Four Wetzel County seniors have been awarded a $1,000 Tad Fitzsimmons Memorial Scholarship for 2012. The awards were presented on Awards Day at their respective schools.
This year's recipients are Evan Newman from Magnolia High School, Drew Wade and Sara Wells from Valley High School, and R. Mitchell Moore from Hundred High School.
Evan Newman, the son of Tonya Postlewait and Adam Newman, has been active in many school activities including, band, musicals, Thespians, National Honor Society, technology staff and yearbook, while maintaining a 3.7 GPA at Magnolia.
He was a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a relay torch bearer. He was also involved in YoungLife, church activities, and food drives. Evan will attend West Liberty University this fall.
While attending Hundred High School, Mitch Moore participated in basketball, baseball, drama club, choir, and FFA, where he served as president. He also was president of his senior class, and served as student body president, while holding down a 3.9 GPA.
He coordinated the video production of all football games and assisted in directing the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Hundred. Mitch will attend Fairmont State University in the fall and major in business administration. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Moore.
Drew Wade, the son of Rick and Cindy Wade, maintained a 3.3 GPA while attending Valley High School. He participated in the marching band, steel drum band, and jazz band.
He also played football, baseball, and basketball, along with playing in the 2011 Beast of the East Baseball Tournament in Martins Ferry.
Drew was in the student council and was a delegate at Mountaineer Boys State. He volunteered to referee and umpire for basketball and baseball leagues, and is active in his church.
Drew will attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall, and will also play baseball and be a member of the Wesleyan band.
While attending Valley High School and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Sara Wells was in the concert band, Wetzel County Honor Band, and was Field Commander of the VHS marching band. She was in the French Honor Society, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, RAZE, Class Historian, Student Council, Math Field Day, and Student Body Vice President.
Sara was a varsity cheerleader, served on the OVAC Varsity Board, was named to the OVAC All-Academic Team, and was the boys' basketball statistician.
She has held many offices in the Busy Bees 4-H Club, in 4-H Teen Leaders, and served as chair of the Wetzel/Tyler Tobacco Prevention Coalition. Sara also was Relay For Life School Coordinator, in the Community Choir, and a member of the Youth Group of her church.
Sara, the daughter John and Tammy Wells, has been accepted into the West Virginia University Honors College. She will attend West Virginia University this fall and major in Television Journalism and Sports Communication.
These scholarships are funded from proceeds of the previous year's Tad Fitzsimmons 5K Run/Walks that have been held for eight years in Tad's honor. And from the generous donations from businesses and friends.
Anyone wanting to be a sponsor for these scholarships may send a donation to Diann Beckman, 155 Glenview Drive, New Martinsville, WV 26155.
Please make checks payable to Tad Fitzsimmons Memorial.