Nolan, Hinerman Excel At VHS
The 2010 graduation at Valley High School, held June 4 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, was led by Valedictorian Breanna Nicole Nolan, Salutatorian Brooke Hinerman, and President McKenzie Paige Bucher.
During her senior year, Breanna Nolan, daughter of Bert and Brenda Nolan of Jacksonburg, served as student body president, senior class treasurer, National Honor Society president, TSA (Technology Students Association) president, West Virginia TSA vice president, and as chairperson of the LSIC (Local School Improvement Council). She has also served as freshman class president, junior class president, and was West Virginia TSA sergeant-at-arms her junior year.
She was the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar ambassador her sophomore year and received the Danforth “I dare you” award her junior year. Breanna was a participant in Wetzel County and Region VI Math Field Days. She was a member of the Valley High School marching and concert bands all four years and served as field commander her senior year. She was a member of the 2009 OVAC All-Star Band and was selected as co-field commander for the 2010 OVAC All-Star Band.
Breanna was selected as the female band winner of the WVSSAC State Farm Insurance Academic Achievement Award program for the 2008-2009 school term. She is a member of the French Honor Society, Technology Honor Society, Friends of Rachel, RAZE, and TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use).
Breanna plans to attend West Virginia University in the fall, where she hopes to receive her Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, and then attend medical school.
Breanna will receive a PROMISE scholarship, scholarships from WVU for being named valedictorian and serving as student body president, as well as academic scholarships. She is also a recipient of the Elks scholarship, and a WCEA scholarship. Breanna was the recipient of other awards as well at the annual class day program.
Valley High School’s salutatorian for the class of 2010 is Brooke Hinerman, daughter of Brooks and Donna Hinerman of Piney. Brooke is a member of the National Honor Society, RAZE, TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use), the French Honor Society, and the French Club. She is an active member of the FFA and was the recipient of the academic award again this year.
Brooke has worked very hard over the past 13 years to be named salutatorian of her class. She is college bound this fall, starting at West Virginia Northern Community College with the option to transfer later, as she is undecided on her major. She says she is determined to “make it in this world,” and has excelled so far.
McKenzie Paige Bucher, daughter of Jackie and Rick Bucher of Reader, served her class as president this past year. She is the granddaughter of Clara Mae and Dale Bucher of Reader and Betty and the late Kenneth Toups of New Martinsville. McKenzie has been actively involved in all aspects of school life and has achieved much during her four years at Valley, including graduating third in her class.
Some of her activities include freshman homecoming princess, varsity cheerleader, historian of her class, a member of Student Council, RAZE, TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use), National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Quiz Bowl team, honor roll, principal’s list, academic letterman, TSA (Technology Students Association), Friends of Rachel, Lion’s Club Student of the Month, and homecoming queen 2009. Outside school, she has been a contestant in Miss Town and Country Days where she has been selected second runner-up 2008, first runner-up 2009, Miss Congeniality, and Miss Photogenic. McKenzie has always had a love for cheerleading and gymnastics.
She attended All Valley School of Dance for nine years, Cheernastics for three years, two of which she cheered on a competitive squad, and Fusion All-stars for one year. Her sophomore year, her team Fusion was named National Champions at a cheerleading competition in Pittsburgh. McKenzie has lived by the quote, “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” She has worked hard to achieve success. She also believes in her school motto: “Excellence. . . Pride. . . Respect. . . “
McKenzie plans to attend Fairmont State University in the fall where she will major in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.