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Four Area Students Win EQT Scholarships

By Staff | Dec 30, 2015

Four area students have been awarded prestigious EQT Students of Excellence Scholarships.

Scholarship winners are high school seniors Julian Work, Jasmine Kyle and Jessica Kimble all Tyler Consolidated High School along with Matthew Durig of Magnolia.

EQT is an energy company with deep roots in Appalachian natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution. EQT offers $1,000 scholarships for students in every county within the state as well as six four-year scholarships of up to $18,000 per year to students interested in studying engineering, computer science, land management, geology, and environmental or safety science.

Kyle and Work were awarded full scholarships while Kimble and Durig will receive $1,000 each.

Durig has a 4.0 grade point average and has played golf and baseball for the Blue Eagles, according to the State Journal. He is president of the school’s Future Farmers of America and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honorary society, and was selected as Rotary Club student of the month. After graduating high school, Durig hopes to earn a degree in civil engineering from WVU.

According to the State Journal, Kyle has a 4.0 grade point average and participates in several extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, Silver Knights’ Marching Band, Future Farmers of America and TCHS Hi-Y, which is part of the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association program. She volunteers her time at the public library and works on clean-up projects though Adopt-a-Highway. After graduating from college where’s she’ll study environmental science and wildlife biology/zoology, Kyle said she wants to use her degree to help further conservation of our planet and to help all endangered species, according to her scholarship application.

Work has a 4.875 grade point average and participates in several extracurricular activities including the Silver Knights’ Marching Band, where he plays trombone and serves as the band’s field commander, TCHS Student Council and National Honor Society, according to the State Journal. He has participated in Math Field Day, Civics Bowl, Science Bowl and Spanish language camp. Work, an Elks club student of the month, has been the recipient of awards including Boys State Samsung Scholarship and Cabin Citizen Award as well as being an active member of church, where he is a Relay for Life team member, and civic activities including serving as a community emergency response team, or CERT, volunteer. After graduating high school, Work plans to attend WVU and major in petroleum and natural gas Engineering, according to his scholarship application. And he doesn’t plan to give up trombone, but hopes to perform with the Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer Marching Band. He plans to stay civically oriented clubs and activities and take part in campus Christian events and volunteer in the college community.

Kimble has a 3.8 grade point average and her extracurricular activities include attending Rhododendron Girls State which led to representing West Virginia at Girls Nation, where she was elected agriculture secretary, according to the State Journal. She was a member of of the Youth Legislative Assembly and Government program as well as holding down a part-time job at a restaurant. After graduating high school, this future politico plans to study business and political science at Marshall University and attend graduate Georgetown University. After graduating TCHS, Kimble will be traveling to Washington D.C. for an internship in Washington, D.C.

Kyle is the youngest child of Thomas and Sabrina Kyle. She has three siblings, TC Hunter, Johnathon Hunter, and Angel. According to Kyle’s scholarship application, she has not always had been a natural scholar.

“Oddly enough, I am not someone who has had an easy time with school,” she said. “Many of these years I have struggled to force myself through the tasks that I have faced, some of which have been simply waking up in the morning to go to my classes.

“However, that is not to say I have had a poor experience with Tyler County – on the contrary, I am eternally grateful for my schooling. My teachers are supportive and genuinely care for my future, never hesitating to help me out whenever I needed. My classmates have always been by my side, and I have built life-long friendships with people who I had never thought that to be possible. Through Tyler Consolidated, I have been given endless options, and I will never not be thankful for that.”

Work is the son of Jeff & Brandy (Glover) Frye and Jimmy Work. His grandparents are Stanley and Pam Glover of Indian Creek, Connie and the late Dean Frye, and Bob and Bonnie Work of New Martinsville. One of Work’s teachers, Jeffrey Wittmer, his tenth grade Honors Geometry instructor at TCHS, wrote Julian’s letter of recommendation for the EQT scholarship.

“Julian was an exceptional student in my Honors Geometry course,” Wittmer wrote. “His dedication to the course content was unmatched, as he was always the first student to begin working and the last student to finish working in my classroom. It is obvious to me that Julian is a humble, bright individual with a genuine sense of purpose. It is safe to say that Julian Work is one of the finest students at TCHS that I’ve had the privilege of teaching.”

Work was quick to give praise to teachers who helped to shape him into one of Tyler County’s finest.

“Education is personal for those that work with the students in Tyler County,” he said. “They make students feel important.”

Kimble is the daughter of Daniel and April Kimble of New Martinsville. She has a younger sister, Makenzie. Her paternal grandparents are Larry and Shirley Kimble of Middlebourne. Her maternal grandparents are Arnold Henry of Cameron and Alma Hill of Wheeling. She gives credit to her education as the force that’ll spur conquest of her hopes and dreams.

“I am beyond thankful for the education that Tyler Consolidated’s educators have provided me with,” she said. “Inside the walls of TCHS, nothing short of excellence is expected or excepted from all students. Through the thorough Honors and AP programs my wonderful high school has provided me with, I am fully prepared for not only college, but my future!”