Part 1 -Pocahontas Board of Education April 11th Meeting – Special Recognitions

At the April 11th Pocahontas County Board of Education Meeting, School Superintendent Terrence Beam presented a lot of special recognitions to accomplishments of students, Staff, Service Personnel and Teachers. He began with recognizing the school’s Treasurer, Sherry Radcliff for the recent property auction.  Mr. Beam.

“Before we get to our student recognitions- I know she’s going to hit me but that’s OK – I want to recognize Sherrie for all the work and torture she put herself through to get this auction taken care of over the weekend” said Beam. “The weather didn’t cooperate, but that don’t slow her down much. I just want to thank her for all the work she put into that. There’s a lot of work and not a lot of profit that goes with it.”

He next recognized the student winners of the Young Writers’ Contest.

“I want to recognize our Young Writers Contest winners” said Beam. “And some of our winners came this evening and we want to recognize the ones that came and the ones that didn’t come. Our First and Second Grade winner was from Green Bank, and that’s Wade Garber – Wade come up here and get your certificate please. Our third and Fourth Grade winner was from Hillsboro elementary School, Gavin Walls. Fifth and Sixth from Green Bank –Mason Soliday. Seventh and Eighth Grade from Marlinton Middle School is Ryliegh Vaughan, and our ninth and Tenth Grade winner from the High School is Laurel Leyzorek. So we all congratulate those students.”

Next Mr. Beam recognized winners of various events at the High School.

“First of all, Xnobia Varner won the Certificate Design Award for Youth Art Month –WV Department of Education” said Beam. “Ashlyn McKenney was first place in the South-East Regional Public Speaking Championships, she moves on to the State competition. Logan Dilley was the Grand Champion –Ham- at the Ham Bacon and Egg Sale Competition. Ben Davis was the Grand Champion of the Eggs Category at the Ham, Bacon and Eggs Sale. This past Friday, our high School Band received a Superior Rating at Phil Barbour High School – and I congratulate them.  J.D. Hensler was selected to play in the 2016 Scott Randall General Basketball Classic which is held at the North-South Football Game later this summer.”

Mr. Beam went on to congratulate the winners of the Regional Math Field Day.

“Colton Massey won First Place at the Regional Math field Day for 9th Grade” said Beam. “Taylor Tegtmeyer won second place at the regional Math Field day for 9th Grade. Marilyn Creager was 10th place at the Regional Math Field Day for Grades 10 through 12.

Beam also announced the Nominees for Service Personnel of the Year..

“So these are the ones selected by their peers to be recognized at our Super Scholars in May” Beam said. “Sondra Vaughan from Hillsboro is the Custodian Representative. W.G. Dilley is Transportation Nominee. Tina Jackson from Green Bank is the Cook. Tonja Armstrong from Marlinton Middle school is the Aide and Melissa Ervine, who works at the Board Office, is the Secretary Nominee.”

The final recognitions Mr. Beam made were for the Teacher of the Year awards, again chosen by their peers.

“Nominees for Teacher of the Year are Gina Hardesty of Hillsboro; Teresa Rhea – who is with us this evening- at Marlinton Middle School; Samantha Feather at Marlinton Elementary School; Marsha Beverage at Green Bank and Cammy Kesterson at the High School” said Beam.

A lot of other things happened at the April 11th School Board Meeting. Excited Math Teachers got a chance to hear Statewide complements about the Pocahontas County Math successes at the /WV Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the Board got an update on the Hillsboro Library Addition. Be sure to listen to these and other items discussed at the meeting in Part 2 of this story.

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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