MHS Life Achievement Banquet Will Honor 8
A trio of student-athletes who graduated between 1962-83 will be honored at the 25th annual Magnolia High School Alumni Life Achievement Awards Banquet.
William D. (Bill) Glover, James E. (Jim) Morgan and Col. David Antonik will be recognized at a public banquet on Aug. 7 at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville.
Sponsored by the Magnolia Athletic Boosters, they are among eight honorees at the annual fete for former members of Blue Eagle athletic teams.
Tickets for the banquet are available at Witschey’s Market 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:
GLOVER (1962)-He was a four-year Blue Eagle football and track athlete and lettered two years in baseball. In football, he was a regular back on a 10-0 record 1961 team and an 8-2 record 1960 squad. Both teams won OVAC Class AA titles and the 1961 team was ranked No. 3 in West Virginia.
He graduated from West Virginia University in 1967 with an electrical engineering degree and received a master’s degree in 1994 from the University of Virginia.
Since 1967, he has been employed by PPG Industries with numerous positions in maintenance and engineering and is currently the principal project engineer in the engineering department. He’s a registered engineer in West Virginia and past president of the New Martinsville chapter on the W. Va. Society of Professional Engineers. He’s also a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics’ Engineers and helped establish the IEEE standard for safety practices in electgrolytic cell line working zones.
He also belongs to the National Fire Protection Association and is principal member of the Code Making Panel for the development and publication of a National Electrical Code.
Glover has served as an advisor and program director for the New Martinsville Junior Achievement program; served on the New Martinsville Planning Commission; and the New Martinsville Building Commission.
He also has supported and participated in fund raising for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
He and wife, Linda, reside in New Martinsville and are the parents of three children-Whitney, also a Life Achievement Award honoree; Alison; and Brett.
MORGAN (1963)-He was a three-year football and track athlete and also competed one year in basketball. In football, he was a member of the 10-0 record 1961 squad and the 7-1-2 record 1962 team. He earned an industrial management degree in 1967 from West Virginia University before starting a professional career in the Weirton-Steubenville area.
He has been employed in various human resource positions with Weirton Steel and a H.R. consultant for several area small businesses. Currently, he serves as Vice President of Administrative Services for Eastern Gateway Community College and as an adjunct faculty member at the former Jefferson Community College.
In his professional role, he has developed a youth leadership program for area high schools and chaired a successful tax levy renewal campaign for the city of Steubenville.
He’s also has served as a Little League baseball and soccer coach for several years and is a hunting safety instructor, as well as a past president and trustee of the Jefferson Sportsman Association. He has served on the City of Steubenville Planning Commission Advisory Board.
Active in local charitable projects, Jim is a past president of the United Way Board and has chaired a fund raiser event which has raised over $200,000 in 15 years. He’s also been a Chamber Board of Directors chairman for Jefferson County and a past chair and current board member of Development for the Disabled Board of Jefferson County.
He and wife Mary Louise reside in Steubenville and are the parents of three children-James, Todd, and Aaron.
ANTONIK (1983)-He was a three-year Blue Eagle letterman in cross country and two-year track letterman. He was a member of the 1981 West Virginia cross country championship team.
In track, he was All-OVAC in the 3,200-meter run and placed fifth in the West Virginia Class AA meet and also had a Top 100 overall finish in the 1983 Elby’s Wheeling Distance Race.
At Glenville State College, he was a two-year track and cross country letterman and was a member of the 1983 West Virginia CC Conference Title Team which qualified for the NAIA nationals.
He received a degree in resource management in 1988 from WVU and a master’s degree in systems management in 1999 from Capitol University. He also has a master’s degree, in strategic studies, from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
A 1987 graduate of he U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School Platoon Leader’s Course, he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1988. He has served combat tours in Somalia (1992), Iraq (2004), and Afghanistan (2009).
Antonik has received four personal decorations for meritorious service including the Joint Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Meritorious Achievement Medal during his most recent tour of Afghanistan.
Promoted to Colonel earlier this year, he is presently stationed in Norfolk, Va., where he is the head of Regional Operations, Plans and Policy for the U. S. Marine Corps Forces Command.
He and wife Tracey reside in Chesapeake, Va., and have four children: daughter Mykal and three sons, Conner, Nicholas, and Ethan.