Board Honors Several For Achievements
Several in the school system were honored at Wetzel County Board of Education’s Monday night meeting, including both students and staff.
Tammy Wells, director of school improvement, assessment, strategic planning and vocational education, announced the winners of the county’s high school Math Field Day competition, including Joanna Graham of Magnolia High School, who placed first in 10-12 grades and Thomas Ledergerber of Magnolia High School, who placed first for ninth grade.
Also, Craig Allen, a junior from Paden City High School, was honored by Superintendent Dennis Albright for being chosen for the U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice. According to “http://www.justice.gov/usao/wvs/AforJ.html”>www.justice.gov/usao/wvs/AforJ.html, this program was created by United States Attorney Booth Goodwin in 2012, in response to rising school bullying and social media threats involving young people. The program was “spurred by a February 2012 school shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio.” During this incident, a student opened fire on his classmates, killing three and wounding two others. Goodwin’s initiative was also spurred by other situations “involving planned violent attacks by young people that were prevented due to the swift actions of students and school Prevention Resource Officers . . .”
Nominations to the U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice are made by school principals and administrative leaders. “Outstanding character, devotion to citizenship, and a commitment to serving others are fundamentals for nomination.”
In another matter, Director of Ancillary Services Brian Jones recognized several students and staff of Wetzel County Schools. “Earlier this year we had a situation that arose at the end of the school day,” Jones stated. “Children were on the bus . . . I went over this over and over in my mind. This was the perfect storm. Everything that went right, went right. And if one person would not have been present, or something would have not gone right . . . I shiver to think of the outcome.”
Jones stated that the situation involved a student medical emergency that occurred in front of Valley High School.
“These individuals stepped forward, and I’m so thrilled,” Jones noted. The individuals who received and Above and Beyond Award included Shane Highley, Sandy Hurst, Stephanie Dakan, Andrew Brewer Blair, Melissa Scyoc, Michael Herrick, Leslie Dulaney, Jacob Greeley, and Vince Greeley.
In another matter, Superintendent Albright recognized the following Wetzel County school employees as February 2014 Employees of the Month: Alison Fluharty, New Martinsville School; Mary Young, NMS; Joe Flesher, NMS; and Darlene Walker of Long Drain School.