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Three Former MHS Athletes To Be Enshrined

By Staff | Jul 15, 2009

A trio of Blue Eagle student-athletes from the 1970’s decade will be feted at the 24th annual Magnolia High School Alumni Life Achievement Awards Banquet.

Kathi Blair Schmalz, Allen Moore, and Roderick Herrick will be among eight honorees at the public banquet on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville.

Tickets for the banquet will be available at Witschey’s Market and other outlets in New Martinsville or by calling banquet chairman Brent Gamble at (304) 455-3234.

Here are capsule summaries on the three honorees, with graduation class:

SCHMALZ (1975)-She was a Blue Eagle athlete in volleyball and basketball and a three-year Magnolia High cheerleader.

She graduated from West Liberty State with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and received master’s degrees from West Virginia U. in Special Education and Education Administration.

From 1979-82, she was a second grade teacher at Shortline School and, from 1984-88, she owned and operated a private, pre-school for three-to-four year olds. From 1988-2004, she served as Special Education Transition/IEP Coordinator for Wetzel County Schools.

Between 2004-08, she was Assistant Principal at Magnolia before assuming her current Principal position in 2008.

She is active in several school-related projects and organizations including the Magnolia Athletic Boosters and Football Parents organization; the Wetzel Schools Leadership Team and the Safe & Drug Free Schools Committee; Magnolia Partners in Education chairperson; the RESA VI Principals Regional Institute Program Planning Committee; and was director of the Wetzel County Family Resource Network.

At Magnolia, she has initiated several events to promote community involvement and volunteerism with the students, helping families who have lost homes to disasters, and raising monies for students who have had catastrophic illnesses.

She also has been involved with Relay for Life, Flood Recovery projects, and Food Drives with students and Partners in Education.

She, and husband Carl, reside in New Martinsville and have four children-Chip, Joshua, Jordan, and Drew.

MOORE (1976)-At Magnolia, he was a four-year football and baseball competitor. He was a member of three Blue Eagle football teams which posted won-loss records of 9-2, 7-3 and 5-5. The 1973 team won its final nine regular season games before bowing, 12-6 to Ceredo-Kenova in the state Class AA semi-finals. He also was a member of Student Council and a Rotary Student.

He graduated from Fairmont State with a B.S. degree in Accounting and was president of the Inter-Fraternity Council.

From 1980-84, he worked as a CPA in Huntington before relocating to Dallas, Texas. He served as a bank Chief Financial Officer from 1984-89 for Hall Financial before assuming his current role as a partner with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

He’s active in local community and charitable projects. He is co-chair of funding for lower school building drive for Trinity Christian Academy and is a board member for both the Dallas Safari Club and Dallas Ecological Fund.

Moore is also a major supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation and helped start, and fund, the Saint Timothy Academy in Plano, Texas, which caters to special needs children. His son, Josh, has severe Epilepsy.

He has also served as a youth sports coach in baseball, girls basketball, and volleyball.

He, and wife Alona, have two children-Renay, 14, and Josh, 12.

HERRICK (1978)-He was a four-year Blue Eagle athlete in football and track and received the Bob Bailey Award as a senior.

He graduated from West Virginia U. with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering before starting his professional career from 1983-85 at the Natrium plant of PPG Industries.

Since 1985, he has worked with Mobay-Bayer. He was at the New Martinsville plant from 1985-93 before working from 1993-97 in Newark, Ohio; 1997-2000 in Germany; 2000-03 in Baytown, Texas; 2003-07 in Newark as site General Manager; and since 2007 in Baytown.

He’s been active in several community, school, youth, and charitable activities at each workplace.

Included were school booster groups, Adopt a Highway, PTA, Little League coach and scouting activities, United Way volunteer and sponsor for 15 years, Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Family programs, and flood drive campaigns.

He has also served on the local Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was the Licking County Manufacturers’ Council president in Newark, Ohio.

He, and wife Rene, reside in League City, Texas, and have three children-Ryan, Danielle, and Nicole.