Vol. 140, No. 43 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, May 31 & June 1, 2014

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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Misc

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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