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Five Graduates Top MHS Class

By Staff | May 25, 2011

Emily Nicole Amos Valedictorian

Magnolia High School will hold its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2011 on May 27 at 8 p.m. on the football field (weather permitting) or in the high school gymnasium.

This year’s class includes three valedictorians: Emily Nicole Amos, Jason Trent Long, and Dillon Michael Simmons. There are two salutatorians this year: Rachel Hoffpauir and Drew Elliott Simmons.

Emily Nicole Amos, the daughter of Jeffery and Carol Amos, is a four-year varsity cheerleader, three-year track letterman, and a two-time West Virginia Class AA Shuttle Hurdle Relay state champion. She is the secretary of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society.

Emily also is the senior class president and serves as the treasurer of the Young Ladies Union. Additionally, she was a member of student council, the Debate Team, and Service Club. She attended the American Legion Auxilary Rhododendron Girls State, served as a WV State Senate Page, and was named Student of the Month by the New Martinsville Rotary.

Her other academic achievements include, Magnolia’s Principal List, OVAC All Conference Academic Team, All-Valley Track Honor Roll, and Magnolia’s Wendy’s Heisman Award winner. She is a recipient of the West Virginia Promise Scholarship and the Wheeling Jesuit University Scholarship. She is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, where she served as a lector and children’s liturgy instructor.

Jason Trent Long Valedictorian

In the fall, Amos will attend Wheeling Jesuit University to major in Communications/Public Relations and minor in business, and plans a career in either law or public/human relations.

Jason Trent Long, is the son of Dennis and Jaime Long of Silverhill. Honoraries include Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society. He is a member of the following clubs: Future Farmers of America, Service Club, and PRIDE: Drug Prevention.

Jason was named to four-time OVAC All Academic Team, four-time high honor roll, student rotarian, and was selected to attend Engineering summer camp at Marshall University.

His athletic involvement includes soccer, where he was a four-year Varsity member and two-year Captain; wrestling, where he was a three-year Varsity member; he participated in one year of Track and Field, and three years in the Marching and Concert Band.

Jason holds a standing commitment to youth soccer programs, as evident through his involvement as a volunteer soccer coach, youth soccer referee for New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, and through Kids Kollege at MHS as a soccer teacher.

Dillon Michael Simmons Valedictorian

He will attend Marietta College in the fall of 2011 to study Petroleum Engineering.

Dillon Michael Simmons, son of Mike and JoBeth Simmons of New Martinsville, carries a 4.03 average while holding membership in many of the school’s clubs. He is the President of Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honorary, member of the Science National Honor Society and Service Club, and Sergeant at Arms of the National Honor Society.

He has been on the MHS State-Champ football team, played baseball his freshman year, and was named to the OVAC All-Conference Academic Team all four years of high school.

Simians is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was Magnolia’s HOBY representative. In addition, he has participated in Rachel’s Challenge and The American Math Competition, and was a finalist in the Wetzel County Math Field Day. He attends the Steelton Church of Christ and has volunteered at Open Door Ministries, the Esther Crumbly Christmas Food Drive, and Helping Hand. In his spare time he likes to hunt and fish, play football, and lift weights.

He will attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in Pharmacy.

Rachel Hoffpauir Salutatorian

Rachel Hoffpauir is the daughter of Brenda Weekley of Paden City and Dwayne Hoffpauir of Frisco, Texas. She is president and publicity manager of Thespian Troupe 531 and served on the state student Thespian board for two years. She is a member of the Magnolia marching and concert bands, where she was Field Commander her senior year, PRIDE, and Torchbearers. A member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, Rachel is also a member of the National Science Honor Society. She is a three-year letterman in cross country and was named to the All-Region Second Team in 2009. In 2009, she also attended the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and, last year, she was named to the Governor’s Honors Academy. Rachel was selected as a state finalist in Poetry Out Loud 2010-2011 and Rotary Student of the Month.

Her community activities include participation in ArtLink, the Wayward Players, and Young Life. She enjoys running cross country, reading, and participating in theatrical stage productions. Rachel attends New Martinsville United Methodist Church, where she assists in the nursery. She has an internship with the Theatre West Virginia for the summer and will be attending West Virginia University in the fall to major in Acting.

Drew Elliott Simmons is the son of Mike and JoBeth Simmons. He serves as Treasurer of the Mu Alpha Theta and Treasurer of the National Honor Society, and is a member of the Science National Honor Society and the Service Club. Drew is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a Friend of Rachel. While at Magnolia, he has been a member of the golf, basketball, and baseball teams, and has been named to the All-OVAC Academic Team all four years.

Drew attends the Steelton Church of Christ, and has volunteered for Open Door Ministries, Helping Hands, and the Esther Crumbley Christmas Food Drive. During his spare time he enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with his friends.

Drew has been accepted in the Business and Economics Department at West Virginia University to pursue his degree in Accounting.

Drew Elliott Simmons Salutatorian