepare to transition into the next phase of their educational or vocational experiences.

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Tolsia High offering exciting new program this year

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GLENHAYES – JAG may be a common term people are familiar with, but the JAG Program (Jobs for America’s Graduates) is new to Wayne Co. Schools. The program had been at Wayne High previously, it is now offered at all three county high schools (Wayne, Tolsia, Spring Valley).

The JAG Program is run as a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. The organization has been operating for over 30 years and has consistently yielded positive results.

Throughout the nation they have served nearly three-quarters of a million students stay in school and pursue post-secondary education or employment opportunities.

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East Lynn Hosts Career Fair

EAST LYNN – This is the second year that East Lynn Elementary School has invited guests of many different professions into the school to talk about their jobs. Students had the opportunity to talk to a Vet, Nurse, Biologist, Surveyor, a Cook, Volunteer Fire Fighters, Police Officers, a Counselor, and a Construction Worker. The students were able to speak to all of the guests and look at various instruments that they use.

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Tolsia Ag program contributes to JROTC Ball

GLENHAYES – Tolsia High Vocational Agriculture Program contributed home grown Arugula lettuce to the JROTC Military Ball on Saturday April 9th.

The produce was grown in the Tolsia High Agriculture Program on campus at the school. The program has also opened for business with their Rebel Farms and Greenhouse selling plants and flowers throughout the Spring.

The Tolsia High Vocational Agriculture Program is under the direction of Mr. Gary Selby. Mr. Selby said, “we love working cooperatively with other groups and organizations in our school and our area. It is an excellent opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and also contribute to various endeavors at the same time.”

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First purchase at Rebel Farms and Greenhouses - Vo Ag students Christina Trent & Tawny Maynard, adult customer Tolsia Teacher Virginia Walker.

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2016 Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band

Students from the Buffalo MS Band and the Vinson MS Band represented Wayne County and the state of West Virginia at The Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band weekend held February 27 on the Ohio State University campus.
(From L to R) Blake Lockhart, Mackenzie Sutphin and Issak Ross from Vinson MS and Madeline Rood and Gary Coffman from Buffalo MS were among 385 students representing six states performing that weekend.

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Wayne High School Coal Fair

Wayne High School hosted its 4th Annual Coal Fair recently. The event allows students to learn about the coal mining heritage of their community and encourages them to make projects in a variety of subject areas. Projects will be taken to the CEDAR Regional Coal Fair in Logan in April. The overall first place winner was Elizabeth Ramsey who wrote a poem describing the many uses for coal. Noah Hill won first place in the English category while Lindsey Queen won first place in the art category. Photos submitted

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East Lynn hosts Coal Fair

EAST LYNN – East Lynn Elementary hosted their first Coal Fair on February 25. Participants ranged from group projects to class projects in grades two, four and five. Students set up their projects in the gym, and fourth and fifth grade gave their presentations to all students and staff.

The projects reflect the history of coal mining in the state of West Virginia. Some students created models of buildings that were once a part of old time coal towns. Others created coal scrip and carbide lights which students were allowed to interact with. Awards were presented to four first place winners in separate categories, with the winners to compete in the Regional CEDAR Coal Fair on April 10 at the Logan Convention Center.

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Tolsia High School students get Microsoft certifications

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GLENHAYES – Amanda Copley’s Information Management students at Tolsia High Career-Technical Center have been working diligently to complete the Microsoft Specialist Word Certification status. As a result, fourteen students at Tolsia High School have achieved their Microsoft Specialist Word Certifications.

The following students have successfully completed all the requirements to be certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist for Office Word 2013; Gary Stevens, Kalee Hillman, Lauren Blamer, Jessica Nelson, Trisha Cremeans, Taylor Parsley, Matthew Adkins, Mckenna Blackburn, Austin Rose, Robert Thompson, Alexandria Stroud, Jason Johnson, Andy Hallam, and Alexys Spaulding.

These students are members of Ms. Amanda Copley’s Business Computers Application I (BCA I) class with the new Microsoft IT Academy option. Ms. Copley’s second semester the classes will be working towards their certification in Microsoft PowerPoint.

If you would like more information about the Information Management program at Tolsia High or this program contact: Ms. Amanda Copley (304) 648-5566 or Mr. Ric Morrone, CTE Administrator Tolsia High. Ext. 29.

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Kenova third graders gather donations for hospital

KENOVA – Kenova Elementary Third Graders have been working hard for two weeks on a local service project. The goal of this student led project is to gather toy donations for patients at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital in Huntington.

On Friday, February 12th, special guest speaker Dr. Jacob Kilgore came to discuss the progress of the project with students and provide information about the hospital and how they work hard to make sure young patients feel safe during hard times. So far, over 100 items/new toys such as coloring books, dolls, cars, Legos, etc.... have been donated. This service project required students to present multi-media presentations to every classroom in the school informing students and teachers about the project and how they can help.

Students worked in small teams in which every member had a job specific for their strengths. This service project covered numerous next generation standards in reading, speaking and listening, and social studies. Teachers plan to deliver donations by the first week of March. Donations can be made at Kenova Elementary through February 29th.

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WAYNE – Wayne High School’s robotics teams (3273A and 3273B) competed February 6th at the NASA sponsored WV Vex Qualifier in Fairmont, WV. The teams finished qualifying as the 1st and 2nd place teams. 3272B ended up as the tournament champion by beating 3273A in the finals. 3273A received the Design Award for their professional approach to designing the robot.

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SKYPE CHAT WITH SENATOR MANCHIN – Students at Wayne High School had a Skype session with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Wednesday. About 30 students participated in the half-hour long session. Students asked the former governor questions about coal, education and his experiences in government.

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Eighth grade students at Wayne Middle School listen to a presentation on internet safety on Monday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

WMS learns dangers of internet

BY NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Seventh and eighth grade students at Wayne Middle School learned the dangers of internet usage during a presentation Monday.

W.Va. State Police Officer R. Grose and Attorney Gary Michels spoke to students about the safe ways to use the internet, and the repercussions of cyber-bullying and sexting.

“Anyone who uses the internet is at risk,” Officer Grose said. “Whether you are using Facebook or even Xbox Live, you can be targeted by predators.”

Grose detailed the do’s and don’t’s of social media usage including being specific in who you add or allow to follow you, not posting locations or landmarks in photos and not putting too much information about yourself for the world to see.

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Tolsia High School hosts orientation for future Rebels

GLENHAYES – Tolsia High School hosted a transition program for eighth students from Fort Gay K-8 and Crum Middle School February 2nd.

Students participated in a variety of activities throughout the day after arriving on campus at Tolsia. The new Rebels were welcomed with an assembly in the gym then rotated through various sessions. Sessions included: educational overview and elective choices, JROTC program overview and team building activities, Marshall University Support Services panel discussion and an overview of the Career-Technical Programs at Tolsia High.

The Orientation program was coordinated by Tolsia High Counselor Debra Asbury , Crum Middle Counselor Lorinda Newman, and Fort Gay K-8 Counselor Ray Blevins . Mrs. Asbury said, “ I feel the orientation program provides a valuable experience and information that will aid students in the transition from middle school to high school over the next year. I want to thank all those that helped provide this program to our middle school students.”

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Prichard students having “SNOW” much fun

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PRICHARD – The students and staff of Prichard Elementary School moved their learning outside to enjoy the snow left by “Mother Nature.” Students participated in social studies, science, and math lessons while building snowmen and throwing snowballs. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades decorated their snowmen to resemble historical figures they had been studying (famous explorers and Civil War Era notables.) Also, the students reenacted famous battles.

For science lessons, students filled 4 ounce cups with snow and made predictions about how long it would take for the snow to melt in a controlled environment, as well as how much water would be in the cup once the snow melted. Students in 2nd grade worked in groups to build snowmen and measure how tall they were with a measuring tape.

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Spring Valley High School JROTC state drill team champs

HAMLIN – The Spring Valley High School JROTC Drill Team members are the first West Virginia State Drill Champions. They won the state Drill competition at Lincoln County High School on Saturday, January 16th. First place honors included Advanced Color Guard, first year cadet Color Guard, Armed Platoon Exhibition, Unarmed Platoon Exhibition, Armed Regulation Platoon, and Unarmed Regulation Platoon Drill. The team also earned third place in Armed Regulation Squad Drill and Armed Platoon Inspection. Individual honors go to Emily O’Neal, 1st place Armed Knockout; Brettina Jeffers, 6th place Unarmed Knockout, and Tyler Lyons, 9th place Armed Knockout.

Drill competitions consist of military regulation close order marching of squad and platoon formations, marching with the National Colors, inspection of formations, as well as non-regulation exhibition routines with and without rifles. Armed exhibition routines are similar to Army and Marine Corps silent drill teams where units march and spin rifles in unison. This year is the first time that the West Virginia Department of Education has sanctioned JROTC Drill, Raider, and Rifle competitions as state championships.

The state Raider competition will be at Spring Valley High School on March 19th. The state Rifle competition will be February 20th at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg.

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Kenova Elementary First Semester Academic Awards Assembly was enjoyed by parents, students, and staff earlier this month. Students in grades K-5 were recognized for several academic achievements on January 6th. Students that read the most books in Accelerated Reader were honored. The KES Math Field Day Team and students that earned a level 4 on last year’s Smarter Balance were given trophies. 2nd Graders were given Reasoning Minds certificates for meeting certain objectives. Students that had zero absences and zero tardies first semester were recognized and will receive lunch with the principal. KES will have an end of the year awards assembly in May.

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Kenova first semester academic awards assembly

Kenova Elementary First Semester Academic Awards Assembly was enjoyed by parents, students, and staff earlier this month. Students in grades K-5 were recognized for several academic achievements on January 6th. Students that read the most books in Accelerated Reader were honored. The KES Math Field Day Team and students that earned a level 4 on last year’s Smarter Balance were given trophies. 2nd Graders were given Reasoning Minds certificates for meeting certain objectives. Students that had zero absences and zero tardies first semester were recognized and will receive lunch with the principal. KES will have an end of the year awards assembly in May.

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WMS at Wayne Continuous Care

On December 17, 2015, members of the Wayne Middle School student leadership team visited with residents of the Wayne Continuous Care Center. The students and residents enjoyed unwrapping Christmas presents and spending time together. Above members of the Wayne Middle School student leadership team pause for a picture before visiting residents of the Wayne Continuous Care Center. Photo submitted

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Student Council kids with food loaded and ready to be transported to Good Samaritan Center. Photo submitted

News from CKMS

The staff and students of Ceredo-Kenova Middle School strongly believe in the importance of giving back to their community. CKMS students from various school groups have been involved in several different community service projects over the past few weeks.

A Canned Food Drive was sponsored by the CKMS Student Council during the week before Thanksgiving. Students donated 1, 603 food items, which were donated to the Good Samaritan Center in Kenova.

8th grade WV History students from CKMS donated items such as small toys, games, books, and toiletry items, which were packed into shoeboxes to be sent to children in developing nations through the Operation Christmas Child Project.

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WHS JROTC MARKSMANSHIP TEAM – This year’s team consists of Emily Hudson, Corey Morgan, Alexander Jackson, Makenzie Wolfe, Tyler Roy, John Creed, Jeremy Foster, and Jennifer Rowe. Wayne High School cadets participate in air rifle marksmanship annual and for the past several years have advanced to 4th Brigade Best of the Best and the National Championship competition. Photo submitted

Wayne JROTC Marksmanship Team hits the mark

WAYNE – Wayne High School JROTC Marksmanship Team recently competed in the Wayne County 4-H Marksmanship Competition. The competition consists of competing in three positions; prone, standing, and kneeling. This year there were 17 teams that competed with a total of 50 competitors.

Wayne JROTC took first place with the following individuals placing as well.
Emily Hudson won first place in prone and kneeling and Makenzie Wolfe won first place in standing and first place over all out of 50 competitors.

This year’s team consists of Emily Hudson, Corey Morgan, Alexander Jackson, Makenzie Wolfe, Tyler Roy, John Creed, Jeremy Foster, and Jennifer Rowe. Wayne High School cadets participate in air rifle marksmanship annual and for the past several years have advanced to 4th Brigade Best of the Best and the National Championship competition. Wayne High and the JROTC program are very proud of the cadets on their great accomplishments.

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Above, members of the Wayne High School JROTC Academic JLAB Team. Gavin Boothe, Makenzie Wolfe, Amber Justice, and Andrew Roy will advance to the JLAB Level II competition in February 2016. Photo submitted

WHS JROTC competes in JLAB

WAYNE – Wayne High School JROTC Academic JLAB (JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl) Team competed in an on-line academic competition that included 1,495 JROTC programs across the country.

The competition consists of problems in areas of mathematics, science, reading/language arts and problem solving. JLAB teams are made up of four members who take the exam together under stringent time constraints. The questions are similar to college ACT or SAT exams in nature.

The Wayne High School JROTC JLAB team of: Gavin Boothe, Makenzie Wolfe, Amber Justice, and Andrew Roy will advance to the JLAB Level II competition in February 2016.

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The Fort Gay Pre-K 8 Drama Club put on their first performance last night and gained great reviews from students, staff, and parents. The performance definitely deserved a five star rating. The cast members were well prepared and captured their audience with their first production, “A Christmas Carol” . This will be an annual performance and possibly a spring show as well. The students enjoyed learning all the aspects related to putting on a production of this type. Jill Kitts and Tracy Fuller, (fifth grade teachers), spent many countless hours preparing the students for the play. Photo submitted

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STEADY AS SHE GOES – Wayne High School student Brandon Multari participates in a DUI Simulator on Thursday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

WHS students get a crash course in DUI driving

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE - Wayne High School students got a crash course in what it feels like to drive under the influence on Thursday.

Students were given the opportunity to participate in The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration’s DUI Simulator, a system that allows participants to experience different levels of impairment in different situations.

Andrew Roy, a student at WHS, said the simulator is harder than you might think. “It gets really difficult the farther you go, once you reach point six you can’t steer,” Roy said.

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LEADING THE WAY – Joshua Blatt, Abigail Chaffins, and Alexander Kleppe set up for the Minority Business Expo. Photo submitted

Project Lead the Way hosts showcase at Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY – Students in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) at Spring Valley High School have had a busy October. They started the month by hosting a PLTW Showcase, received a grant from Braskem, participated in the 2nd Annual Minority Business Expo, and ended the month with a presentation to Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Chief Officer Division of Career and Technical Education.

The PLTW Showcase was held October 6th at the Spring Valley High School Career and Technical Education Center. Those in attendance included industry representatives from Toyota and Braskem, teachers and administrators from other counties, teachers working with the Launch and Gateway programs in Wayne County, representatives from Marshall University and West Virginia University, and regional representatives for PLTW.

Among those who presented at the Showcase were former PLTW students Kevin Colemen, who works for Toyota’s Buffalo plant through the AMT program, and Kyle O’Neal, who is a student at Marshall University. They both explained how PLTW had helped to build skills that have helped them be successful in continuing education and the workplace.

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Tolsia High School Vocational Agriculture Instructor Mr. Gary Selby and members of his Vocational Agriculture Program work on the construction of a high tunnel on campus. The program began Oct. 15. Photo submitted.

Tolsia High School adds Vocational Agriculture

GLENHAYES – Tolsia High Career Technical Center is excited about its newest program offering, Vocational Agriculture has been added to the list of offerings helping to prepare students for their future career opportunities.

The Tolsia High School Vocational Agriculture Program assisted in the construction of a high tunnel on campus. The program, headed by Instructor Gary Selby, helped in the installation of a high tunnel beginning on Thursday Oct. 15. The high tunnel will be used for indoor growing and extension of the growing season. The high tunnel is being installed with the support of the Wayne County Farm Bureau and Bill Stewart as well as the WV Department of Agriculture.

Tolsia Career Technical Administrator Ric Morrone feels the Vocational Agriculture Program will be a great addition to programming. Morrone said ,”Mr. Selby with his experience and love for the field of Agriculture brings an excitement to this new program at Tolsia and we are looking forward to seeing it become a model program all across our region.”

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Lavalette Elementary hosts Pioneer Day, Grandparent's Day

Lavalette Elementary hosted a Pioneer Day on Friday, September 25, 2015. Students met Johnny Appleseed and were able to ask questions about his life, watched wool from llamas be spun into thread, made homemade applebutter and were able to sample it, and discussed quilting. LES would like to thank Greg Goode, Sr., Tom and Judy Ross from Good News Llamas, Nancy Webb, and a host of parent volunteers for helping make this day a success.

Lavalette Elementary hosted Grandparent’s Day on September 14th. Grandparents were invited to enjoy refreshment and visit students in their classroom and meet staff.

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More than 20 members of Crosspoint Community Church, ages 6 and up, painted at Kellogg, C-K and Vinson Elementary as part of their Sunday Serve program. Shayne Carey, assistant principal, was team leader. Many thanks to all who participated and the Wayne County Board of Education for providing paint and supplies. Photos submitted

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SMARTER BALANCE – The following students have achieved a score of 4 on the Smarter Balance test in both Math and Reading/Language Arts. This is the highest possible score. In recognition for their efforts, Qdoba Mexican Grill awarded each student a free meal. This group of students will be recognized by the Wayne County Board of Education in October: Front Row (from left): Stephen Lazar, Christopher Harper, Devin Maynard, Kaleb Leonard, Tanner Dixon, Alyssa Watts, Alexander Kleppe, and Brandt Maynard; Back Row: Madison Vaughn, Lakin Wellman, Ashely Gibson, Abigail Chaffins, Caitlin Cantley, Jessica Crislip, Danielle Slone, Jiyoon Kim, Rachel Maddox, and Casey Hinchman; Not pictured: Hailee Meadows . Submitted photo

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The Marching Pioneers (above) swept all categories in the Class B section of the Midland Band Festival Saturday afternoon. Wayne High School received first place overall, percussion, color guard and drum majors. Spring Valley (below) competed in the larger Class A category bringing home second place in color guard; third place in both drum majors and percussion; and finished fourth overall in Class A. WCN photos by Kerry Carter

Local bands compete at the Midland Band Festival

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

ONA – The Wayne and Spring Valley marching bands competed Saturday at the Midland Band Festival Saturday with Wayne taking home serious hardware.

The Marching Pioneers competed in Class B bringing home first place trophies in overall band, percussion, color guard and drum majors. The win showcases the hard work the band has put into this season’s performances.

Spring Valley competed in the larger Class A category bringing home several trophies as well. The Wolves Marching Band took: second place in color guard; third place in both drum majors and percussion; and finished fourth overall in Class A

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FUTURE FARMERS – Prichard Elementary was a happening place Thursday. The first thing in the morning the children took care of the chickens and visited the new arriver that hatched. Ms. Hatton’s fifth grade class got a lesson on how to compost with their tumbler. They used the brown and greens from their garden. Ms. Hatton is one of the volunteer teachers that helps out with the chickens in the summer and weekend. Photo courtesy of Wayne County Farm to School

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9TH GRADE ROTATION CLASS PROJECT – Eric Crum’s 9th graders rotate through all of the career-technical programs at Tolsia High School on a 3-week schedule. Mr. Crum’s class constructed the picnic table shown in the photo as a learning project while participating in the carpentry class. The 9th grade rotations provide quality career awareness opportunity for all 9th graders at the high school. Photo submitted

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East Lynn Elementary School has a one to one ratio of computers to students. Every student has a computer at their desks daily, just like textbooks. Students work on benchmarking, Accelerated Reading, research and so much more. Pictured is a 5th grade class taking their Math benchmark tests in Renaissance Learning.

VOTE – Students at East Lynn Elementary School are voting for candidates who ran for Student Council. Fifth grade students could run for an office position in our school’s student council. Each candidate made campaign posters, campaigned in the halls, and wrote and gave speeches. Voting took place Friday, August 28th with a presentation in the gym of the winners. Student Council works with the Principal as the student body voice, community projects they would like to have, etc. The mission of ELE is Lead to Succeed, and our Student Council is helping us achieve this mission.

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Scholarships recipients Alley Pigmon, left, and Morgan Brown were awarded Three Rivers Medical Center scholarships for Lawrence County High School from Chief Executive Greg A. Kiser. Photo submitted

TRMC presents scholarships

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LOUISA – Three Rivers Medical Center was pleased to present academic scholarships to deserving youths of Lawrence County High School, announced Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA. “Three Rivers Medical Center is proud to support a scholarship program that invests in the continuing education of deserving local graduates as they pursue their academic future, says Kiser.”

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, employees, physicians and staff of the hospital, Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA presented and awarded scholarships to Alley D. Pigmon and Morgan T. Brown. Pigmon and Brown were recognized from their peers for their academic excellence and notable achievements to their school and the community of the Louisa area.

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Cody Salmons Career-Technical Student of the Year

TOLSIA HIGH CTE STUDENT HONORED AT BOE MEETING – Tolsia High 2015 Graduate Cody Salmons was honored at the Wayne Co. Bd. Of Education meeting on Tuesday night at the Board Offices. Cody was recognized as the Career-Technical Student of the Year for Wayne County for the 2014-15 School Year. Cody completed the Carpentry Program at Tolsia High School and plans to continue both his education and career in that field. Cody also participated in Skills USA WV State Competitions and achieved the prestigious Statesman award for Skills USA. He was a part of the award winning Simulated Workplace pilot program at Tolsia High , the Rebel Constuction Company was a nationally recognized project. Cody was also was a member of the Tolsia High Football and Basketball teams. Pictured at the Ceremony are: (L-R) Board Member JoAnn Hurley, Bd. Member Johnita Jackson, Supt. Sandra Pertee, Cody Salmons, Bd. Member Vicky Boyd and Bd. Pres. Trey Morrone. Photo submitted

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HAVING FUN – The third grade students in Jill Ellis’ class at Wayne Elementary spent the next to the last day of school at Camden Park. The outing was the prize to see who could collect the most money for the Wayne County Relay for Life. Ellis’ class was the winner of a. The class collected a total of $364. Here they are holding the trophy for the competition.

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HANDS OF FAITH – Kennah Salmons, BETA Club president, and Sean Osburne place their hands on the wall of a mural stating the students will not make a destructive decision about drugs, alcohol or tobacco use. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Crum Middle students create SADD mural

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A year of hard work in West Virginia history paid off for four students from Wayne Middle School.

Wyatt Tabor, Braden Ross, Brad Cremeans and Alex Simpkins: Wayne Middle Team II, placed third in the West Virginia History Bowl last month.
Tabor was also named to the all-state team.

Team II’s lost to Fairview Middle School following a tie-breaker, putting the team in the loser’s bracket.

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KELLOGG RECYCLES – Kellogg Elementary came in second place again this year in the Goodwill Recycling Contest. Students collected, sorted, and managed 20,972 lbs of cardboard and paper this year, 7000 more than last year. This is the 4th year that Kellogg has won second place losing to Huntington High School each year. Photo submitted

STEAM ROLLED – Kellogg Elementary School students got hands-on with the steam rollers, cherry pickers and a fleet of other work vehicles as the Hunting Public Works divisions rolled into school Monday morning in Huntington’s Westmoreland neighborhood. Children of all grades climbed into the driver’s seat, blasted the horn and came face-to-face with a variety of the vehicles keeping the Jewel City running smoothly. Kicking off National Public Works Week. Photos submitted

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WINNERS WITH THE BIG CHECKS – Wayne Middle School Team II – Wyatt Tabor, Braden Ross, Brad Cremeans and Alex Simpkins, with advisor Maynard Hay – show the checks they received for third place in the West Virginia History Bowl. Tabor was also named to the all-state team. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Wayne Middle places third at State History Bowly

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A year of hard work in West Virginia history paid off for four students from Wayne Middle School.

Wyatt Tabor, Braden Ross, Brad Cremeans and Alex Simpkins: Wayne Middle Team II, placed third in the West Virginia History Bowl last month.
Tabor was also named to the all-state team.

Team II’s lost to Fairview Middle School following a tie-breaker, putting the team in the loser’s bracket.

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Prichard Elementary Celebrates Earth Day

PRICHARD – The students, staff, and community of Prichard Elementary celebrated Earth Day on Thursday, April 23. The school recently was awarded a grant through Whole Kids Foundation and used the funding to update their gardens, chicken coop, and entrance to the school.

New raised garden beds were constructed with cinderblocks and a new recycling project was introduced. Students painted old tires in Art class then used them to construct flowerbeds. This year, the school had a “memorial garden” where families could plant flowers in memory or honor of loved ones. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles came to school and their student was dismissed from class to plant the flowers with their family.

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CELEBRATING EARTH DAY – Students in Wayne County celebrated Earth Day Wednesday by fixing gardens, cleaning around campus or just showing their love of the Earth. Buffalo Middle School student Sophie Wellman includes her handprint on a mural on the outside wall of the school while her classmates plant trees and readies a garden. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

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WORLD COMPETITION – Wayne High School’s robotics team competed last week in the World Competition in Louisville. The students shown are Andrew Wallace, Michael Moon, Gavin Boothe, Zach Preston, and Nathan Adkins. Photo submitted

Wayne Robotics takes World Competition award

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LOUISVILLE - Wayne High School’s robotics team competed last week in the World Competition in Louisville.

The team won the Community Award. The award goes to a team with extraordinary community involvement and awareness. In the process, they defeated schools from all 50 states and several countries.

Not only does the award demonstrate the quality of Wayne’s team, it also shows the dedication and support of the Wayne Community and the school system.

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Pictured at the State Conference are : (L-R) Cody Salmons and Brendan Justice. Photo submitted

County schools participate in SkillsUSA competition

WAYNE - Students from Spring Valley, Tolsia and Wayne high schools recently showed their talents at the SkillsUSA competition.

Wayne High School had a very successful showing at the recent WV SkillsUSA competition and received the following awards:

Gold Medal in Urban Search & Rescue - Nathan Adkins and Michael Moon
Silver Medal in Mobile Robotics - Zack Preston & Gavin Booth
Silver Medal in Graphics Communication - Jessi Ferrell
Bronze Medal in Related Technical Math - Colton Farley

Tolsia High School was represented by Cody Salmons and Brendan Justice in the Carpentry competition. Spring Valley students also participated.

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Pictured with their awards at the State Conference are Tolsia team members: (L-R) Adriana Halcomb, Adrianna Browning, Caitlyn Copley and Amber Rice.

County HOSA teams advance to national conference

HUNTINGTON – HOSA Future Health Professionals members from Spring Valley High School, Wayne High School, and Tolsia High School advanced to compete in the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. The national conference will be June 24-27.

Students from all three high schools participated in the West Virginia HOSA State Conference at Marshall University on March 13-14 and qualified for the California event. HOSA is a national student organization that provides opportunities for leadership, motivation, skills demonstration, and recognition for students enrolled in the health care field. In Wayne County, students in Therapeutic Services and Health Informatics participate in HOSA.

Rather than being just a club for students to join, HOSA is an integrated component of the health science curriculum. HOSA members can compete and demonstrate their leadership abilities at the local, state, and national levels.

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Alvin Watts and Shane Runyon scoring Mrs. Mathis’s class presentation as Madison Harless and Savannah Mathis wait eagerly.

East Lynn Elementary
participates in Science Fair

EAST LYNN – East Lynn Elementary School held their Science Fair on Friday, March 13th. Students in all grade levels, K-5, participated. Students in grades K-2 conducted their experiments and developed their projects as a class. Students in grades 3-5 were given the option of working individually or in a group. In total, 39 projects were on display in East Lynn’s gymnasium. Projects fell into three categories, Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science.

However, no one chose to do anything in the Earth Science category. Students worked diligently to complete their research, conduct experiments, create display boards, and prepare for their presentations. With the help of parents and teachers, the projects came together beautifully! Mrs. Megan Ross, the fourth grade teacher, organized this year’s Science Fair.

Every other teacher at East Lynn also played a key role in making sure the students had all of the tools available to them in order to make the best projects possible! Principal Melissa Maynard expressed how incredibly proud she was of all of the students for devoting their hard work, countless hours, and dedication to completing these projects.

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Fort Gay celebrates PI Day

Math teachers at Fort Gay PreK-8 celebrated ‘PI Day’ with math activities that gave the students an opportunity collaborate and solve problems dealing with ‘PI.’ The students learned a great deal with hands-on activities while having a little fun. Once all the problems were solved they enjoyed a little “pie” thanks to McDonald’s. Photo submitted

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WHS COAL AND ART FAIR – Wayne High School students in Robert Thompson’s class presented projects on coal during the annual Coal and Art Fair Tuesday. Student Josie Vernick shows the picture she drew for her project and report, while the photo below shows a mine that was once in the East Lynn area. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

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Local Cadets graduate from the Mountaineer Academy

KINGWOOD – The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Colton Lee Blake Clark, the son of Betty Clark of Dunlow; Cadet Charles Ray Jenkins, the son of Katherine Newman of Prichard and Charles Jenkins of Huntington; Cadet Jonathan Lee Watts, the son of James Watts of Genoa; Cadet Arthur Victor Russell, the son of App Adkins and the late Ruth Adkins of Dunlow, have completed the requirements for graduation.

They were part of 131 graduates from forty-three (43) counties across the State of West Virginia. Class 2-14 is the forty third (43rd) class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were held Friday, December 12th, at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood, WV. MG James A. Hoyer congratulated the Cadets and gave the commencement address.

All the Cadets participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program.

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13 Spring Valley Betas place in state competition

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School has 13 students preparing to compete in Nashville this summer after winning several competitions at the West Virginia State Beta Club Convention in Charleston.

The SVHS Beta Students had a total of 19 wins, combined with national and state categories, against 18 other schools across the state at the convention.

The national categories that the Spring Valley students won and will be competing nationally at Nashville in June are:

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DONATION – Olivia Maynard, Joshua Merritt and Whitney Sansom show the books best selling author Dean Koontz donated to Wayne Middle School. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Author donates books to WMS

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne Middle School librarian Letitia Smith was trying to find a way to get students who did not like reading to find a genre that would get their attention and encourage them to like reading.

“The students have Kindles, so I found a Dean Koontz book and downloaded it onto them,” Smith said. “The kids loved that book and wanted more.”

Sending an email to the author, Koontz surprised the school with a donation – two boxes full of his novels and a letter thanking Smith for her kind words.

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Senior basketball players Maddie Morris, Ali McGraw, Zach Ramey and Jacob Kilgore (left to right) visited both Kellogg and Buffalo elementary schools this past Wednesday to build Timberwolves Pride. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Spring Valley athletes encourage Wolf Pups

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Continuing traditions carry on by passing them to the next generation.

Several Spring Valley High School athletes did just that this past week by returning to SVHS feeder schools and visiting with the younger students. The visits were all part of the community’s efforts to revitalize the Wolf Pack cheering section – to get students from all grades to participate in the high school’s athletic events.

As part of the visits, the student athletes provided each teacher and administrator at the elementary schools with a Wolf Pack tee-shirt. Students at the schools were also given a free game ticket to attend either the boys’ home game (Thursday night) or the next girls’ home game January 21.

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NEW RELATIONSHIP – Spring Valley students Joshua Blatt and Abigail Chaffins stand with one of the Project Lead the Way projects. Submitted photo

SV students attend conference

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School students Abigail Chaffins and Joshua Blatt recently participated in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Counselor/Teacher Conference at West Virginia University.

The students showcased projects they have participated in, as well as reflections on their experiences in the program in a presentation to the conference.

PLTW instructor James Coble, parents Brooke Blatt and Jeff Chaffins, and guidance counselor Bradley Jordan also participated in the conference.

Allyson Meadows, a 2014 program completer in PLTW at Spring Valley and freshman engineering student at WVU, participated in a program alumni presentation.

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Pat Fluty and CTE Director Velvet Kelly with Nathan Taylor at Tolsia High. Photo submitted

State CTE Department talks to Tolsia students about Vo-Ag

GLENHAYES – Nathan Taylor from the WVDE Career Technical Division visited Tolsia High School on Tuesday. He met with Tolsia 9th Grade Students and 8th Grade Students from Crum Middle School.

Taylor shared a presentation regarding Vocational Agriculture Sciences Programs and the various areas that are offered in these programs. Tolsia High and Wayne County Schools are moving forward with instituting a Vo-Ag Program at Tolsia High next year in the Career-Technical Dept. at the School. Taylor completed his presentation with a student interest survey regarding Agriculture Science programs.

Tolsia High CTE Administrator Ric Morrone said, “we are very excited here at Tolsia High School to be a part of this exciting new program coming to Wayne County Schools. Students can benefit in many different ways through the area of Agricultural Sciences and it is a priority at the State level as well. We continue to try to offer our students the opportunity to pursue their interests in a wide variety of career interests and this new program will only add to our offerings.”

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'Tis the season

CHRISTMAS JOY – Fort Gay PK-8 second grade students, the middle school band and choir, entertained staff, students and parents Tuesday with a program at the school. Kindergarten classes will be making gingerbread houses Thursday at 1 p.m. Photo submitted

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BUFFALO ELEMENTARY FAMILY NIGHT – St. Nick made a stop at Buffalo Elementary Tuesday for Family night. Visitors young and old could decorate a cookie for Santa, make crafts or purchase gifts in the makeshift store inside the school. This is just one of the holiday events in the Wayne County Schools system. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

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Pat Fluty and CTE Director Velvet Kelly with Nathan Taylor at Tolsia High. Photo submitted

State CTE Department talks to Tolsia students about Vo-Ag

GLENHAYES – Nathan Taylor from the WVDE Career Technical Division visited Tolsia High School on Tuesday. He met with Tolsia 9th Grade Students and 8th Grade Students from Crum Middle School.

Taylor shared a presentation regarding Vocational Agriculture Sciences Programs and the various areas that are offered in these programs. Tolsia High and Wayne County Schools are moving forward with instituting a Vo-Ag Program at Tolsia High next year in the Career-Technical Dept. at the School. Taylor completed his presentation with a student interest survey regarding Agriculture Science programs.

Tolsia High CTE Administrator Ric Morrone said, “we are very excited here at Tolsia High School to be a part of this exciting new program coming to Wayne County Schools. Students can benefit in many different ways through the area of Agricultural Sciences and it is a priority at the State level as well. We continue to try to offer our students the opportunity to pursue their interests in a wide variety of career interests and this new program will only add to our offerings.”

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Two SkillsUSA groups attend conference

WAYNE – SkillsUSA members from Tolsia and Spring Valley High schools attended the SkillsUSA West Virginia Fall Leadership Conference.

The students attended workshops on leadership, teamwork, etiquette, public speaking, social media and effective chapter meetings.

These workshops build a foundational knowledge of SkillsUSA. Other activities included a video scavenger hunt, a dance, a campfire, and opportunities to network and bond with

SkillsUSA members from around the state. The theme of the Fall Leadership Conference this year was the POWERR of SkillsUSA.

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Students of Ceredo-Kenova Middle School have been involved in several community service projects during the month of November. Eighth grade students have packed and donated shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts, shown below, for children in third world countries as part of Operation Christmas Child. Students who are part of the Hearts of Appalachia Talent Search group through Marshall University have been collecting toiletry items to be donated to the WV Veterans’ Home in Barboursville, WV. All students school-wide have been bringing in canned food items which will be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Kenova. The staff at CKMS are very proud of their students for the caring they are showing to those in need. Photo submitted

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Students at CKMS have joined SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. Students at CKMS were invited to participate in a poster contest addressing underage drinking prevention, as well as other prevention issues. Kylee McCloud and Kailie Bellomy were chosen as the two winners of the contest and were each awarded a $25 gift card.

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The Genoa Elementary After School Program is honoring the Veterans of our school’s families and community by creating a Genoa Veterans Wall. The students came up with the idea and wanted to recognize the sacrifice that many of the area Veterans made to allow us to have the freedoms that we enjoy. Many of the students and staff members placed a ribbon and/or a picture of a veteran on the wall to celebrate and thank our veterans. The students also wrote letters to current military personnel thanking them for their service.

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Above, Wayne Middle School students Luke Blackburn and Seth Arthur and below Vinson Middle School students Katie Beth Caudill and Karlei Baileywere were winners in the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) “Alcohol/Underage Drinking Prevention Poster Contest.” For their efforts, 1st place winners were given $25 gift cards

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? – Genoa Elementary recently began working on a project with the Wayne County Farm to School program. Students in the After School Program and 4-H began a school garden. Della Napier from Wayne County Farm to school has assisted in getting a raised bed for planing broccoli, carrots, mustard and lettuce. Marshall University Family Nutrition representative, Debbie Rowe, has assisted with the garden as well. Pictured is Della Napier with the help of Genoa Elementary After School students planting fall crops. Photo submitted as part of the Farm to Schools program

PLANTING – Fourth grade students at Lavalette Elementary plant some cabbage plants with AmeriCorps volunteer Della Napier as part of the Farm to Schools program. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

School plants garden

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – Students in Wayne County schools are getting a lesson in basic gardening as participants in the Farm to School program.

Each grade level at Lavalette Elementary took their opportunity Monday with the planting of cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, spinach, radishes and lettuce.

Della Napier, an AmeriCorps volunteer said she and different agencies are looking for funding to construct a low tunnel over the newly planted vegetables.

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ENJOYING – Students at Lavalette Elementary enjoy reading books in their new library, courtesy of George Bias of Lavalette who donated $20,000 in memory of his wife who worked at the school. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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SV honors victims of 9/11

SVHS REMEBERS 9/11 – Spring Valley High School cheerleaders honored those killed on 9/11/2001 with 2,977 flags hung in the commons area Thursday.

The 2,977 flags symbolized one for each victim of the deadliest terrorist attack in American history. The original plan was to place the flags on the front lawn but the students decided on an alternative placement due to the rain. Ohio businesswoman Angela Phillips, president of Phillips Manufacturing donated the flags.

Angela Phillips is the cousin of Jaida & Benna Adkins both cheerleaders at SVHS along with football player Brock Adkins. Phillips is an avid supporter of www.YAF.org (Young Americans for Freedom).

Her father, the late Ralph H. Phillips, was not only a decorated veteran, but also a philanthropist who strongly supported faith, family, community, education and country.
The flags were also placed in honor of all our country’s service men and women, including Ralph H. Phillips.

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Crum gets instruments from VH1 Save the Music Foundation

CRUM – Wayne County Schools is now the 29th school system in West Virginia to receive new instruments from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

And the first county recipient is Crum Middle School, where $30,000 worth of instruments arrived in August.

Band director Phillip Bailey said students now have their own instruments and have shown a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for being in the band.

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Riley Ferguson, pictured above was the winner of a $25.00 Gift Card. She, along with many others, attended the Wayne County Fair and stopped by the Underage Drinking Prevention Booth and completed a survey to help identify needs and concerns surrounding underage drinking. Photo submitted

SADD to be started in Wayne Co.

In an ongoing attempt to make Wayne County a better place to live, work, go to school and raise a family, Wayne County schools are working with the newly formed Wayne County Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition – Partnerships for Success, by starting SADD Chapters in the middle and high schools.

Years ago when SADD Chapters were first started, they were known as Students Against Drunk Driving, but the name has changed and the focus has widened to become Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Bill O’Dell, the Wayne County Prevention Coordinator has been working with administrators, staff and students at middle and high schools in Wayne County to provide information and see if there is an interest.

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Officials with the U.S. Department of Labor and several with Workforce West Virginia visited Tolsia High School Tuesday to see CTE Building Construction Instructor Hugh Robert’s carpentry class in action. Photo submitted

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Workforce WV visit Tolsia High School

GLENHAYES – Two officials with the U.S. Department of Labor and several with Workforce West Virginia visited Tolsia High School on Aug. 19, to see Hugh Robert’s carpentry class in action.

Roberts, who received the national Excellence in Action Award in the spring, boasts the top simulated workplace program in the state. His students, through Rebel Construction, spoke to members of the West Virginia Board of Education in February about the success of the statewide pilot program, which has since expanded to other Career and Technical Education programs in Wayne County.

Simulated Workplace is a project in which CTE programs are operated as a business to better prepare students for business and industry environments.

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CTE honors

GOING TO NATIONALS – Emily Frye and Taylor Perry of Wayne High School were just two of several students honored Thursday for the achievements in Career and Technical Education. They are with their instructor Mark Ross, graphic design, and Wayne County Schools CTE Director Sandra Pertee. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES – The Wayne County Board of Education honored the best and brightest educators during Tuesday’s regular meeting at Spring Valley High School. Each school selected one teacher to represent it against the other teachers throughout the county. This year’s teacher of the year is Kristi Gibbs, a library media specialist at Vinson Middle School. Teachers nominated were Penny Wiles, Buffalo Elementary; Brenda Harrison, Ceredo Elementary; Carrie Allen, Crum Elementary; Tracie Jarrells, Dunlow Elementary; Janice Cyfers, East Lynn Elementary; Lisa Shreve, Genoa; Tammy Thompson, Kellogg Elementary; Amanda Jordan, Kenova Elementary; Cathy Gilliam, Lavalette Elementary; Derek Keith, Prichard Elementary; Sara Marcum, Wayne Elementary; Rose McCallister, Buffalo Middle; Dreama Ward, C-K Middle; Johnna Downs, Crum Middle; Tanya Napier, Fort Gay, PreK-8; Kristi Gibbs, Vinson Middle; Lori Staley, Wayne Middle; Laurel Ferguson, SVHS; Gail Holley, Tolsia High; Marilyn Graves, Wayne High. Photo submitted

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DOING SOME PLANTING – Some students at Spring Valley High School receive a lesson in planting seeds. Here are some students placing soil into environment-friendly pots inside the greenhouse. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Greenhouse at Spring Valley helps special needs learn skills

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Warmer weather has residents thinking about gardens or getting that special flowering plant for Mother’s Day.

But, it means something else to autism students at Spring Valley High School, a job skill they can take with them after graduation.

Sue Williamson and Sherry Marcum, autism mentors, have taken students to work sites in the area, such as McDonald’s and Gino’s, to give the students a chance to know what it is like to work in such jobs as stocking shelves or folding boxes. The women wanted to find another skill that would be for the good of the class.

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GALACTIC VISITORS – Commander Neyo (Jason Queen) of the Imperial Galactic Empire and Pink Jawa read to the kindergarten students at Wayne Elementary Monday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Stormtrooper reads to students

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Students in Ginny McMillion’s kindergarten class at Wayne Elementary had a surprise Monday when they returned to the classroom from lunch.

Inside their room was an Imperial Stormtrooper from the Galactic Empire and a Jawa, better known as Jason Queen and his daughter, Maria, who were ready to share the world of “Star Wars” with the students.

Queen is part of Squad Corellia, a group of community-minded volunteers who serve West Virginia with charity events, promotional appearances and public gatherings to benefit the community and state.

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BEST OF THE BEST – The JROTC Raider teams of Spring Valley and Tolsia competed in the U.S. Army’s Regional Best of the Best in Charlotte, N.C., last weekend. The Timberwolves finished fifth and Tolsia ninth. Submitted photos

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Wayne High School had two winners in the Duck Stamp Contest. Above, 1st Place, Destiny Stepp and Honorable Mention, Kevin Trautwein both 11th graders. Photo submitted

WHS students win ART awards

The United States Department of the Interior- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors a yearly art competition for varying grade levels. A winning artwork is made into the new Duck Stamp which is sold to hunters.

The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic, art and science program designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. It helps reconnect youth with the outdoors.

The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp art contest.

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JOB WELL DONE – Krista Maynard, a senior member of the Tolsia JROTC was one of the students honored at the second annual Military Ball hosted by Tolsia High School recently. Photo submitted

Tolsia High hosts Military Ball

GLENHAYES – Tolsia High School hosted its second annual Military Ball on March 29, an event meant to highlight the year’s accomplishments for students in the JROTC program.

This year’s event included special guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Felder, a native of Huntington who retired in 2010 after nearly 30 years in the U.S. Army.

Felder currently serves in a leadership position for the Missile Defense Agency.
Felder told the students he is impressed with the JROTC program and the impact it is having on high school students.

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Francis, who operates Tolsia High School’s JROTC program with Chief Stephen Brown handed out awards to students at the ball.

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SOCIAL STUDIES FAIR – These Wayne County students competed in the Region II Social Studies Fair Wednesday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The students who received first place will move on to the state social studies fair. Submitted photos

Students moving on to state Social Studies Fair

HUNTINGTON – Several Wayne County students will move on to the West Virginia Social Studies Fair after earning first place at the regional event March 12 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Here’s how Wayne County students fared at the regional event:

Anthropology, Division I: Wade Blackburn and Levi Watts, Crum Elementary, “Can You Hear Me Now,” honorable mention.

Sociology, Division I: Katie Copley and Sarah Dillon, Crum Elementary, “Mountain Mama;” first place; Amanda Salmons, Crum Elementary, “Stay Alive-Don’t Text and Drive,” third place

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History Bowl regional champs, runners-up

HISTORY BOWL – For the second straight year, members of the Wayne Middle School History Bowl team claimed the title of Region II History Bowl Champions. The event was at Milton Middle School. Wayne Team 2 defeated Wayne Team 1 for the Championship. Members included Team 2: Tristan Blankenship, Kennedy Masco, Hannah Hysell and Michael Moon; Team 1: Ethan Cade, Kelsea Adkins, Gavin Boothe and Nick Perry. Alternates were Bethany Fletcher and Noah Hill. Both teams will play for the state title April 29 in Charleston. Submitted photo

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C-K Rotary December Students of the Month

Snow, rain and school delays didn’t stop the Ceredo Kenova Rotary club from recognizing the December Students of Month from Spring Valley High School. Although a bit late, the students were hosted by the club at their February 21st, luncheon meeting at the Adkins Rollins Senior Center in Kenova. Pictured are (l to r) Jordan Douglas, CTE; Thomas Hamilton, Freshman; Blass Morrone, Sophomore; Sarah Pierce, Junior. Not pictured was Fred Smith, Senior. Photo submitted

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High school math field day

9th GRADE TEAM – Spring Valley High School’s ninth graders Jessica Crislip, Jacob Cumm and Emily O’Neal display the hardware after placing first, second and third respectively during the high school portion of Wayne County Schools Math Field Day. The students will advance to the regional competition which will be held in Logan. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

HIGH SCHOOL TEAM – Representatives for the Wayne County High School Math Field Day team are Caleb Houdyschell, Spring Valley, first place; Taylor Spry, Tolsia, second place; Shirley Ma, Spring Valley, third place; Brandt Maynard, Spring Valley, fourth place; Matthew Mundy, Spring Valley, fifth place; Kenzie Roberts, Wayne, sixth place; Kevin Sanson, Wayne, seventh place; Chelsea Vaughn, Tolsia, eighth place; Austin Keyser, Spring Valley, ninth place; Austin Page, Spring Valley, tenth place. Not pictured are alternates Shantil Marcum, Tolsia, Zach Perry, Tolsia and Logan Barnett, Spring Valley.

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QUIZ BOWL WINNERS – Wayne Middle School students Nori Saunders, Gavin Boothe, Nicholas Perry and Ethan Cade make up the team that won the State Quiz Bowl. The students are part of the Wayne Middle School BETA club. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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Sophomores Shelby Maynard and Kaitlyn Arnold pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, an initiative through Samaritan’s Purse that is celebrating its 20th year. Photo submitted

Students give back through Operation Christmas Child

WAYNE – About 45 Wayne High School students spent Thursday morning helping children they will probably never meet.

The students packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, an initiative through Samaritan’s Purse that is celebrating its 20th year.

Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in more than 130 countries have participated in the program. Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts.

Wayne students packed socks, stuffed animals, toothbrushes and toothpaste, coloring books, pencils, crayons and other goodies into the shoeboxes, hoping it will brighten Christmas for a child somewhere in the world.

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Batman visited Lavalette Elementary School Tuesday and discussed ways to deal with bullying and how to be a good citizen. The kids loved it! Photo submitted

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GRADUATING – Noah Copley, instructor for Wayne County Adult Basic Education, and Attendance Director Terri Lynn Queen stand with graduates of the program. Those students include: Chris Johnson, Ben Wells, Melinda Jackson, Katilyn Davis, Justin Jackson, Katelin Williams, Mike Robinette, Jacy Smith, Monica Pierce and Glenn VanHous. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

15 graduate from GED program

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE - Four times a year, the Wayne County Adult Basic Education class celebrates its graduates’ accomplishments.

Sunday, 10 of 15 graduates received plaques for achievement in a ceremony in the Wayne Elementary cafeteria.

According to instructor Noah Copley, 17 students took the General Equivalency Diploma test and 15 passed. “They have been together through all of the class and test,” Copley said. “There are so many people working to get their GED, we spread the ceremonies throughout the year. There is not enough room.”

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Adding a safety rail to a wooden bridge and building a campfire amphitheater was part of a Buffalo Middle School student Eagle Scout project at Heritage Farm. Photo submitted

Student completing Eagle Scout project at Heritage Farm

HUNTINGTON – Buffalo Middle School student Colin Franks is working with Heritage Farm Museum and Village to complete his Eagle Scout project.

Franks, 13, said the Perry family – who founded Heritage Farm – are close friends and spoke with them about some needs at the farm.

There were two projects that Franks was told about: one was to add a safety rail to a wooden bridge and the other was to build a campfire amphitheater.

Franks, who is leading the project, and others from Troop 12 out of First Presbyterian Church, got to work in late August. Other than needing stained, the project is complete.

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Dylan Cavins

Tolsia High student honored by Museum

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GLENHAYES – Tolsia High Freshman Dylan Cavins was honored recently with the Award of Excellence for artwork by the Huntington Museum of Art. Dylan’s work was on display at the museum and recognized for its excellence and high quality. He was also honored for his artwork in a display at Marshall University as well.

Tolsia High wants to join Wayne County Schools in congratulating Dylan for his great achievements in art.

Tolsia High Art Instructor Mrs. Rhonda Rickman says, “Dylan is a very gifted artist and I am very proud of him. He exemplifies the best of our students here at Tolsia High and he is very deserving of this honor.”

If you would like more information regarding this release, contact Mrs. Rhonda Rickman, Art Instructor Tolsia High at (304)648-5566 or Mr. Ric Morrone, CTE Administrator Tolsia High (304)648-5566 ext. 29.

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Moriah Corns-Stanley

Tolsia student chosen for Presidential Inauguration Congress

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GLENHAYES – Moriah Corns-Stanley, a Senior at Tolsia High School, has been selected to attend 2017 Presidential Inauguration Youth Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C. Moriah will be a Delegate to the Inauguration Congress in Washington, D.C. representing Tolsia High School and the state of West Virginia.

Moriah and her family members will have the opportunity to attend the swearing-in of our new President. The swearing in will take place on the south lawn of the United States Capitol at precisely noon.

She will hear in person the new President’s first address to the world. A few hours later, she will watch the Inaugural Parade as our new President proceeds up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

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Tolsia Beta Club attends State Beta Conference


CHARLESTON – The Tolsia High School Beta Club participated in the WV State Beta Conference in Charleston, on November 20, 2015. Tolsia High had seven members attend the state conference: Cullen Brewer (did not participate due to illness), Tiffani Brewster, Jessica Copley, Moriah Corns-Stanley, Annalyse Mann, Olivia Maynard and Alexandria Stroud.

Winners from Tolsia High include:
Division I (9th-10th grade)
Science 1st Place – Olivia Maynard
Division II (11th-12th grade)
Agriculture 1st Place – Tiffani Brewster
Oratory 2nd Place – Jessica Copley
Science 2nd Place - Annalyse Mann
Arts and Crafts 2nd Place – Alexandria Stroud

The sponsor for the Tolsia Beta Club is Mrs. Kara Porter (304)648-5566 ext. 27, if you would like more information about this event or the group in general feel free to contact her.

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Wayne students attend SADD conference


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WAYNE - Students from Wayne County attended the 10th annual West Virginia Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, Conference Nov. 13 to 15 at Stonewall Resort.

Attendees experienced keynote speakers and workshop presenters, said Ric Morrone, Tolsia High CTE Administrator.

The focus of this year’s conference was to motivate students and provide them with tools and resources to create a positive change in their schools and communities.

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Spring Valley students recognized at State Beta Convention


CHARLESTON – Students from the Spring Valley High School Beta Club represented the school well at the state Beta Club Convention in Charleston, WV. The annual state wide competitions encourage students from all over the state to hold themselves to high academic standards while exhibiting the Beta Club motto, “Let us lead by serving others.” Students participate in service projects through the year and get to display their talents at the state convention in November.

All students listed below will have the opportunity to represent West Virginia at the national convention July 27-30 in New Orleans.

Character Skit 1st Place Eddie Stamper, Abby Chaffins, Zoe Harold, Sarah Lewis
Special Talent 1st Place Kelsey Siebert
Onsite Pencil Drawing 1st Place Josh Blatt
Math 1st Place Shirley Ma
Drawing 2nd Place Zoe Harold
Agriculture 2nd Place Bailey Stewart
Sculpture 3rd Place Shirley Ma
Spanish 3rd Place Jason Holland
History 3rd Place Eddie Stamper
Digital Art 3rd Place Sarah Lewis

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SVHS announces
students of the month


SPRING VALLEY – Four Spring Valley High School students have been recognized as students of the month.

The students were nominated for various reasons, recognized by teachers for balancing demands of academics and extra-curricular activities.

The nominated students were invited to join the Kenova Rotary Club for lunch and recognition ceremony on Nov. 13.

Students include: Brettina Jeffers, freshman, was nominated by Amber Williams and Kathy Nelson. Teachers noted she is a very kind young lady who maintains high academic standards for herself. They also say she is the kind of engaged student that teachers would love to have filling up their classrooms. She is a steady and committed student, day in and day out. She also participates in JROTC and Cross Country; Laykin Hurt, sophomore, was recognized by Gary Wroblewski, for being very hard working both in and out of class. She is active in extracurricular activities outside of school, and she is extremely helpful to staff and other students; Quinlan Neal, junior, was nominated by Will Totten. It was noted that Quinlan has volunteered hundreds of hours to assist with school technology. He has exhibited character, intelligence, productivity and a personal drive; Blass Morrone, senior, was nominated by Jessica VanArsdale and Laurel Ferguson. They say she is an exceptional student athlete who truly understands her role as a student athlete. She juggles the demands of a rigorous schedule, refusing to miss class because she holds herself to such high standards. She shows character through compassion, trustworthiness, and responsibility.

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Students recognized for volunteering, exemplary behavior


SPRING VALLEY – Four Spring Valley High School students have been recognized as students of the month.

Students were nominated for various reasons, recognized by teachers for leadership qualities, classroom performance, and outstanding citizenship.

Nominated students were invited to join the Kenova Rotary Club for lunch and a recognition ceremony during September.

Sam Holbrook, a freshman, was nominated by Ms. Dials. Ms. Dials said that Sam is respectful and always helping other students. His peers look up to him, and he is a joy to be around. He can be counted on to rally his classmates.

Sunnie Hensley, a sophomore, was nominated by Mr. Totten. He credits Sunnie’s service to the school for her nomination. She has put in over 50 hours to assist with the school’s technology. She has a great attitude and is very helpful.

Syerra Wilson, a junior, was nominated by Sgt. Layne. She is a member of the JROTC Raider, Rifle, and Drill teams, and she is captain of the Leadership Quiz Bowl Team. She manages to maintain a 3.75 GPA while volunteering at the VA hospital and for the Messages of Hope suicide prevention program.

Mandie Ronk, a senior, was nominated by Mr. Caudill. He says she is truly a great person. She takes all classes seriously. She balances her school work with a job at Giovonni’s. She manages to set an excellent example for her peers, and she makes teaching a truly rewarding endeavor.

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Spring Valley student attends SkillsUSA WLTI


WASHINGTON – As secretary for SkillsUSA West Virginia, Shyanna Hatten, a senior at Spring Valley High School, attended the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). WLTI was held in Washington, D.C. on September 19th thru 23rd.

WLTI focuses on leadership training for state SkillsUSA officers. In addition to training sessions, WLTI included opportunities for tours of various monuments and memorials, including the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon 911 Memorial. The West Virginia delegation also toured the Holocaust Museum and took a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Recreation activities included a picnic at the SkillsUSA national headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, as well as a dance and social event on the last night.

SkillsUSA WLTI participants had the honor of participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. This experience included observing the honored ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.

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Safety education continues At
Fort Gay Pk-8


A WV State Trooper spoke to students in grades 5-8 about cyberbulling and internet safety. She immediately captured the attention of the students to inform them of the importance of safety on the internet. Students listened and then were able to ask any questions that may help them understand cyberbullying and internet safety better.

Many students said that they enjoyed the speaker and had a better understanding of how to be safe on the internet.

Teachers also attended the presentation and will play a vital role in making sure students understand and practice internet safety.

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Superhero surprises students at Fort Gay


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FORT GAY – Mrs. Webb, Principal at Fort Gay PK-8, surprised students with a special guest speaker and well-known superhero Batman.

Batman arrives at Fort Gay to inform students about how to become good role models for the school, for other students and for the community. He discussed the importance of helping others, never giving up, showing respect and many other attributes of good character traits that make you a good role model. He also touched on some things you should never do such as bullying. The students made a pledge to do their best to be good role models to others especially the younger students.

After speaking with some students from Mrs. Maynard’s fourth grade class it was clear that the students enjoyed Batman’s visit and took the pledge they made very seriously. They seemed excited to be role models for the younger students that look up to them.

The same was true in other classes as well. The visit from this superhero made and will continue to make a positive impact on the students and staff at Fort Gay PK8.

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Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson awarded the Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship

 

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On May 19, 2015 Rachel was awarded the Memorial Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. The award of $1,000 was presented by Joan Chambers, a retired principal of the Wayne County School system and a Past President of Alphia Delta Kappa Sorority.

Rachel plans to continue her studies at Marshall University in Elementary Education. The scholarship is given to a student in one of three high schools in honor of Jan Hackney, a former member of the Sorority. She was an educator in

Wayne County Schools for many years and had dedicated her life to preparing students for successful careers in the field of education. This is the twelfth year for the scholarship.
Rachel has had an active background at Spring Valley High School. Also, in the school community.

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Dakota Grimmett

Wayne student honored by federal program

 

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WAYNE – Dakota Grimmett, a senior at Wayne High School, will be the second person in his family to graduate from high school only because his twin brother, Cody, was just ahead of him in the graduation line.

Grimmett recently attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates National Student Leadership Academy.

Growing up in Wane County, Dakota learned to value his roots and connections to his family and friends. In Jobs for West Virginia’s Graduates he learned the importance of education in building his future.

Already working hard at cutting and delivering fire wood, Dakota plans to complete an apprenticeship program after high school in order to maximize his future earning potential.

Jobs For America’s Graduates programs have served over a million students in 32 states since 1980, leading to outstanding, consistent results.

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Tolsia High
student achieves Microsoft Specialist credentials

GLENHAYES – Tolsia High School freshman Devon Rickman has successfully completed all the requirements to be certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist for Office Word 2013.

He completed the Business Computers Application I (BCA I) program with the new Microsoft IT Academy option.

Rickman completed the program in Ms. Amanda Copley’s Information Management program at Tolsia High Career-Technical Center. He is now Microsoft Word 2013 Certified.

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Wayne High School student Hannah Castle won third place in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Human Rights Commission poster contest, “Diversity Makes A Great Community”. All fine arts classes at the school were allowed to participate. Hannah was honored for her placement at a reception banquet in Charleston with her parents Monday, April 27, to receive her award. Photo submitted

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Prichard Elementary advances in mock trial

 

PRICHARD – The 5th grade students at Prichard Elementary got a look at the legal field during a mock trial competition set forth by the West Virginia State Supreme Court.

The competition was open to all students in 5th through 12th grades in West Virginia. The students had to choose one of two scenarios and write a play, complete with all positions found at a trial and evidence for both the prosecution and defense.

The students worked on their project during class and after school, under the supervision of teacher Brenda Hatten. The class acted out their play at the Wayne County Courthouse for Judge Pratt and a representative from the state Supreme Court.

The students recently learned they had won top honors in the state and will visit the West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals on May 12.ts in any subject area.

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MATH NO PROBLEM – Jakeb Wells, a fourth grade student at Wayne Elementary, placed 5th in West Virginia State Mathematics Field Day held at Concord University in Athens, WV. Photo submitted

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Wayne students participate in CEDAR Coal Fair

 

LOGAN - Wayne High School sent 13 student projects to the 14th Annual Regional CEDAR Coal Fair in Logan this past week.

This is the third year Wayne has participated in the fair. Two students received awards during this year's contest. Josie Vernick placed second in the high school art category, and Kiara Rice placed second in the high school English category.

The Coal Fair allows students from all over southern West Virginia to compete against each other by creating projects in any subject area.

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Crum Middle competes in state BETA competition

 

CRUM - The Crum Middle School BETA Members attended the West Virginia State BETA Convention in Charleston recently.

Crum Middle had 21 students qualify for the National BETA Competition in Nashville. This will be the Crum Middle Chapter’s firstt trip to the National BETA Convention.

Crum Middle students will compete in the following competitions at Nationals:

Newly elected State BETA Secretary Shawana Lock…ard is running for National Office; Special Talent: 1st place winner Kaylin Johnson; Poetry: 1st place winner Shawna Lockard; Social Studies: 1st Place winner Bethany Jarrell; Science: 3rd Place winner Kennah Salmons; Sculpture: 2nd Place winner Haley Porter; Scrap Book: 2nd Place winner Whole Team; Living Literature: 1st Place Whole Team; Songfest: 1st Place; T-shirt Design: 2nd place winner Kaylin Johnson; Color Photography: 3rd Place Emily Justice; Enhanced Photography : 3rd Place Bethany Jarrell

Crum Middle BETA Club is seeking support from the community, WCBOE and anyone that can help to defer the costs for the group to travel to Nashville for the National Competition.

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Buffalo Middle SADD

BAND-AIDS FOR BULLYING – The Buffalo Middle School SADD club conducted a “Band-Aid for Bullying” event at the school Feb. 6. The activity was created by Sandy Sperry, advisor, and included students required to identify a time when they were a bully, reflect on it and decide how to make a better choice in the future. Students participating include Kristian Bailey, Klara Meadows, Akira Esque, Noah Curtis and Jacob Stewart. Submitted photo

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East Lynn site of pilot program

 

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

EAST LYNN – A program that began in Kentucky has made its way into West Virginia with Wayne County being one of three local counties to participate.

Participants in the East Lynn Elementary School area have been attending the Born Learning Academy, Emily Pratt, coordinator with Education Alliance, said.

The program is funded by Toyota and teaches parents who have students at the school, or preparing to attend school, ways of teaching their children through fun activities, Pratt said. There are six workshops and East Lynn has just completed four.

The next session is Feb. 17 and a graduation ceremony will be conducted following the sixth session.

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Egnor named to Honor Roll

 

GLENVILLE, WV- James Egnor of Wayne has been named to the Glenville State College Provost’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2014 semester.

To be named to the GSC Provost’s Honor Roll, students must have grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.9 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

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Katie Beth Caudill

Vinson Middle student wins award

 

Vinson Middle School student Katie Beth Caudill was honored in August as the American Legion Junior Auxiliary’s “Member of the Year.”

Caudill was awarded for her service to the community working with not only veterans, but the passionate participation in “Headbands for Hope.” Headbands for Hope is Caudill’s brainchild. After going to a Relay for Life several years ago, Caudill was upset seeing children without hair at the event, according to mother Laura Kilgore.

“She told me that every little girl should feel pretty while going through chemotherapy,” Kilgore said.

Caudill, along with other volunteers, raise money to provide head bands for little girls that have lost their hair due to cancer.

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Spring Valley student a finalist for W.Va. Wesleyan scholarship

 

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School student Rebekah Perry, who will be a senior in the fall, is one of 10 finalists in the West Virginia Scholar Program.

The top prize is a full scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan, including tuition, fees, room and board – a total value of $125,000.

But Perry needs your help. Each of the 10 finalists has biographies, interviews and parent interviews posted at wvscholar.com. The public can visit the site, learn more about the candidates and cast their vote through June 13.

On June 18, the finalists will attend a luncheon at West Virginia Wesleyan, where the top three prizes will be awarded. Second place is a $5,000 annual scholarship and third place is a $2,500 annual scholarship.

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Carlie McCoy

SV student selected to attend 2014 Rhododendron Girls State

 

HUNTINGTON – Carlie McCoy, a junior at Spring Valley High School, has been selected to attend this year’s Rhododendron Girls State.

Girls State is a nationwide program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary that provides approximately 25,000 young women each year the opportunity to study local, county and state government processes in a nonpartisan political learning experience, with a hands-on educational opportunity designed to instruct tomorrow’s leaders in the privileges and duties of responsible citizenship.

50 high school junior girls from throughout the state of West Virginia are offered the opportunity to be active participants in structured role-playing that emphasizes our Democratic form of self-government.

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Wayne High School celebrates Kids Day

 

WAYNE – Parents and children were welcomed Wednesday afternoon at Wayne High School for Wayne County Kids Day.

Charity Damron, director at Wayne Family Resource Network, said the event allows parents and kids an opportunity to interact with others throughout the county.

“It is just a great day of fun for kids, families and care givers. It especially gives parents an opportunity to see what resources are available to them through educational outreach, plus it helps us realize what the community needs from us,” Damron said.

Participants enjoyed inflatables, games, arts, crafts and a free nutritious lunch.

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Wayne Middle School is Region 2 winner of History Bowl Tournament

 

HUNTINGTON – The following students received first place awards for the Wayne County Social Studies Fair conducted at Spring Valley High School.

First-place winners will represent Wayne County at the regional Social Studies Fair on March 5 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

*Not all categories have first-place winners, as the state requires a minimum of 90 points.

Anthropology – Division I, Individual: Second place, Emily Justice, Crum Elementary, Telephones by Alexander Graham Bell

Division I, Group: First place, Wade Blackburn and Levi Watts, Crum Elementary, Can You Hear Me Now; second place, Margaret Franks and Jordan Perdue, Buffalo Elementary, Mummies; third place, Jessyka Muncy, Julie Boone and Libby Jones, Fort Gay PK8, Aztec Indians

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Wayne Co. Schools 2014 Social Studies Fair Winners

 

HUNTINGTON – The following students received first place awards for the Wayne County Social Studies Fair conducted at Spring Valley High School.

First-place winners will represent Wayne County at the regional Social Studies Fair on March 5 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

*Not all categories have first-place winners, as the state requires a minimum of 90 points.

Anthropology – Division I, Individual: Second place, Emily Justice, Crum Elementary, Telephones by Alexander Graham Bell

Division I, Group: First place, Wade Blackburn and Levi Watts, Crum Elementary, Can You Hear Me Now; second place, Margaret Franks and Jordan Perdue, Buffalo Elementary, Mummies; third place, Jessyka Muncy, Julie Boone and Libby Jones, Fort Gay PK8, Aztec Indians

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SVHS announces Promise Scholars

 

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School is proud to announce 50-graduating seniors of the 2013 Class will receive the Promise Scholarship.

The following seniors will receive the scholarship: Whitney Agee; Richard Alexander; Jalyn Bailey; Caleb Blake; Caitlyn Blatt; Lakin Boggs; Sara Brumbaugh; Brooke Burgess; Lindsey Burley; Amanda Butcher; Emily Butcher; Christian Chadwick; J. Michael Cisco; Asia Conway; Kiko Conway; Kevin Dillon; David Duncan.

Makayla Earle; William Evans; Cody Felix; Casandra Ferguson; Kaleb Frye; Makayla Gilkerson; Tyler Hampton; Mason Hart; Kennedi Haught; Danieele Hazlett; Christopher Holland; Jacob Houdyshell; Benjamin Hughes; Ty Klepee; Alex Ludowski; Alexis Lucas.

Caiden Marcum; Eden May; Blake Maynard; Rachel McDowell; Kaitlyn Merritt; Marcy Palmer; Zachary Radcliffe; Emily Rhodes; Brittany Ritter; Lindsey Robertson; Brody Sheppherd; Jacob Smith; Rebecca Spencer; Rebecca Stevens; Abigail Workman; Lauren Workman; Erin Wroboleski; Ezekiel Zerkle

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U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin recognized three Wayne County High School Juniors as Ambassadors for Justice. The students above are Payton Fetty, Wayne High School, Kristen Griffith, Tolsia High School and Meredith Hall, Spring Valley High School. Photos submitted

Wayne County high school juniors honored

On April 25, 2013, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin recognized 56 high school juniors as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice during a ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston.

The U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice program is an initiative led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. It honors high school juniors who have shown outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to social justice.

The April 25 ceremony marked the second time U.S. Attorney Goodwin has recognized young leaders from high schools in the Southern District of West Virginia as Ambassadors for Justice.

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