Five Lead MHS Class of 2016
Four valedictorians and one salutatorian led Magnolia High School’s Class of 2016, Friday during commencement ceremonies.
Valedictorians were Chase Miller, Cedar Sands, Brianna Ritz, and Troy Boughner. Carter Seckman was salutatorian.
Chase Austin Miller is the son of Robert and Jennifer (Oliver) Miller.
Chase’s accomplishments include two years served as class president. He was a member of various clubs including Drug Free Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and Science National Honor Society. Chase also served as co-leader of the Magnolia Maniacs.
Chase has lettered in basketball, baseball, and golf, was a recipient of the All-Conference Academic Award, and was selected for First Team All OVAC baseball and First Team All Valley baseball.
He is an administrative support completer, as well as a participant in the WVU Access Program. He is also a member of the WVU Honors College and is a recipient of the WVU Presidential and Engineering Achievement award.
He will be attending WVU in the fall and will major in both Mechnical and Aerospace Engineering.
Cedar Sands is the daughter of Terry and Donna Sands of New Martinsville. During her four years of high school, she has been a member and soloist in the Magnolia Marching Band and concert band. She has participated in women’s soccer, and has served as captain her senior year. She has participated on the varsity basketball team, and the track and field team. Cedar is a member of the National Science Honor Societ, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She has also been active in Magnolia’s Relay for Life and Drug Free Clubs of America. Her senior year she was also recognized has the WV Metro News Student athlete of the week.
In the fall, Cedar will attend Fairmont State University as an honor student and major in National Security and Intelligence and Political Science. She has received several scholarships which include the Tad Fitzsimmons Scholarship, Stephen E. Hannig Soccer scholarship, and the Charles J. McClain Presidential Finalist Scholarship.
Brianna Ritz is the daughter of Todd and Mary Ritz and the granddaughter of Gary and Judy Lemons. Her great-grandparents are Andy and Wanda Harlan. She was the vice president of the class of 2016 her senior year and was president of the Technology Student Association her junior year.
Bri also served as co-president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Science National Honor Society, a member of the Mu Alpha Theta math honorary, Relay for Life, Magnolia’s Leadership Team, OVAC All-Academic Team, Drug Free Clubs of America, Youth Advisory Council, Service Club, and was a business completer in Administrative Support.
She has lettered in track all four years of high school, was named team captain junior year, was given all OVAC honors, and has placed at the state track meet in many events, including first place in the 800 meter run as a junior. She attended Rhododendron Girls State, iBelieve Leadership Camp, and was a Rotary Student of the Month for September. She has participated in a musical, band, cross country, Math Field Day, Civics Bowl, and Student Council.
Bri works part-time for New Martinsville Parks and Recreation and attends Hannibal United Methodist Church. She is a recipient of the PROMISE Scholarship, John Marshall Scholarship, Mark Lemasters “Mr. L” Scholarship, TCEA Scholarship, and Moose Lodge #931Chuck Dunlap Memorial Scholarship. She plans to attend Marshall University’s honors college to study Biochemistry.
Troy David Boughner is the son of John and Cindy Boughner of New Martinsville. He is the grandson of Raymond and Hope Lasure of Porters Falls, WV and the late Harold and Lovell Boughner of New Martinsville, WV. During high school Troy has been a member of the Magnolia Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and soccer and football teams.
Troy served as the Vice President of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, and the President of Mu Alpha Theta . He was selected as Rotary Student of the Month in September of 2015. He is the recipient of the WV PROMISE Scholarship, the WVU Presidential Scholarship, WVSSAC Academic Achievement Award for Male Band Member, Amanda Jo Ice Scholarship, Bayer Heritage FCU Employee’s Child Scholarship, and the Mr. “L” Scholarship.
Other activities and accomplishments include Governor’s Honor Academy, First Chair Tenor Saxophone All-State Band, First place County Math Field Day, Seventh place Regional Math Field Day, Drug Free of America Club member, Tri-County Young Life, Outstanding Student in Statistics, Anatomy, and AP Calculus, Harvard Book Prize, and was the school winner of the American Math Contest.
Troy will be attending West Virginia University as an honor student where he will begin his studies in Pre-Pharmacy.
Carter Aric Seckman is the son of Chad and Elizabeth Seckman. He is the grandson of Allen and Nancy Seckman of Middlebourne, WV; and the late Ken Hartman of Middlebourne, WV and Caroline Hartman Miller of Anchorage, AK.
Carter is a four-year varsity letterman for Magnolia Blue Eagle football. He served as football team captain for two years. He is first team All-State football and a Blocks of Granite recipient.
Carter is also the president of Magnolia’s National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and a Rotary Club student of the month.
He is a member of the New Martinsville United Methodist Church. His future plans are to attend West Virginia University as a Presidential Honors Scholar on a pre-med track.